100 miles up the Hudson River
about 100 miles straight up the river, north of NYC, lies Olana, the magnificent estate of Hudson River School artist Frederick Church.
a friend of ours likes to say “the Hudson River School artists were the ROCK STARS of their time”, as throughout the 1800′s their highly romantic style and “use of light effects, to dramatically portray such elements as mist and sunsets” broke new ground and moved the nation. walking through the beautiful Olana woods last weekend to watch the sunset with friends, it was easy to see how these artists were inspired to create this moving style.
NY dog rescue: WaggyTail
WaggyTail Rescue is a wonderful organization, similar to the one we got Buddy from. they go into NY “kill” shelters, pick out dogs (and cats!), post them on Petfinder.org and foster them in volunteer apartments around the city until they get adopted into loving homes.
WaggyTail is currently listing several ADORABLE small dogs… a Chihuahua/Corgi mix named Wilbur, who’s insanely cute (looks like a black version of Buddy.) Cookie, the sweetest thing we’ve ever seen, with a story that will break your heart.
Jackie Chan looks like such a funny and loving dog. and little Rocco is a wiggly, snuggly, nuzzler.
we want them all! if you’re thinking about adopting a shelter/rescue dog and want to talk to someone who’s been through it, send us an email. words cannot describe what a rewarding, loving and beautiful experience it’s been for us.
if you want to help but can’t make a long term commitment to a pet, you can foster an animal or volunteer, donate something needed on their wish list, or make a donation, they need every penny.
and on WaggyTail’s site we discovered a great way to help non-profit orgs. iGive.com lists a ton of big online retailers and when you buy from them through iGive’s website, a percentage of your sale goes to your favorite charity. and it’s not small change, there are some significant percentages and bonuses being paid (right now ther’s an additional $5 bonus.) we’re planning on doing all our online holiday shopping through their site!
voter reg scavenger hunt!
CityRag has a challenge for you – find one person who is not registered to vote, have an informative and passionate conversation with them, and get them to register and participate in this years election! bonus points for nailing down someone in a swing state!
and just in time Kottke.org has put together an excellent Voters Information Guide for the 2004 US Election that has every possible link and bit of information on how and where to register.
in response to our “mom” post yesterday….
our friend NO sent this in… “nice work getting your mom to vote! i got the confirmation from my mom over the weekend that she and my dad are totally kerry supporters…”
and Gail sent us these inspiring words… “Miracles do happen! You CAN get people to THINK and change… my Mom and I are going to watch the Thursday debate together so I can simplify and explain stuff to her. She even asked me to make sure that she would be taken to the polls to vote” (Gail’s mom just turned 80
happy boy Buddy loves his new life with us. this Oct it will be 2 years since we adopted him.
at the Demolition Derby a couple weeks ago we watched this fight go down… the stands and grounds were packed and people started congregating on the stairway landing to watch the show, blocking the view a bit for the people in the first rows. this drunk, red faced, jerk starts screaming obscenities and threats at the people standing. they don’t respond, so he takes his plate full pizza and full soda and THROWS IT ALL at the backs of the kids and adults standing! the people are all like “what the fuck?!”, and a short round woman (with her arm in a sling) runs over and freaks out on the dude…
he then stands up and TAKES A SWING at the woman in the SLING! and she ducks backwards like a prize fighter! at this point her husband runs over and tells them BOTH to stop the craziness. he gets right up in the assaulting drunk guy’s face and chills him out! it was miraculous!!
we talked to the woman’s husband after the derby and asked him “how did you control yourself?” and he told us the fight starter was “drunk off his ass and had his kids on both sides of him” (the f’ing coward) and he didn’t want to throw it down “in front of his kids”. Lesson: even if a guy takes a swing at your wife, you’re not going to win by beating him up in front of his kids.
mid summer night’s smoke-in
this week’s CityRag Smoke-in features a precision “handoff” in front of the reconstruction of the 9th Precinct on E 5th St….
my mom is voting for Kerry!
wow, just got the most amazing call. continuing the goal to sway swing-stater’s… this weekend we braved the “who are you voting for” conversation with Mom. she’s a registered Republican, but it’s the devout Catholic angle that’s made it very difficult to approach the subject with her. she usually tenses up, tells us she has to go by her beliefs and leaves the room quickly. this weekend we sat her down, and gently and deeply explained the disastrous state of our country – from the war, to economics, to healthcare. and also talked in depth about how Bush has so greatly increased the passionate loathing of the US by terrorists, and that our country has never been more hated and targeted than it is today (and the daily fear we live in working in Times Square)
5 minutes ago our Mom (who’s an incredibly sweet and sincere person) called and said she has being thinking about what we said and she wants us to know she is going to vote for Kerry!
it was such an incredibly encouraging moment. providing information and having conversations with even the most “stuck-in-their-ways” people can make a difference. gotta admit, we’ve been going for the easier sells. but my mom’s call today has convinced us that ANYONE can be brought to see the destruction Bush is inflicting on our nation!
big leaf little dog
Buddy returns from the land of the giants…