Life Without Kisa

There was a time when Kisa’s dreams kept me awake at night. I don’t know what she was dreaming about, but the paws were flying and she was yelping — just the way she always did when she chased a squirrel across the front yard or did laps around the house.

Now, the silence in the hallway keeps me awake at night. I think it will be a long time before I stop noticing the empty spot on the floor outside our bedroom door.

LionHill’s Kisa 02/15/1999 – 02/16/2010

Beyond The Rainbow

As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,
I was so very tired and knew my time on earth was soon to fade.

I saw a wondrous image of a place that’s trouble-free
Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.

I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side
Were meadows rich and beautiful — lush and green and wide!

And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see
Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be!

My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new
And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do.

I needed to reach out to you, to tell you that I’m well,
That this place is truly wonderful, a happy place to dwell.

That your heart shouldn’t ache so… the pain should go away.
I’ll wait for you in comfort ’til you come for me some day.

That although we’re not together in the way we used to be,
We’re still connected by a bond no eye can ever see.

That when you need to find me, we’re never far apart.
Just look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart.


The “Show Me State” Is Trying To Show Who’s Boss

The Make Drug Tests Required To Get Welfare page is getting a lot of attention (1.8 million fans as of this post), but the State of Missouri is trying to make it happen:

Welfare recipients in Missouri would have to undergo drug testing under legislation expected to hit the state House floor this week. Supporters of the proposal say the state shouldn’t subsidize drug use.

Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

But critics say the law targets the poor and that the state’s drug treatment programs already have lengthy waiting lists, leaving few options for people who want to get clean.

What?!?!? That is so lame. There’s your tax dollars working for you, America.

This year, drug testing for elected officials already has been proposed as a separate bill by Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City. “We’re in a time period in which we need to restore trust,” she said as she presented her bill to the House Ethics Committee.

Translation: We’re tanking in the polls and we better do something to make people happy before November.

I hope they get to shove this through and set an example for the rest of us… but I’m sure the ACLU is going to scream foul and some idiot will find a way to kill it.

Read the entire press release.

Super Bowl Beans

  1. Buy a bag of dried beans for 15-bean soup (throw away the spice packet).
  2. Soak the beans in a pot of salted water overnight (about 12 hours).
  3. Stir the beans and throw away any floaters. Drain, rinse and put back in the pot with enough water to cover by 1-2 inches.
  4. Add one coarsely chopped onion and four stalks of coarsely chopped celery.
  5. Toss in a ham hock and a half bottle McCormick Cajun Seasoning.
  6. Simmer for three hours, adding more water if necessary.
  7. Add a can of crushed tomatoes and simmer for 2-3 hours until tender.