Saturday, July 24, 2010

Why Do We Honor People?

There may be as many reasons to honor special people, as there are people to honor. Yet, have you ever wondered why we honor people in the first place?

Why do we pause every so often to acknowledge and honor special efforts by special people with appreciation award, or milestones in people's lives?

After all life would go on without special occasions. We would still get up in the morning, go to work, care for the kids.

Perhaps we honor people with recognition programs because, sooner or later, we realize that we don't know how much time we've got here and every day becomes a little more precious. So too, the people we admire become more appreciated.

We honor people retiring, a hero that saves lives, not only in the line of duty, but, because they care enough to risk their lives. We also have every day people that deserve this honor, the unsung heroes of our lives. These people would not take a metal if offered, they are mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, neighbors, friends and the list goes on. So to these people in your lives say "I am Proud of You", thanks for being in my life and caring enough to give.

Dusty's World

Dusty's World

Hi everyone. This is Doug, Old Digger's son. I wanted to share something really cool with all of you, so here goes...

I recently came upon a web site called Hide-E-Hole Ferret Rescue. This no-kill ferret shelter is run by Barbara Carlson who has been personally doing rescue work with ferrets for at least 5 or 6 years. I saw that Barb was asking for donations to help support the shelter, but since I'm on unemployment I thought I would donate my talent instead.

I wrote Barb and offered to lend my talent to her endeavor and she was thrilled. We sent emails back and forth discussing what she would like to have and she mentioned it would be great to have a ferret comic. I have had experience doing comics so I drew up my first one-panel idea, which Barb loved.

This comic is a tribute to Dusty, who passed away on February 9, 2010. Dusty was my niece's ferret and he was quite the character. We have many fond memories of that little guy and now he will live on through my comics and continue to entertain people with his antics. The comic will be featured weekly on Barb's new site here.

I hope you enjoy Dusty's World as much as I enjoy drawing it and please let me know what you think in the comments.

Friday, July 23, 2010


I came across this little ditty and thought you may enjoy it. Hope you all are having a nice summer and are not too sunburn. Also hope you are able to take some time to rest up and enjoy yourself, believe it or not summer is half over. Has any of you ever had something unusual happen at a picnic?

Sunshine and wieners and pickles and ham
not enough salt for the eggs,
Marshmallows cooked on the end of a stick,
ants crawling over our legs.
Candy and cookies and peanuts and cake,
finding the frosting has run,
All of us knowing we've eaten too much--
Picnics are certainly fun.

by Marchette Chute.

Monday, July 19, 2010

"I Am The Nation"

I was writing this for the Fourth of July, when my keyboard quit on me. So I decided to post just some of it, this came from Johnny Cash on Youtube.

I was born on July 4, 1776, and the Declaration of Independence is my birth certificate. The bloodlines of the world run in my veins, because I offered freedom to the oppressed, I am many things and many people, I am the nation.

I am Nathan Hale, Paul Revere, I stood at Lexington and fired the shot heard around the world. I am Washington, Jefferson and Patrick Henry, I am John Paul Jones, the Green Mountain Boys, and Davey Crockett, and Lee, and Grant and Abe Lincoln.

I am big, I sprawl from the Atlantic to the Pacific, my arms reach out to embrace Alaska and Hawaii, I'm 3 million square miles, throbbing with industry. I am more than 5 million farms, I am forest, field, mountain and desert, I am quiet villages and cities that never sleep

Yes, I am the nation, and these are the things that I am, I was conceived in freedom and God willing in freedom I will spend the rest of my days.

May I possess always the integrity, the courage and the strength to keep myself unshackled, to remain a citadel of freedom and a beacon of hope to the world. This is my wish, my goal, my prayer .

I left out a few paragraphs, but you get the idea of how our nation feels, if she could speak. I am sure our nation would have a lot of criticism toward how we have treated her over the 234 years since she was born. I am sure you all had a very nice fourth. I love our nation and I wanted to express it in these lyrics, Johnny Cash passed away in September, 2003.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Sorry I am having trouble with my keyboard, while having it fixed or buying a new one as soon as I can afford it, I am going on a two week break. Thank you my friends for being loyal. Hope you are having a great summer so far.