How 'bout them Ravens?! You know, Super Bowls are usually so boring that we all just watch the commercials, but this year, all the commercials were stupid (well okay, that one with the baby horse was sweet...) and the game was the star! Harbaugh sibling rivalry! 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown! A blackout! A down-to-the-wire squeaker! And though I didn't really have any interest in either of the teams, I had decided to root for Baltimore for 3 reasons -
3. My friend Lynn is a Baltimore girl, and...the party was at her house. So, you know...
This is Apollo...
Over the last year and a half, Apollo has become a fixture at Jude's tiny Catholic school. One of the school's families has been fostering Apollo for the Guide Dogs of America program. The job of the foster family is the raise a selected puppy from 8-weeks to 18-months, teaching him basic obedience, and socializing him as much as possible. To this end, Laura, the mom of the family, took Apollo with her EVERYWHERE. That dog was at school every day, at every sports event and Parent Board meeting. The kids had come to adore him. But alas, Apollo's 18 months are up, and he is graduating on to his formal guide dog training, and then on to his new life as a service dog for the blind. It was amazingly sweet how the school came together to say goodbye to Apollo! Everyone was so touched! On Apollo's last day with Laura's family, the school had their monthly mass, and Monsignor gave him a special blessing, with all the children praying for Apollo's safety and his future life of service. What a wonderful lesson for them all! If you live in Southern California, and would like to be a Puppy Raiser, click on the Guide Dogs link and then on "Raise a Puppy".
Did y'all hear that they finally located the remains of King Richard III? Scientists have positively identified him with DNA. Amazing, right? Richard III was the last of the Plantagenets, and was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, by his successor, Henry VII, the first of the Tudors. I kept thinking that Temperance Brennan on Bones would have had a blast working on this. The skeleton they found confirms everything we know about Richard - early 30s, severe scoliosis which caused a considerable curvature to the spine, a skull indented with two clear blows to the head by a bladed weapon. Fascinating. But I have to admit, after Jude's recent dealings with the orthodontist, when I saw the picture of Richard's skull, all I could think was that he would really have benefited from an expander, and probably a Herbst appliance...
Direct quote from my child - "Math is the worst thing in the world." He then qualified it a bit, after I raised my eyebrow at him, "at least, there's no need for it at this time in my life."
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