THE SICKNESS OF LYLE

THE SICKNESS OF LYLE

12_5_13 005I apologize for not posting and not being much involved in the blogging community in the last few months, a community that I have grown to love and cherish, and which I have missed. I have been working on my novel and it’s just been difficult for me to do both the novel and the blog. Generally the novel has to come first for me, before other writing, as well as bathing and eating and trimming my…

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MY PET T. REX

MY PET T. REX

 "Dyno drumheller". Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dyno_drumheller.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Dyno_drumheller.jpg

“Dyno drumheller”. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dyno_drumheller.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Dyno_drumheller.jpg

When I was a boy I adopted a pet T. Rex. He was about six feet tall as a baby, scaly, green, and had teeth like roofing nails. I called him Buster because, I don’t know, he looked like a Buster.

My sister crocheted him a red…

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RAW MEAT

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From Wikipedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Meat_packages_in_a_Roman_supermarket.jpg. Author/User: Mattes.

Even when I was a carnivore—which was a choice, not a condition—I couldn’t stand raw meat. It has a stink and a neon pink-red color straight out of an acid nightmare. And though the supermarket meat section is principally stocked with muscle meat, it all looks to me like…

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IS MY CAT SICK?

IS MY CAT SICK?

Butch.

Butch.

ME: I’m worried about you, Butch. What’s with you not eating lately?

BUTCH THE CAT: You’re thinking I might be sick.

ME: Yes. Maybe. I can’t tell.

BUTCH: It’s a bitch, I admit. We cats. We play that stuff close to the vest. Kind of hide it. When we’re sick, I mean. Seems like one day, everything’s catnip. Then bam. Deader than Dillinger.

ME:I’d rather you’d stay away from the outdated dead…

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100 HEROES FOR ANIMALS

100 HEROES FOR ANIMALS

St. Francis of Assisi, the "patron saint" of animals. Painting by Giotto di Bondone (c.1266-1337) / Louvre, Paris, France / The Bridgeman Art Library

St. Francis of Assisi, the “patron saint” of animals. Painting by Giotto di Bondone (c.1266-1337) / Louvre, Paris, France / The Bridgeman Art Library

I have heroes that inspire me for all my passions: writing, film, baseball, among other things. Raymond Carver wrote “Cathedral,” Sam Peckinpah directed The Wild Bunch, and David Ortiz won more playoff games for the Boston Red Sox than I can count.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CAT SITTER

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CAT SITTER

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Thank you for taking care of my four cats. Please read these instructions carefully at least five times, though ten is preferred and should give you a leg up on my pop phone quizzes.

My four cats are like four extensions of myself. Think of them as my arms and legs. If you forget or fail to follow an instruction, think of your failure as cutting off one of my limbs. So for example if you…

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THE KILLING OF A GIRAFFE: ONE MONTH LATER

THE KILLING OF A GIRAFFE: ONE MONTH LATER

Marius. Photograph by Keld Navntoft/AFP/Getty Images

Marius. Photograph by Keld Navntoft/AFP/Getty Images

When I first heard about the killing of the baby giraffe Marius in the Copenhagen Zoo I thought it was a joke. It seemed like some absurd satire about an evil zookeeper, something I could have seen on Funny or Die:a healthy two year-old giraffe is lured away from the other giraffes by his veterinarian caretaker with a piece of rye bread, only…

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