Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Books read yesterday

Finished Pandora's Locks by Jeff Alexander. If you're at all interested in the environment & in protecting it, this is a book well worth reading. He lays out the problems of biological pollution (introducing creatures, plants, etc. from other places into new places), some solutions, and writes with passion about the issues. Very good book.

Started Mystery of the Copper Turtle by Doris Kelly (Arbutus Press), continuing with Real life & liars by Riggle, glanced through the new Supremes book by Ribowsky, finished the Red Squad by Broner (excellent book, interesting take on the 60s & those who were protestors at that time).

Have more to read, of course.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Nice headshot of Rosy at ten months

Isn't she cute?

Rosy's tracking day and good people

Had a blast yesterday with the people I was with from 9 until nearly 3pm. Some of us went to lunch, partly because I said I was ready to eat Rosy's treats. ;) Rosy was to get certified, but didn't manage it. I think she had some difficulty with the pull of the line in the tall grass, and I'm sure my nerves affected her a bit, although I was trying not to be nervous.

Beth Lange who was there took some lovely pictures of her & here they are!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

new books and soon to come photos

New books: Just looked over Execution 13: The Last Hanging in Michigan by James Hopp. And have been reading Dead Dancing Lovers by Elizabeth Buzzelli, Pandora's Locks by Jeff Alexander, My Germany by Lev Raphael, The Red Squad by EM Broner, and Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Great Lakes REgion by Wyleven.

Pandora's Locks is an excellent book, very well written. Jeff Alexander writes an account that is both scientific & accurate, while intermingling it with the personal accounts of how the damage to the lakes from invasive species started and is continuing. I had not realized that the monetary damages far surpass the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska nor that most of the native fish species in the Great Lakes have been extincted.

Also reading Moon's travel guides to both Upper Penninsula and Michigan (lower peninsula). Both are really good guides and very easy to follow.

Scanned through Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard, Running Home by Jennifer Ward (semi-autobiographical story of rescuing a German Shepherd), and scanned through Wade Rouse's At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream (memoir about a big city boy who moved to Michigan in quest of Thoreau's utopian ideals, only to come face to face with reality. Humor).

So as you can see, I've been busy. These are only some of the books I've been reading. Meanwhile, in the background, Rosy keeps me running. I have some new photos of her that I need to get up. She's gorgeous, still growing, and still very silly. Picture above taken after I play bowed to her & she play bowed back. She's going to go for her tracking certification soon & I'm looking forward to it. I need to keep my big feet out of her way though & just follow where she's leading. Wish us luck!