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Here's the bulletin board/virtual refrigerator door/etc. for showing and telling about accomplishments you're proud of. Your art. Your graduation. Your promotion. The garden you just planted. Your kid's karate trophy. You get the idea...

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marye's picture
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Joined: May 26 2007
welcome home, badgerdog!

And WHEW all around!

It is truly amazing, and not in a good way, how helpless you feel when your dog is lost.

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My word ~ what a tale

That sounds like a harrowing few days. Ugh, I can't imagine looking and looking, with your Lady freaking out as well. Congrats!! & give the dog finders a big hug.

Hope ya'll have a lovely birthday celebration

PEACE

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A damn near run thing

Yesterday after a long walk with the dog I let him off the lead for the last ¼ mile home. Moments later he rousts out a deer from the bushes and takes off after it through the woods, ignoring my shouts and whistles. The next two hours I spend clambering around the woods, up and down slopes and rock faces trying to find him. Then half the night driving round the tracks and lanes searching without luck.

Up at dawn to day for four more hours searching on foot through all our favourite walks, checking caves old buildings, asking people to look out for him.

Then the big dilemma, my wife totally adores this mutt. She is away in a business trip and she calls…do I tell her or not? I decide to be honest, but she freaks over the long distance line. She is devastated that she might have lost another dog and makes valiant attempts not to blame me (but obviously does, with good reason). She is due back home tomorrow.. AND IT IS HER BIRTHDAY...and I have lost her dog! I am history!

Hours more searching, only 2 hours sleep in the last 24. Stagger home for a break and the phone rings. Someone has found him several miles away (his number is writ large on his collar). I jump in the car drive like crazy and there he is, sitting in the sun on some stranger's lawn like he owns the place. I restrain myself from beating the shit out of him, and gently coax him into the car, offering profuse thanks to the folks who found him. Then home and a call to Mrs Badger…the dog is safe, I will meet her at the airport tomorrow, the birthday celebrations are back on and the so is the marriage! Yup, cosmicbadger got out of jail today...big time.

marye's picture
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Joined: May 26 2007
what great kids!

gives one hope for the future, it does.

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Wonderful stories

and heatwarming to hear how cool teenagers can be, for once, Cub42 and Sak. My own kids are gettng closer to that every year-so really appreciate reading how others get along!!!!!!!! Am less worried about my daughter, who was born a wise old woman in a tiny body, but my son has his struggles with moods and self-assurance already. As this IS the bragging thread, will tell a short story about what I meant about my daughter. Both kids were in a tiny grade school in a small German village. Grades 1-4 had only 80 kids total, so everyone knew everybody. My son picked his next school in another town, where none of his friends were going. Was also a gigantic school, with 6 5th grade classes of over 30 kids a piece. As starting date grew near, my son got nerveous and shy. Is normal. I was trying to explain to him that sure he would find friends as "he is a cool guy" and stuff like that. Didn't work. My daughter overheard one of these conversations-looked at her brother with her big green eyes, and said "But Callan, so many kids is just great! You have more chances to find someone you REALLY like, instead of having to play with whoever is around, like in Hüttenfeld" Is my girl- simple and to the heart of the matter. Her one comment worked to console her brother, while all of my efforts did NOT. Or another one, just recently. She got the best grade in the class on her English test (no wonder, as she was raised bilingual). One of her "friends" was envious and calling her bad names. Then a few days later, this girl started to say "Eeew, go away, you are gross, your fingernails are dirty." and wouldn't play with my daughter anymore. Imena's comment to me was "I don't think is about my fingernails, Mama, I think is about the test." then she said "I like to get good grades for ME, and don't care what the others say. Is their problem" She is 10 btw. ********************************** Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you will still exist, but you have ceased to live. Samuel Clemens

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Joined: Jun 17 2007
Good Job!

Nice work there Sak. Been a S/D since 1993. Good relations with x. I have 2 teenage daughters 16 and 18. 16 yr old in USA Futures, ( Pre US Olympic Program for Field Hockey) She is also a honors student. Her top honor however occured this fall when she went to meet her friends and found one of them passed out. She called hers sister and her B/F and they got her to hospital before serious damage. We had talked about these kind of situations when they were younger. Oh, and both of my daughters followed your rule. They would not answer any questions about location of gathering. Told them to be concerned about their friend and not police. Her parents were very grateful to my girl. Oh and my 18 year old is in the NHS, a Peer Leader and Varsity athlete. My friends say I need a paternity test because they couldn't possibly be mine!!!

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Photo show in Oakland

My wife, Rita Hurault, and I have a joint photo show called "Water Textures" at the Nomad Cafe in Oakland CA all this month (January 2008). We got a "Don't miss" in today's San Francisco Chronicle 96 Hours magazine. One of Rita's photos is included (click on the thumbnail to enlarge), and it looks great!

Here's a link to all the images on flickr - but you really need to see 'em printed up real nice on the wall!

BTW, the photos were printed by Barry Toranto at WIGT in Mill Valley CA, and mounted by Shawn Conte at Dimitroff's Custom Framing in Tiburon CA.

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Joined: Dec 14 2007
The Luck Is All Mine

Thanks a lot, I do appreicate the compliment. Tghe luck is actually all mine, I could not ask for better kids. Heck, I could not ask for better people whio just happen to be my kids. In fact, I'm waiting on my daughter to go to the store with her. She is having some friends over for NYE and because she is who she is and her friends are who they are--I am stepping out tonight for the first NYE in a few years. As I say the luck is all mine.

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Joined: May 26 2007
good for you!

I have no opinion as to the football, but the rest sounds good to me. Your kids are lucky to have you.

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By My Design

I dont sound my own horn too much but I am going to. I became a single parent of three teenagers in April of '06. I have really no support except myself. My kids were afraid that i would send them away. Instead, I paid for the funeral of my ex--their mother--and then promptly resigned from a high paying union position in order to spend more time at home.

I now work the assembly line, which sucks, and earn less then before. However, my kids' grades have gone up and they now are preparing for college. I have three rules in my house: 1. Must get good grades 2. No cops 3. Everyone hates Norte Dame--I'm a Michigan man.

Everyting else is open for discussion. I encourage my kids to speak their mind and I include them in decisions that effect them. My family does not agree with my methods but my folks sure didn't write the book on parenting. I may not like how my kids express theirselves, but my method works. So that is my song. As unconvential as I am my kids are becoming fine people.

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