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    Yeah, I asked my son to take Stella for obedience training also. He wasn't happy about it, but I think it has helped. She loves it. Actually, she probably loves the treats. She's gotten to the point where she's much quieter in the evenings. I could take her rambunctiousness in the mornings; I was less happy about it at night.
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    Hi Virgil. Stella is a Border Collie/Australian shepherd mix. She has a smooth coat. She loves to chase and bring back plastic water bottles, and climb in my lap and chew them while I gently pretend to pull it away from her. She loves to chase a ball around the living room. She adores the dog park and doggie day care (my son and I paid for 10 days-so expensive, but helpful when we have bad weather). Somebody suggested fostering puppies because they entertain each other, but unfortunately we really don't have room for that. Stella is black and white and loved all over. How's Rosie doing? And Matthew?
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    I'm glad you are doing well! I'm sure your puppy will in due time, also. My son, a young adult who still resides with me, got a puppy, too. It was pretty rough for awhile there, but, while still playful, she is finally able to be quiet at times. She would like to chase our cats, if I'd let her.
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    Hey, Virgil. Haven't forgotten you; I'll visit your blog again soon. How's your family? You?
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    Thanks for your support. At the moment I'll just hope that things won't become that bad for me. I think I astonished the optician that I still walked around without bumping into things (I couldn't read the biggest letter in the Snellen chart without squinting ). I'll just get new glasses now and see how much it progresses. There is still time to have fun with painful hard contact lenses that fall out and things. We'll see how that goes. And there's still lots of time to worry about that problem later. They can't cure it, I won't die from it (touch wood), I'll just live with it. There are worse things in life. And if I become partially sighted I can request a free rail pass.
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    Hello, hello, hello,

    How are things?
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    Virgil! Hey - how are you?
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    Hi there. How are you? yeah I know it's been a long time, been busy with school and stuff. Still reading literature though How have you been doing?
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    I visited your blog. I really do enjoy it and I will try to make more of an effort to visit more regularly. It's not a chore, truly-I just had a minor operation and I'm still a little tired.
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    Hi Virgil,
    Nice to see you around and thanks for stopping by the blog. Things are actually going well, although I realize in my blog they don't sound great. Your blog descriptions of your trips to Pennsylvania show how much fun families can have when time is taken to plan meaningful trips. The picture of you going down the rainbow slide with Matthew is precious. I particularly enjoy your informative blogs about history or general background information. It is good to learn about the wolf sanctuary- just in case I am over that way with my family. The wolves are beautiful. I cannot believe the place is run by volunteers. So glad to watch Matthew become a young little man. Time does pass!
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Homer to Faulkner, and quite a few in between
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I don't know about favorite, but the most perfect work of art is Dante's Divine Comedy.
B.A. in Mechanical Engineering; M.A in English Lit; Married; One Child; Always trying to learn.
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My 2014 Reads

by Virgil on 01-31-2015 at 10:38 PM
Hi all

I haven't been on in a while. I think I last mentioned we had a new pup in the family, and she has been a handful. I don't remember my other pups driving us crazy like this one. So since my wife was with her all day, I had to give up part of my evenings to releave her and stay with the dog. Evenings after work is my usual computer time, and there was no way this pooch was going to let me be.

Then just after Christmas my computer went bonkers and after looking

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A New Addition to the Family

by Virgil on 10-07-2014 at 08:57 PM
Well, we've enlarged our family with a new four legged member, a black Labrador Retriever pup. She's special, and just as cute as can be. I can't remember how to upload pictures here on Lit Net, so if you're interested, come by my Ashes blog to see:

And actually you can see the breeder's litter of pups at an earlier post, posted before we were able to select one.


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Updated 10-08-2014 at 10:52 PM by Virgil


Memorial for Brandi

by Virgil on 01-17-2014 at 02:01 AM
I wrote up a little memorial for Brandi, my Yellow Lab, at my blog Ashes, and since I talked about her often and had posted pictures of her here on Lit Net, I'll provide the link, here. There were too many pictures to try to reproduce the blog here. Here's the first paragraph:

As many of you now know, our beloved Yellow Labrador Retriever, Brandi, passed away a number of weeks ago. She had cirrhosis of the liver due to canine hepatitis and lymphoma, a double whammy from which it

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Ashes From Burnt Roses

by Virgil on 01-11-2014 at 11:49 PM
I was going to post my 2013 reads but instead I’ll just let all of Lit Net in on my personal literature blog and you can get to my reads from there. I started this blog just over a year ago. I had been reading a number of literature blogs around the internet and realized that thoughts on my reads as I go throughout the year might be interesting to some. At a minimum it lets me document what I thought of a work during or soon after I read it, and sharing it with the general public is a way to

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Updated 01-14-2014 at 11:31 PM by Virgil


Merry Christmas

by Virgil on 12-24-2013 at 01:24 AM
This is probably my favorite Christmas Carol, and this is a wonderful rendition by Josh Groban.

The third stanza is not always heard. Groban in this rendition skips the second stanza and goes to the third and then returns to repeat the first. I like it. I think the second stanza is the weaker of the three, with the first, of course, being brilliant. You can read all the lyrics here.

Do read the history

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