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Sparkling Eyes

I had three dogs in my life during the past couple of years. Until today.

I love dogs. Tippy. Ember. Barnabas. Charley. All have come and gone through the years.

When I moved to New York, I traveled too much to have a dog of my own. Through the years, I have become attached to the dogs of others.

Three dogs.

Henrik belongs to my son Sean and lives in Chelsea. I see him now and then. I get to walk him. I stayed with him one long weekend when Sean was in London.

Bentley lives in Maryland with my son Eric and daughter-in-law Essie. I don’t see him as often as I would like. The last time was last fall.

Boxster. A pug, Boxster belonged to my friends Nicole and Desi. He lived in the same apartment complex as I do.Of the three dogs, I met Boxster first. Nicole is a massage therapist, trainer, and nutritionist. I went to her apartment for my first massage. Boxster greeted me as I came in. I got on the table, put my face in the face cradle. I heard something moving on the floor. When I opened my eyes, there stood Boxster, his sparkling eyes looking up at mine.

Nicole freaked, just a little bit. She apologized and told Boxster to leave. I reached around the face cradle and scratched him under his chin.

We became friends at that moment.

The friendship spanned a number of years. In his younger years, Boxster would recognize the sound of the elevator and be standing at the door when I knocked, eyes sparkling.

As he aged, Boxster celebrated his 16th birthday this year, he did not get around as nimbly. But whenever I came by, he would get up to see me, his eyes sparkled, and he would have me have me pet and scratch him. Except his butt. I have standards.

When I ran my first 5K, Sean ran with me and Nicole, Desi, and Boxster, his eyes sparkling, greeted us at the finish line.

He had a wonderful celebration of his 15th birthday. I was delighted to be there with family, neighbors, and friends and Boxster T. Man with sparkling eyes. He patiently allowed himself to be dressed for his birthday just as he had allowed himself to be dressed for Halloweens and the Pride Parade.

Over the last year or so, I became one of Boxster’s substitute walkers. Some days he did better than others. Always, his eyes sparkled.

Today at 1:47 PM, my phone rang. It was Nicole. I assumed she was calling to set up a time to go to the gym in our apartment complex.

When she started to speak, I knew it was not about the gym. Before she could tell me, I knew it was about Boxster.

Boxster had visited the vet. And the vet had said it was time. Nicole and Desi were bringing him back for one last visit at home. They put me on speaker phone and I spoke to Boxster. My voice cracked a couple times as I did.

IMG-2262Then Nicole offered me the most incredible gift. She asked if I would like to meet them in the parking lot as they went back to their apartment. Of course, I said yes.

We talked. We cried. I held Boxster. I scratched him under his chin one last time. At one point we made eye contact and those brown eyes sparkled up at me.

A couple hours later, a couple hours ago, Boxster crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. There Tippy, Ember,  Barnabas, Charley, and all the pets that people loved met Boxster, welcomed him, loved him. And there Boxster waits, with sparkling eyes, for Nicole and Desi.

You are loved, Boxster. You will never be forgotten.

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Game of Sofas

Winter is here.

Coming soon to a living room near you.

Henrik and Sheldon

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Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving 2019 was spent at the Shire in New York. Sean and Henrik came and visited. Cooking went well with the exception of dropping a bowl of oysters on the floor. They would have been a new recipe. Ah well. Some other time.

The bison steak was the star of the plate.

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23 November 2019

Walking with Henrik. Chelsea.
Walking. Morningside Gardens
Of Time and Rivers Flowing – Richie Havens
The Other Side, Welcome – Ruby Ibarra
Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
Cement – Citizen
Amazing Grace/Nearer My God To Thee – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
John Henry – The Mammals
Alam’i – Koudede
Don’t Say Okay – Mary Black
State of the Nation – George Clinton
Dreamboat – Troy Andrews
Transmetropolitan – The Pogues
Girl from the  North Country – Bob Dylan
Moving On – Sweet Honey in the Rock
Broken – Bear Fox
Dime Mi Amor – Loss Lonely Boys
Treasure Island – The Chieftains

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11 November 2019

Walking. Treadmill.
Walking with Henrik.
Core work and strength work with NK Body Philosophy.
All the Fine Young Men – Eric Bogle
No Man’s Land – Peter, Paul & Mary
Christmas in the Trenches – John McCutcheon
1916 – Motorhead
The Band Played Waltzing Matilda – The Pogues
Harry Patch (In Memory Of) – Radiohead
Paschendale – Iron Maiden
On Battleship Hill – PJ Harvey
Pipes of Peace – Paul McCartney
Soldiers – Julia Turner
Keep the Home Fires Burning – Steven Isserlis & Connie Shih
Some Mother’s Son – The Kinks
Going Home – Randy Newman
One – Metallica
Poppy Day – Siouxsie and the Banshees
Canticle of the Turning – Princeton Seminary Choir

 

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10 November 2019

Walking. Chelsea. Sometimes with Henrik.
Dreamscapes: Canyon People – R. Carlos Nakai
So Far Away – Carole King
Daniel and the Sacred Harp – The Band
In da Club – 50 Cent
Touch – Sarah McLachlan
Steelers football

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9 November 2019

Walking. Chelsea. Sometimes with Henrik.
Lean on Me – Bill Withers
I Am the Walrus – The Beatles
There’s No You – Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson
I’m Ready – Tracy Chapman
Sister – Indigo Girls
Pyramid – Spyro Gyra
Keisha Complex – Shea Diamond
These Walls – Kendrick Lamar
Find Your Way – Adina Nyree
Time to Go – Black 47
Another Brick in the Wall – Agua Clara
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Bob Dylan
Love You Forever – Zendaya
Fight the Power – Public Enemy

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22 Dec #Expect #AdventWord 2018

22 Dec #Expect

The Advent devotional project, #AdventWord  is offered by the Society of St John the Evangelist. Each day a word is provided and participants are invited to share images and/or reflections and to use hashtags so our reflections may be included in an Advent Calendar with others from around the world.

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A moment from today I am thankful for

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After dinner in New York with son Sean and grandpuppy Henrik

Traci Smith, author of Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home has provided a gift of the November 2018 Gratitude Every Day calendar. I am using it as an opportuity to revisit photos and post them as they speak to gratitude.

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We Meet Again Tour – 22 June 2018

IMG-7627The We Meet Again Tour took a trip to the Village to celebrate Father’s Day, a few days late. It involved a great meal with Sean. And a chance to play with Henrik.

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