Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
The snow has taken over the west coast and the coast of Maine. Unfortunately, I am in Massachusetts.
Friday, December 19, 2008
"The Week" refers to that special time in the school house when all sense of academics, routine, or composure go flying out the window for the ever important 'Holiday Season'. Any ring leader will pronounce the phrase The Week with the same muddled disgust usually reserved for unwelcome relatives.
During this week, mature mongrels lose the ability to read and write. Elementary achievements are no longer reached. Basic communication skills are abandoned and replaced by more necessary ones- yelling and demanding; while academics give way to more challenging activities- decorating cookies and painting.
The voices of ring leaders' that could once wrangle the rowdiest of wild things mean nothing at this time. A wave of sugar-high disarray comes flooding through the building, drowning anything in its path.
Even the best intentions cannot save The Week from being over run with gluttony and craze. An experienced ring leader may decide that the mongrels cannot read to themselves at this time, but that does not mean that they cannot place their furry heads on the desk and be lulled into calm by tales of quiet snow and changing light. Experienced ring leaders may even have their own cage under peaceful control, succumbed by a read aloud trance.
It never lasts. Another braver (hmmm, less knowing) ring leader will just come along and open the gate and free the beasts. It happens every time. It is easier to simply give in and wait for the moment I am enjoying right now.
The bell and end of the The Week.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
you may already know that bears love the sea. I did not know this until I decided it was a good idea to move 20 miles out onto the Atlantic. Bears are swarming here, you are never without tracks. Pretty lucky for me cause I have been tracking bear for nearly two decades.
I started out small, but now have the help of my two assistants, wolf dog and hound dog.
Wolf dog, always ready for the track, is eager and lively. She uses her agility and endurance to assist in the trials. Hound dog is the mastermind behind the operation. She presses her powerful ears against the dirt to listen for the vibrations of passing bear. She is demonstrating this below.