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Okay, so…Boys…program below

Ocean, Sea, Coastline, Waves, Water

I watched a program last night.  I think it was called, Boys in Crisis.  Apparently, boys are having a hard time of it.  Ever since the “electronic age,” came into being, boys…forgot how to become men and have a meaningful relationship with other human beings in the real world.  They live in video games and in virtual reality, they don’t live here.

So, basically, here’s what was said.  We all know boys aren’t supposed to cry and they are supposed to be strong and “man-up/walk it off.”  We all know that’s a bad thing, even if a lot of fathers, as well as society, reinforce those things.

They said the Millenniums asked how they could get the most out of life and the new kids are asking, why should they should live at all.  The suicide rate for boys has doubled.  They are dropping out of school more than ever and they are unable to communicate or have human relationships, no friends, etc.  They don’t grow up and leave home.

Of course, this doesn’t mean all boys are like this.  Counselors and those who study these things and gather data, are just saying what they know and have found.   Boys are living on line and in their rooms.  (Men are getting divorced because of Fortnite.  I added that, it wasn’t part of the program.)

Anyway, they took a bunch of boys and put them in a 2 day, weekend kind of boot camp.  While the kids were there, their parents were in seminars (which the kids did not know about) to help them deal with their boys.

Watch it below.


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‘This Is Life’: An emotional bootcamp to help boys become men

5 days ago



The Conversation…

Cat, Relax, Chill Out, Camacho

“A dog?  You thought bringing a dog into a cat house was a good idea?”

“He needs a home.”

“It’s a DOG.”

“He’s not an it, he’s a he.”

“Are you keeping him?”

“Yes, if he wants to stay.”

“What’s wrong with you?” asked the cat.

“Nothing.  Dogs and cats can get along.”

“Why would they want to?”

“He’s a nice dog and he’s having a hard time.  He needs a home.”

“And you said that we can’t play with him or kill him, right?”

“Right.  You definitely can not kill him and chasing, or jumping on him, is out of the question.”

“So no fun.”

“If that’s your idea of fun, then no.  No fun.”

“Are you trying to get rid of us?”

“Don’t be silly.  I love all of you. I’m just asking you to be nice to someone who needs help.”

“He’s a DOG.”

“Be nice and I’ll get you a book on mice and hamsters. One with a lot of pictures.”

“If you’re going to bribe me, you’ll have to get me live mice and hamsters. Then we can talk about it.”

“You know I won’t do that.”

“Why are you messing up a good thing?”

“I’m not messing anything  up, I’m simply…adding to it.”

“You can’t possibly believe that.”

“I do, and I’m counting on you to help keep him safe, until everyone gets used to him.”

“You jest.”

“I jest not.”

“Why would I ever do that?”

“Because I asked you to do it.”


“I do everything you ask of me,” she said.

“Yes, but you’re supposed to do that.  You’re a servant.”

“Well, you’re supposed to do this, because it’s important to me.”

“Will you get me a rabbit?”

“No.  Definitely NOT.”

“Then what incentive do I have?  I mean look at him.  He’s in the corner, surrounded by cats.  What’s his name?”


“Does he fall over?

“No.  At least not that I know of.”

“Lynx is keeping him safe,” he said, staring at the cat, sitting in front of the dog.

“You need to tell the others to leave him alone.”

“Can they at least sleep on him?”

“I’ll ask him,” she sighed.  “He’s sweet, so he probably won’t mind.”

“Let me know what he has to say because cats like to sleep on everything..”

“I will let you know..”

“He seems okay.”

“He is okay.  He’s very nice.”

“Fine,” he said, “but think about those mice and hamsters.”

“I won’t.  Not ever.”

Okay, everyone leave the dog alone.  She likes him and he’s staying.  Be nice.  He’s kind of one of us now.” he said.

About fifteen cats looked at him and laughed…which is a strange sound, believe me.

I’m serious.  She loves us but the dog needs a home, so she’s letting him stay and since we all live here, she’s asking us to be fair.  So paws off the dog.  No biting, scratching, or killing him.”

There was a collective groan and some of the cats walked away.  A grey tabby asked if licking him was permitted and no one knew what to say.

“Well,” he said.  That went better than I expected.  They really like you, you know.  You can tell.  The dog’s still breathing.”

“I love all of them,” she said, picking the dog up.  I’ll just put him in the bedroom and close the door, so he can rest for a bit.  That was probably difficult for him.”

“Whatever,” he said.

She put the dog on the bed and Lynx jumped up next to him.  She thanked Lynx and went back into the other room.

“I’m grateful for your help,” she said.

“Not grateful enough to get me a rabbit.”

“No.  You’re right about that.”

“You humans kill absolutely everything but you can’t get me a rabbit?”

“I don’t kill things.”

“Where are the treats?”

“Right here,” she said, putting a bowl in front of him.  “Don’t eat too many.  They’re treats, not dinner.”

“What about the tub of ice cream you were eating when I got here.”

“Fine,” she sighed.

“I’ll do my rounds and then come back and stay here tonight.”

“Thank you.”

“It doesn’t have to be a big rabbit.”


“What about the hamster?”






Today is…National Mason Jar Day

Mason Jars, Farm House, Rustic, Country

Street art…

man in white long sleeve shirt and brown pants illustration

Photo:  Tim Hüfner


Today is…Electronic Greeting Day…so send stuff to someone

Ipad, Tablet, Technology, Touch

Every year a picture of Albert is put on the Santa board to remind everyone that St. Chicklmas tryouts will be coming up soon.

The chicklets love the Santa tryouts.  They’re always a lot of fun and they usually start the first week of December, so all those who wish to be Santa this year, are getting their costumes ready.


A different conversation…

Dog, Portrait, Black, Snow, Face, Cute

“You never seem to talk to dogs.”

“Excuse me?”

“I see you talking to the cats all the time, but you don’t talk todogs.”


“Don’t you like dogs?”

“Of course I like dogs.  I love dogs.”

“Then why do you spend all of your time with cats?  Cats live with you and go to your house all the time.”

“I’m a cat person.  There are dog people and there are cat people.”

“Are there rabbit people?” asked the dog.

“Yes, there are. There are people for everyone.”

“Why are you a cat person?”

“Uh, I don’t know how to explain it.  I guess my personality fits more closely to cats, than it does dogs.”

“Because we’re needy?”

“Dogs seem to be more…cooperative.”

“Is that a bad thing?”

“Absolutely not.”

“Then why don’t you talk to dogs?”

“Truthfully, dogs make me feel bad.”

“How is that possible,” asked the dog, obviously shocked.  “We are loving and kind.”

“Yes, well, so are cats.  But I feel that I disappoint dogs.  That I can’t live up to their expectations.  You guys are always happy, waiting for love and I don’t think I can give you everything you want, at least not all of the time.”

“That’s really sad.”

“Is it?”

“My heart is broken,” said the dog, miserably.

“See, that’s exactly what I mean.  We just met and I’ve already let you down.”

“No, I think dogs must have let you down.”

“Argggg!  Now you’re blaming your species for my problems.”

“Is that a bad thing?”

“And you would forgive me anything.”

“Is that also a bad thing?”

“It just makes me tired.”

“I’m sorry,” said the dog.

“Don’t apologize.  Please.”

“Okay, I’m sorry.”

She sighed and closed her eyes.

“Have you ever had a dog?”


“Was it good?”

“I don’t want to talk about it.”

“Okay.  Do you want me to come and live with you?”


“I was wondering if I could come and live with you.”

“Do you like cats?”


“Would you like twenty-six of them?”

“That’s a lot of cats.”

“Tell me about it.  They don’t all live inside.”

“Will they be upset if I move in.”

“I’m sure they will be, but they’ll get used to you…eventually.”

“I’m a good dog.”

“I can see that.”

“Will you make sure they don’t kill me?”


“I was hoping you were going to say, that they wouldn’t kill me.”

“Okay, they won’t kill you.”

“Are you sure?”


“That’s what I was afraid of.”

“I’ll take care of all of that.”


“Yes,” she said.  “I will.”

“Why would you let me move in with you?”

“Because you’re adorable and you asked if you could.”

“I’m adorable.”

“Yes.  Absolutely adorable.”

“Thank you.”

“You’re welcome”

“Can I sleep on your bed at night?”

“If you can find room. Sometimes, there’s hardly room for me.”

“Do you have any chickens?” asked the dog, hopefully.

“Not one. Why?”

“I had one a long time ago.”

You had a chicken?” she asked.

“We met on the road.”

“I see.”

“The chicken escaped from a farm that killed chickens.”

“Where is the chicken now?”

“We parted ways.  We met up with a bunch of free roaming chickens and she decided to stay with them.”

“I bet you miss your friend..”

“I do.”

“Well, let’s go,” she said.  “The cats will be wondering where I am.”

“Are you going to be my forever home?”

“Can I pick you up?”


She picked him up and started walking.  “Yes, I’ll be your forever home for as long as you want to stay.”

He licked her and she laughed, wondering how the cats were going to like their new roommate.

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Street art…

Photo:  llse orsel

The chicklets are all over Chickmas…

The chicklets are having meetings, so they can get an early jump on the Chickmas party.  This was their Chickmas card the year before last, so they hung one in the Party Barn to keep them inspired (as if they needed that).   They are talking about doing soething different this year but Im not sure what.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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