Lucy sprints until she is out of breath. Ellie paces herself and could go on forever.
At the top of the dam, Lucy just decides to take off towards me. Ellie can't seem to figure out what makes her take off all of a sudden.
The woods in back are always a good place to sniff those wonderful smells of the creatures who have passed by.
Lucy takes a moment to decide which way to go.
Ellie checks out the bench made from the trunk of a fallen tree.
My mother has one remaining sibling. My Aunt Ruby is 83 years old and I call her at least once a week. She is extremely conservative so we never discuss politics. Well, I never talk politics...Aunt Ruby talks a lot. She does not like President Obama (we're just not ready for a black President and besides that he wasn't even born here). She is certain the health care reform will mean her untimely demise. "I sure hope I don't have to go to the hospital for anything. One of those death panels might decide I'm not worth saving."
My Aunt Ruby considers herself to be well informed since she listens to the radio and watches the "news" every evening. Unfortunately, Aunt Ruby never exposes herself to any truly objective news sources...she has a steady diet of the conservative viewpoint with which she is in total agreement. While I never verbally disagree with her (for heaven's sake...she is 83) I think she knows that I don't always share her political opinions.
Last time I talked with her she said, "Wait. I want to get this paper." After a short while she came back on the phone. Then she said to me that the "news" reported that President Obama spent more than 200 MILLION dollars a day on his recent trip to India, China, Korea, and Indonesia. He took an entourage of 3,000 people with him. Forty US planes were in the air and 30 warships in the waters. "Here we are suffering and he is spending our tax dollars like that," she said.
Aunt Ruby had been so anxious to impress me, she had actually written down all those numbers. When I told Aunt Ruby those "facts" were not accurate, she said, "Well, they HAVE to be. I heard it on several different programs. They couldn't all be wrong."
Well, Aunt Ruby, yes they can. "Someone" says this or that, then "someone else" repeats this or that, and it goes around the circles of her "news" programs. My advice to Aunt Ruby (who would never follow it even if I actually told her) is to keep an open mind and get information from more than one tightly-knit group. So many voters this year believe something to be true. Why? Because that's what they believe.
Here I am again waxing political, but we Americans cannot take for fact everything we see on television or hear on the radio, or read in a newspaper. That applies to both liberals and conservatives. If all you hear is Rachel Maddow and Keith Olberman, or all you hear is Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh then your views are likely jaundiced. Keep an open mind and look at all sides. At the very least, recognize that what you are watching or listening to is indeed biased one way or the other.
Buddha said it best:
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many....
After observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
HAVE A WONDERUFL WEEKEND, EVERY ONE OF YOU!