Postcard #31 “Favorite Photographs from Many Sundays”

Posted on March 22, 2012. Filed under: Dogs, Postcards | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Buttery smooth and so so sweet!

Here are some of my favorite photos from the past few Sundays- enjoy!

A worm from the Hulett-Reynolds Free Range Worm Farm and Boston Terrier Project

Just looking at this picture makes me hungry for some sugary goodness!

Emmie, John and Lillian

Next time you're in SF go to Q (on Clement Street) and have an omelette of your own!

Lucille at the beach

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Postcard #16 “What Dogs are Good For”

Posted on May 15, 2011. Filed under: Dogs, Postcards | Tags: , , , , |

Postcard #16

Dogs are great. They have cute tails, wet noses, and they love to explore and play ball all day. With all these good things, I had to wonder, what other things are dogs good for?

Imagine you’re reading a really interesting book and the phone rings or you suddenly get so hungry you think you might faint if you don’t get something to eat right then and there. You hate to lose your spot and you can’t find a bookmark and you know if you flip the book over with the spine facing up the pages will be splayed open, the crabby Mrs. McClousky, the local

A drawing of Mr. Wiggles- you can tell he was a hero

librarian will yell at you the second you bring it back because she just knew that you didn’t use a bookmark even before you turned in the book.

What can you do? This is where your dog comes in super handy! Use her tail as a bookmark: simply leave the book open to the page you’re on and gently place it over her tail. Your dog will happily keep your place until you are ready to resume reading. Make sure you give her something equally interesting to read because she might get bored waiting for you and want to read the book you left on her tail (which could be a problem).

 Winter is a fun time of the year, but as you know, it can get really cold, especially when you left your scarf on the bus. Worry no more! You can wear your dog as a scarf (this is best with a small dog). Your new pup muffler will keep you toasty and warm while you ice skate, build snowmen and have a spunky snowball fight. But watch out: your new scarf may treat any treats that you are trying to enjoy yourself.

 You’ve heard about Lassie, right? What about Rin Tin Tin? But have you heard about Mr. Wiggles, an exceptionally brave 20 pound Boston terrier who led a group of explorers safely out of the Congo in 1927? Originally brought along as a lap dog, Mr. Wiggles proved that size is not a factor when it comes to being courageous. For his valor in the face of danger (poisonous snakes, swampy swamps, and icky quicksand) Mr. Wiggles was awarded “The 1927 Canine Bravery Award.” After presenting himwith the prize, President Calvin Coolidge was quoted as saying, “Mr. Wiggles is certainly a mighty mighty terrier as well as a role model for all dogs.”   When you and your dog are on a walk, don’t be afraid to try a new route because you know your dog can be just like Mr. Wiggles and guide you out of many dangerous situations. Another little known fact: dogs are great at map making, reading maps and neatly folding them.

 The list is endless; all you have to do is use your imagination and your dog can be anything you want or need it to be, except typing (they just don’t know how to spell).

Calvin Coolidge was a huge fan of Mr.Wiggles' heroic deeds

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“Heart-Shaped Potato Chips” Postcard#1

Posted on January 24, 2011. Filed under: Postcards | Tags: , , , , , , |

I love potato chips. They are salty, crunchy, and such a guilty pleasure. I also love heart shaped things- leaves, cows with heart shaped patches of hair, and of course, necklaces from Tiffany’s. So when I opened a bag of Dirty Chips and found a perfectly fried and salted potato-shaped heart, there was no question what my first postcard for the 52postcards project would be. But there’s more to my choice than just the perfect combination of two of my favorite things.

The real reason why I chose the photo of a potato chip is because it reminds me of my Dad. If you are not familiar with my story, you don’t know that I have two Dads: Chuck, the Dad that gave me my curly hair and Harlan, the Dad that bought me my first Volkswagen Beetle (much to his chagrin) and then a set of metric tools to work on the Bug. I consider myself very lucky to have two Dads- each very different, but the same in so many ways.

Harlan loved potato chips, especially Lays Potato chips in the sunshine yellow bag. Each week, my Mom would buy a bag of chips (no wimpy Baked Lays for him) and put them in a kitchen cabinet. I don’t think she ever told him that a fresh bag had been bought and placed there for him (they had an understanding).

Later, he would get a pink bowl, fill it with chips, watch NASCAR and eat his chips with onion dip. There was always a dog sitting alertly at his feet waiting to be fed, I think at times, the dog ate more chips than my Dad.

When I would visit my parents, one of the first things I would do was to sneak a handful of chips, trying to be quiet as I ruffled the bag. My Dad would always say, “Who’s there?” and I would turn the corner and we would talk. This ritual my Dad and I shared came to mean more to me than just a bag of chips- it meant that no matter how crazy my life became, how hard school was or much I hated my job- my Dad was always in the next room waiting to talk. That meant the world to me. It was priceless.

My Dad died in April of 2009 and for awhile, my Mom kept a bag of chips in the house, but things have never been the same. Now when I really miss my Dad, one thing that helps me feel closer to him is to buy a bag of Lays Potato Chips. At least for a little while, I pretend that I’m back in my parents’ house with my VW parked in the driveway, stealing some chips, and I’m going to turn the corner and my Dad will be there, ready to ask me about my day.

So the next time you feel like you’d like to have a bag of chips to go with your sandwich or NASCAR race, grab a yellow bag of Lays Potato Chips and enjoy. My Dad knew a good thing when he found one.

Delicious Heart-Shaped chip

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