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The Short Lullaby

Duff here. Every night, Mom sings me a lullaby. Our Routine? She begins to yawn and Stretch, and I know Bed Time is on its way. She will clean up the Kitchen. Then wander through Our place to Turn off the Lights. While She does this, I often get a Pat or a Rub, for She is Quite Fond of…

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Season of Opposites

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe of slush. —Doug Larson Duff here. Early Spring is a season of Opposites. Some days of Balmy Weather arrive, with the Promise of New Growth and Green Shoots on Trees. Mom abandons Her coat and life is good as We go for longer Walks. The Birds with Their cheerful…

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Gearing Up

Duff here. As a Very Small Canine, I consider any Leap before I commit Myself to that Feat. I make up My Mind. Then carefully gauge the Distance, seeing if I have what it Takes. (Some Days are better than Others, I think We’d all agree.) The Recliner at the Office is a Good Case in Point. I ask permission…

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Leap Year Day

According to 30 Rock, which is an authority on these matters: anything that happens today, didn’t. —Anonymous Duff here. We’re on the cusp of February 29, Leap Year Day. And what if everything You do Tomorrow was Make Believe? What a Day that would be! And what would You do with this Span of Time where You were totally free…

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Mardi Gras Celebrations!

Duff here. Mardi Gras is tomorrow! Let the Good Times roll! New Orleans, Louisiana, is The Place to Be. Seen the parades, with Their brightly colored Floats? Those Sparkly Masks? Crazy dancing? And Gifts of Tossed Necklaces in green, Purple and Gold? The cultural Diversity in the Food (yes, please) and the Music (if it’s too loud, it hurts My…

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Flight to Freedom

Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcase of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change. —Shannon L. Adler Duff here. Self Worth is like a Gem. And when You turn a diamond in Your Hand, the Sparkles from the Many Cuts within bounce a beautiful Spectrum. (Personally,…

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The North Side

Snow! This white moisture is falling as I write. And I was reminded how beautiful snowflakes are when they spin and float. The wind may push these flakes into drifts. They become heavier in some spots. And lighter in others. Tucked away in crevices. They get stuck where they land. But here’s what is most interesting: when the sun comes…

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