❝Everybody talks about the entitlement generation. There is no time I’d rather live in than now, and there is no generation I would more entrust the future of this country to than this one. There is a tendency to live in a nostalgic state in this country, and to think that other generations possessed an integrity and a tenacity greater than the generation that is now. I wholeheartedly disagree with that. I believe that this is a group that will rise up to any challenge that comes before them as well as any other generation in America would have done.❞
— Jon Stewart
❝In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.❞
— Edward Hoagland
❝Until you have loved an animal, part of your soul will have remained dormant.❞
— Anatole France
Just a Dog
From time to time people tell me, “Lighten up. It’s just a dog.”
or “That’s a lot of money for just a dog.”
They don’t understand the distance traveled, time spent or costs involved for “Just a dog”.
Some of my proudest moments have come about with “Just a dog”.
Many hours have passed with my only company being “Just a dog”
and not once have I felt slighted.
Some of my saddest moments were brought about by “just a dog”.
In those days of darkness ,
the gentle touch of “Just a dog” provided comfort
and purpose to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it’s “Just a dog”, you will probably understand phrases like
“Just a friend” or “just a sunrise” or “Just a promise”.
“Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust,
and pure unbridled joy. “Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.
Because of “Just a dog” I will rise early,
take long walks, and look longingly to the future.
For me and folks like me, it’s not “Just a dog”.
It’s an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future,
the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
"Just a dog" brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts
away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday people can understand it’s not “Just a dog.”
It’s the thing that gives me humanity and keep me from being
“Just a man ” or “Just a woman”.
So the next time you hear the phrase “Just a dog”,
Smile because they “Just don’t understand”…
— R. Bily, Versatile Hunting Dog, 2006
"She wants to love him, but she can’t.”
❝All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.❞
— Anatole France
❝'cause all of me loves all of you
love your curves and all your edges
all your perfect imperfections❞
— John Legend, “All of Me”
❝The quickest way to your heart: love, passion, sincerity (metaphorical); sharp things (literal)❞
— Welcome to Night Vale
May we all remember what it was like to be so young. May we remember it factually, and not remember anything that is false, or incorrect.
May we all be human – beautiful, stupid, temporal, endless.