Sunday, June 28, 2020

COVID ROADSIDE

One COVID day at a time, Don and I kept working through Spring 2020. We counterbalanced the nightly news with daily spiritual practices. For three months I had the luxury of contemplating pandemic as portal. Still, I lived in a steady state of low grade disquietude touching on flammable anxiety.
Then George Floyd’s death, it’s anguish, and aftermath took what was already upside down here and turned it inside out. I was stopped, gut tied and stuck. I witnessed action unfolding. People taking measure and making choices. I did what wise guides have trained me to do. I sat in discernment and waited.
Within days the monthly ezine from the President of Healing Touch International, Joel Anderson, arrived by email. He too was fumbling but suggested to all practitioners like me that we view maintaining a healing presence as an act of political defiance. Really? I am still pondering it, without the threat of tear gas or arrest. But he did move me to action.
As intense summer traffic in and out of the Ledges raised dust on our gravel roadway, I realized that I had a board on which to write. With some apprehension and grade school execution, I staked out “Your life matters” (south to north) and “All life matters” (north to south) for anyone to read. A compact roadside message board. 
I found a place for my public voice and an outlet for creative design. Two weeks later my sign trio was Imagine Another Way. Healing Beyond Borders remains the signature sign.
Today, amid rising covid numbers and ridiculous bad behavior all around me, I switched it out to  Wear a Mask Please (south to north) and Get Over It (north to south).
May you rest in a healing presence, healing beyond borders.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Jasper Love Update



Our seven-year-old broke 63 pounds last week! This definitely puts him in his fighting weight range and he is certainly feeling strong and energized. We consulted with a veterinarian nutritionist, Dr. Churchill, at UMN to see what might be next in Jasper’s wonderful world of food. We wanted to stabilize his weight without compromising his recovery and hoped to gain some recommendations for replacements in his all Rx diet.
Here is her recommendation. Jasper will continue to eat the same prescription food, just less of it as he steps down from his starvation correction portions. Oh, boy. I anticipate he may get a little cranky. :^)  And the other big change for him is crackdown on treats- even those organic dog cookies he loves. Now I’m thinking REALLY cranky.
Jasper and Bella each get a frozen kong whenever I drive away to work, 5 days a week. It’s been easy fun just loading them with nutritious, delicious, soothing snacks. Now I am asked to measure and apportion calories in the kongs I fill. Now who’s getting cranky? Ok I can do this and I’m sure I will be quick at it once I do the math. Sigh.
Jasper’s daily medications and supplements, and monthly vet checks and weigh-ins continue through at least 2020. So here we go. It’s a new reel of the Jasper love movie and thanks for staying tuned.
If you have already contributed to Jasper Love via a deposit to Boone Veterinary Hospital in our name, thank you. (Please note the hospital doesn’t tell me WHO donates, so YOU have to tell me to get a proper Jasper thank you.) If you are only able to wag along and pray with us, thank you, as well.
Invitations to dog walk remain open for summer. We can wear masks and social distance as we stroll. Bella is easy to walk and I’ll be just six feet away with Jasper. I can even take both leashes if you simply prefer to tag along. We would love to be with you and we know some quiet, nearly private places to go.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Jasper's Bithday





Monday, May 18, 2020

Adoption Anniversary


Adoption anniversary May 18, 2019- another celebration day here. Too bad both of the two-leggeds had to drive away and go to work. But not before morning walks! This family wants to thank all the folks who cheer us on. It’s been a dazzling sometimes frazzling year, adopting two rescues at once.  Jasper would have delaminated months ago without Bella and I would be a wreck without Don. Jasper’s chronic disease compounds his high strung behavior. And his Rx expenses for meds and diet confound our budget.  It takes courage for me to ask again, but please know that your direct gift to Boone Veterinary Hospital (2507 Eastgate Drive, Boone IA 50036 phone 515-432-4601) goes right into the dogs’ account.  No middle man, no percentage withheld.  Every penny to the pups. Any time. Any amount. Thank you.
Of course some people just like to shop. An Amazon card burning a hole in your wallet, PETCO reward points racking up, or Chewy credits rolling? You can’t help with Rx but feel free to snag a Benebone or Kong. (See photos or contact me to get the right size etc.) Benebones are car ride calming treats that reduce canine vocalization and make it safe for humans to drive. Kongs are the only “toy” allowed without supervision. Jasper and Bella get Kongs loaded with frozen snacks whenever we go to work. Like today. Sigh. 

Adoption day May 2019 Let's get these dogs home!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Bella Lulu's Birthday


Bella turned seven yesterday, a beautiful Saturday and a very happy one indeed. Extra walks and a new Benebone (yum bacon flavor) and generally making a bigger-than-usual fuss over her. As we recall all the changes in her world in one year- car rides, crates, kennels, leashes, moving indoors, regular veterinary care, and soooo many new friends, we marvel at her resilience. Happy Birthday Bella and many more ahead. Next canine b-day? Jasper just two days away.


Sunday, May 10, 2020

Mother's Day 2020



Join the Jasper Love fest. Yes, there he is at 59.2 pounds last Tuesday.  Covid protocols kept me out of the exam room, but vet staff assure me the scale actually said 60 and that’s where they charted him. He started wiggling and wagging for the photo so I guess he was .8 pounds airborne. Anyway that’s up just about 20 pounds from death’s door in November. Thank you to the Jasper fan club for cheering us on.
If you have not yet had an opportunity to send Jasper a gift, you could do so for his birthday next week. He will be 7. His inflammatory bowel disease is with him for life, so even has he regains weight and strength, the costs do not abate. Your gift goes directly to Boone Veterinary Hospital, not me. No middleman organization gets a penny. It’s just whatever you can give, whenever you are able.
You can remind yourself how to get this done at centeringporch.org and click on the Jasper Love menu tab. I know lots of people are hurting now. I totally get it if this isn’t a good time to give. It takes courage for me to even ask.  Come take a walk with us. We can mask and social distance as we spread Jasper love. Thank you so much.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Easter 2020

Hope is on my mind. This photo was taken March 10, 2020 at Brenton Arboretum. I was there with my gardening girlfriend, Sandy, on our annual March goof off day. The first corona virus case had just been identified in Iowa and we both felt some kind of change in the atmosphere. I recall that it was the last day I felt balanced. But this sculpture of St.Francis lifted us then and now. Arise. Attend. Awaken.