And Then Again


It doesn’t look like it.

It’s been a while.

I’ve been walking around this kind of scene. Passing it by. For some reason, I stopped. I made a picture. This picture. I guess something caught my eye.

I know what you are thinking. This is an autumn picture.

I promise. It’s not.

I made it yesterday. On a very short dog walk,

Short? Yes. It seems that the dog who sees stuff isn’t liking the heat. So, she cuts her walks short. After all, she’s an old girl. She’ll be eleven years old in July. On the Fourth of July to be exact. I see the signs. Her muzzle is turning white. She’s buff in color. That’s fading a little bit. When the weather turns wet, I see her arthritis kicking in a little.

No matter.

She takes care of us. We take care of her. She’s the boss of the other dogs. That’s funny to watch. She herds them by walking in circles around them until they move to the place that she thinks that they should be.

So.

The heat? She’s getting groomed as I write. She’s has a long relationship with her groomer. She’s getting a short summer cut. That should help a lot. When she’s done, she’ll have a short skirt, her legs will be fairly full, but her back and head will be very short. If you are doing this at home, remember that you can’t cut the dog’s hair too short. He or she will get sunburned.

Anyway.

The picture. Yes. It really is a spring picture. Around this place, leaves are always falling. Often, in fall-like colors. That’s due to the various species of trees that grow in what was a swamp.

If you ever saw the movie, “JFK,” there is a meeting in which one prosecutor says that the trees in front of the famed Texas Book Depository didn’t lose their leaves in November because they were Texas Live Oaks. They lose their leaves in April and May. That’s true.

As an aside, if you ever find yourself in Dallas, do yourself a favor. Go to the grassy knoll. Take the book depository tour. I did that years ago with a group of international staff. Nobody left the sixth floor with dry eyes. I don’t know what kind of president John Kennedy could have been if he hadn’t been killed because he was just getting started.  But, he stands for something bigger than that. Optimism. Hope. Dreams. All was lost on that November day.

We could use a little bit of that today.

Or, at least, leaders capable of leading.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Good evening Ray. Always love y o ur dog stories. My Stevie was the oldest and yes, the boss of the other dogs….so she always thought. Reigned over them from a single ottoman she would lay upon. I miss her every day.
    Love the light in your photos. Especially this one. We haven’t experienced the kind of heat I’m use to. Triple digit by now…oh, but it’s commin.
    The man of the house mentioned Leon Redbone died today. I’m sure you’re familiar with him.
    Thanks again for another wonderful creation of your mind’s eye. Makes me smile.
    My best to the family. 2 and legged kind.
    Liz Carter, Tucson

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  2. Good evening Ray. Always love y o ur dog stories. My Stevie was the oldest and yes, the boss of the other dogs….so she always thought. Reigned over them from a single ottoman she would lay upon. I miss her every day.
    Love the light in your photos. Especially this one. We haven’t experienced the kind of heat I’m use to. Triple digit by now…oh, but it’s commin.
    The man of the house mentioned Leon Redbone died today. I’m sure you’re familiar with him.
    Thanks again for another wonderful creation of your mind’s eye. Makes me smile.
    My best to the family. 2 and 4 legged kind.
    Liz Carter, Tucson

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    1. She’s mad at me right now. She doesn’t like going to the groomer. Thank you for the kind words… I just see stuff. Yes. I used to listen to Redbone a lot. He wrote a lot of children’s music toward the middle of his career.

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  3. I’m not a very well traveled individual, but I have been to the book depository and the grassy knoll. I will always wonder what might have been different with our involvement in Vietnam had JFK lived. He had his own hand in the conflict, but I wonder if he would have been willing to change direction. You are so right. He was just getting started.

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    1. According to history, JFK was preparing to remove the few troops that were based in Vietnam at the time of his death. His death combined with the Vietnam War created a distrust in government that never ended.

      I first came to the Grassy Knoll by accident. When I moved to Dallas after I joined a division of Eastman-Kodak, I was trying to get downtown from where I lived. I got off the Stemmons Freeway (the quickest way to Parkland memorial Hospital in 1963), at the 4th Street exit. It drops down and come up under the freeway. There, coming from the opposite way of JFK’s motorcade, I saw it. The Grassy Knoll. I was trembling.

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