10 Things Your Dog Would Tell You

  1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful: remember that before you get me.
  2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
  3. Place your trust in me- it is crucial to my well being.
  4. Do not be angry at me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment.
  5. You have your work, your entertainment,and your friends. I only have you.
  6. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understands your words, I understand your voice when it is speaking to me.
  7. Be aware that how ever you treat me, I will never forget.
  8. Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bite you because I love you.
  9. Before you scold me for being uncooperative,obstinate,or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I might not be getting the right food, or I have been out too long, or my heart is getting to old and weak.
  10. Take care of me when I get old; you too will grow old. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: “I cannot bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there, even my death.

Remember that I love you.

Shame On You, City of South Miami

I rarely get worked up over politics of any kind, let alone local South Miami politics. But after a recent conversation with two fellow residents, and the cancellation of the Bike SoMi evening bike ride, something has to be said.

There’s nothing more frustrating than counter-productivity. And it seems in so many instances, the South Miami City Commission and City Manager Hector Mirabile are somehow opposite to the visions of their constituents. The whole idea of creating a South Miami ” Town Center” or “Village” is foreign to them, or maybe they just didn’t get the memo.

Well here’s your memo: creating a bike-friendly environment for the City of South Miami is essential for our community. I don’t need to go on about all the health and environmental benefits of cycling, but let’s consider the only possible harm of a group of cyclists riding around the City of South Miami – that the City would not get paid for it somehow.

As one of the youngest homeowners in South Miami, I hope this is not the future of the City I would like to raise my children in. Events such as the Parade of Elves, Safe Streets Halloween, Midnight Marathon, and bi-yearly art shows will have to be charged a $10,000 fee? They can’t afford it, and those events are essential to this community.

City of South Miami – reconsider you position on what is an planned and organized event, and what is a group of people riding bicycles. And consider the community you are responsible for, and what’s truly important to it’s residents.

F*** Cancer!

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My brother, age 17, wore a shirt to school today that said “F*** Cancer” (bleeped out). Needless to say, the school got pretty mad, and made him write an apology. In turn, his apology, sent to the entire student body and faculty, was probably the most powerful message toward the fight against breast cancer. Here’s the letter he wrote: Continue reading F*** Cancer!