Dad was meeting Siberians in various rescues trying to decide who would come home to join Natasha and Rusty and form our threesome …. So many beautiful Siberian Huskies to choose from, but one ragged, scared, shy girl kept peeking out at us. The person running the rescue said, “Sometimes, you don’t get the dog you want. Sometimes, you get the dog you need.” And so Waverly came home with us, renamed Kiska (Russian for pure).
Miss Kiska had learned in her early life that humans were not to be trusted. The rescue had helped her so much, but she found herself in a strange place with strange people, unsure whether they were good. She resisted being touched and preferred to hide. Hu-Dad took to sitting on the deck with her, reading a book, and waiting for her to make the first move. Over the coming days, she would approach and sniff, before running and hiding. Each time she would get closer until the day when Hu-Dad felt the tip of her nose on the back of his neck. He sat still, waiting, hoping, while she investigated. After a long period of time, she rested her head on his shoulder while he read aloud to her. She had found her permanent home, the one that would keep her safe.
One way or the other money must get spent and when someone spends he treats it like an investment for future returns. One needs to find out what those returns are and for whom? If that transparency can come in into our political lives, we can become idealistic again. Otherwise, I maintain that all democracies in the world are nothing but plutocracies veiled.
Using documentary-style storytelling, which can last for several minutes, candidates have found a successful alternative to the traditional model of raising huge sums of money that get spent on expensive, 30-second television commercials.
People miscommunicate all the time, but we continue to assume other people will understand what we’re trying to say. It can have tragic consequences sometimes, but it’s also a great source of humor. This video of Jeanne Robertson I showed a while back is a great example.
Will we learn from that? Oh, probably not.
Here’s a short one relevant to North Carolina now:
As Hurricane Florence bears down on North Carolina, the state may face the consequences of policies minimizing the impact of climate change and allowing extensive development in vulnerable coastal areas.
The approaching storm almost certainly gained destructive power from a warming climate, but a 2012 law, and subsequent actions by the state, effectively ordered state and local agencies that develop coastal policies to ignore scientific models showing an acceleration in the rise of sea levels.
The trip to Española took only three hours today, less than the four-hour trip to Santa Fe yesterday. It took an hour driving back and forth and two hours at the neurologist’s.
Andy told him about his minor symptoms now and that he had a CT scan a few weeks ago that showed the blood on the brain is gone. Hopefully the minor symptoms will gradually get better, but he can easily live with them if they’re permanent.
The neurologist thought it was a good idea to get a CT angiogram to see if the carotid artery dissection has improved — they usually heal by themselves, he said (and that’s what I had read). So we scheduled that and Andy will go back next Wednesday to have it done. The doctor said to phone him about a week after the scan and seemed to imply that Andy can get the results over the phone — that would be nice. Anyway, it all looks promising.
Needless to say, he’s looking forward to going up to the land tomorrow!
We were gone over four hours today — about two driving back and forth to Santa Fe and two hours at the eye doctor’s for Andy’s shot in his left eye. We’ll go back next week for the right eye. The shots do seem to be helping. Now Andy has to have them only every seven weeks for the left eye, every eight for the right. As long as they keep him seeing we’re not complaining! He still has no trouble driving up to the land without glasses.
Tomorrow we go to Española to see a neurologist. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Do you get the idea we’re not getting any younger? 😀