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Sam goes visiting


Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, January 1, 2001

People have been telling me about how much the residents of nursing homes love to see pets such as dogs and cats, so I thought that it would be nice if Sam and I paid them a visit. It was a couple of days after Christmas when Sam and I went calling and Sam was eager to go. Now I must say that Sam enjoys meeting and mingling with people but since we live in the woods he doesn’t have much opportunity to do so. When he sees new people, he becomes overjoyed and will go to great lengths to entertain them.

When Sam and I entered the activities room there were about thirty or forty men and women sitting about drinking coffee and eating cookies and little cakes. In the center of the room there was a very large Christmas tree with lights, ornaments and ropes of tinsel. The residents appeared happy to see Sam and most of them didn’t object when he stood up and put his paws on their shoulders and some of them didn’t seem to mind when he licked their faces.

Sam was having the time of his life mingling with the people and when someone gave him a cookie he liked it so much that he helped himself to the cookies and cakes that were on the tables and he didn’t mean to tip over the table with the cakes. Now Sam has been trained to pick up after himself and not to leave a mess so he ate the cakes that were on the floor while I picked up the tables and plates.

I thought that, with the possible exception of the spilled cakes, everything was just fine and for the most part, Sam and the residents were having a pretty good time. As a matter of fact, I was just beginning to relax a bit when some lady came into the room with her cat.

Now, as far as dogs go, Sam is a very tolerant dog but Sam does not appreciate being upstaged. He doesn’t like to have anyone trying to get into his act. Sam was showing the cat to the door when the cat became overly excited and climbed to the top of the Christmas tree.

When Sam tried to help the cat down from the tree, which I thought was unstable to begin with; cat, dog and tree came crashing down to the floor. Never have I seen such a display of lights and ornaments scattered about over such a large area. By this time, most of the residents had retired to their rooms so the overturned tree, the tipped over tables, chairs and the cracked crockery, in my opinion, at least, did not seem to be too much of a problem and I was amazed at how quickly the staff responded to what they per .....
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The Gift of Life

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

With one foot on the floor, he then heard me saying, "Yes, you can dry ginger a ..... 
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Up In Smoke

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, January 15, 2001

Lately, there have been many commercials by teenagers on a crusade against smoking. They sight that “Big Tobacco” companies have targeted underaged smokers by using cartoon mascots, supporting high school sporting even ..... 
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Simply to be trusted by a shy wild creature enhances one's self-respect. -Alexander Skutch

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, Decmber 25, 2000

Alexander Skutch is one of the great naturalists of our time. Almost seventy years ago, he went to Central America to study plants, but the tropical birds there quickly captured most of his attention. For ten years, he ..... 
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What’s In A Name?

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

While it may not have mattered much to Romeo’s Juliet, names are of paramount importance to those working in the biological sciences. Naturally, in the absence of names a discussion on virtually any topic would prove at ..... 
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Escape from America

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess I’m a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like it’s going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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Rural Free Delivery

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, January 15, 2001

When it is seventeen minutes past noon, it is time for us to get the mail. Most of the time we can set our clocks by our mail delivery person who is very punctual. I once commented to him regarding his remarkable punct ..... 
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Morning meditations

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Monday, December 25, 2000

The windmill stands tall in the farm yard, the remnants of last year’s morning glories still clinging to its iron works

The windmill is the first thing I see when I leave the house in the morning. On some mor ..... 
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