Domino Watched For You


Domino 16 Weeks Old

When she was a puppy I watched her eyes shine

when she saw you, when she heard your voice,

when you reached down to pet her and reminded her she wasn’t a cat

like her big brother Wolfgang

whom she loved only second to you.


When she got older

and her health failed

she would sleep a lot and take short little walks

and happily wait for you to come home.

When she heard your car door slam and you whistled for her

she would get up and her eyes would shine.


And then Wolfie died and you went away

and that is when I think her heart really started to fail.

For a little while she would lift her head up when she heard a car door slam and she

would wait for your whistle

but of course it never came

and she would let her head fall back to her pillow and she would go back to sleep.


Her eyes, I remember, never really did shine after you left and my heart broke for her

and then part of it hardened.


Now when I think about Domino’s broken

heart and darkened eyes I think of you and my own heart doesn’t break.


It turns to stone.


Domino aged 14 years

You Gotta Believe

An 8 year old from Idaho puts his hand written book on library shelf and it’s now on a waiting list.
The book written by this adventurous young author is titled “The Adventures of Dillon Helbig’s Crismis,” and  is signed “by Dillon His Self.”

Dillion’s book tells the story of Helbig decorating a Christmas tree when the star blasts him to the first Thanksgiving and the North Pole. Infamous holiday antagonist the Grinch also makes an appearance at the end.

Dillon believed in his work so much ( it’s over 80 pages long and illustrated ) that he went on quite an adventure to get it into the library.

I’m hoping he writes about that next.

If you watch this clip you’re going to hear from a natural born storyteller and he is AWESOME.

You can read an article posted by People Magazine about Dillon and his book  HERE


A Fresh Coat of Paint

RDP Monday: COAT

Industrial Education Magazine -1910

When we see an old house

with weathered boards, cracked windows and a slightly unreliable roof

we want to patch it up, fix it, force some life into its wall and make it look like all the

other houses on the street.

When we see an old body

with a weathered face, cloudy eyes and an slightly unreliable roof

we want to patch it up, fix up it and force new life into it’s bones

because it makes us feel so much better

about ourselves.