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This has been a sad week on among those on my blogroll as old friends have left for the Rainbow Bridge.

The week started with Kayla: A Life, And A Lifesaver, over at NTodd’s place, and then on Friday, TED AUGUST 1998 – 8 DECEMBER 2012 at Jam’s.

I realize that some people will never understand the attachment that people have for their animal companions, and I feel sorry for them. If you are human and you share your life with another creature for any length of time, a bond will be established. If you look at it objectively, it is quite similar to parenting. You have many of the same responsibilities for the life of your friend, as you would for a child. In return you get love and trust.

Kayla helped NTodd get over a rough patch in his life, and while Ted was the ‘tuxedo terror of Romford’, he had personality.

Even though I only knew them via the ‘Net, I can feel and understand the meaning of their loss.

December 8, 2012   6 Comments

Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah in Hebrew

MenorahHappy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends. I miss the latkes and jelly doughnuts my roommates received for the holiday at college. [Their grandmothers were afraid they wouldn’t celebrate or couldn’t get “real” food at that terrible Baptist university.] It was a great break.

One of the nice things about Hanukkah is that there are established “gifts”, so you don’t have to rack your brains about what to get: a card and gelt covers just about everyone.

General background at Wikipedia’s entry for Hanukkah and even more at Chabad’s Chanukah page.

[Note: on the Jewish calendar the day changes at sundown, not midnight.]

December 8, 2012   Comments Off on Happy Hanukkah!