Saturday, December 31, 2011

DOGABLY PAWFECT LESSONS DOGS CAN TEACH US


TAKE NAPS
We live in a fast-paced society that doesn't value the power of unplugging. Learn from your dog and take some zzz's to replenish. Napping is heart-healthy and may also help you learn. Maybe it's time to try that new trick after all!


DRINKS LOTS OF WATER
Our dogs know that they need to drink water after they've exerted themselves. This simple act is true for us too. Keeping hydrated is healthy for your body and your mind. So drink up, the water's fine!



DON'T BE AFRAID TO GET DIRTY - JUST JUMP IN
Don't over think it! Want to join in? Just do it. Like the dog park, the world is filled with many games -- some cleaner than others. If you want to play, go get dirty!


SEE YOUR PARTNER WITH NEW EYES
Ever feel invisible to your partner but not your dog? Learn from your pooch and welcome your honey home with lots of excitement. Who wouldn't want to be greeted by a jumping, kissing, tail-wagging lover? Your partner will feel appreciated, and you will benefit from practicing seeing him or her with new eyes.

FIND SOMETHING YOU LOVE AND DO IT OVER AND OVER
Just like dogs can play fetch all day, find something you love and start doing it --over and over! Not only will it be a lovely joy-trigger each time, but you'll also get better at your passion the more you practice.


KNOW WHO YOU ARE

Whether your dog is named Charlie, Munchkin or Mo, your pup quickly learns its name. And whenever that name is uttered, you-know-who will come running over. Explore who you are -- when you find it you will recognize yourself (hint: it might not just be your name!). Learn from your pooch and know who you are. Then let your freak flag fly!

TAKE LOTS OF WALKS
Our pooches know how to laze around the house, but they also know how to get up and move their bodies. Take a walk a day with (or without) a friend, and enjoy the benefits of the outdoors.


BREATHE DEEPLY
While canines pant to regulate their body temperature, we too can create balance by remembering to breathe deeply -- in and out. It might not make you any cooler, but doing so can regulate our emotional temperature and bring us some much-needed stress release.



LOVE AND FORGIVENESS
Did your dog steal a lick of ice cream out of your bowl? Or perhaps ripped your favorite shoes to shreds? While you might be tempted by anger, most likely you will eventually look at your furry friend with love and forgiveness. Learn from your pooch!

DON'T HOLD GRUDGES
Know that crushed look that crosses your pooch's face when you say "no" in a stern tone? A few moments later it's like they have forgotten. When we become permeable like a pup, we can experience our feelings then move forward. This way we can enjoy the new moment instead of reliving past pain.

SPEAK UP WHEN THINGS DON'T FEEL RIGHT
Why did your pooch just bark? Whether it's to warn you of a foreign invader (falling leaves count!) or to tell you something (most likely that they are hungry), our furry friends speak up. So listen to your instincts and tell someone how you feel and what you need -- you might just get it! Even if it's a kitten.


CLEAN YOUR PLATE
All too often we let our food go to waste, throwing out wilted vegetables and days-old leftovers. No canine worth his or her chunks and gravy would ever let such a thing occur! Learn from your pooch and lick that plate clean. Just make sure you portion properly before eating every last kibble and bit!


SHAKE IT OFF
Shit happens. Whether you're caught in a physical or emotional storm or simply had to do something you don't enjoy (not another bath!) shake it off and move forward. The sooner you can do so, the sooner you can forget all about it!



SNIFT IT OUT
Whether it's a new business deal or a potential mate, the power of research cannot be underestimated. The first thing our furry friends do when they meet each other is sniff to approve. Learn from your dog and don't jump into any commitments without first sniffing out the situation. If it smells fine, it's OK to play.



LEARN TO RECEIVE
For many of us it's easier to "do" than to "be." Our pooches know how to give love, but also how to receive it! Instead of doubting your self-worth and keeping love at arms-length, practice receiving it in all its many forms. It may even feel better than that belly rub your pooch asks for!



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Friday, December 30, 2011

CHILDHOOD CRUSHES: MICHAEL ONTKEAN


My first memory of Michael is from The Rookies and I remember my sister and I crying when he was killed. I was ten years old.

Then, when Making Love came out, I was determined to see it, not so much for him (but he helped) and a 2.5 mile walk in about 5 inches of snow wasn't and didn't stop me. I went to that movie three times and have since watched it countless times. Harry Hamlin was pretty hot but he didn't and never did it for me.

Michael has aged very, very well and has been in several other favorites/notable roles including an infamous strip scene in Slap Shot, as the Sheriff in Twin Peaks, Postcards from the Edge and Just the Way You Are.














Wednesday, December 28, 2011

MUG SHOT WEDNESDAY - MUG OF THE YEAR

Who would you most like to rehabilitate or be locked up with?

Each week you'll cast vote for one of four past MUG SHOT WEDNESDAY favorites until you decide who gets paroled.

#1

#2

#3

#4

Thanks to Marc of Deep Dish for the creative inspiration.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

SHERFFIUS-LESS SUNDAY & FRIENDS

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
There are so many political cartoons this week that I though we
should start off with a Palate Cleanser or two. Enjoy!




























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