R.I.P. Rocky Hynes

I still feel a need to look over my shoulder and see if Rocky is okay. There is an empty spot there. He would have been 15 years old this summer. In dog years, he was about 102 when he died.

Random stuff:

We gave Rocky some rimadyl this afternoon. He has gotten a bit perkier and even ate his dinner. He still cannot stand up. He peed on a pad we had put down, and we’ve changed the pad. While we don’t expect to see him running around anytime soon, this is the most promising things have been since he collapsed.

I’ve added a link to my CTChallengers page on Act Blue. I’ve updated the link to Freedom to Connect in my upcoming events page.

Up in Vermont there is an interesting discussion going on. Apparently someone set up a blog anonymously with the pretense of having a neutral point of view. Now, it appears the blog was started by “Jeffrey Bartley”, a paid staffer of the Tarrant campaign. (I talk about my current roles in this post)

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Rocky

Whose woods these are, I think I know, the signs on the trails say “BRLA”. There are pictures of horses on the trail signs and various jumps along the trail. A little searching brings us information about the Bedford Riding Lanes Association. It was a little searching that brought us to this walk in the woods.

I’ve been frustrated by the amount of time that I spend in front of the computer, reading and writing emails, and trying to stay on top of the blogs. I’ve been wanting to get away from words for a little while. So, we decided to go on a family hike. Kim searched for good trails nearly and the Beaver Dam Sanctuary caught our attention. Fiona has been fascinated by beavers ever since seeing Narnia.

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Why read blogs?

This evening, I finally managed to catch up on unread emails. I have dozens of them that I need to respond to. With that, my blog reading has gotten way behind. My Bloglines account has nearly 10,000 unread blog entries for me to get through. Many of them will end up unread. With that sort of backlog, it is easy to come to the question, ‘why read blogs?’

This evening, I read a blog entry that asks a different question that seems to me to be intricately related. In Gina Coggio’s most recent post, A Message for Woodbridge she writes about having her students respond to a question that a student teacher at Amity was asked, “If slavery happened so long ago, why do we still have to study it?”

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A Senator to Nowhere?

Recently there have been stories going around about party brass calling other party officials encouraging them to support well-funded incumbents because these incumbents will be able to give more money to coordinated campaigns with people further down the ticket.

I know that it takes money to run successful campaigns, but does this seem just wrong to you? It sure sounds a lot like the whole problem in Washington with folks like Abramoff and Delay. Money for votes, buying influence.

It is my hope that the rumors are false, or at least that party officials are standing up and telling the party brass that they are damaging the party. We need to support candidates based on their positions and how strongly they lead on these positions.

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