Walk?

Walk?: A Dog Drama in One Part
Based on the Riveting True Story

INT. CHAOTIC YET WELCOMING HOME OFFICE – A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT

Scene opens on peaceful OWNER at her computer. DOG sits behind her.

DOG
(staring at back of OWNER’s head)

OWNER:
What? We already went for a walk.

DOG
(tilts head quizzically)

OWNER
No, we did. Remember? Twice.

DOG
(tilts head other direction)

OWNER
We walked for a half hour this morning. And then just this afternoon,
we walked for almost two hours.

DOG
(tip of tail wags tentatively at word “walk”)

OWNER
We went all the way to the dog park. You sniffed. You peed. You chased the ball.

DOG
(tail wags harder at word “ball”)

OWNER
It’s nine o’clock at night. We’re not going out again. No. Go lay down.

DOG
(ears flatten, eyes turn liquidy soft)

OWNER
Argh!

DOG
(jumps up because obviously “argh” means “yay walk time!”

THE END
(until tomorrow morning)

begging

Pie!

There’s never quite enough chocolate at Thanksgiving but I’m always thankful for friends and family. I’m also thankful I have no mice in the house this year, which I typically do when the weather turns cold. So here’s this cute rodent for you. Happy!thanksgiving

Vote!

I try not to get too political in my online life. I save it for inflicting upon my real-life peeps so I can enjoy their frothing in person. (Although since my conservative Republican MomMom died I haven’t had enough rousing discussions. Sigh. I don’t get disowned nearly as often anymore. I miss it.) But I will say this to you all… VOTE!

I know it can be hard and exasperating to vote. It’s especially hard for those who already are the faintest voices, which is so patently unfair I can’t even. For the rest of us, I know it might seem pointless and sometimes contradictory to the message many of us want to send to the elected officials we think don’t adequately represent us.

Whatever. VOTE!

Vote because it’s your civic duty as the citizen of an ostensible democracy. Vote because other people don’t get to. Vote because you want to make a change. Or maybe you want to keep something the same. Vote because you are young and idealistic. Vote because you are old and disgruntled. Vote because if you don’t, I refuse to listen to you bitch. Just VOTE!

I’m a writer, so of course I believe in the power of a single voice to make a difference. But even if you don’t believe the same, if you vote for no other reason, do it for this: “THEY” don’t want you to vote. The nefarious forces at work in our society (and they do exist) are only strengthened by apathy and hopelessness. Even if you don’t think YOUR vote matters, VOTING matters. So VOTE!

End of summer dog walk

Went for a dog walk at the Sandy River Delta yesterday. It started out as a gusty day with clear blue skies, but in the afternoon, a nearby fire turned the sun and water orange and left a still haze over the sky.

Monster Girl got to jump around in the water. The river was too shallow to swim; we were even able to wade out to an island we usually only admire from shore. Maybe it’s time for the rains to return. But we’ll enjoy the last days of summer while we can.