Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Pup... the boys and their dog

I remember my own dog Tippy when I was a boy. Oldest brother Allen says he lay Tippy as a puppy on my mother's swollen tummy during the summer of 1953, and she awoke thinking the little furball was a skunk.... white tipped tale and face. Back then, Tippy was just a part of the family and I think he was just like my brothers and sister... just there. But now, watching Jan and Simon with Bailey reminds me that boys and dogs just go together. It's fun to watch. Lucky Bailey...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bailey Guides Rich to Finish Line

Bailey stayed beneath Rich's writing chair just long enough to finish his new book, Writing on the Bus. To view the book's website, just click on this sentence.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Luiz and Bailey at UMF

After yesterday's UMF soccer match vs. Johnson State (Vermont) with former exchange student Luiz Gustavo Ristow. Exciting match with a 3-1 result to UMF. Sixteen Rumford fans attended the match to support Luiz and his teammates. Luiz played a terrific match at midfield... his distribution to teammates was excellent and his attacks into the red zone created havoc for Johnson State. Well played, Luiz!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Running Black Mountain of Maine's cross-country trail.

This morning, I finished what I suspect, and hope, will be the final edit of Writing on the Bus. To celebrate, extra BBQ chips for lunch and four Oreo cookies... then, a run on Black Mountain of Maine's cross-country trail with Bailey, the editing hound. Now, I wait for the final proof and the cover draft.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The boys and me on Bubble Rock Mountain on Mt. Desert Island

What we miss...

...this new book came back in a pdf composite draft. I and a copy editor from the publishing house had been over a previous draft a few weeks back. But when I went over the draft again this time, noticed that the typesetter had left out the conclusion from the Contents page and that the conclusion had been backed into the penultimate chapter of the book, an FAQ section. More than several eyes had reviewed this manuscript for issues--and we found many in both the first and second drafts. But a whole chapter being left out of the Contents and being combined with another chapter...? It just goes to show what most of us already know: the more we look at something we think we know, the more it looks like what we think it is supposed to be and not what it really is...

Complicated, mysterious, and difficult... that's writing.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Our friend Minga

Our neighbor-friend Minga is going through some difficult times and we're thinking about her.... After this summer's bout with Bailey and his neck injury, I experienced the deep emotional connection between pets and owners. We're thinking of Minga's brother Bapu and her moms, Kate and Gayle. Here's to good medicine!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Climbing with the family

Bailey's getting better and better off leash as we climb mountains. i keep him on leash for the first 30-45 minutes, and once he has tired out, I let him off. So far, so good. Oh... though today, he rolled in some kind of poop.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Rain Walking with His Brother Simon

We've been spanked by wet weather the past few days/week. Yesterday, horrific thunderstorms tore through out town and took down a number of trees. Between Irene, the down-graded hurricane, and the thunderstorms, we've been hammered by the weather.

New Book... More Sleeping

Bailey has once again taken up his editorial position under my office chair as I write a companion book for my forthcoming book Writing on the Bus: Using Athletic Team Notebooks and Journals to Advance Learning and Performance in Sports.

Friday, September 2, 2011


I've neglected this blog for another: Bailey's Brothers. I have to say that Bailey loves his new brothers. He loves playing with them in the house and waking them up in the morning time. They enjoy him as well. I feel pretty lucky to have these three "sons."

There's something unique about a boy and his dog... and in our case, a dog and his boys.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Weld Romp

Bailey's new brother Simon challenged him to a romp n Weld during our family weekend. The day ended with a movie and--well, what boys and dogs do after a long day of play.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bailey lands a GodDogFather!

Bailey's brother Alex Szeps from Sweden will now serve as Bailey's God Dog Father. Birthdays, Christmas/ Hanukkah, special days... Bailey really just wants an RV for Road Trips (<--click here for preferred model)! Thanks, Alex!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

GodMum & Bailey

Victoria arrived today and Bailey enjoyed meeting his GodMum once again.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hiking with Bailey

We've had a slew of visitors this summer. Just last week we had a great hike on White Cap Mountain here in western Maine with two former exchange students and our new brother, Jan. White Cap is a just 15 minutes from home.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Lake Webb Fun

We spent the afternoon at Weld with our neighbors Kate and Gayle. Bailey also had his first play date in nearly a month with Zellie--both pups were exhausted by the end of the hour.

Monday, July 4, 2011

On the mend

Bailey had a great day today. He swam a little, met people, and showed signs of improvement.

–Christian & Fred Kent with Bailey.
–Twin brother Yago w/ Bailey.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Bailey injured

Bailey has been down and out the past 8 days with what may be a neck sprain. Xrays, three medicines, and visits to Uncle Fred's have dominated our days. The poor pup is in pain and inactive. Today, he enjoyed a few minutes out on the side lawn. It's hard to watch him be so uncomfortable. We hope for a speedy recovery.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Yago returns

Last night, Bailey and two of Yago's friends came to the airport with me to pick up our Spanish friend. I was so pleased with Bailey's behavior in the airport terminal... who knew that they allowed dogs in the place. An airport staffer watched me standing on the sidewalk for a half and hour when he finally said, "You know, he can go inside if you want." I didn't know and I was so appreciative of the guy's words. For an hour Bailey had old and young alike stopping to say hello. Most got right on the floor with him. He was gentle and laid back and rolled onto his back for most everyone asking for a belly rub. Teenaged girls and elderly "we used to have a Berner" folks petted the furry boy and enjoyed his company. It reassured me that soon he'll be an older, more settled dog and perhaps stints in the nursing home for hugs and hellos will be a possibility. He is a hug-able, happy fella who seems to make people smile.
Today, we have kids and friends popping in to say hello to Yago. Bailey played with them for hours, but now he's underneath the writer's chair taking a nap after a late night of airport love.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

White Cap Mountain Climb

After the dentist and a tooth reconstruction, a host of email, a bit of writing on my article about Charlie, a ski racer from Burke Mountain Academy, and phone calls... I packed up a kit and hit the road for a mountain climb about 15 minutes from my home. A bit hot, a bit buggy, but a good deal of fun. Bailey did well on leash on the way up... and on the way down, off leash, he stayed fairly focused and connected to me. He does the same when I'm writing in the morning! :-)

White Cap Mountain Climb