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</h3> </div><div class="art-box art-blockcontent"> <div class="art-box-body art-blockcontent-body"> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> <div class="art-layout-cell art-content"> <div class="art-box art-post breadcrumbs"> <div class="art-box-body art-post-body"> <div class="art-post-inner art-article"> <div class="art-postcontent"> <!-- article-content --> <h4>Monthly Archives: <span>September 2010</span></h4> <!-- /article-content --> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> </div> <div class="art-box art-post post-22 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-archive category-uncategorized" id="post-22"> <div class="art-box-body art-post-body"> <div class="art-post-inner art-article"> <h2 class="art-postheader"><span class="art-postheadericon"><a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/computer-age-kid-vs-the-old-ways/" rel="bookmark" title="COMPUTER AGE KID Vs THE OLD WAYS">COMPUTER AGE KID Vs THE OLD WAYS</a></span></h2><div class="art-postheadericons art-metadata-icons"><span class="art-postdateicon"><span class="date">Published</span> <span class="entry-date" title="9:03 pm">September 24, 2010</span></span> | <span class="art-postauthoricon"><span class="author">By</span> <span class="author vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/author/admin/" title="View all posts by Rick Lakin">Rick Lakin</a></span></span></div> <div class="art-postcontent"> <!-- article-content --> <p><strong></p> <div id="attachment_23" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a rel="attachment wp-att-23" href="http://sdobbie46.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/computer-age-kid-vs-the-old-ways/september-2010-051/"><img data-attachment-id="23" data-permalink="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/computer-age-kid-vs-the-old-ways/september-2010-051/" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-051.jpg?fit=3648%2C2736" data-orig-size="3648,2736" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"3.5","credit":"","camera":"COOLPIX S550","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1285237407","copyright":"","focal_length":"6.3","iso":"64","shutter_speed":"0.0014160294534126","title":""}" data-image-title="September 2010 051" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-051.jpg?fit=300%2C225" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-051.jpg?fit=1024%2C768" class="size-medium wp-image-23" src="https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-051.jpg?resize=300%2C225" alt="" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-051.jpg?w=3648 3648w, https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-051.jpg?resize=300%2C225 300w, https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-051.jpg?resize=1024%2C768 1024w, https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-051.jpg?w=2000 2000w, https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-051.jpg?w=3000 3000w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Aidan learning horses have runny noses.</p></div> <div id="attachment_24" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-052.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="24" data-permalink="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/computer-age-kid-vs-the-old-ways/september-2010-052/" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-052.jpg?fit=3648%2C2736" data-orig-size="3648,2736" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"3.5","credit":"","camera":"COOLPIX S550","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1285237559","copyright":"","focal_length":"6.3","iso":"64","shutter_speed":"0.0026881720430108","title":""}" data-image-title="September 2010 052" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-052.jpg?fit=300%2C225" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-052.jpg?fit=1024%2C768" class="size-medium wp-image-24" src="https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-052.jpg?resize=300%2C225" alt="" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-052.jpg?w=3648 3648w, https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-052.jpg?resize=300%2C225 300w, https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-052.jpg?resize=1024%2C768 1024w, https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-052.jpg?w=2000 2000w, https://i1.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-052.jpg?w=3000 3000w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Note the sign posted in the buggy.</p></div> <div class="mceTemp mceIEcenter"> <dl> <dt><a href="https://i2.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-068.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="25" data-permalink="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/computer-age-kid-vs-the-old-ways/september-2010-068/" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-068.jpg?fit=3648%2C2736" data-orig-size="3648,2736" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"3.5","credit":"","camera":"COOLPIX S550","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1285245456","copyright":"","focal_length":"6.3","iso":"64","shutter_speed":"0.00625","title":""}" data-image-title="September 2010 068" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-068.jpg?fit=300%2C225" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-068.jpg?fit=1024%2C768" class="size-medium wp-image-25" src="https://i2.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-068.jpg?resize=300%2C225" alt="" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-068.jpg?w=3648 3648w, https://i2.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-068.jpg?resize=300%2C225 300w, https://i2.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-068.jpg?resize=1024%2C768 1024w, https://i2.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-068.jpg?w=2000 2000w, https://i2.wp.com/dobbie.icrewdigital.com/files/2010/09/september-2010-068.jpg?w=3000 3000w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></dt> <dd>Eye to eye with a big concrete frog.</dd> </dl> </div> <p>                A Day in Amish Country with a Three Year Old</p> <p></strong></p> <p>My niece, Tami, and I took our annual fall pilgrimage to Amish country yesterday along with her three year old son, Aidan. We usually plan this for one of the first crisp fall days but it turned out to be a record setting day with temps in the 90+ range. However, a steady wind made the day comfortable if not fall-like.</p> <p> Aidan greeted me in the morning with a big hug around the knees and an excited, “We’re going to Amish country!” He then continued to remind us several times through the day that we were in Amish country.</p> <p>Our first stop was at a cheese factory where we could sample various cheeses as we made our way through the dairy cases. This was a heavenly smorgasbord for Aidan since he loves cheese. At the end of our cheese factory tour his mother bought him an all-day sucker. When I asked him what flavor it was he proudly proclaimed, “red!”</p> <p>We had lunch at Der Dutchman, a popular Amish restaurant that always serves ample portions of hearty food. We enjoyed our lunch complete with homemade breads and buns while Aidan played with his food but downed a double serving of chocolate milk.</p> <p> After lunch we took a buggy ride which was the highlight of Aidan’s day. He was able to pet the horse, whose name was Duke, and get acquainted with him before we began our short journey. We had a chatty Amish tour guide named Lester and since he was so friendly Aidan decided to inform him that his horse had a runny nose. Tami then noticed a fuel gauge on the dashboard of the buggy. Lester explained that told him how much charge was left on his battery that ran the lights on the buggy. He then laughed and said in his unusual dialect that no, that doesn’t run to the horse’s stomach to tell him when he needs to be fed. Obviously, he had heard that joke before. Unlike my Mustang that needs high octane to fuel its power of over 200 horses, Lester’s one horse power buggy is pretty much self-sufficient.</p> <p>We commented on how beautiful and strong Duke was and Lester told us that Duke had to work really hard one day. He said that he had a full buggy of six good-sized adults including one “big fella” in the front seat next to him. When he stopped before crossing a busy intersection Duke knew he had to start with a big tug before crossing the traffic and heading up an incline. Lester continued with almost a childish giggle that Duke started with such force that the “buggy popped a wheelie!”</p> <p>Although the Amish are a very devout religious sect, they also like money. They work hard for it but they don’t shy away from taking it from the many travelers who come through their universe daily. I’m sure that in the beginning they resented the nosey tourist who invaded their community but they soon learned all these tourists came with lots of green to spend and they became enterprising entrepreneurs in devising many ways of participating in the game of capitalism. Lester had a small sign inside the buggy where the riding guests could see saying, “gratuities are accepted and greatly appreciated.” Hint taken!</p> <p>We continued our shopping and although young Aidan was good he began to wear out. We were in a store specializing in art and decorative objects and as I stood next to a display table talking to my husband on my cell phone the table began to move and everyone began running in my direction. The display table was actually a flat hay wagon and what the adults saw as a beautiful display, Aidan suddenly recognized as a giant wagon and decided to give it a big push. In his world that is what wagons are for. Something else caught his attention in that store which we thought very peculiar. He suddenly became very agitated and repeatedly told us someone had turned off the TV. Since this wasn’t earth shaking to us we continued our shopping and conversing but he wouldn’t give up. He finally dragged us to a display of various art objects including several framed paintings. I guess, to a child of the computer age these paintings resembled a frozen computer or TV screen.</p> <p>The day continued with more shopping, driving, and eating. We planned our last stop for our favorite winery where we usually unwind with a glass of wine on a beautiful outdoor patio overlooking farm lands. Unfortunately, by 5:30 the only thing Aidan wanted was to unwind with a glass of chocolate milk so we bought our bottles of wine and headed for home with a day full of Kodak memories and Aidan sitting in his car seat sucking on his sippy cup full of chocolate milk. Guess we’ll have to go back soon for that glass of wine in Amish country.</p> <p>What a strange world Amish country must have seemed to a kid accustomed to high def TVs, computers, cell phones, and microwaves. Who else but a kid from the computer age would see a framed picture and think the TV was turned off or broken. Along the way Aidan discovered horses have runny noses, art work is everything from framed pictures to giant frogs, pumpkins are all sizes and orange, red suckers are cherry, giant wagons aren’t for play, wind chimes sound like church bells, and Amish country is a whole different world. We can learn a lot from him—we all need to slow down, eat a red sucker, and add more chocolate milk to our diets. We will sleep like babies, I guarantee it.</p> <!-- /article-content --> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> <div class="art-postfootericons art-metadata-icons"><span class="art-postcategoryicon"><span class="categories">Posted in</span> <a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/category/archive/" rel="category tag">Archive</a>, <a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/category/uncategorized/" rel="category tag">Notes from the Pond</a></span> | <span class="art-postcommentsicon"><a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/computer-age-kid-vs-the-old-ways/#respond">Leave a comment</a></span></div> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> </div> <div class="art-box art-post post-19 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-archive category-uncategorized tag-writing-tips" id="post-19"> <div class="art-box-body art-post-body"> <div class="art-post-inner art-article"> <h2 class="art-postheader"><span class="art-postheadericon"><a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/once-a-teacher-always-a-teacher/" rel="bookmark" title="ONCE A TEACHER ALWAYS A TEACHER">ONCE A TEACHER ALWAYS A TEACHER</a></span></h2><div class="art-postheadericons art-metadata-icons"><span class="art-postdateicon"><span class="date">Published</span> <span class="entry-date" title="6:31 pm">September 20, 2010</span></span> | <span class="art-postauthoricon"><span class="author">By</span> <span class="author vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/author/sdobbie46/" title="View all posts by Sheila Dobbie">Sheila Dobbie</a></span></span></div> <div class="art-postcontent"> <!-- article-content --> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p>A retired teacher stopped by my house the other day to drop off some information about a writing contest. When I commented that it looked like the contest was only for teachers and that I haven’t been in a classroom since 1972 her reply was, “Once a teacher always a teacher.”</p> <p>How true that statement is. I think any teacher, current or former, will tell you the same thing.  Something about teacher education courses trains your mind how to think. Every task I approach I am constantly thinking how I can break it down to the basics or the core of the project. Although I haven’t been an official teacher for almost 40 years, my whole thought process has been how can I best communicate this plan or thought to someone else. How can I simplify my communication so others will understand it?</p> <p>This summer I had the privilege to tutor the granddaughter of a friend. She has had difficulties putting her ideas on paper and her grandmother thought I might be able to help. During our last session before school started I asked her why our sessions were important. She gave the usual answer—to get better grades. But my reply was “No.” The purpose was to better communicate.</p> <p>It has been my experience through life that the person who gets ahead in business or stands out in the community is the person who can communicate ideas effectively and enthusiastically. I have known brilliant people; but, if they can’t condense their extensive knowledge into concise verbal and written sentences, they can never share this knowledge.</p> <p>When I was teaching, my students would tell me that they didn’t need to know spelling, grammar, and composition because they were going to have a secretary. Well, I wonder how that worked out! Today we have the added luxury of computers with built in grammar and spell check but computers don’t always get it right. Does it know the difference between <em>to, too,</em> and <em>two</em> and which one to use in your context? <em>Therapist</em> and <em>the rapist</em> would appear correct in spell check but it can make a huge difference in the meaning of the sentence.</p> <p>And, of course, computers can’t do the actual writing. If they could I would have a bestselling book by now. I found that the core of my summer student’s problem was the same as every person’s. Basically it boils down to being overwhelmed at the thought of filling a page or several pages with words. Writers call this writer’s block. I helped her break the task down to several simple steps:</p> <ol> <li>Don’t try to do the entire task at once. Break it into blocks of time. Go out and play.</li> <li>Start with notes or a brief outline. Go out and play.</li> <li>Let the idea roll around in your head for a while. Go out and play.</li> <li>As highlights or brilliant sentences strike you, write them down. Go out and play.</li> <li>Write in shotgun fashion. Throw everything on the page at once and as quickly as possible and don’t worry about spelling and grammar. Go out and play.</li> <li>After the ideas are on the page then the real work begins. Edit, revise, and rewrite. Go out and play.</li> <li>If you have the luxury of time let it sit for a while before reading it again for additional corrections. Read, re-read, and read again. Go out and play.</li> <li>Once it is completed—GO OUT AND CELEBRATE! You deserve it.</li> </ol> <p>It may look like my emphasis has been more on playing rather than writing; but these breaks are important, especially for someone with ADD or short attention spans. However, if you have an attention span longer than fifteen minutes then feel free to continue on to the next step and save your play time for #8.</p> <p>The thought of having to produce a complete written piece in one short time block is what causes many people to freeze. Even professional writers can feel overwhelmed at the thought of having to produce X number of pages in a brief amount of time. I have found that some of my best ideas, thoughts and phrasings have come to me when I have been away from my desk or just talking with friends.</p> <p>I hope this approach helps my young student and anyone else who freezes at the thought of communicating on paper. Taken in small steps it becomes an easy task.</p> <p>Yes, after almost 40 years out of the classroom I am still thinking like a teacher. I hope this writer’s crash course can help those who freak out at the thought of putting ideas on paper. Once a teacher, always a teacher.</p> <p> PS—extra credit if you noticed that the last sentence is not really a sentence but a fragment.</p> <!-- /article-content --> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> <div class="art-postfootericons art-metadata-icons"><span class="art-postcategoryicon"><span class="categories">Posted in</span> <a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/category/archive/" rel="category tag">Archive</a>, <a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/category/uncategorized/" rel="category tag">Notes from the Pond</a></span> | <span class="art-posttagicon"><span class="tags">Tagged</span> <a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/tag/writing-tips/" rel="tag">writing tips</a></span> | <span class="art-postcommentsicon"><a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/once-a-teacher-always-a-teacher/#comments">2 Comments</a></span></div> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> </div> <div class="art-box art-post post-1664 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-archive category-uncategorized" id="post-1664"> <div class="art-box-body art-post-body"> <div class="art-post-inner art-article"> <h2 class="art-postheader"><span class="art-postheadericon"><a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/notes-from-the-pond-2/" rel="bookmark" title="NOTES FROM THE POND">NOTES FROM THE POND</a></span></h2><div class="art-postheadericons art-metadata-icons"><span class="art-postdateicon"><span class="date">Published</span> <span class="entry-date" title="7:42 pm">September 16, 2010</span></span> | <span class="art-postauthoricon"><span class="author">By</span> <span class="author vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/author/sdobbie46/" title="View all posts by Sheila Dobbie">Sheila Dobbie</a></span></span></div> <div class="art-postcontent"> <!-- article-content --> <p>THE OBVIOUS</p> <p>A lot of thought has gone into today’s Notes. Do I talk about the baby turtle I saw recently on my morning walk? Perhaps I could find some deep mystical meaning in the fact the baby was so far from the pond and struggling with all his might just to climb over the blades of grass. No bigger than my thumb, what are his odds of survival?</p> <p>Or do I describe the time spent on my deck listening to nature’s symphony of bird songs occasionally punctuated by the crystal clear tones of my wind chime when kissed by the breezes?</p> <p> I could discuss current events. What about the local moral war of Christians versus exotic dancers? Good luck with that one. My opinion is that each could learn from the other if they would just listen. They might even have some fun.</p> <p> No, I must comment on a recent TV listing of a program that ran on Dateline described as  “a marriage ends when the husband dies.”  DUH!</p> <p> Enough said.</p> <!-- /article-content --> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> <div class="art-postfootericons art-metadata-icons"><span class="art-postcategoryicon"><span class="categories">Posted in</span> <a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/category/archive/" rel="category tag">Archive</a>, <a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/category/uncategorized/" rel="category tag">Notes from the Pond</a></span> | <span class="art-postcommentsicon"><a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/notes-from-the-pond-2/#respond">Leave a comment</a></span></div> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> </div> <div class="art-box art-post post-10 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-archive category-uncategorized tag-autumn tag-nature tag-september" id="post-10"> <div class="art-box-body art-post-body"> <div class="art-post-inner art-article"> <h2 class="art-postheader"><span class="art-postheadericon"><a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/notes-from-the-pond/" rel="bookmark" title="NOTES FROM THE POND">NOTES FROM THE POND</a></span></h2><div class="art-postheadericons art-metadata-icons"><span class="art-postdateicon"><span class="date">Published</span> <span class="entry-date" title="7:40 pm">September 15, 2010</span></span> | <span class="art-postauthoricon"><span class="author">By</span> <span class="author vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/author/sdobbie46/" title="View all posts by Sheila Dobbie">Sheila Dobbie</a></span></span></div> <div class="art-postcontent"> <!-- article-content --> <p><strong>SEPTEMBER GOLD</strong></p> <p>If I were to give each month a color, September would be gold. It is a golden month in many ways. Here in the Midwest the suffocating summer heat and humidity is finally gone leaving cool nights and warm autumn days. The scorching summer sun has slipped lower in the sky and now sits at such an angle that its rays stretch out over the landscape like golden fingers caressing an autumn bouquet.</p> <p>The chlorophyll in the leaves of trees and flowers is beginning to recede revealing golden yellow veins and membranes. The leaves of the ash trees are usually the first to turn and the first to loosen their grip and fall to the ground in a burst of golden rain with the first autumn storm.</p> <p>The summer crops of corn and soybeans are fading from green to gold before they enter their final phase of brown. The meadows and roadsides are filled with goldenrod and yellow asters and they wave at me in the breeze as my car rushes by.</p> <p>Nature is also beginning to redress her animals by changing the feathers of the wild canary or goldfinch from golden yellow to a more subtle shade of tarnished gold. The season’s new deer are losing their spots as they transform from fawns to full-fledged adults complete with new golden brown coats.</p> <p>All of this is nature’s way of telling us that summer’s party is coming to an end and it is time to prepare for winter’s icy vengeance. But before we enter that slippery slope of ice and sleet we should take time to soak in nature’s golden glow. King Midas was never as rich as the person who takes a moment to appreciate all the gold nature has to give.</p> <!-- /article-content --> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> <div class="art-postfootericons art-metadata-icons"><span class="art-postcategoryicon"><span class="categories">Posted in</span> <a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/category/archive/" rel="category tag">Archive</a>, <a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/category/uncategorized/" rel="category tag">Notes from the Pond</a></span> | <span class="art-posttagicon"><span class="tags">Tagged</span> <a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/tag/autumn/" rel="tag">autumn</a>, <a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/tag/nature/" rel="tag">nature</a>, <a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/tag/september/" rel="tag">September</a></span> | <span class="art-postcommentsicon"><a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/notes-from-the-pond/#respond">Leave a comment</a></span></div> </div> <div class="cleared"></div> </div> </div> <div class="art-box art-post post-1 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-archive category-uncategorized tag-henry-david-thoreau tag-nature tag-walden-pond" id="post-1"> <div class="art-box-body art-post-body"> <div class="art-post-inner art-article"> <h2 class="art-postheader"><span class="art-postheadericon"><a href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/hello-world/" rel="bookmark" title="Hello world!">Hello world!</a></span></h2><div class="art-postheadericons art-metadata-icons"><span class="art-postdateicon"><span class="date">Published</span> <span class="entry-date" title="8:27 pm">September 14, 2010</span></span> | <span class="art-postauthoricon"><span class="author">By</span> <span class="author vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/author/admin/" title="View all posts by Rick Lakin">Rick Lakin</a></span></span></div> <div class="art-postcontent"> <!-- article-content --> <p><strong>NOTES FROM THE POND</strong></p> <p><strong><em>This is my version of Walden Pond where I discuss life in and around the pond where I live. The observations include everything from the animals with fins, fur, and feathers around our pond to society and the world as I see it. Like Henry David Thoreau, I march to a different drummer and sometimes feel the need to express myself on life in general. In addition, like Thoreau, my pond is not in the middle of the wilderness but at the edge of suburbia. However, we have some interesting animals that call our pond home and we have some interesting two-legged animals who also make their homes here.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>My pond and its inhabitants will remain unnamed to maintain our anonymity. 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