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Days, Weeks or Months

April 14, 2012

My little black cat, Orion O'Ryan, has kidney disease. The exact words the vet said were his "kidneys are failing." When they said my Mom's kidneys were failing, that meant she was on death's door. But I guess a cat's kidneys can fail for a while. He was in the hospital for a few days a couple of weeks ago. Since then, I've had to take him in to have fluids injected under his skin every 2-3 days.

He's a very hungry cat these days. Almost every time I go to the kitchen, he comes begging for food. He has never done that before. This is a good thing, though. As long as he's hungry and eating, he's doing okay.

Just as I did when my Mandy dog was sick with cancer, I want to learn how to bottle up my time with Orion so I can experience it later when he's gone. I know I can't.

I'm not sure how long he will be with me. I guess it could be days, weeks or months. I'll give him as much love as I can.

Orion and Me

Something I read on the internets

The Letters of Note blog published a note from one Rolling Stone wrangler to another with instructions on how best to situate band members at a hotel for their tour's last show in Vienna.

Keep Bill Wyman Away From Keith

It must have been challenging to be a Rolling Stone wrangler.

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Vaclav Havel

December 19, 2011

My father's side of the family was from Czechoslovakia. I don't know their history — why they left Czechoslovakia to end up in Nebraska and then Oklahoma so many years ago. I don't know much about Czechoslovakia even though I have a nearly two inch thick coffee table book called "Czechs in America."

So when I read that Vaclav Havel died yesterday, I don't know why it brought tears to my eyes. One of my friends in grad school talked about him being president of Czechoslovakia. And back in November when I was writing "On The Strength of Hope," I was browsing through famous quotes with the keyword "hope" and he had a few things to say on the subject. Here are a couple:

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.

Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.

The article about his death in the Austin American Statesman paints a picture of a great man. I would like to learn more about him and the country of my ancestors.

Something Lily Dawg Wanted To Tell You

Happy Howlidays

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Get Motivated

November 28, 2011

I went to a Get Motivated seminar featuring Howard Putnam (SW Airlines), Colin Powell, Mary Lou Retton, Bill Cosby and Lou Holtz. General Stanley McChrystal and Rudy Giuliani were there, too, but I missed seeing them because of lunch and leaving a little early to beat the traffic.

The famous speakers were fun to watch, but they had short presentations sandwiched between long sales pitches from financial advisors. The sales pitches were only marginally painful because of the time waste, but there were no hard sell tactics.

Colin Powell was impressive... he talked about leadership and the value of people and compromise.

Mary Lou Retton's main point was "Don't let anyone try to limit you." Doctors told her she would not be able to compete in the Olympics because of knee surgery, yet six weeks later I watched her stick her landing on the vault to win gold.

Lou Holtz was hilarious. When he was a kid, he told his mom he wanted to be a garbage collector. When his mom asked why, he said, "Because they only have to work on Tuesdays."

Bill Cosby was classic Cosby. He copped his advice from James Brown, saying that if you have an idea, "Get Up!" and "Do It!" He also advised that if you don't have any ideas, go talk to people who smoke dope. They have the best ideas.

Bill Cosby at Get Motivated

Something I Saw on Someone's Back

Smurfs Tattoo

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