Monthly Archives: February 2017

Feb 28th: Hoarding… because you just don’t give a shit anymore


  I just sent the following picture to the kids, to tell them that the empty nest means letting it all hang out and not giving a crap anymore: There was serious concern from Will: “Jesus. What. Why?” Well. Not … Continue reading

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Feb 27th: Glamor and Grace at the Oscars


Today was another day of working conflict and abuse cases, and maybe I’m overly sensitive to this, but there does seem to be an uptick in hate speech in this country. As Jewish cemeteries are being desecrated and bomb threats … Continue reading

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Wimpy Miscellanea on Feb 25th-26th, 2017


So… our Frankster hasn’t been completely out of the woods yet… I took him to my own vet who concluded he has diabetes, which means two insulin shots a day… poor guy… maybe we can teach Teddy, my other doxie … Continue reading

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February 22nd: Allowing Yourself to Listen to the Quiet…


This morning I woke up with an article from the NYT about a reporter who tried to avoid reading about Trump for a week. Impossible, you say and yes, that was the reporter’s experience, too. He’s everywhere, in the news, … Continue reading

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February 21st, 2017: A View from the Ground Up


Today I was working the conflict and abuse queue again, which means I deal with cases from all over the US. These cases come to me when neighbors fight. When they violate our Guidelines , there are consequences (and we … Continue reading

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It’s Spring in Chicago but It’s still Pissing with Rain in the Bay Area…


Jon and I had the day off today and since it was going to rain all day, turning California into a landscape of mudslides, sink holes and puddles, Jon and I decided to tear out the carpet in one of … Continue reading

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Dick Bruna: another icon gone


You all know Hello Kitty, right? Hello Kitty was a Japanese copy of Nijntje, the rabbit creation of Dick Bruna. I just heard Bruna died, another icon who produced books that many Dutch children grew up with, including mine, and … Continue reading

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February 16th, 2017: Housebound with a Sick Frankie…


Have been wanting to return to the office this week but with Frankie’s shaky situation and his homecoming yesterday (Yay!), I’ve been housebound, and maybe even more so today because I’ve received a bunch of pills for Frankie that make … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day: My Valentine is Frankie today


I owe you some entries but Jon and I went from one roller coaster to another, so let me catch you up. This was our last night in Aruba: We had finally and completely relaxed. The sunset was extraordinary and … Continue reading

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February 10th, 2017: Why Americans should get three weeks of vacation…


When we were flying from Aruba to Curacao at the beginning of our vacation, I was eavesdropping on two Dutch women who were sitting behind us. They had had a week on Aruba and were rejoicing over the fact that … Continue reading

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