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A Dog's Obituary

Here is Merry’s obituary, written in Chilkat Valley News style, though not published there, as editor Tom Morphet does not document dog deaths, unless they are news. Merry was never in the news. She led a private life, centered on her home and family. She did not attend potlucks or parades.

Merry Lende

A Good Dog's Deathbed

We have been saying goodbye to a gentle old dog. Merry is, we guess, 16. She's lived with us about fourteen years, but was a full grown abandoned stray when we adopted her (or she us?) one Christmas Eve. The other trouble is that Merry isn't the sick one, her pal Forte (12) has cancer and wasn't supposed to last this long. What's he going to do? And my terrier Phoebe is no spring chicken either, she's 11 and won't come for long walks anymore. You'd think I'd be better at this, being a hospice volunteer. You'd think I'd know that a dog can't live to be whatever 16 X 7 is. You'd think.

Sunday's Thought

Since we are celebrating Caroline's first birthday today (it was yesterday, but her dad was in Sitka with the basketball team he coaches) I thought I'd share a birthday prayer from the Book of Common Prayer--

Watch over thy child, O Lord, as her days increase; bless and guide her wherever she may be. Strengthen her when she stands; comfort her when discouraged or sorrowful; raise her up if she fall; and in her heart may thy peace which passeth understanding abide all the days of her life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

How to Listen With a Willingness to be Convinced: Public Communication.

 I know, that’s kind of a mouthful, and after the tragedy in Tucson and the President's eulogies at the memorial, topical. But by coincidence, this was the subject of the fourth Community Matters forum last night at the library. We spent the evening learning (or re-learning, or perhaps affirming) how to communicate with civility in public. We were all earnest, and hopeful, and most wore winter boots and several layers and sat on coats draped over chairs sipping hot tea and coffee.

Tea in Bed

 I'm afraid re-entry has been a little bit of a shock on my intestines, or that I have brought back a little bit of Mexico and it really doesn't want to stay in my stomach. It's a good thing it is so cold that staying in bed with tea is not a bad thing. It's nice to be home when you don't feel well. Although Sarah and the baby are both afflicted, and I may need to go over there and help them today.  The trouble is, that when I see throw-up, I do. It's a reflexive response.

Sun, Fun, & a thought about bad Guns.

The forecast in Haines is for severe winter weather, winds to fifty knots, high temperatures in the single digits and lows below zero, which is really cold here in town by the seaside. It will be well below zero out the road.  And this is the weekend the snowmachiners race down the highway for 200 miles to Dezdeash Lake and back. It makes me cold just thinking about it. I can't complain though, since ten days in Mexico has left me with a little sunburn, which along with a happy heart from hanging out with my family on a tropical beach, should keep me plenty warm.

January Woman's Day Column & a Vacation!

Hi, here is my January Woman's Day column. And this is the last time you'll hear from me for about ten days. Things are a bit crazy here, as the Lendes are doing something we have no practice at- taking a family vacation. We did this once, years ago, when the children were small, to Disneyland. Don't ask. Just thinking about leaving home has me traumatized and I'm not the only one. Three of us have the flu.

Heart and Brains and Art

 We are chin-deep in the post-holiday doldrums with the flu and the snow and the somewhat tattered Christmas decorations. One section of lights on the tree is out. Chip just said, "When they ask me why I'll leave my wonderful wife I'll say because no one ever puts anything back where it belongs." He is looking for scissors to trim his frayed boot lace. Good luck. They could be anywhere with all the last minute wrapping that took place around here.

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