In Memoriam, Rufus

Last September Rufus ambled his way into my life. With his long, lanky Basset Hound body, his ground-grazing ears, and his insouciant air he found his way quickly into my heart as well. In part I was looking for someone to take care of--I was getting a little lonely without a dog around--and an older dog seemed … Continue reading In Memoriam, Rufus

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Disquiet . . . -ing

I picked up the novella Disquiet by Julia Leigh, somewhat by accident. I was reading the description on the book's front flap in the bookstore when my phone rang and distracted me. When I made my way to the cashier the book was in the pile and I had paid for it before I even know … Continue reading Disquiet . . . -ing

Life with Rufus: On Being a Seeing Eye-Human

Meet my newest companion, Rufus. Rufus is a six-year-old purebred Basset Hound who weighs just a little over 60 pounds, and is about 3 feet long from the top of his head to the base of his tail. Rufus is also blind, having lost his sight to glaucoma a couple of years ago. I adopted … Continue reading Life with Rufus: On Being a Seeing Eye-Human

A View from the Backstretch, photography at the National Museum of Racing

The Saratoga Special, "View Points," by Melaina Phipps September 3, 2011 A View from the Backstretch, photography exhibit currently on display at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, brings together more than a dozen amateur photographers to share their firsthand views of life behind the racing scene. The exhibit will be on display at the … Continue reading A View from the Backstretch, photography at the National Museum of Racing

The Wisdom of TV

  When I was a young child I really enjoyed my Saturday morning cartoons, and my weekly fix of Happy Days or Eight is Enough. In junior high I usually slept in on Saturdays and weekend nights brought The Love Boat and Fantasy Island, and of course, Dallas. As for daytime TV, I never really … Continue reading The Wisdom of TV