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Northbound Toward Home (a great story about rescuing dawgs & taking them to forever homes)

Northbound Toward Home

The South has a dog problem. We have more dogs than anywhere else in the country, but we take the worst care of them. We are stubbornly resistant to leash and spay/neuter laws — and thus contribute hugely to the fact that more than a million healthy, adoptable dogs are put down every year. But 12 years ago, Kyle and Pam Peterson of Cookeville, Tennessee, started a business with a simple purpose — to take the South’s unwanted pooches northward, to homes where they are wanted. This week, writer Cy Brown and photographer Tamara Reynolds take us on a three-day marathon trip in a big rig full of dogs — all of them straining at the leash toward new lives.
By Cy Brown | Photos by Tamara Reynolds
The story:

There are angels on Earth.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Dec 8, 2015, 07:50 AM (2 replies)

On Grief


Upvoted, an online publication from Reddit featuring the most compelling content from their site, recently republished this “classic” piece originally posted four years ago. The beautiful piece of writing was done by a commenter in response to a poster asking for advice on grief.

The original post simply read: “My friend just died. I don't know what to do.”
Here was redditor GSnow’s moving advice: 

Alright, here goes. I'm old. What that means is that I've survived (so far) and a lot of people I've known and loved did not. I've lost friends, best friends, acquaintances, co-workers, grandparents, mom, relatives, teachers, mentors, students, neighbors, and a host of other folks. I have no children, and I can't imagine the pain it must be to lose a child.

But here's my two cents.
I wish I could say you get used to people dying. I never did. I don't want to. It tears a hole through me whenever somebody I love dies, no matter the circumstances. But I don't want it to "not matter". I don't want it to be something that just passes. My scars are a testament to the love and the relationship that I had for and with that person. And if the scar is deep, so was the love. So be it. Scars are a testament to life. Scars are a testament that I can love deeply and live deeply and be cut, or even gouged, and that I can heal and continue to live and continue to love. And the scar tissue is stronger than the original flesh ever was. Scars are a testament to life. Scars are only ugly to people who can't see.

As for grief, you'll find it comes in waves. When the ship is first wrecked, you're drowning, with wreckage all around you. Everything floating around you reminds you of the beauty and the magnificence of the ship that was, and is no more. And all you can do is float. You find some piece of the wreckage and you hang on for a while. Maybe it's some physical thing. Maybe it's a happy memory or a photograph. Maybe it's a person who is also floating. For a while, all you can do is float. Stay alive.

In the beginning, the waves are 100 feet tall and crash over you without mercy. They come 10 seconds apart and don't even give you time to catch your breath. All you can do is hang on and float. After a while, maybe weeks, maybe months, you'll find the waves are still 100 feet tall, but they come further apart. When they come, they still crash all over you and wipe you out. But in between, you can breathe, you can function. You never know what's going to trigger the grief. It might be a song, a picture, a street intersection, the smell of a cup of coffee. It can be just about anything...and the wave comes crashing. But in between waves, there is life.

Somewhere down the line, and it's different for everybody, you find that the waves are only 80 feet tall. Or 50 feet tall. And while they still come, they come further apart. You can see them coming. An anniversary, a birthday, or Christmas, or landing at O'Hare. You can see it coming, for the most part, and prepare yourself. And when it washes over you, you know that somehow you will, again, come out the other side. Soaking wet, sputtering, still hanging on to some tiny piece of the wreckage, but you'll come out.
Take it from an old guy.

The waves never stop coming, and somehow you don't really want them to. But you learn that you'll survive them. And other waves will come. And you'll survive them too. If you're lucky, you'll have lots of scars from lots of loves. And lots of shipwrecks.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Dec 7, 2015, 04:07 AM (5 replies)

BREAKING: Oscar Pistorious convicted of murder as prosecutor's appeal is granted

#BREAKING: Supreme Court of South Africa convicts former Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius of murder - ABC News Australia

He has to return to court to be resentenced.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Dec 3, 2015, 04:51 AM (19 replies)

BREAKING: Mass shooting being reported in San Bernadino area-confirmed

SBFD units responding to reports of 20 victim shooting incident in 1300 block of S. Waterman. SBPD is working to clear the scene.

Confirmed: .@SanBernardinoPD has confirmed an active shooter in the area of Orange Show Rd/ Waterman Ave near Park center. #SBCSD assisting.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Dec 2, 2015, 03:27 PM (72 replies)

Two little buckaroos...

The kids are alright!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Dec 2, 2015, 06:36 AM (3 replies)

BREAKING:Hostages have been taken in northern French town of Roubaix

BREAKING: Armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix - Reuters, AFP

Near Belgian border
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Nov 24, 2015, 03:40 PM (4 replies)

HAAAAA! This vine should give you a laugh.

You don't have to download anything. Just tap the pic at the link.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Nov 24, 2015, 11:27 AM (9 replies)

Russian pilots were shot dead as they parachuted to Earth. This just got way worse.

BREAKING: Russian pilots ‘shot dead’ as they parachuted from plane https://t.co/uLne9MmB1N https://t.co/rlEneGkh15

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Nov 24, 2015, 11:05 AM (94 replies)

Ha!The Satanic Temple Of Minneapolis has chimed in about muslims:

I'd trust them before the 'Christians' to help me do anything.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Nov 20, 2015, 04:28 AM (8 replies)

30 years ago we met these two wonderful friends:

Love them!
Miss them!
Thirty years??? Sigh.....
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Nov 19, 2015, 05:22 AM (8 replies)
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