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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Discrimination is the Pits
Posted Saturday, December 31, at 2:08 AM
I have a dog named Grant. He's a lovely dog, and has been a certified therapy dog since 2007. His favorite thing is having children read aloud to him. He's been at my side for nearly 11 years after coming to me as a 9-week-old puppy. Before his life as a therapy dog, he was once a competition obedience dog. ...

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Subway's Sportsman of the Year and the New Face of Nike
Posted Sunday, July 3, at 9:02 PM

From The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant, senior editor of Sports Illustrated... "As that dog lay on the ground, fighting for air, Quanis Phillips grabbed its front legs and Michael Vick grabbed its back legs. They swung the dog over their head like a jump rope then slammed it to the ground. The first impact didn't kill it. So, Phillips and Vick slammed it again. The two men kept at it, alternating back and forth, pounding the creature against the ground until, at last, the little red dog was dead."...

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Birthers and Balderdash
Posted Saturday, April 30, at 3:21 PM

Every politician in office has had to bear the brunt of attacks, many of which are quite ridiculous. But the Birther Movement has to take the cake as far as grasping at straws to delegitimize an elected official. During the last presidential election, why was McCain not torn to shreds over his birth in Panama? Maybe I missed it, but I don't remember once it being demanded of him to provide additional proof of being an American citizen, despite him being born in a place that is most definitely not a state in the union.. ...

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The Hazardous Life of a Pedestrian
Posted Saturday, February 12, at 11:50 PM

Today I was walking out of a Spencer business with my three-year-old holding my hand. As we left the store, a large crew cab truck looked like they were going to pull up in front. I told my daughter that we had to stop and see what the truck was doing before we proceeded into the parking lot. ...

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Courteous Winter Driving
Posted Wednesday, February 2, at 7:37 PM

It happened again after this last bit of snow. I was headed south on 71 towards Spencer. I was behind several other cars, who were also going a bit slower than usual due to the limited visibility and slippery conditions. And then here they come, people in a big hurry, usually in larger vehicles. ...

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Read to a Dog!
Posted Friday, December 17, at 2:38 PM

The Milford Library is recruiting children to read stories to Grant the Library Dog! Grant is a trained, registered Therapy Dog that is at the Milford Library on Mondays and Fridays, and every third Saturday. Reading to Grant is a fun way to practice reading, and is particularly beneficial to struggling readers. However, children of all reading levels are welcome to read to Grant...

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Continue to get your texts while driving, even with the new law!
Posted Thursday, July 1, at 9:41 AM

I covered this once before in another blog, but with the new law going into effect today, perhaps more people will be interested. I downloaded a phone app that reads all of my texts and emails aloud. There is a FREE version for both Android and BlackBerry phones! You can pay a little extra to get a version with more features. ...

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Responsible Pet Ownership
Posted Saturday, May 1, at 11:50 PM

Pets are a big part of our family's life. We current share our home with three: Grant the American Staffordshire Terrier, Harry the Belgian Malinois, and Kit the big tabby cat. All three are neutered, and Kit is an indoor only cat. A few weeks ago I was letting Grant and Harry out our back door that opens into our fenced yard to do their business. ...

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Keep Calm and Carry On
Posted Tuesday, March 23, at 11:31 PM

I'll freely admit before I get into this article, I'm a liberal. I might even border on being a pinko commie socialist. I'll also admit that I'm pleased about the passing of the Health Care Reform bill. I don't think that it's ideal by any stretch of the imagination, but I think that it's a decent start...

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SCOTUS and the Campaign Finance Ruling
Posted Friday, January 22, at 11:02 PM

I can't help but think that the Supreme Court's ruling yesterday is a REALLY bad thing for the United States. Or will we now be the United Corporations of America? I think that we can all agree that the winner isn't always the best person for the job, but rather the one with the deepest pockets. ...

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Late Night Wars: Jay vs. Conan
Posted Tuesday, January 19, at 11:18 PM

OK, here is a nice fluff topic! What are your thoughts on the Jay vs. Conan drama? I can't help but think that Conan is really getting a bad deal here. To be honest, I've not been a big watcher of either show, but I tune in once in a while. But from what little that I've seen in the past few years, Jay hasn't been very funny. I still love Headlines and Jaywalking, but they tell their own jokes. Jay is getting a bit stale...

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No Jobs were Created with the Writing of this Blog
Posted Saturday, January 16, at 11:41 PM

I was pretty excited when the Daily Reporter started offering the option to comment on stories, and even more impressed when people started actively posting. It's nice to be able to discuss local issues and events with other locals, or even non-residents that care about Spencer, IA for whatever reason...

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I Hate Winter
Posted Saturday, January 9, at 7:24 PM

I really hate winter. I mean, I REALLY hate winter. While spiders still hold the Number One spot on my personal Hate Chart, I think that winter has climbed past clowns and cilantro into Number Two. I've had trouble with my car this winter that I've not had in the past two years that I've been back in Iowa. ...

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Medical Mistakes
Posted Tuesday, December 29, at 10:26 PM

"A 1999 study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates up to 100,000 people die and roughly another half million are seriously injured each year due to hospital errors. Costs to the nation are approximately $37.6 million, with $17 million associated with preventable errors."...

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What gives you hope?
Posted Tuesday, December 22, at 12:17 PM

Sometimes it's hard to stay positive. Life gets you down in various ways. Shorter days often give people the blues. This upcoming holiday storm probably has people fretting that their holiday plans and visits with loved ones will be cancelled. I found a website that helps chase the blues away: GivesMeHope...

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The Twilight Hoopla
Posted Tuesday, December 8, at 9:38 PM

I've been wanting to say something about the Twilight saga. Let me preface this with the fact that I HAVE read the series, twice in fact, and did enjoy it. It's a fun read! It's like a PG Rated version of the Underworld series of films, which I enjoyed...

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What are you reading right now?
Posted Wednesday, November 18, at 2:52 PM

I work in a library, and my husband is a public library director. We both love to read. Our two-year-old loves books as well. As a result, my life seems to revolve around books. This is a good thing! My favorites are horror and thrillers, but sadly I feel that so many of them are cheesy or predictable, usually both. ...

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I check my texts and emails while driving!
Posted Friday, November 13, at 11:01 PM

Yup, you read that right. I do. But before everybody flips out, let me explain. I normally wouldn't use a blog to hawk a product. I recently discovered an amazing application for my BlackBerry that could save lives. It is called Drivesafe.ly. Drivesafe.ly reads your text messages and emails aloud. It does a great job, too. I've tried to mess with it by typing in words that might throw a machine for a loop (my maiden name, for example), and overall it is very, very good at getting them correct...

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Lacking the Football Gene
Posted Friday, November 6, at 10:59 PM

It's that time of year again, a time when I spend a good deal of my time scratching my head in confusion. It's a time when formerly sensible friends and loved ones suddenly start speaking in tongues. Most of you call it football season. I don't get football at all. ...

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Dear Mother Nature
Posted Saturday, October 10, at 8:25 AM

Dear Mother Nature, As a resident of the Midwest, I am well aware of your wide range of weather abilities. I often wonder if you use us as test subjects, as we seem to get the craziest combinations of temperatures, precipitation, and wind. I am writing on behalf of my child, and many other children out there. ...

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Aimee graduated from Spencer High School in 1994, and then moved to a large city on the west coast. She returned to Spencer in 2007. Aimee spent more than a decade in veterinary medicine and dog training, and now works in a public library. She lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and a cat.
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