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Thursday, December 04, 2008

At Seventeen

At Seventeen
( Janis Ian )

I learned the truth at seventeen
That love was meant for beauty queens
And high school girls with clear skinned smiles
Who married young and then retired

The valentines I never knew
The Friday night charades of youth
Were spent on one more beautiful
At seventeen I learned the truth

And those of us with ravaged faces
Lacking in the social graces
Desperately remained at home
Inventing lovers on the phone
Who called to say come dance with me
And murmured vague obscenities
It isn't all it seems
At seventeen

A brown eyed girl in hand me downs
Whose name I never could pronounce
Said, pity please the ones who serve
They only get what they deserve

The rich relationed hometown queen
Married into what she needs
A guarantee of company
And haven for the elderly

Remember those who win the game
Lose the love they sought to gain
Indentures of quality
And dubious integrity
Their small town eyes will gape at you
In dull surprise when payment due
Exceeds accounts received
At seventeen

To those of us who know the pain
Of valentines that never came
And those whose names were never called
When choosing sides for basketball

It was long ago and far away
The world was younger than today
And dreams were all they gave for free
To ugly duckling girls like me

We all play the game and when we dare
To cheat ourselves at solitaire
Inventing lovers on the phone
Repenting other lives unknown
That call and say, come dance with me
And murmur vague obscenities
At ugly girls like me
At seventeen

How About Your Mantle?

Isn't this one beautiful?

Taking Photos To Help Dogs Get Adopted!

Taking photos of dogs who need adoption is important. A good photo can make or break their chances of adoption. Here are some bad photos:

Here are some good ones:

It's much like "staging" a home to sell. You want to try to "stage" the dog so that people will see it's possibilities. You want to have a good camera and good editing software. Try to take the dogs out of the kennels so you have a nice outside background. Background is important. A dirty kennel, concrete floor, fences can destroy the photo's appeal. It's best if the dog is groomed. No one will give a second look at a stinking, matted, filthy dog. They can't use their imagination to see past the mess and smell. It's great if you can humanize them with a scarf, hat, funny collar or toy. Try to catch a happy or devoted look on their face. Edit out any reflective "pet eyes". Black dogs are hard to photograph except outside. Taking a photo through the kennel fence doesn't work well. The camera tends to focus on the nearest thing...the fence... instead of the dog. Unfortunately, people don't have enough imagination of their own so you have to do it for them. Staging the dog to suggest a happy, healthy, loving, clean dog that will give you hours of play time and years of love is what can secure that dog a home.

We volunteered to do this for our local Humane Society for a year. I loved doing it. We wore closed toe shoes and old clothes. We sprayed ourselves down with bug spray so we don't bring home fleas or ticks. We took good digital cameras and digital video cameras along with a box of toys (that are washed each week, no dog got the same toy so we didn't spread disease between dogs) and some treats to entice them and get good photos and videos. We washed our hands with antibiotic hand cleaner between dogs and wash our hands several times in the bathroom. When we came home we stripped down just inside the door and threw everything, including our tennis shoes, into the washer so that we weren't bringing any diseases in to our dogs. I even sprayed my car mats with Lysol.

Monday, December 01, 2008

2008 Harris Thanksgiving

Evans and Chelsea brought these beautiful flowers for the main table.

Peggy working away in her kitchen

Ronnie taking out the sweet potato casserole

Elaine putting her cakesquares on a cake plate

Kathi helping out in the kitchen


Jenny is pregnant with their first child, a boy!


Katie and her boyfriend, Dustin. Notice all the men watching the football game on TV.

The Group Gathering

Stan getting some of my cheeseball


Evans fiance, Chelsea, is so good with Logan

Evans, Chelsea holding Logan, Hannah and Luke

Hannah and Luke have been married a month and a half!

The spread!

Stan digs in and my plate is full too!

Luke and Hannah compare feet!

Elaine, Ronnie, Luke and Hannah don't look so happy in this picture. It's because we are all so full and can't lay down and take a nap!

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