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July 2004

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You shall know the truth and it shall make you odd.
-- Flannery O'Connor

As a child, I dreamed of being a cowgirl. As reality would have it, I didn't start riding until I was 25 and my horse and I don't ride the range, roundup stock, or barrel race. But that's okay because it's the cowgirl spirit and passion I'm after in my life and in my writing. MORE

What's Going On?

I don't know where my next-door neighbors got their fireworks from, since only sparklers and other low key, non-exploding and flying fireworks are legal in Minnesota, but they set off a professional looking display of loud and colorful sparkling lights on the 4th of July. And when I say loud, I mean dynamite loud. MORE

It's Just My Opinion

This isn't really an opinion piece. I've been too busy lately trying to discern the meaning of life to have opinions on anything. In fact, this may just be a bunch of rambling thoughts that are occuring because of the cold medicine I'm taking.

Although using animals for therapy in nursing homes, hospitals, schools, etc. is not a totally new discovery for me, I didn't realize that there were organized groups doing this and that animals and owners had to go through an approval process. You can even specialize in Animal-Assisted Therapy through colleges. The following is a summary of my journey of discovery. MORE


While looking into the topic of animal-assisted therapy, I read about the woman who founded Therapy Dogs International, Inc., the oldest organization of its type in the United States. Her name is Elaine Smith. She was a registered nurse working in England when she noticed that the hospital chaplain brought his Golden Retriever along when visiting patients. She could see that the interaction with the chaplain and his dog was emotionally beneficial to the patients. MORE

Featured Photo

I have to apologize for not having a new photo to feature. Obviously it's no longer winter, even in Minnesota. My digital camera isn't working but I hope to replace it soon.

Horses in snow

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