Who is the State Dog of New Hampshire?

Chinook News!

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.


My Inga Collection

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?

Happy Earth Day!

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 …

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This is the big camellia at the corner of the porch. It always looks like a tropical flower to me.
This is the big camellia at the corner of the porch. It always looks so "tropical" to me.



Pear blossoms in the back yard Muscari (can you see Rob watching me?)

Wrap & Roll

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.

April 15th is Tax Day in the USA

Rob says, "I would be less bored if I had a goat-buddy."
Rob says, "I would be less bored if I had a goat-buddy."

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.


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

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everyone!

We get the word “Easter” from the name of a German Goddess of fertility, Oestarae. She is the deific equivalent of the Greco Roman Aurora, the personification of the sunrise. Her name is where East and Easter both come from. This is logical considering that the sun rises in the East. A creature associate of hers is Ostara’s hare or … the Easter bunny.


Modern Easter is the Christianized version of the festival of Oestara or Ostara. It celebrates the resurrection of the Christ after three days in the tomb thus associating him with the Sun gods of many other cultures who spend three days in the underworld before coming forth with a treasure or a new teaching. (See Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and John 20)


Christians dropped the fertility rituals of Ostara but for some reason retained the traditional rabbit and eggs. The early Christians, many of whom had been brought up in the Hebrew tradition, simply regarded Easter as a new feature of the Passover festival, a commemoration of the advent of the Messiah as foretold by the prophets. I prophesy that every store will have a sale on chocolate bunnies and Cadbury creme eggs next week! 


There are no baby lambs or kids yet on the lambcam (see previous post) but I have spent way too much of my time watching them. Most of them were sheared last week so now they are kind of naked and pink but so much cleaner.  I am not much of a farmer; lambcam and the “My Farm” application on Facebook are about my speed dirt-wise.

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March is: in like a lion, out like a lamb…

The crocuses have finished blooming and the camellias and hyacinths have taken over. It is awfully pretty and I don’t mean to sound picky, but it is still too cold!

Anyway, keeping in line with an Aries theme, check out the lambcam where baby lambs and kids are due any day. I have it open in my browser all day long, just because they are so relaxing to watch. And here is a craft project! Whether you are a Wallace and Gromit fan, or just celebrating Spring, you can make your own “Shaun the Sheep” from yogurt cups… No, honestly! Just click the link: Shaun the Sheep.

Thank you all for a fun Spring party. Robert had a blast, dividing his time between a baby and his dog-buddy, Nala. We’ll have the dates rest of the 2009 dates on the webpage this week so you can plan ahead. Hope you can join us for Summer!

Personal & Planetary Transformation

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