AKC

Shorthand to the Loss of Knowledge and Power

March 25, 2014
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On my first day of school as a seven year old, I made a momentous decision to flunk out of the second grade.  I hadn’t been at my new desk five minutes before I warily surveyed the scary cursive alphabet chart above the chalkboard, knew I’d be expected to learn it, and never would. With […]

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Mike Rowe, Walmart, and Us

March 13, 2014
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Early in February, television personality, Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) did something a little gutsy. He provided the voiceover for a television commercial that announced Wal-Mart’s commitment to purchase $250 billion of American-made goods for their stores. After the “I Am a Factory” commercial aired during the Olympics, people started talking about it, and much of […]

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It’s a Mixed Up (Mixed Breed) World

January 31, 2014
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This piece was unsatisfying to write, and may well be unsatisfying to read, as well, because it poses questions for which I have no answers. Sorry about that. Everyone probably has an opinion on the subject, however, and I blame Google Alerts for having reminded me of it. “Google Alerts” is a content detection service […]

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If You Know Where To Look…

December 5, 2013
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The University of Colorado in Boulder is an astonishingly beautiful campus, in large part because it’s nestled against a 290 million year old sandstone formation called the “Flatirons.” These “iron” shaped rocks are numbered as they run north and south and have always been popular with climbing enthusiasts.In my opinion, they’re never more beautiful than […]

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The Scorpion, The Frog, and Scarlett O’Hara

October 2, 2013
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In what I fear is a sure sign of advancing age, I’m beginning to think more than I used to. I know. Scary, right? Don’t call me “Spock” just yet.  These bouts of thought are often precipitated by a “feeling” that something I’ve just seen or heard means something, I just don’t know what. Thinking […]

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It’s a Mixed up Muddled up Shook up World

July 7, 2013

If the Kinks were confused by “Lola” when they sang about her, uh, him, in 1970, they’d be no less befuddled by the world forty years later. Sing it with me:  ♫♫  It’s a mixed up muddled up shook up world except for Lola…L-o-L-a Lola, Lo-lo-lo-lo-lo….La……♫♫ But I’m getting ahead of myself. Most of us […]

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The Curious Incident of the “Today Show” Report on Facebook

May 9, 2013
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For some days now, I’ve been pondering a series of exchanges I had on NBC News’ Facebook page, and more specifically, in response to the Today Show’s “report” on the AKC.  For those just tuning in, the Today Show ran a segment last week called the “Rossen Report” which alleged that the AKC wasn’t doing […]

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As Dog Fanciers, We Have to Do it Ourselves

April 16, 2013

Over the last fifteen years, I’ve watched the dog world turned upsidedown at the hands of animal rights fanatics who successfully redefined the culture of dog ownership. Paving the road to hell with their good intentions, their push for legislation to affect change in what they defined as immoral and irresponsible practices came to negatively […]

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The Final Five Comes to Dog Shows

April 10, 2013

I’m not sure if I’m typical of most Americans with this, but I love lists. I rely on a list to keep me on the straight and narrow at Costco, spell out what I’m supposed to get done in a day, remind me of all the things I don’t want to forget before leaving for […]

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