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Lesson 636 – Cutting a dog in half – and still have it be alive

I haven’t talked much about our flock member Pippin and perhaps because people were spooked by our two recent losses in the flock, I was asked by more than one person if he was okay.

Not only is Pippin okay but he is incredibly talented. He recently acted as my magician’s assistant while I performed a mystifying and dare devilish magic trick. (I’m currently in discussion with some of the bigger venues in Las Vegas because of this one.)

I call this trick – “cutting a dog in half – and still have it be alive.” (I know I have to work a little on the title.)

Here is Pippin at the beginning of the trick. Would someone cue that magician’s music for me?

adorable hairball

And here he is, just a few hours later – clearly cut in half and yet STILL ALIVE!! Simply astounding. Continue reading

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Lesson 442 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 

“The cherished chicks are coming home to roost.”

Moms of college students everywhere

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Lesson 438 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 

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I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown. There was a dish called Mother and Child Reunion. It’s chicken and eggs. And I said, I gotta use that one.

Paul Simon 

And now you know. 

Photo credit: Emily Bersin

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Lesson 433 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 


To those of us who have had Halloween rescheduled to this weekend (and now you know that such a thing can be done) and who are getting completely messed up because the stores are displaying Christmas items and playing Holiday music when we STILL haven’t had Halloween…

enjoy the festivities.

Have fun, get buckets of candy, and laugh with your friends – just be safe.

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Lesson 429 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 

At first cock-crow the ghosts must go
Back to their quiet graves below.
~Theodosia Garrison

From a home where it is considered a high holy holiday (read free candy), Happy Halloween from our little flock to yours.

(And yes, that’s really snow from this morning in New Hampshire *sigh*, there’s just nothing worse than having to wear your winter coat under your Halloween costume.) 

Wendy 

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Lesson 424 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 

“We can see a thousand miracles around us every day. What is more supernatural than an egg yolk turning into a chicken?” 

S. Parkes Cadman

Yes, sir, that’s my baby. 

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Lesson 419 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 

“I rule the roost.” – Dad

“I rule the rooster.” – Mom

Best mugs ever.  Found at our local Goodwill  


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Lesson 416 – There for each other

Chickens are flock animals. Working together ensures their survival. It’s actually a pretty amazing thing to watch, if a threat is perceived, they band together to fight as one. A mighty creature made from many. Through the many, anything can be endured.

And while a few may wander off during the day, temptations of grass and shiny bugs calling to them, eventually all chickens return home at night.

During the cold winters, they huddle together creating survival needed warmth. From each other, they are able to live, to sustain. Arguments made during the day are forgotten in the stillness of evening.

At the end of the day, they are whole, a flock once more. There for each other.

Which makes it all that more painful when a member leaves for good. Continue reading

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Lesson 415 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 

It takes a long time to grow an old friend. 

John Leonard

Our oldest and most frail member of the flock, Digger is now dying and while we have expected this to happen for awhile, it’s still a shock every time we think of a home without his presence. For now, he’s wrapped up in blankets to ward off the New Hampshire chill while he sleeps.  When we pass by his corner, we stop, pet him, and tell him of our love and how very fortunate we are to have had him in our lives.

Hearts continue to break in New Hampshire. 

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Lesson 408 – Images of loss

There exist iconic images of loss that are so real, so earth-shakingly poignant, they make us feel like we’ve been punched in the gut. Who, among us, can look at a soldier’s pair of empty boots without feeling a deep and profound sorrow – the sense of loss represented, the death of an individual. A mother’s grief?

A flag flown at half-mast. On September 11th every time I saw our flag lowered in respect, I felt the aching unfairness of it all. The lives that were ended, the potential that was taken away in a heartbeat. The innocence shattered.

I remember watching President Kennedy’s funeral procession with my mother. I was very, very young at the time, hardly aware of my part in life, and yet I remember the horse with the backward boot. Such a strange image, such a perfect image for a nation who felt confused and stranded. Our President was no longer leading the way. He was gone.

Images like these are not intended to prolong our grief and make us constantly feel sorrow. Instead they are created to give us pause, to make us remember what it is we no longer have. To be grateful we were able to be a part of someone’s life whose pain at their loss we feel so deeply. It reminds us that we have been profoundly touched by another.

Thank God there exist images like these. They cut to the chase by making us reflect, helping us to cope. The important thing to remember, however, when you see one is not to dwell on what is gone but instead to move forward, always forward, carrying the loving spirit and the lessons learned behind that loss forever in your heart.

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