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Rustom mourns Sorab

The Saddest Story Ever Told

When Mama told us stories, or sang to us, I usually sat closest to her right side, often resting my head on her knee. As the story progressed, from time to time she stroked my hair, a soothing practice she shared with all her seven children. The story she was about to tell us, of the two champions, Sorab and Rustom, was the saddest story we were ever told.

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It doesn't matter how you train, timing is important when we communicate with our dogs. We don't have the benefit of just explaining things to our dogs. It can be like a guessing game where telling the dog they are right (or wrong) at the right moment can mean the difference between understanding and confusion.

The Zen of Spring

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Many years, we here in Minnesota are still being swallowed up by winter clouds. This year, not so much. All around, the trees are budding. The lingering snow and ice is melting. And the air is filling with the songs of returning birds.

Wedding Knells

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When swimming lengths, it is probably a good idea to keep your focus on what you're doing, most especially when coming in for a turn. Even if your mind is trying to work out the problem of how to get out of your upcoming nuptials. Not every girl dreams of walking down that aisle, the Green Mile.

The Star Spangled Parsis

Francis Scott Key standing on boat, with right arm stretched out toward the United States flag flying over Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland.

I am a Parsi. My ancestors were Zoroastrians who came to India from Persia around the mid seventh century. Like the English Pilgrims who came to America on the Mayflower in 1620, at the risk of life and limb, to assure themselves religious freedom, so did my ancestors sail the stormy seas to escape religious conversion by the sword. Only they did it nearly a thousand years before the Pilgrims!



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