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    {almost} 4 months out : how owning a dog helps

    It’s hard to imagine that I’ve had Celie for a little less than four months. Sometimes I look at her, now over 31 pounds and still growing, and wonder how the time passed so quickly. Other days I feel like I’ve had her forever. Celie filled voids that needed filling and got me to add a couple of things to my wide open schedule. Here, let me explain : Weekend walks : On Saturdays and Sundays I treat Celie to two walks a day, and at least one of them is at a nearby park rather than our usual trek around the neighborhood. Sometimes I call a friend to join, and other…

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    trying to get off to a good start

    I love reading about the morning routines of successful people and pretending that I can emulate them. I’ve tried in the past to really commit to something other than getting out of bed at the last possible minute, doing as little as I can get away with to get out the door and get to work. About a year ago I started waking up early, meditating, and enjoying a healthy breakfast at home before making my way to the office. The meditating had to stop, though, after I fell back asleep the fourth time and woke up disoriented thirty minutes later. Things started going downhill after that. The truth is that while getting off to a…

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    money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a dog

    It’s a nice idea that a person can take something from every failed relationship so that the whole thing wasn’t just a spectacular waste of time. Because it’s barely been a week since I went from being in a “stable” relationship to being single I haven’t had too many positive thoughts about my experience. There is one very good thing, however, that I don’t think I would have done if I didn’t date that particular guy at that specific time. On Friday I am going straight from work to a shelter to pick up an eight-week-old black lab puppy. The idea to get a dog came from a friend the day I…