What's Happening? by Aimee Clark http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/ en-us Discrimination is the Pits http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/45532 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. He was even nationally ranked with the American Kennel Club in 2005. He has his Canine Good Citizen Certificate, as well as a Herding Instinct Certificate. He's a very accomplished dog!... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 02:08:44 -0600 Subway's Sportsman of the Year and the New Face of Nike http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/42293 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... Sun, 03 Jul 2011 21:02:32 -0500 Birthers and Balderdash http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/41227 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... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 15:21:41 -0500 The Hazardous Life of a Pedestrian http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/39835 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. The truck did in fact pull up, and I made eye contact with the female passenger and the male driver. The woman began to get out of the truck, so my daughter and I headed to our car. I was in mid-step from... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 23:50:43 -0600 Courteous Winter Driving http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/39640 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. They weave in and out of the plowed right hand lane and the unplowed left lane, kicking up snow and exhaust. Every time they pass a vehicle, the driver being passed loses visibility for five to ten... Wed, 02 Feb 2011 19:37:20 -0600 Read to a Dog! http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/38855 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. Reading to dogs offers children who struggle with their skills the opportunity to read to a non-judgmental... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 14:38:45 -0600 Continue to get your texts while driving, even with the new law! http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/35755 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. Just go to http://www.drivesafe.ly! You can even set it to autoreply that you are driving and can't reply immediately. That way nobody will panic if they don't hear... Thu, 01 Jul 2010 09:41:41 -0500 Responsible Pet Ownership http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/34654 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. I was following behind when I heard a scuffle by the bushes. I was shocked to see Harry climbing into the bushes, and I thought was a shaggy... Sat, 01 May 2010 23:50:40 -0500 Keep Calm and Carry On http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/33910 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. I've been reading and hearing the comments of my conservative counterparts over the last couple of days. Such doom and gloom! Some of what I've heard has left me scratching my head,... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 23:31:43 -0500 SCOTUS and the Campaign Finance Ruling http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/32732 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. Now Corporations, Wall Street, and other special interest groups can spend as much money as they want to manipulate policies and elections in their own self interests. Will this just lead to further... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 23:02:55 -0600 Late Night Wars: Jay vs. Conan http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/32657 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. So, what do you think? Or, do you prefer David Letterman, Jimmy... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 23:18:06 -0600 No Jobs were Created with the Writing of this Blog http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/32582 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. I'm not one that has often been accused of having a positive outlook. In fact, I tend to be sarcastic. The cartoon character that I relate to most is Eeyore. But even with my often gloomy... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 23:41:35 -0600 I Hate Winter http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/32437 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. I suspect that it's the extreme cold. We will see if I am correct if it's still happening when it finally warms up. I will admit that I still drive my little eco-mobile that gets... Sat, 09 Jan 2010 19:24:41 -0600 Medical Mistakes http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/32242 "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." Recently, I went to pick up a prescription for my two-year-old. It had been called in by a doctor covering for her regular physician that was out. Before they even handed me the medication, I realized that it was... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 22:26:44 -0600 What gives you hope? http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/32103 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 I don't think that it's possible to read the stories on there and not feel better. The anecdotes range from small acts of kindness to those to risked their lives to help somebody... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 12:17:29 -0600 The Twilight Hoopla http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/31854 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. Something bothered me a bit on the first reading, and it bothered me even more the second time, and that was a lot of the relationship between Edward and Bella. I'm not even talking about the whole vampire thing, but their entire codependency... Tue, 08 Dec 2009 21:38:55 -0600 What are you reading right now? http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/31451 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. I love it when I find one that both scares me and challenges me. I also love a good fantasy or science fiction novel. But honestly, I've read books of nearly all genres. My... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 14:52:28 -0600 I check my texts and emails while driving! http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/31368 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... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 23:01:12 -0600 Lacking the Football Gene http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/31232 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. It's not that I don't get sports at all. Hockey, soccer, and tennis all make perfect sense. I've been known to catch a baseball game. The overall game of golf makes sense, and I'm slowly figuring out the details. I am currently... Fri, 06 Nov 2009 22:59:12 -0600 Dear Mother Nature http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/30607 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. I remember once when I was a kid, there was a blizzard on Halloween. It made me very sad, as Halloween is a big thing to a lot of kids, and adults for that matter. I would like to... 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