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Charlie Gets His Treat: A Tribute to Weaver!!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

I love it when my SP friend Ambudman posts her wonderful videos of beloved Weaver -- one of the cutest dogs ever. And: she has a new Weaver blog today!!

My husband had posted this blog of our Charlie (yup, that's me in my golden retriever coloured coat as well: doesn't show the floating fur as much) on you tube: hope you all enjoy it!


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FLOWINGWATER 2/12/2010 9:33AM

    What a good boy he is!! I just want to come over and give him a good pet! LOL! Thanks for sharing and it's great getting to see you too!

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STARRY-EYEDGIRL 2/10/2010 12:45AM

    Oh Ellen how gorgeous you are, and Charlie too of course. Seriously, he really enjoys 'playing' with you, wow to play and get really tasty treats - what could be better? Fantastic.

Now Buddy, on the other hand, failed puppy training school! Mind you, he did everything perfectly at home, but when there were other doggies nearby, discipline flew out the window - all he wanted to do way play with them (more like dominate them) or show off!

We really enjoyed watching you and Charlie, it was just like coming over for a visit - just wonderful!

emoticons and emoticones Marg and Bud xox

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    Charlie is so sweet!! And better than that, well trained! It's a joy to have a dog like that. He looks like our son's dog, only their's is a female named Buttercup. She has a kind face just like he does. Great animals.

Great video!

Thanks for bringing me into your kitchen!! That's so cool.

I'll try that some day.

Take care, Jan emoticon

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CMB2048 2/7/2010 8:46AM

    Oh, too cute. I don't have dogs but my mom has two Jack Russel's. How I wish they were trained like that.

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FRACTALMYTH 2/6/2010 11:54PM

    Woohooo! Yay Charlie, and yay to see you!

If only kids responded to liver treats like that lol... my life would be SO much easier :P

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DARLENA3 2/6/2010 10:34PM

    That is sooooo cute. Charlie is adorable and so well behaved. I can feel the love flowing from both of you.

Nice to see you there, also.

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/6/2010 6:29PM

    Ellen, you do take second place but still look great. Wonderful to see you and Charlie. You don't need to be authoritive of voice, Charlie obviously adores you and his treats. :)

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BRIGHTSPARK7 2/6/2010 5:58PM

    Charlie is SO smart! And well-trained. How old is he? Our golden, Duke, is eleven, still a puppy at heart. Don't you love the big welcome homes you get from him? I know what you mean about wearing 'golden' wear. Black pants are w-a-a-ay back in my closet. Lovely to see YOU, Ellen! Looking great!


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WALKINGANNIE 2/6/2010 5:21PM

    How clever is he?!! And it's great to see you too Ellen.

Thanks for sharing the link.

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WATERMELLEN 2/6/2010 5:20PM

    Funny thing about this video is -- my husband was shooting it in late December when Charlie and I had just come back from the vet's (routine checkup only, but hence my rather puffy "golden retriever" coat). We needed to go out again and get the groceries, and before we left Charlie to do that I was rewarding Charlie for his excellent behaviour at the vet's, since doing his various "commands" is absolutely one of his favourite things. Those are freeze dried liver treats: crack cocaine for canines. Didn't realize at first that Mike was taking the video; and he posted it without asking either me OR Charlie. So we've had several conversations about "appropriation of voice" etc. etc. (Yup, I really do SOUND like that, sadly; not very "authoritative"!!).

Funnier yet: it reminds me of a series of still photos Mike took about 30 years ago when we were first married and had our first basset hound, Ambrose. Ambrose was very very cute and loved to swim. We took Ambrose to the beach, I was wearing a new and (I thought) rather fetching navy blue bikini and the pictures of "me" and Ambrose all focused on Ambrose's floating ears, Ambrose's mournful red eyes, Ambrose's glorious wrunkles around his freckled paws, Ambrose's wagging tail with the white tip on the end -- half the time with my head cut off, or half out of the frame, the fabulous bikini not even a feature!! We've laughed about that for years; but once again in this Charlie video you may notice that you can't see much Ellen face actually!! Lots and lots of focus on our very very pretty dog!!

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AMBUDMAN 2/6/2010 12:08PM

    What a good boy, and how beautiful. I think Charlie and Weaver would get along great. Thanks for posting the video.
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FROSTIERACES 2/6/2010 11:28AM

    Ellen! How fun to see you and Charlie! He is really trained, not one peek at the floor...my dogs don't do that!! Charlie is gorgeous and you're just cute! and tiny looking too in your golden retriever jacket! Thank for sharing...I can tell that doggie loves you!!

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STLRZGRRL 2/6/2010 9:56AM

    I can NOT believe Charlie doesn't even LOOK at the treat you drop on the floor when you tell him to "leave it"... WOOHOO, CHARLIE!!!

And wonderful to finally see YOU, Ellen!...

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MRDPOLING 2/6/2010 9:46AM

    Oh how beautiful he is!!!

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Right now I'm reading Elizabeth Gilbert's "Committed", which is a kind of cross-cultural and historic survey of marriage. And I'm finding it really interesting, both from a personal perspective (we're in year 31, but I did have a diastrous first marriage) and from a work perspective (I do a fair bit of divorce law).

Gilbert is, of course the author of the best-selling "Eat, Pray, Love". "Committed" arose from her compulsion to marry the new partner she met on that earlier odyssey (both of them profoundly reluctant, after their own disastrous divorces) in order to satisfy the requirements of US immigration. It took about a year of constant travel in exile to get the necessary documentation lined up and she spent that year researching and reassuring herself that marrying the man she loved would not be a huge mistake.

The book is witty; it's thoughtful; it's silly; and it's profound. Gilbert considers the relative stability and contentment of the traditional arranged marriages among the Hmong isolated mountain villages in northern Vietnam which commence with kidnapping: the concept of individual choice and romantic love is completely hilarious to these Hmong women. But, Gilbert points out, romantic love would likely have been an equally irrelevant concept within the pragmatic unions of early American agricultural communities.

She contemplates infatuation in the context of watching teenage Buddhist monks flirting in Laos; describes candidly the process of negotiating her own prenuptial agreement (she and Felipe have very different attitudes about money); and reviews all the most recent statistical data with respect to marital resilience and divorce proneness for various demographic groups. And she considers the history of her parents' marriage -- the painful compromises her mother made to provide her with a stable childhood, sacrificing her own career to do so; but equally, her father's willingness to tolerate a huge degree of control by his wife over almost every aspect of his life also in the cause of marital harmony.

What does it take to make a marriage work? What does it mean to say that a marriage is "working" and why is it (at least some days) so much work? And why do we do it: why is marriage still so important to most of us?

Here at SparkPeople many of us are exploring commitment to health, to well-being, to ourselves as individuals, and to community. We know how tough commitment is, and how hard to sustain. Gilbert's new book offers a fascinating and very entertaining account of commitment in marriage specifically, but it also helps illuminate what commitment is about in any endeavour. And commitment, she suggests, is in its essence and paradoxically a most evanescent construct! Possibly one of the reasons we seek to achieve a committed relationship with one other person is because when we begin to understand the nature of commitment within marriage we also begin to understand what commitment means in all areas of our lives.

"Maybe creating a big enough space within your consciousness to hold and accept someone's contradictions -- someone's idiocies, even -- is a kind of divine act. Perhaps transcendence can be found not only on solitary mountaintops or in monastic settings, but also at your own kitchen table, in the daily acceptance of your partner's most tiresome, irritating faults", writes Gilbert.

Romantic enough for ya?? Maybe not, but this is certainly a compelling read: and I recommend it!

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FROSTIERACES 4/5/2010 5:36PM

    I have a difficult time accepting Melissa Gilbert as a writer versus Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie - not sure why except that I watched that show like every single day after school when I was little! I saw she was here doing a book signing this past winter at the mall of america....interesting.

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    I can tell you now into our 39th year together, it never ceases to amaze me how I learn new things about our relationship all the time. I find the reasons we got together when we were young were very different from why we remain together today. I don't think any of us are a "day at the beach" all the time. I can certainly say I am not. But he dished one of the sweetest comments to me over dinner the other night, just out of the blue. It's those unexpected moments that help me realize it's worth all the effort. Commitment for me comes with unconditional acceptance, and it's a joyful thing. . . even when it is hard.

I look forward to getting this book and thanks for recommending it. Marriage needs all the support it can get. It's gotten a bad rap . . .

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VALERIEMAHA 2/5/2010 8:57PM

    WOW! FractalMyth...your COMMITMENT acrostic is fabuloso!!!

SOOOO interesting, Ellen...I went to a meeting with friends...long ride in car...latest issue of Oprah's "O" Magazine in the back seat with me with an interview with Gilbert, plus a chapter excerpt from Committed. I voraciously ingested both the interview and excerpt.

I'm very impressed with Gilbert and was very happy to get this preview via "O"...but YOUR impressions, analysis, commentary are so amazing and revealing, besides the fact that you're a wordsmith and deft in turning a phrase! Oh, and Usha, your responses are always so full of light...and that Margaret has provided some further fascinating breadth to your own added commentary about being COMMITTED!

What a heady and heavenly coming-together of minds and hearts, heralded by your lucid insights, dear Ellen!

Bowing in gratitude,
P.S. Does Gilbert make any further mention of her teacher, Swami Chidvilasananda, in her latest endeavor?

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    Just commenting on your further comment Ellen. Having experienced (for many years) both the institution of marriage and working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in an institution, that being, a mental health facility of a large city teaching hospital, I found myself pondering deeply on your comment about commitment and I think you might have something there. So, a certain amount of 'madness', in both examples, is perhaps necessary for the commitment to be successful. - very insightful! Now I am going to relax, do some yoga practice and think of nothing in particular.


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STLRZGRRL 2/4/2010 9:41PM

    Well, I'll tell you one thing... you CAN achieve transcendence at your kitchen table... so long as you have a pile of balled p-nuts on it...

(It truly becomes evident why I am single, doesn't it?)

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PHEBESS 2/3/2010 9:28AM

    I like the concept of transcendence at the kitchen table (or more likely the living room couch) - as I transcend and accept the duality of loving DH and hating the fact that the man is rather a slob................not sure I'll manage to reach Nirvana in this relationship, though...........

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TRAVELGRRL 2/2/2010 10:52PM

    I think you are right that I WOULD like this book! I have already added to my wishlist on www.paperbackswap.com.

The young monks in Laos aren't necessarily monks because they are religious; it is often the only way their families can afford an education for them. We spent a week in Laos/Cambodia and all of our guides were former monks with excellent English.

It always tickled us to see the preteen monks sitting at computers in the internet cafes in their orange robes! I've got a picture somewhere, I'll look for it...

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FRACTALMYTH 2/2/2010 3:05PM

    I wanted to write an insightful comment about how appropriate this post is for me on many levels at the moment, but I'm having a poetic morning so you got an acrostic instead :P

Crazy, huh?
Offering heart, soul, body to an other?
Must be nuts. Look at the statistics.
Monogamy? Misogyny! Marriage - what a trap!
Inside the silence, after
Tears and laughter
My one, my all, my only love.
Eternity is more than just a dream. We are
Necessary and sufficient.
Trust me.

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JOPAPGH 2/1/2010 11:34PM

    A successful marriage in one huge collective bargain with some wins on each side. If the equilibrium is there, both sides feel satisfaction. When things skew to one side or another, things break down.

May not be all hearts and flowers, but works for the W and I.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 1/31/2010 10:11PM

    Just came back to read your further comment.
You ask:
"But for marriage to survive once embarked upon must we (from time to time at least) willingly submit to a certain wilful degree of madness?"

I've learned that when I do go 'nutz' he is there for me. :-)
"I am here for you," is one of the most profound gifts we can give each other. Over the years, there have been many lessons about what love is, so for me, marriage is an evolving institution. I am constantly challenging what it is to be committed to my self development, while integrating my committment to our 'we-ness.'

More and more, marriage is a place where it is safe to be myself, no matter how that self evolves.

In an evolving institution, we are constantly letting go of the way things used to be to make way for a fresh, new, vital marriage. Never boring!


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WALKINGANNIE 1/31/2010 2:00PM

    You've certainly given us a lot to think about here. I would never have thought about relating commitment in marriage with commitment to healthy living but I can now see some parallels. Both involve keeping promises and dealing with challenges and happy times. So far I've managed 34 years of marriage and not quite 5 months of maintaing a healthy weight, suggesting my commitment to our marriage has been more successful than my dependability in keeping oft-made pledges to look after my body. Must keep trying harder!

I'm glad to see that you must be feeling better after the flu.

Thanks for a thought-provoking blog.

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WATERMELLEN 1/31/2010 9:56AM

    I've finished "Committed" now and one thing Elizabeth Gilbert did NOT do was riff on the subversive duality of the term "committed" itself: we may choose as an existential act of will to be committed TO something, but if declared mentally incompetent and a danger to ourselves or others we can also be "committed" BY others to an institutional place of safety, an asylum.

So: is marriage itself an institutional place of safety to which we are committed by various external social forces -- in Gilbert's case, the requirement of US immigration? The infatuation which may result in a precipitate marriage is well-recognized to be a sort of temporary folly, and Gilbert painstakingly avoided that. But for marriage to survive once embarked upon must we (from time to time at least) willingly submit to a certain wilful degree of madness?

Commitment: at heart, nutz??

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BRIGHTSPARK7 1/31/2010 1:23AM

    So glad you are writing again. Must be feeling better!

I've enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert's "Eat, pray, love" and your review has sparked my interest to read this one too. 29 years for the hubs and I. I like the quote you have chosen:

"Maybe creating a big enough space within your consciousness to hold and accept someone's contradictions -- someone's idiocies, even -- is a kind of divine act. Perhaps transcendence can be found not only on solitary mountaintops or in monastic settings, but also at your own kitchen table, in the daily acceptance of your partner's most tiresome, irritating faults."

Yes, when we learn to have compassion for our own irritating, idiocies, we do have more spaciousness for the contradictions of others too. It's all one.


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TRYINGHARD1948 1/30/2010 10:49PM

    Ellen, very thought provoking and I'll certainly look out for the book. One of the things that I find most remarkable is how the nature of love between a couple changesas we develop and mature through life. I did write a poem about it once - I must try to find it.

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Dog Story

Friday, January 22, 2010

Yup, love dogs too -- particularly my own golden retriever, Charlie, whose call name is "Heart of Gold". Prophetic, that was. Best dog ever.

But I also love other people's dogs whether they have hearts of gold or not. And once in a while those other dogs -- even if I've never seen them before and am unlikely ever to see them again -- will look at me as if they realize just that.

So here's a silly story with no particular significance which has stuck in my mind since last September.

I was driving south to work in the curb lane and was passed by a pickup truck with a most raffish looking dog in the passenger seat. The dog's head and shoulders were right out the window and he had a big goofy grin on his face. Truck Dog seemed to be of diverse origins, a houndish rust/white/black tri-colour but close to Great Dane in proportion. One of his ears stuck up and one flopped down. The big fella was thoroughly enjoying the sunny day and the breeze with all of its enticing scents.

For about three miles the truck kept pace with me. Kids were walking to school, some with parents and dogs accompanying them. Other dogs were out for walks with older owners. Truck Dog looked over at me and for several seconds gazed directly into my eyes. He grinned joyously. I smiled back. His message seemed pretty explicit. "Hey, this is gonna be sumpin'! Just watch me!"

We went past a medium-size sheltie mincing daintily like a model on a catwalk. "Good one!", Truck Dog signalled. And "WOOF WOOOF WOOOOOF!!!" he uttered with vocal ferocity completely belied by the entirely amiable expression on his face. But the sheltie missed the humour entirely. Flinching at the volume, she lost her elegant cadence and her owner snapped her head around indignantly. "Yup, it's working!!" The Dan-ish grinned at me conspiratorially.

His next target came into view about half a mile later. It was a reasonably large boxer but with a worried forehead and timidity in its round shoulders. Instantly, even noisier and even more aggressive barks emanated from the pick up truck -- and the boxer leaped sideways, looking fearfully over his shoulder. This time the Great One swelled his chest with pride and opened his mouth wide. "Almost too easy", he smiled across at me knowing full well I thought it was funny too.

Long before I could see it and way down the road my temporary travel buddy had identified one more victim. He looked over as if to say, "This is gonna be the best yet!!" A ludicrous mini dachshund puppy probably only a few months old -- little more than a caterpillar wearing a bright green furry dog sweater -- was waiting at the bus stop with its owner.

Loudest, most aggressive barks possible. No quarter given for youth, size, inexperience -- just merciless "leader of the pack" stuff. Imminent attack. Or that was what it sounded like. The tiny pup leaped vertically four feet, trying to bury itself in its owner's arms. Missing completely, it somersaulted spectacularly end-over-end backwards in the air. The owner stooped and snatched it up instantly, the poor little pup unhurt of course but paralytic with fear.

As he sped past the bus stop Truck Dog swivelled to settle his haunches on the dashboard, turning back to watch as long as he could. Tongue lolling, he was practically falling out of his window with hysterical laughter. I got one more complicit glance ("I told you it was gonna be funny, right??") and then Truck Dog's owner was abruptly switching lanes to cut me off and turn right.

They barrelled west down the country road in a cloud of dust. For a few more seconds I could just see my friend's tail wagging ecstatically through the rear truck window. And they were gone.

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GINA7249 1/31/2010 3:14PM

    cutest story i have a lab but chocolate named hershey.

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PHEBESS 1/29/2010 8:44AM

    ROFL!!!!!!! I don't know who is funnier, the dog or you!!!!!! Love this!!!!!

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DARLENA3 1/24/2010 9:49PM

    Cute story, love your blogs.


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CMB2048 1/24/2010 9:22PM

    Great story! Sounds like a funny dog!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/23/2010 4:49PM

    I love the way you write Ellen. You describe things so well that I was almost there with you and Truck Dog. Thanks.

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FROSTIERACES 1/23/2010 9:24AM

    Love this story...too fun!! What is a CURB LANE? I can totally relate to BIG dog stories and TRUCKdog! we have 2 of them...who bark at various things while we drive down the road - even statues of Buffalo! GREAT story! emoticon

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STARRY-EYEDGIRL 1/23/2010 5:08AM

    Just wonderful!

Margaret and Buddy emoticon

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    What a fabulous story - loved it Ellen!
Jackie x

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/23/2010 12:53AM

    LOL, you seem to be a real Dr Dolittle Ellen and what joy you give to us. thank you.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 1/22/2010 11:34PM

    I LOVE your stories, Ellen. Filled with the joy of life.
Have a blessed weekend,
xo Usha.

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STLRZGRRL 1/22/2010 11:27PM


Ah, but consciousness is in everything, isn't it?... if only we will get down off our high-horse (so to speak!) and accept the wisdom that is all about us...

Well, Marmaduke seems to have been more clown than sage but who doesn't need a laugh?

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Bird Story

Friday, January 15, 2010

I've been thinking recently about how much I enjoy birds -- probably because of all the birds we have had at our feeders over the past couple of weeks. It's been great to see the gold finches in winter plumage at the window finch feeder; the woodpeckers and nuthatches and chickadees on the suet block; and the cardinals and jays at the big feeder. I can watch them for hours. According to family stories I've had a particular affinity to birds ever since I was a very small child. There are lots of interesting birds here in Ontario, summer and winter, but I do also love the egrets and roseate spoonbills on Sanibel Island, and I'm hoping to get there again for a few days in March.

So here's a bird story which is almost incredible -- but really did happen.

Quite a number of years ago when my own kids were very little, my husband and I took them for a week to a cottage resort near Haliburton in northern Ontario. We hadn't been there before. The minute we got out of our car, a female chipping sparrow came right over to me and "told" me unmistakeably and urgently to follow her to the water's edge. Fluttering expressively, she led me directly to her nest in a small bush overhanging the lake. One of her fledglings had fallen in and was spluttering, close to drowning: it must have happened just minutes before. The mother bird was asking for my help and she was touchingly confident I would understand her and would deliver. I lifted her baby out of the water and back into the nest. That mother chipping sparrow greeted me loudly and effusively every time I came out of the cottage for the entire week we were there. I told her it was ok: that we mothers had to stick together.

The following summer we took our kids to a different cottage resort miles and miles away in another area of northern Ontario. We had just unloaded the car, and I was stocking the fridge with our groceries. I looked up and there was a small bird -- perhaps a summer warbler -- fluttering at the kitchen window and trying very urgently to communicate to me. Immediately I ran out of the cottage, following the bird. This time it was my four year old son who was in imminent danger of drowning. He must have been so hot from the long car ride and so excited to be on vacation that he had gone into the lake without adult supervision. Wading out into the unfamiliar lake, he had not expected that the bottom would drop off so suddenly and he was submerging --quietly slipping under the water. I was just in time. This mother bird had alerted me to the danger for my "fledgling". She flew about our heads, celebrating his rescue with exultant warblings and swoopings.

So strange but so true.

My son is 22 now. And you'll understand: last weekend when I poured niger seed into the finch feeder, put a fresh block of suet into the nuthatch feeder, and set out the chopped peanut and sunflower seed for the blue jays, I was just making an instalment on an old and continuing debt!

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FROSTIERACES 1/23/2010 9:19AM

    Good Morning :) I read this out loud to my husband...just thought it was the most beautiful story and so amazing how nature reaches out to us. I heard the birds chirping very loud yesterday - it rained here and reached like 38 degrees...they liked that I guess! Felt like spring for a split second! Have a wonderful weekend...I'm off to read your dog story :)

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STLRZGRRL 1/22/2010 11:16PM


You are a Bird Whisperer!!!

SO COOL! I left a block of suet out for the birds in my little yard when this cold snap descended but these are city birds and I don't think anyone had ever given them such a thing... they wouldn't touch it... after about a week... the entire thing disappeared!... I think a neighborhood cat must have figured out how to drag it away... and I s'pose the cats need fat in their diet, too... but it WAS for the birds!!!

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IPA-RAY 1/21/2010 9:38PM


Amazing! I always figured you were for the birds, now I know the birds are for you too!


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DARLENA3 1/20/2010 8:59PM

    That is because you are so one with nature and all that is good. Even the birds can tell that.


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XENAMY 1/17/2010 2:47PM

  Wow... I'm not sappy but this brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful memory.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/16/2010 5:06PM

    What amazing and uplifting stories. Thanks.

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/16/2010 4:10PM

    Ellen, what a wonderful story and beautifully told.

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JOPAPGH 1/16/2010 3:10PM

    Ellen, Great story and so well told.

My college age daughter has always had a thing for birds. My wife got her flannel sheet with birds on them for christmas.

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JOPAPGH 1/16/2010 3:06PM

    Ellen, Great story and so well told.

My college age daughter has always had a thing for birds. My wife got her flannel sheet with birds on them for christmas.

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CMB2048 1/16/2010 12:07PM

    What a wonderful story and so beautifully told....you should have been a writer!

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/16/2010 10:09AM


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    I just commented yesterday morning on how beautifully the birds were singing (at 6.20am). As I live by the English South Coast its mostly seagulls we hear/see who squawk rather than sing but perhaps I should pay more attention to these guys too!
Beautiful story Ellen, thanks so much for sharing emoticon
Jackie x

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/16/2010 12:00AM

    I love birds also. Especially love their morning singing and the way my cats enjoy hearing them as well. Have a wonderful day.

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DSHONEYC 1/15/2010 11:26PM

    Oh, Ellen I think I know that about you - that you are in touch with the world around you and probably always have been. People and birds know they can trust you, because you listen. Bet you are and always have been the "buzz in the bird world". Thanks for sharing this and so much else. emoticon

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CARISSA81 1/15/2010 11:24PM

    So sweet!

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CHRYS13 1/15/2010 11:13PM

    This is amazing! What a connection/gift you have. Angels come in many forms....

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BRIGHTSPARK7 1/15/2010 11:09PM

    Oh Ellen,
This is so moving. You do have a special connection with birds. I believe they can sense your love for them.
And how miraculous that your 'fledling' was saved. Mothers do have profound connections with their young ... of all species.
Love you,

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PHEBESS 1/15/2010 10:58PM

    Wow, both stories are just amazing!!!! You must be a very special person to have that connection with these animals!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/15/2010 10:07PM

    What an interesting story! Truth really is stranger than fiction. Thanks for sharing.

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Podrunner Week One All Done

Friday, January 08, 2010

Completed my three sessions for week one this morning -- and realized that I've got a bit of twinge developing in my right knee. Not at all alarming -- but noticed it.

And so I focused during my weights session on lower body -- keeping the hip flexors, hamstrings and quads strong will help stabilize both the knee and hip joints.

And in addition, worked on abs: strong core is important too.

Next week I'm going to take Podrunner to the track rather than the treadmill so I can concentrate more on the mid foot landing and short stride -- once set to a certain speed, the treadmill almost compels a heel landing, I think, because the conveyor belt is moving. I've got to learn to use the POSE short stride to move myself forward rather than "keeping up with the conveyor belt": which is not the same thing at all.

Really really enjoying working on this project! And looking forward to Week Two.

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PHEBESS 1/15/2010 10:32AM

    Hope your knee is keeping up with your workouts!

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FROSTIERACES 1/14/2010 10:42PM

    You're doing so great Ellen! I do dread those twinges as I get them too ...randomly throughout my body as I run and ...try my best to just relax as I'm running...
Running is definitely wonderful for the core, mine is getting so much stronger too. Well, I write this as I'm day 5 of not being on the treadmill once - BOO! Hoping I'll get back to it soon. Keep up the hard work!!! emoticon emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/14/2010 9:19AM

    YOURE DOING THIS!!!!!!!!!! :D

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DARLENA3 1/11/2010 11:54PM

    Checking out other websites about the podrunner. Does it help to start on the treadmill?

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CMB2048 1/10/2010 10:46AM

    I envy you. I always wanted to be a runner. But even when I was thin, my body just seemed so "heavy." I don't think I ever gave myself enough time to really try it and get in shape. Maybe if I dropped some weight through walking and other exercise, I'll give it a go one more time.

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JOPAPGH 1/9/2010 10:03PM

    Glad you are enjoying your journey.

To shorten the stride, work on your cadence. Quick foot turnover is the key. Add some spinning to your aerobic activity if you are not doing some now.

I should be sending the DVD out on Wednesday.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/9/2010 3:56PM

    You sound as if you're gaining a lot from this activity. All the best with your progress.

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    Glad the running is going so well. You're using all the buzzwords my trainer does so you obviously know your stuff! Good luck!!
Jackie x emoticon

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BRIGHTSPARK7 1/8/2010 10:36PM

    I like your awareness of how your foot is landing, Ellen, and how you are building good form as you progress. Glad you have found a fitness activity that calls so much to you.
All the best as you take it to the track!
xo Usha.

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/8/2010 9:55PM

    Great that you are listening to your body Ellen. It gets more important as we mature, I think. Fantastic first week, woohoo!

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