A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Journey – Bruce Cameron

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Bruce Cameron is my favorite dog author, both “A Dog’s Purpose” and “A Dog’s Journey” were read in 4-hour cover-to cover inhalations. I encourage anyone who loves dogs to read these 2 books, in fact as I am cutting and pasting quotes into this post I am crying just a bit.

Some Bruce Cameron quotes:

“You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him.”

“The job of a good dog was ultimately to be with them, remaining by their sides no matter what course their lives might take. All I could do now was offer him comfort, the assurance that as he left this life he was not alone but rather was tended by the dog who loved him more than anything in the whole world.”

“But humans drive the cars and decide when dogs eat and where dogs live and clearly this was something else in their power – they could find their dogs when they needed them.”

“I guess I had never bothered to consider that there might such a thing as a boy, but now that I had found one, I thought it was just about the most wonderful concept in the world. He smelled of mud and sugar and an animal I’d never scented before, and a faint meaty odor clung to his fingers, so I licked them.”

“Some people just don’t appreciate having a dog around. It’s sad to think there are people like that. I knew Gloria was that way—maybe that’s why she could never be truly happy.”

“You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him.”

“My dog’s name is Tucker, and his DNA is unidentifiable and suspect.”

“As I sat in the sun on the wooden dock that jutted out into the pond, I knew this to be true: my name was Buddy, and I was a good dog.”

“A bouquet of wonderful scents met my nose, and my heart leaped when I realized who I was smelling.
‘Molly!’ I heard someone call.
I whipped my head around everywhere and there they were, the people I’d been smelling. Everyone I’d ever loved in my life, standing at the edge of the water, smiling and clapping. I saw Ethan and Hannah and Trent and CJ standing in front, along with Andi and Maya and Jakob and all the others.
‘Bailey!’ Ethan yelled waving.
My names was Toby, and Buddy, and Molly and Max and Bailey and Ellie. I was a good dog, and this was my reward. Now I would get to be with the people I loved.
I turned, whimpering with you, and swam toward those golden shores.”

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Charles Stiles – Mystery Diners

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A short stocky confident man, yes please! Charles is the host of maybe my favorite TV show (Mystery Diners). Normally I am not of fan of facial hair, but I am realizing Charles is a dead ringer for the father of this girl April who I thought I loved in high school (hi Paul). Turned out I was secretly in love err lust with the idea of Paul more than her, ha! John Jernigan-Stiles

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People are Buttholes

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These pics are of maybe my favorite all-time child in my 10 years of social work. Her name is Joy, a little Haitian girl from Miami. She was on my caseload the whole time I was in south Florida and I spent a lot of time with her. I’ve since moved back to St. Petersburg. About 3 weeks ago I was so happy to find out that a family in Pinellas County had been matched with her for adoption and better yet my bestie Kristie Giancola had been assigned to complete their Adoption Home Study. Joy was getting adopted and I would get to see her again, yeah!!! Late last week the family called Kristie and told her they had changed their mind, they didn’t want to adopt Joy anymore, because they had concerns she “wasn’t smart enough” (apparently Joy had forgotten their bio daughter’s name in their phone conversation). Joy is still in a foster home in Miami, available for adoption. Social work in south Florida is so shitty. I was worried when I left that her new case manager wouldn’t have any sense of urgency in finding her a home, and that appears to be the case. I just looked on the Miami Dade Heart Gallery website and there is no picture or bio for Joy :(  Some pretty horrible things happened to her that lead to removal from her parents, and now the family she thought were going to be her new mommy and daddy have changed their mind. Kristie had to close the case and won’t be doing those DOUCHEBAGS home study now!

A Pure Sweet Moment

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Last night I covered a group home visit for a co-worker Matt in Clearwater to see a 10 year old. Matt had warned me that this 10 year old wouldn’t talk to me and probably wouldn’t even look at me since he didn’t know me, as he is autistic and almost entirely nonverbal. This kid made me so happy, when the house mother brought me in and told this little boy that I was there to see him he got up and immediately came to me. I thought he was going to give me a hug but instead he turned away from me and stood really close, leaning the back of his head on my chest. He then made several contented sounding noises that I heard to be happy greetings. I wanted to give him a hug but I was aware that he didn’t like to be touched unless he initiated it. Instead I tousled his hair and patted his shoulder as he leaned into me, and simply talked to him for a few minutes about everything and nothing. It was maybe the sweetest best thing that had ever happened to me. His foster mother remarked that it was really strange because he had never been open and friendly with anyone he didn’t know. He made my day, week, year! This 10 year olds picture and bio are on the Pinellas County Heart Gallery. He is available for adoption with lots of other great kids! I specifically urge my LGBT community to consider adoption, we have so many great kids that nobody wants…

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A Wonderful Christmas Gift

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I had the honor of finalizing this awesome teenager’s adoption today! He’s such a polite and well mannered and sweet young man, who always has a smile on his face. Now it’s a Merry Christmas ! (and they lived happily ever after).

Twin Day at Work

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My twin, the semi famous Angela, actually played college basketball and was the FSU team captain her senior year. I was NOT the 12th man on my high school basketball team!

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I’m No Muggle

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I’m no Muggle,in fact quite the opposite. I harness up my wolves and we venture out into the night. The moon is full and the air is electric. My skin crawls with the energy. I am magic. I am Romani. I am gypsy. I am manic.

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Sunchyme for Our Marriage Equality

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SUNCHYME I wanted to post a feelgood song to celebrate our Marriage Equality, and Sunchyme always makes me happy. For us older folks, you will recognize the hook from the 80’s (Dream Academy’s Life in a Northern Town).

McDonald’s on the Comeup!

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Chipotle has scared McDonald’s and they are really trying to step it up. I took a teenager waiting on her intake to the fancy Mickey D’s on Belcher today. The old white lady took our order and gave us a buzzer and said she would bring the food to us!? We had a seat at a lovely lil 2 top with a cool 70’s design. When the lady brought our food the fries were in this cute little fry basket (that I couldn’t steal with my impressionable youth in tow). They done come up! Was still 10 nuggets for $1.49 though, ya heard? Also, where McRib at? #foodie

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My Books my preciousss

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My trunk has been full of books for 2 months. I was finally able to unpack them, with sadly leaving some behind in Miami. Books are my best friends, after the 2 loves of my life Cricket and Squeak

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MD Oriental Market in Pinellas Park

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Wanted criminal Amanda Bott and yours truly discovered this most awesome Asian grocery store in Pinellas Park today, big and clean and full of authentic cool everything ! Goose eggs ($7!) and live fish and shrimp and ALL the ramen. Amanda was just grabbing up things, I was not, due to budgetary constraints and whatnot

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Kinda Thin Kinda Unhealthy Kinda Greedy

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The good news is I weigh less than 150 pounds. The bad news is my blood pressure is 156 over 108. McDonalds has two bacon egg and cheese biscuits for $3 , which I just inhaled. They didn’t even make a dent in my hunger! I want some ribs…

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Add a large black and white Wawa milkshake, because everybody knows they are fat free and it’s only about 40 calories or something like that

Discrepancy at the Wawa

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When I rolled up at the crib this is what I saw. I hope I didn’t drive off with the nozzle and hose still attached. Bet I don’t go back and check though

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Bitch I’m Madonna on Jimmy Fallon

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12 Billboard #1 songs, 47 top 40 hits and 44 #1 dance songs…cause the gays love Madonna. The whole album is awesome, the Mike Cruz mix of Ghosttown BITCH I”M MADONNA

Sailing – DJ Icey

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Well it’s not far down to paradise, at least’s not for me
If the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility
Oh the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see, believe me

It’s not far to never, neverland, reason to pretend
And if the wind is right you can find the joy of innocence again
Oh the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see, believe me

Sailing takes me away
To where I’ve always heard it
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
Soon I will be free

Mad Max & Ex Machina

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Saw Mad Max then snuck into Ex Machina Sunday evening. Mad Max was pure violence, blood, action, Charlize awesome as always. Ex Machina was cerebral, nuanced, made you look at A.I. in a different way..,both were very good! I love nerdy Domhnall Gleeson, who was great in About Time and is in the new Star Wars.

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Saying Goodbye to My Favorite Child

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I am leaving Miami, headed back to St. Pete. Had my goodbye visit with my favorite little nugget. God I’m going to miss her chubby little face! When I told her I was leaving she started to cry, and as I drove home I cried a little bit too.

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My New Boyfriend

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My lover brought me dumplings from Hunan Wok, fried hard with extra dipping sauce because he’s all attentive and knows what I like and whatnot. We’re going to eat dumplings and watch a movie (of my choosing). Yes, he bears an uncanny resemblance to George Clooney and No, he is not a fig newton of my imagination. ‪#‎rainbowfignewtons‬

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