Ray Rice, the football player made two mistakes

 

The football player Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens made one mistake after the other. This is the teachable moment:

Ray Rice’s first simple mistake was to stick out his short arm, striking Janay Palmer (his then fiancee).

The second thing Ray did wrong: Ray let her stay on the floor without helping the woman that he socked. 

All he had to do was help her up off of the elevator and apologize.

One punch costed Ray a 5 year contract worth $40 million dollars. I ‘ll remember never to throw a jab at a woman. Or course become poor. 🙁 Rice-Rayray-rice-arrest

Andy Griffin is dead, age 86

ImageAndy Griffin has passed away at age 86 at his home at the North Carolina Outer Banks. As much as anyone else every could be, Andy was NORTH CAROLINA. He was from Mount Airy. He attended UNC-CH. While his personal life and personality were much different that his public life – he shined as a Tar Heel. One of his most famous skits of his explanation of football.

I’m going to miss Andy Griffin. I was in love with his show, with his son Opee (Ron Howard

I Love My Pet King snake

King Snake with his lunch

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It’s funny how much I like animals. Even my pet King snake Shakespeare. I rescused him from the hungry eyes of a falcon in the summer of 2007. I think it was in July.

Some of my friends think that I am crazy for having a big King snake, but what is the difference between pets, such as a snake and a cat or dog?

I feed Shakespeare once a week. Just like people may go to McDonalds , Burger King or White Castle for food; I go to Pet Mart, or the Friendly Pet store for his meal of live mice. So it’s the same thing. The mice cost $2.90 USD each, the price of a Big Mac.

Shakespeare protects me from other poisonous serpents such as Cobras, Rattle snakes and several others. A dog couldn’t do thast 🙂

Puppies and inmates

20090416-tows-puppies-behind-bars-290x218Inmates are in Fishkill Correctional Facility,NY. The dogs sleep with the inmates, in the cell in a crate.

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A program that helps both prison inmates and returning military vets, Puppies Behind Bars is a not for profit organization that trains prison inmates to raise service dogs. One program within the “Puppies Behind Bars” organization is called “DogTags.” Under the DogTags program, inmates train puppies to become service dogs for soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. During their training the puppies live in prison with their incarcerated trainers. As the puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn what it means to contribute to society, rather than take from it.

The program currently places a total of 80 dogs in seven prisons in the three states of the New York region at both men’s and women’s prisons. The puppies, all Labs and Goldens, arrive at the prisons at about eight weeks of age and live with the inmates until they are 20 weeks old. They live in crates in the cells and learn 82 commands before they are ready for their next level of training. Since the dogs don’t know the difference between a prisoner and a model citizen, they help the prisoners as well, responding to kindness, firmness, patience, and consistency.


Veteran Sgt. Allen Hill with his service dog Frankie.

Many of the dogs will eventually be given free of charge to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who are themselves confined — to wheelchairs or to navigating life with a missing limb or two. The program is trying to make veterans more aware of the dogs’ availability. In addition to training dogs to help returning veterans, the inmates also work to train drug and bomb sniffing dogs, guide dogs, and other dog helpers.

In addition to the article on Puppies Behind Bars, check out Glenn Close’s interview with military veteran, Sgt. Allen Hill. It’s an awesome story and a great cause!