humanity, lost

I tackled the weighty and important topic of reclaiming humanity in a guest post over at everday gurus. Go check it out. And make sure you poke around and see what Kozo has going on while you are there.

everyday gurus

Two things instantly attracted me to djmatticus–his compassion as a husband and a father and his uncanny ability to use the perfect quote from movies that I love. One of the great things about blogging is that you get to “meet” role models of the people you want to become. Matticus is one of those bloggers. When I want to be a better parent, spouse, writer, and human, I head over to his blog:

I’ve lured Matticus out of his kingdom for a little joust at EverydayGurus. He faces you today “as God intended. Sportsmanlike. No tricks, no weapons, skill against skill alone.”


If you’ve spent any amount of time with me, you will have learned that despite my optimistic outlook, my general silliness, and my overall belief that life is one grand adventure, I am fond of saying that we are doomed.  Look around.  Common sense is…

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I’ve had it up to here!

Dear Dog Owners,

I have been trying to forget that I feel this way for quite a while, but I can’t pretend anymore.  I am really quite put out.  You know when you get to take your pups with you everywhere?  Well, let me share how that makes me feel…  When you show up at my favorite store, dog in tow, I feel cheated.  Not so much jealous or even envious, but really, really slighted.  It makes me want to take my cats with me everywhere I go too.  I would like to think that I am not the only one who feels this way.  As a matter of fact, you know bird owners?  Well they told me that they don’t like the special treatment you get either.

You know what they say:  If one person says you’re a pet owner receiving special attention, you can forget it.  When two people say you’re a pet owner receiving special attention, you might want to consider it.  When three people say you’re a pet owner receiving special attention, you might want to pay attention.  It’s about that time for you to consider how that makes the rest of the pet owners out there feel.  Think about that.

Since we are being so honest, there are a few other things I would like to air.  I hate it when you let your dogs roam free.  It makes me freak out, a lot.

I also hate the way you allow your hounds to do their business in public.  Every time you walk down my street looking for a good spot I want to return the favor in your front yard.

Also, the vet is not your real friend.  Remember that secret that you shared?  Well they shared it with everyone.  Now everyone knows you let your dogs lick your face and they all laugh at you behind your back.

I don’t want you to get the wrong idea.  I really like you.  I value our relationship.  But I cannot go on pretending your special treatment hasn’t happened.  If you care enough about me and this relationship, I am sure you would agree to fight for other pet owner rights as well.

Still friends?


Cat Owners


This bit of silliness brought to you by UndoverL.  She created the blank open letter and has asked us all to fill it in with some humorous odds and ends.  (All the words in red are what I added and everything else is what she provided to work with.)

I don’t actually have a problem with dog owners (well, most of them), but I know that UndcoverL harbors a not so secret grudge against cats, so this is completely a dig at that.

You know you want to play along with this crazy ad-lib game too.  Head over to her site (linked above), grab the blank form, copy into your dashboard, fill it out, link it back, post, and let’s keep this fun going!