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2000:  From Tears to Tahoe
2001:  no entry
2002:  Pandora's Box
2003:  Up Periscope
Ground Zero

2005:  W.W.J.D.

2006:   The One-Dog Family

Pirates of Penzance

Books Read in 2007

Updated 9/13:


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Look at these videos!
I dare you not to laugh
(for anybody who needs a good chuckle)
Philippine Dog Investigation
(very disturbing; should be seen by everyone, especially dog lovers)
Shoplifting Seagull
Pachelbel Rant
"A Small Price"

Family Stories Vlog
(updated 9/12/07)

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DILO Sept 07


26 September 2007

It was really good to have Mabel leaping up, trying to get on the couch with me, when I woke up this morning.  After vomiting all over my lap last night, the puppy wasn't at all interested in dinner, after giving it a sniff or two.

She went into the living room and went to sleep.  I didn't have the heart to move her to the playpen when it was time for me to go to sleep, so I just left here there all night.

What a great idea!  I was able to sleep all night long with no puppy needs to go outside at 2 a.m.  When the sky started getting light and I woke up, I could hear her moving around.  When she heard me moving around, she was Very Happy and wanted to get up on the couch with me.  The three dogs and I had our morning cuddle and then Mabel ate a full breakfast and seems to have no after effects of her vomiting incident of yesterday.

She is slowly learning not to bite so much (I have to say "so much" because she has this overwhelming compulsion to bite everything and everybody!)  I have bought chew toys for her and I've also started yelling OUCH! loudly and grabbing her by the scruff of her neck, just to pull her away from my arm if she decides to chomp down on it.  You can tell it just kills her not to bite, but little by little she is doing it less and less.  She will actually crawl around in my lap and not bite down on anything occasionally.  She'll open her mouth and bring it to skin, but then back off, or lick instead.

She is gradually worming her way into my heart, as she passes into her "older baby" stage.

Another Passage

I guess you get to a certain stage in life and you realize that you are going to spend the rest of your life hearing about the death of people you have known.

I didn't know Peter Weller.  At all.  I saw him on the Lamplighter stage, but when the news of his death (of a heart attack) hit the Lamplighters e-mail list, it started a veritable deluge of e-mails from people who considered him a friend, or who had worked with him on various shows.

(It made me realize how very long I have been away from active participation with the company since not only did I not know Peter, I also didn't know most of the people writing notes of sympathy to his partner, Tom.)

The Lamplighters has lost at least three people this year.  The company was founded in 1952, so I suppose that's not surprising and it's only going to get worse as we all pass into our dotage.

Passages are inevitable.  Some, like Mabel's, are things to celebrate; others, like Peter's, are things to grieve.

The Lamplighters set up a memorial site for Peter, if you'd like to read it.


Walt had a wonderful week with Jeri in Boston.



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