Saturday, December 15, 2007
This is one of the kindest things I've ever experienced. I have no way to know who sent it, but there is a kind soul working in the dead letter office of the US postal service. Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:
Dear God, Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.
Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith' in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:
Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away. Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by. Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I am wherever there is love.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
They raised $405. Half went to the humane society and half to the SAACS. The going rate - 30 minutes of playtime for $10, or 15 minutes for $5. Even better, two of the puppies found permanent homes that day - a win-win situation for sure.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
And it worked. In a matter of days he knew that the girl with a flower in her hair was Camille Hayton, a 22 year old intern from Melbourne, Australia. She and Mr. Moberg are now in touch, but they will pursue any relationship without a webfull of onlookers. Posted on the website they say:
"In our best interest, there will be no more updates to this website,"
"Unlike all the romantic comedies and bad pop songs, you'll have to make up your own ending for this."
Who knows, perhaps next time we'll see them hand in hand on the 5 Train, pushing a pram.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
And the best babysitters are alpacas. I'm betting your kids would rather have an alpaca that the snarly teenager you usually get. They are supposedly fierce and loyal. This is news to me, and it is very cute, so I think it qualifies as Cute News!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
This is the best story I have heard for months. A woman who is a double amputee, was asked all the usual "why?" questions about her prosthetic legs by a curious 4 year old. With a sparkle in her eye, she told the child she was a mermaid! Spurred on by the idea, she contacted a special effects company to make her a real functional mermaid tail. Since she is an avid swimmer, it will even be useful in giving her some thrust as she swims. Brilliance!
As Shel Silverstein once pointed out, all the magic I've ever seen, I've had to make myself. Way to make some magic, Nadya!
Monday, June 18, 2007
A mom is picking up the signal from inside the space shuttle Atlantis on her baby monitor. Maybe baby Jack has big plans to be an astronaut and is trying to tell you something, mom:
"I put the kids down and I put the baby monitor on like I always do and I saw two people floating in space," said the primary school science teacher.
Meilinger joked that her parents believed that her son, three-month-old Jack, had acquired magical powers since they started picking up the video footage from the Atlantis."Space is not as deep as you think, I guess.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
We salute you, Gimundo.com, for having good news every day! This article about an eleven year old boy who saved his teacher warms the cockles of my heart:
Hines says she is amazed by Lester’s courage and grace under pressure. “I told him, ‘You’re not just my student, you’re my hero,’” she said. “I think we will always be joined by the heart.”
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Cream: 2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups shortening
Add: 1/2 cup molasses
Mix dry ingredients and stir in:
4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. cloves
2 tsp. ginger
Roll in balls the size of walnuts. Roll in sugar. Bake 350 for 12-14 minute. Don't overbake, they should be slightly chewy.
Robber caught - by mum
A Czech armed robber who targeted McDonald's restaurants was grabbed by the ear and marched to the police station by his mum.
Katka Zahradnikova, 44, from Prague, recognised her 20-year-old son Michal on CCTV footage screened on the local version of Crimewatch.
A police spokesman said: "He admitted he was responsible for robbing a number of the fast-food stores and put up no resistance when she marched him down here by the ear and made him give us a full statement.
"We couldn't have done it better ourselves."
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
I want one of these real bad:
Granny Feng's tom cat has sprouted two hairy 4ins long wings, reports the Huashang News.
"At first, they were just two bumps, but they started to grow quickly, and after a month there were two wings," she said.
Feng, of Xianyang city, Shaanxi province, says the wings, which contain bones, make her pet look like a 'cat angel'.Heavenly.
"The chemical epicatechin is also found in cocoa, tea, grapes and blueberries and the researchers believe it improves the blood flow in the brain especially in combination with extra exercise.
The study is not the first to suggest a link between 'flavanol' chemicals in certain foods and health benefits; other studies have also suggested that cardiovascular health can be improved by including them in the diet."
It says you need to excercise and you could probably eat blueberries and get the same effect, but I don't believe it. It's the chocolate, do you hear me? Now give me your Hershey's and nobody gets hurt!
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
"An autistic boy who could not speak has learned his first words with the help of his family's pet parrot.
Dylan Hargreaves, four, has severe learning difficulties and had never uttered a single word.
But after listening to macaw Barney, he can now say "Night, night", "Dad", "Mum", "Ta", "Hello" and "Bye", reports The Sun.
"Every time I gave the bird something to say, Dylan started trying to say the same thing. I think it's because the bird says things slower than me, which helps Dylan understand.
"Now when I put him to bed he says, 'Night, night, mum'. It means the world to me."
Friday, May 11, 2007
Today we have:
- a dog raising kittens
- a cat raising puppies
- and my favorite, a cat raising chicks. Probably my favorite because of the video of her carrying the chicks back to their box. In her mouth.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
The cat, in Zhengzhou city, gave birth to four kittens, one of which looks like a white poodle.
"It looks very different from the other kittens, and its mouth, nose and paws are all dog-like," says owner Zhang Qiming.'
Check it you in the lower left hand corner of the picture - what do you think - puppy or kitten?
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
This savvy kitty rides the bus to the fish market every day. No one knows who she belongs to, or how she knows when to get off the bus. It's an x-file folks, but the truth is out there.
What we do know: the bus people have named the cat Macavity, after the mystery cat in T.S. Eliot's poem, which is awesome.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 9, 2007
Apparently Webkinz are. They sound a lot like the characters my kids like to play with on their gamecube game Animal Crossing, except they come with a stuffed animal to snuggle once the computer is shut off. Some people worry about kids spending too much time on the computer, but parents who are smart already limit their kids computer time, and it sounds like there are great lessons to learn about caring for animals and budgeting money. I think I want one!
"This is the best thing that ever happened to me | all these people chipping to help out Shadow. He's my MVP | most valuable puppy," Burke said.
If you would like to help Robert Burke get medical treatment for his dog Shadow, You can send donations
To: The Shadow Fund
Where: c/o of Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover, MA 01810.
Friday, April 6, 2007
"If you tune into the news, you’re going to end up hearing or reading at least the headlines of stories you’d probably rather not know about. Somehow, I know that Paris Hilton may have violated her parole. I’m not sure how it happened, but I even know a little about Britney Spears’s hairdo, divorce, and trip to rehab. These bits of cultural trivia, I really wish I hadn’t digested."
Right on, Fred. More about why Britney, Anna Nicole, and Paris are not worthy but Candace Parker is.
He gets to be a Space Ranger like he always dreamed. That's nice.
Thursday, April 5, 2007
As always, the Japanese are the cutest people on earth. Nissan is making a car aimed at young women, complete with stuffed animals, stickers and cute pillows. On their site you can design your own interior with sparkly stickers and everything! It's all in Japanese, but that just makes it a challenge. Check out my car! Isn't is sweet?
Check it out here