Archive | January 2017

Thirty Years a Junkie

Andrew Joyce


Compared to some, I’ve lived an exciting life. At least parts of it were. However, compared to others, my life has been humdrum. The only thing I’m satisfied about is that all the drama took place when I was young and able to handle it. That would not be the reality today for I have grown old.

It’s confession time. I’m not looking for absolution. My only intent is to show some of you out there that there is hope. Nothing is forever. Perhaps my story might help you get to the next stage of your life. Maybe not, but I had help getting there, and I’ll tell you about it in a minute. First, a little background. And please, feel free to judge me. You cannot condemn me any more than I have already condemned myself.

When I was kid, I always had a wanderlust. I would see a…

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This entry was posted on January 29, 2017. 3 Comments

TinkerToy’s FIRST Meet and Greet for 4-legses

PAHTY! PAHTY!(Hey, I’m a cat from Boston!) Come join Tink’s party!

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

Inspired by the ones hosted by 2-legses
(but we 4-legged bloggers have a lot to say too!)

Guest blogger: TinkerToy

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

Found HERE

cats, squirrels, pigs, hamsters, rats, turtles, even parrots and budgies

We can do it too

If you’ve been over to PuppyDoc’s blog, you already know she’s not a real dog.

Her actual name is Phoebe and she’s a 2-legs who is also a super doctor with a HUGE heart — but who can blame her for adopting a great nickname like that, huh? (She explains why on her own blog, so jump over there if you want to know the back-story.)

Anyway, she hosted this big Meet-and-Greet Party where some of my pals and I left links to our blogs. I guess it was a great party for Mom, but not so much for me.

No offense…

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This entry was posted on January 23, 2017. 1 Comment

Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detection Kit

Sage advice for all times, but especially *these* times!

Bound 4 Escape

  1. Wherever possible there must be independent confirmation of the “facts.”
  2. Encourage substantive debate on the evidence by knowledgeable proponents of all points of view.
  3. Arguments from authority carry little weight — “authorities” have made mistakes in the past. They will do so again in the future. Perhaps a better way to say it is that in science there are no authorities; at most, there are experts.
  4. Spin more than one hypothesis. If there’s something to be explained, think of all the different ways in which it could be explained. Then think of tests by which you might systematically disprove each of the alternatives. What survives, the hypothesis that resists disproof in this Darwinian selection among “multiple working hypotheses,” has a much better chance of being the right answer than if you had simply run with the first idea that caught your fancy.
  5. Try not to get overly attached to a…

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This entry was posted on January 22, 2017. 2 Comments

Happy New Year!

Very creative – sounds and looks yummy too!


Happy New Year, Beautiful People!  We just came back after watching the fireworks on Ocean Drive among a huge crowd of happy people. I am repeating my Fireworks on the Beach post (originally done on 4th of July) and wishing everybody a very happy year full of joy and special blessings! Love and peace!


When I was still running the school, every summer in camp I did weekly International Food events. They were thinly disguised group therapy / team building sessions, but kids enjoyed themselves playing with food (I did mostly desserts!), in the process learning appropriate interactive social skills. Eventually they got to take some goodies home, if they haven’t eaten them before the end of the day. For Independence Day, we did Very Berry Fireworks, which were nothing much but skewered cut up strawberries, marshmallows, and blueberries – red, white, and blue – stuck in paper cups decorated…

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Sand Paintings

A truly glorious experience for you to enjoy!

Andrew Joyce


I ran into Jimmy of The Dené in the summer of 1967 when I was seventeen-years-old. I was hitchhiking, trying to get to California from my home in Miami, Florida, but I got sidetracked along the way and ended up in Peoria, Illinois. I only mention this because I found myself on the fabled Route 66.

I had no map and I was rather lost, but a kind man that I met at a gas station told me to keep on 66 and it would lead me right into Los Angeles. What it did … was lead me into one of the most profound experiences of my life.

A day later, I was standing by the side of the road outside of Gallup, New Mexico, just before sunset, hoping to catch a ride at least as far as Flagstaff before it got full dark. As the sun kissed the rim…

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This entry was posted on January 20, 2017. 3 Comments

Another Book Review

If I were a human capable of actually buying a book, yes….that photo would most definitely have gotten to me. My human recommends this book and says, “If you haven’t checked it out yet, what are you waiting for?”

Andrew Joyce


Today I am reviewing the latest book from one of my favorite authors, Andrew Joyce.

The review: The book is great!

Stars: 1.5 Million

The Link: Amazon

The Author (If this doesn't get you to buy the book nothing will.) The Author (If this doesn’t get you to buy the book nothing will.)

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This entry was posted on January 18, 2017. 1 Comment