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September 26, 2014

Happydog Guest Blog

Every month, one of my friends, colleagues or students will be a guest blogger, answering the question, "What makes you happy?" Checkout this month's guest post: 


Marianna (Nan) Plumstead, Longtime Friend of Paulie & Patti (Patrick's wife and sister in law)

Photo description (left to right): This is the happy trio of Angie, their son Jordan, and Marianna (Nan). Both Nan and Ang a...

September 19, 2014

A Very Happy(dog) Birthday

Thanks for all the well wishes yesterday! Sending love to you all!


Gratitude for a Great Day

Yesterday I celebrated my 47th birthday. It was filled with much love and well-wishes from friends, family, colleagues, students and random folks I don't know (yup!). My PRpeeps sang to me, as did one of my classes (I blushed). Since this first day of my 48th year is a "Happydog Fr...

September 12, 2014

For Those About to Rock

A salute to an old friend and his family


I was about 12 years old when Chuck Craig moved into the neighborhood. We both just finished seventh grade and our birthdays turned out to be only one day apart. We instantly became great friends.


Chuck moved from Walnut City, California (about 20 miles east of Oakland) where everything was cooler than our mid-sized, midwest town of J...

September 5, 2014

Every month, I post one of my poems (paired with one of my pictures), sharing its origin and some of its essence. Here is my Poem & Pic of the Month for September 2014:



by Patrick Bishop


Dear Trayvon,

Our systems failed you.

It's a flaw of its design.

Inherent in the rules, is the brokeness.


Truth be told,

it was our hearts that failed you long ago.

Our eyes are blind to the plight of the other.


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