Every rose has its thorns

Dad here; a couple of days ago, I was getting the car ready for mom to take Oba(her mom) home to North Carolina. I had stopped at a carwash located on a busy avenue in a less desirable part of town when I spotted what I initially thought were a pair of chihuahuas hanging out in front of a partially abandoned strip mall. I threw the car into gear, cutting across four lanes of traffic…

Fear naught

"Serious question... When you survive something that could very well have killed you, do you lose some of your tendency to fear new encounters with danger?" This query was posted in response to a picture of me standing on rock ledge in Moab, Utah, and it made me think: is fear ever a good thing? When Jo Ann was diagnosed with cancer some years ago, of course we feared the worse. One of the things…
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The Kat speaketh

(Drum roll and trumpet fanfare please) This is Alex's first post, but hopefully not the last; I think the girl has a knack for it... so here we go: Throughout my lifetime raised by my parents, the number of animals we’ve (i.e. they’ve) rescued reaches beyond double digits. And even now, to be completely honest, I never know when an animal we rescue is going to survive. And that bothers the heck out of me.…
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The suspension sighed in relief as the detective heaved his considerable bulk from the interior of the plain white Impala. He approached the modest ranch style house, and grunted his thanks as the uniformed police officer lifted the yellow crime scene tape; stooping was not something that got any easier as mandatory retirement approached. "Whatcha got, Lou?" "It's a bad one, Bill; come on back to the master bedroom, but I'm warning you, it ain't…
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My dog FRAPS in public.

Dad here; one of the pleasures of having a pack of goofy dogs is the chance to watch them engage in a fit of the "zoomies". The technical term is "FRAPS", or Frenetic Random Activity Periods, of which Charlie is the queen. She will suddenly take off tearing around the yard in wild abandon, fleeing in mock terror from an unseen pursuer, only to instantly switch from hunted to huntress, at least in her mind.…
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Goodbye yellow brick road

Dad here; the girls have always put numbered the boys at the Casa del Whackos, and now that Oba is here from North Carolina, the estrogen brigade is even stronger. Now, although Oba hails from Okinawa, a fairly rural island off of the coast of Japan, she is convinced that everyone in Arkansas has difficulty wearing shoes and pronouncing complete sentences. This belief was reinforced when I let slip this morning that I sometimes engage…
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