Monthly Archives: June 2015

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“The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski

Edgar SawtelleI’ve wanted to read The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski for years, and always see it on top book lists.

Born mute, Edgar Sawtelle feels separate from the people around him but is able to establish profound bonds with the animals who share his home and his name: his family raises a fictional breed of exceptionally perceptive and affable dogs. Soon after his father’s sudden death, Edgar is stunned to learn that his mother has already moved on as his uncle Claude quickly becomes part of their lives. Reeling from the sudden changes to his quiet existence, Edgar flees into the forests surrounding his Wisconsin home accompanied by three dogs. Soon he is caught in a struggle for survival — the only thing that will prepare him for his return home. Published 2008.

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Day 281 – Have You Ever Broken the Law?

Have You Ever Broken the LawHave you ever broken the law? Think hard about that question for a second. Clean record?

So now I ask the question, have you ever broken the law, just haven’t been caught? Are you sure? No guilty conscious?

I was driving the highway today and an idiot (yes, I will call him that even though I don’t know him and maybe he’s not always an idiot) decided to pass a semi-trailer who was towing an extra trailer on a downhill with a double line and on a corner. And yep, he came straight at me (and yes, I might have then put my finger out the car window at him). He passed that semi because he wasn’t patient enough to sit behind the truck that was going the speed limit.

Seriously, what was he thinking? He looked to be in his 20s and was either probably late for work or wanting to get to the lake. Either way, it freaked me out and got me thinking about breaking the law.

In that instance, he broke the law. There were no police around to catch him but if they had it would have been worthy of a ticket or two. So he broke the law.

I was way up on my might high horse, when I started thinking about breaking the law. And as I was thinking it, I looked down to see my speedometer going over the speed limit. There I was breaking the law.

And what is usually the first thing out of people’s mouths when you comment on their speeding? “I was only going 10 km over.” Kind of like just being a little bit pregnant. The law is pretty black and white, but it is amazing how often we all justify our actions in the self-proclaimed grey area.

“I only check my text messages at a red light.”
“I was only going a few kilometers over the speed limit.”
“No one goes the speed limit on this stretch so I don’t have to either.”

The excuses just fall out of our mouths so easily. Amazingly so.

So think about it for a minute, and before judging others on breaking the law, think about your path. Can you truly say that you are pure as virgin snow.

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Tyne Daly’s Beautiful Speech

Tyne Dalys Beautiful SpeechTyne Daly made a beautiful speech during the encores for the Broadway show she is in. It is a brilliant speech, and heartfelt. Listen to her illegal marriage to the man she has loved for 49 years.

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Dan’s Space Van

Dan's Space VanMy cousin’s wife sent this to me because she and her husband (my cousin) are friends with Danny Michel and this interview is in my hometown, featuring two of my favourite Victoria artists – Daniel Lapp and Neil Osborne (54-40). Fun concept. I want to do this!

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