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Before You Bring Home an Exotic Pet

Clifford
Clifford may live to be 80 years old and will continue to grow for as long as he lives.(Quarter on his back to illlustrate scale.)

Reptiles may come to recognize you and acclimate to your care, but they will never bond with you like a mammal would. However, it isn’t just because they are cold blooded. It has more to do with what is in their brain from birth than the temperature of their blood.



Doggy Diarrhea

Sick Puppy

One of the most frustrating aspects of having a dog is that he can't tell you when he is sick. In fact, a lot of dogs are pros at hiding illness until their symptoms become physical. These tell-tale signs of illness are often, well … funky. For instance, diarrhea. Even after it starts, the why of it can remain a mystery.



Can't Fight Those Feelings

out of sync

Photo credit: Geralt

Depression can put your life out of sync with the world. One of the most insidious things about depression is that it can make you feel like you don't deserve to be here. Depression can make you believe that the world would be a better place and that your family and friends would, indeed, be happier if you weren't in it. Fighting those feelings on your own can be near impossible.

Alone Again

Kitten Alone
Photo credit: George Bonev

The Girl Scout song goes,
"Make new friends but keep the old.
One is silver and the other is gold.
"

but sometimes we can't "keep the old."

Paradise or Paradox?

Heaven on Earth
Photo by frank mckenna on Unsplash

The idea of heaven is much more of a paradox than it is a paradise. The world would be a better place if people would come to terms with the idea that Earth is an extraordinary place in the universe. It is one of the very few that supports life as we know it.

Slow Down: Children at Play

toddlers playing

It is through play that we nurture our imagination, creativity, and ingenuity. If you give a child the opportunity to play, along with the playfulness, he will carry those characteristics into his adult life.



Labyrinth


He twisted her and turned her round,
Led her deep into the maze.
Until she sensed no trace of home.
She circled, wandered in a daze

When Love Leaves You Alone

Cher asks, "Do You Believe in Life After Love?"
The Bee Gees asked "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?"
It all boils down to how you survive when love leaves you alone.

Learning to Drive

After I finished driver's training, I thought I was road-ready, but passing the behind-the-wheel driver's test turned out to be something like climbing Mt. Everest. It took me four tries to pass it. The first was not entirely due to poor driving.