The Golden Girls have enjoyed our trips to run and play off lead. When we return, they are content to nap and snooze in the sun.
Several times a day Ellie will bring tennis balls from the den. I usually see them and take them back to the den. Occasionallly I don't notice that she has tennis balls.
Here she is with Lucy using her as a pillow. She holds on to her tennis balls.
Ellie knows she is not supposed to bring tennis balls here. So she will never look me directly in the eye when I catch her.
I wish all phases of life were as wonderful and fulfilling as our days with our two favorite dogs. Alas, that is not true. Every day we are bombarded with revelations that concern us.
It seems that everything in the US has become polarizing and political, even one of our favorite charities. With ever-changing explanations the organization tries to soften the blow it has given to women everywhere, especially the uninsured. The blow is not huge in and of itself. The message it sends is of far greater importance. The explanations haven't worked for me and I have decided that I will no longer contribute to an organization that changes its practice for political reasons. I will call my friends whom I have always sponsored in the race for the cure to tell them that I will no longer give any money to the organization. Sorry, I know the organization does good things but so do many others who are now more worthy of my contributions. I am not advocating that everyone do the same, but it is a small message that I feel the need to send. [Late entry: The organization has reversed its decision. For me the reversal is too late. The damage has been done and cannot be undone. More politics, i.e., "if we lose money with this decision we will rescind it. Sort of try to forget all the responses we made publically these past three days. And please continue to give us money even though we have proven we can be bought."]
The 2012 election rhetoric is nasty and filled with words spoken out of context. The Supreme Court of the United States has allowed so much more money to be poured into the candidate coffers that we are sure to have an election bought by the very rich unless we all become active. Every one of us is obligated to find the truth and not react to one-liners.
Politics during election years and politics that now infects a worthy charitable organization both remind me of a quote from one of my favorite people, Maya Angelou. We would all be wise to reflect on what she has said:
"There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth."
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE