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It’s Not About the Donald

August 30, 2015
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I don’t know if Donald Trump is the solution to this country’s problems, or if he’ll even win his party’s nomination, but whether he is the solution or isn’t, wins the nomination or doesn’t, neither is my point, anyway. At this moment in time, Trump’s unexpected success is revealing something about the electorate, and trying […]

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National Purebred Dog Day 2015: A Review

May 11, 2015

Now that National Purebred Dog Day 2015 is in the rearview mirror and there’s been a chance to assess and reflect, can the day be considered a success, and if so, by what measure? Did it have an impact, what can be learned from it, and where do we go from here? To answer one […]

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Not Your Father’s AKC

October 9, 2014
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When Bill Clinton was president and in the throes of his “Monica Difficulties,” I happened to hear a radio interview of someone whose name I never did catch.  I could picture the man shrug as he opined that no one should be shocked by Clinton’s behavior around women because that’s just who he was. In […]

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Hold Your Nose and Protect Free Speech

May 24, 2014
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The owner of the NBA Clippers, Donald Sterling, got himself into some hot water recently. A conversation he thought was private was recorded by his girlfriend, a woman born about the time Sterling married his current wife of fifty years. The comments, said to be racist, lead NBA owners to call for a vote removing […]

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National Purebred Dog Day: What Did it Mean?

May 7, 2014
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A funny thing happened last week. A holiday that didn’t exist a year ago was celebrated by dog owners across the world from Mongolia to New York and points in between.  National Purebred Dog Day was conceived in the corner of a coffee shop, initially out of surprise at the discovery that no day had […]

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The Dog Fancy’s “Sticky” Problem

April 25, 2014
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I’m ecstatic at being able to write this because last weekend, I very nearly blinded myself. I needed to spray paint a paper mache box (you see where this is going, right?) and had assumed that the can of spray paint purchased specially for the project would work like other cans of spray paint.  To […]

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The Elevator Speech: Part I

December 30, 2013
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Last week, a curious thing happened on a Facebook page I started back in October. A casual post I’d written was shared over 222 times within a few hours, and this astounded me.  In the post, I included an e-mail I’d written to an artist who had declined my offer to highlight her artwork on […]

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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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Is the Dog Fancy at a Tipping Point?

December 29, 2012
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There are just a couple of days left to the year, and I’d love to end 2012 by figuring out why I felt such contrasting emotions at the AKC/Eukanuba National Dog Show. It was a fabulous experience with so much to offer a dog lover, and while I reveled in the sights and sounds around […]

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