I apologize for not posting for so long but lately I’ve noticed a real “trend” in my work and I’ve finally decided to share it. I don’t know whether it is the Summer wedding and party season or people are wearing less clothing, or what, but I seem to be getting a lot of calls about hypnosis and coaching for weight control and fitness. I am happy about it because body transformation and behavior modification is probably my favorite hypnosis specialty. Hypnosis is great for helping motivate you to stick to the good habits you’ve chosen. I also am amazed at how well it can uncover the root causes of habits. I think this would be a good focus for a group as well as for individual work, so if you or any of your friends would be interested in a group approach, let me know and I’ll get something going.
Breaking News! Rob passed the TDI therapy dog test and the AKC Canine Good Citizen test today. I am so proud of him! The evaluator did a teeth and toes check and a quick brushing just to prove he was manageable. Then Rob had people in wheelchairs, on walkers, and crutches petting him on his head and talking loudly while a kid ran laps around us. He had an umbrella opened in his face and bowls clanged over his head and I had to leave him and go out of sight for three minutes. He was a trouper and did great. Moreover, this all has to be done with no treats and no corrections.
Usually, being left with a stranger is the hardest part for a dog but I’ve given Rob lots of practice at short separations and he got lucky and got a teenage girl to flirt with while I was gone. The only part that was hard for him was walking past the three giant milkbones on the floor. He walked by and didn’t touch them but he didn’t want anyone else having a chance at them either and actually growled really low when the next dog was called out, but no one else heard him. I have never worked on that with him because it has never come up before.
Click to check out the Therapy Dogs International website. The Tail Waggin Tutors (children reading to dogs) is what I’d like to focus on. Maybe the new library will want to get a program started. If you are in need of a good cry, read the stories on the DSR (Disaster Stress Relief) page.
Click to check out the Canine Good Citizen program webpage.
Addendum: I didn’t realize it until after I posted, but we actually brought Robert home as a six month old on June 6th of ’07. Today is our second anniversary.
Mom forwarded this link from the New Hampshire News, which says that Robert and Chinooks like him will most likely become the official state dog of New Hampshire. This bill was the idea of a seventh grade teacher and her class and she says the students did most of the work involved in getting it passed in the State House and Senate. What a great way to learn about the legislative process, although one does have to wonder about the 23 house representatives who voted against it. The bill was passed unanimously in the Senate and is now on its way to the Governor for signing.
Since most breeds of dog seem to have originated in Europe, New Hampshire is one of very few states that can actually boast that they have a dog breed that originated there. The first Chinook was bred in 1917 and he was named Chinook. He led Admiral Byrd’s Antarctic expedition and became a household name at the time when he didn’t return from that trip. The Chinook Trail in NH was named in honor of him and all the signs have his picture on them. Also, Boeing’s Vetrol division, maker of the Chinook helicopter, had a Chinook named Charger as a mascot.
Click here to watch a short news video about the story and featuring 9 Chinooks.
For more factoids, click the American Kennel Club.
For more history of the breed, click The Chinook Owners Association.
I get a lot of questions about my collection of Ingas on Facebook. For those of you who aren’t on Facebook, I have over 20 Ingas in “my friends.” Why? Really, it is quite simple, when I joined Facebook… wait a minute, does anyone not know what Facebook is? Raise your hands.
Ok, it appears that there are a few of you. Facebook is a free, Internet-based, social network that I joined after graduating from Kepler College because I thought it would be a simple (keyword: efficient) way to keep in touch with fellow Kepler-ites. Did I say efficient? Sorry, it is though. I can stay in touch with friends, cousins, stepsisters, and colleagues all in one convenient place, and for someone who has been dubbed “her terseness”, this is a big deal.
So, I had no sooner joined and sent out “friend requests” or “join Facebook” invitations to everyone involved with Kepler than I received a “friend request” from an Italian guy who had started a group of Ingas. I teased him about collecting “Nordic women” but then checked his “Facebook profile” and realized his last name was “Inga.” Then I felt like a killjoy for having teased him about that and joined his group to make amends. What is cool about it is that we are from everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, from the US, Italy, Russia, Iceland. It is not a common name, but since Ing is an Old Norse god, the name does turn up in many different languages and countries. I like that I get “status updates” from friends in languages that I can’t read.
Have you met many people who share your name? I certainly haven’t. What experiences have you had meeting people with your name or finding people on Facebook?
The only news I have to report is that everything is blooming, including the weeds! I do, however, have a quote about the purpose of Earth Day:
“The objective was to get a nationwide demonstration of concern for the environment so large that it would shake the political establishment out of its lethargy and, finally, force this issue permanently onto the national political agenda. In a speech in Seattle in September 1969, I announced a national environmental teach-in which became Earth Day 1970.” — Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earthday.
I can’t resist sharing some flower pix. So, I hope you have sunny weather and I hope you enjoy these …
|Pear blossoms in the back yard||Muscari (can you see Rob watching me?)|
Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. Abigail Adams ( 1744 – 1818 ), 1780
For more Abigail Adams quotations: click WikiQuote
Well, the class was excellent! It was a spinning technique called Wrap & Roll, taught by its originator, Sarah Anderson. Coilspinning is a cool-looking plying effect but the core yarn gets overtwisted which makes for a very stiff finished product that unwinds if released from tension. Sarah came up with a technique that alleviates this problem by using a spindle to hold the core yarn. You can see her spinning this way, using a wheel and spindle here (part 1) and here (part 2).
I really wasn’t getting the technique at all until it finally occurred to me that my spatial-perception-learning-disability-thing was complicating a very simple process and that the way the spindle was spinning was the way it was supposed to be spinning and I didn’t need to keep stopping it and spinning it the other way. Sheesh, Is that so me, or what? At least I’ve gotten to where I can think it through, remember I have a problem with stuff like left/right and clockwise/widdershins and save myself a lot of frustration. So, I got it figured out, then Scott joined me, and we had Red Cossacks at Kaleenka‘s kiosk, strolled the barns, petted goats, didn’t buy any goats, walked Robert and then left for home. Once home, I practiced my new skill, with diligence, until 2 am just to make sure I had really gotten it. I’ll post pix when I take some.
Lambcam Update: We, ok the farm, have two kids! Arno was born the night before Easter and now a doeling has joined him. Too cute! … Whoa, two more babies just now! Anyway, click the link to see pictures.
For more sheepy news, Scott, Robert and I are going to The Shepherd’s Extravaganza this weekend. I will be taking a class and Scott will be wandering around looking at sheep, goats and sheepdogs. Rob will be waiting in the truck, hoping for a chance to meet, play with or chase something! If you have time this weekend, check it out!
Tax day! Or, another Holiday History Lesson… If you can consider tax day a holiday.
Taco Del Mar is giving away free tacos today. That does make it a bit holiday-ish, YUM!
Anyway, prior to 1913, taxes were most commonly levied against consumption of various goods and services rather than against income. Remember the Stamp Tax, the Tea Tax, and others during the Colonial era? It was taxes such as these that helped give birth to the American Revolution.
The Short Version or IMPORTANT DATES IN U.S. TAX HISTORY
From the now defunct M.E. Hansen Tax Consultants website:
1862 – Abraham Lincoln enacts an emergency measure to pay for the Civil War; minimum tax rate is 3%.
1872 – Lincoln’s income tax law lapses.
1894 – A 2% federal income tax is enacted.
1895 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules the Income Tax “unconstitutional” in Pollack vs. Farmers Loan & Trust.
1909 – The 16th Amendment, authorizing Congress to collect taxes on income, is proposed.
1913 – Wyoming casts the 37th vote, ratifying the 16th Amendment. Only one in 271 people pays an income tax at a rate of 1%.
1926 – The Revenue Act of 1926 reduces income taxes because “too much money is being collected.”
1939 – The Revenue statutes are codified; One in 32 citizens now pay an income tax; the rate is 4%.
For the long version from the US treasury, click HERE
“The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.” Senator Goldwater, 1989