Visits with Daisy

This story is a story I recently wrote for the Kearney Area Animal Assisted Programs. Daisy has (or rather Dad has…) taken this year off from volunteering but hopes to be back doing pet therapy work after other obligations are finished. I wanted to share it with you…

Daisy VisitIt starts with the morning bath. “Daisy, time for a bath!” She jumps in the tub full of water and lays down for a good scrubbing. When done, she jumps out and shakes her tall, black, sleek labradoodle frame and sprays water in every direction. She is so excited because she knows she is going on a visit! She runs through the house rubbing on everything she can. She runs to the back door wanting to get in the car but she’ll have to wait until she is fully dry!

Dad packs her purse full of goodies for the visit and she dons her red Therapy Dogs, Inc collar, her red bandanna, and her red pet therapy leash. Striking against her black fur. Into the car we go and she sits in the passenger seat  looking so proud and majestic. Her tail giving the occasional thump, thump as we ramble into town for a visit.
Dad has a huge smile on his face knowing there will be many kids at the library that just love to read to Daisy and the other dogs in the reading program. The visits to the library always start in the parking lot as there is usually someone coming up to ask to pet Daisy. She obliges with a nudge on their leg or by laying down for the little folks to give her a scratch on the head. Into the library we go…
It usually takes about five or ten minutes to get to the reading area of the library. Daisy seems to know everyone there and likes to socialize before snuggling up to someone wanting to read her their favorite book. She sniffs here and there to find the best spot and invites children over to read to her. The children are will usually sit down next to her with their legs crossed and introduce themselves by petting Daisy and Daisy returns the favor with a nudge and a sniff. She then settles in by laying her head in the child’s lap as they read to her and simultaneously stroke her fur.
I am amazed each and every time Daisy lays there and enjoys her new friends reading their books. Children of all walks of life and energy levels are literally transformed when they sit down to read to Daisy. They read and pet, read and pet — until the book is finished. And they may sit for  a while with Daisy or get up and read to another pet therapy dog. It is truly a moving experience.

And the story continues…

40 CardI have written many chapters in my book of life. Today starts a new one! With the start of my 4th decade, there is much that has been accomplished and much left to do. I look forward to making an impact alongside the wonderful people I am blessed to have in my family and friends and those I work with.

Let’s blaze another trail!

Mo Bro Health

More Movember Tips

Spread the word! 

I am wrapping up my last week as a Mo Bro. Come evening of November 30th, the razor comes out and all facial hair is back to normal. As I round out my last week, I would like to share the sentiments of the Mo Bro community in looking out for your health in 4 ways.

Don’t Smoke
If you do smoke… Stop! Compared to non-smokers, men who smoke are about 23 times more likely to develop lung cancer. Smoking causes about 90% of lung cancer deaths.

Be Physically Active
If you aren’t already physically active, start small and work up to a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week.

Maintain a Healthy Diet
Fill up with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts, and look for foods that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars.

Stay at a Healthy Weight
Balance calories from foods and beverages with calories you burn off by physical activities.

In looking at these, I have accomplished much but still have some work to do also. I quit smoking at 28. I have loved that Nebraska has now gone smoke free. I try to be active when I can. I love the Body Pump workouts at the Y. If you are interested, I’ll take you along! The healthy diet is one I need work on. Chips and dip after work probably isn’t the best for my health. So will need to do something about that hiccup! And staying at a healthy weight. Well last year at this time, I was in the “over-weight” BMI category but am proud to say, have been in the lower range of my “healthy” BMI range since about February. As with anything, it takes attention. Get on the scale every day!

Well – if this little activity gets just a few men thinking about their health, it was worth the scratchy extra hair and all the razzing I received this month. So, in closing, look out after yourselves, bros!

Mo Bro Check up

Movember Tip #1

Get an annual check up and know your family history! 


From Find a doctor and make an appointment for a health check up. Getting annual physicals significantly increases your chances for early detection of illness and disease.

Also, knowing your family history can help you reduce your risk developing many health problems, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. {Besides, it’s a good reason to call and catch up with the family!}



Health Checks: So what should you talk to your doctor about? Depends on your age.

Check out the Movember Men’s Health Poster for more details.

20’s: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Dental health, Eye health, Immunizations, Sexually transmitted diseases, Skin cancer, Testicular cancer

30’s: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Dental health, Eye health, Heart health, Immunizations, Sexually transmitted diseases, Skin Cancer, Testicular Cancer

40’s: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Dental health, Diabetes, Eye health, Heart health, Immunizations, Prostate cancer (baseline PSA), Skin cancer

50’s: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Colorectal cancer, Dental health, Diabetes, Eye health, Heart health, Immunizations, Osteoporosis, Prostate cancer, Skin cancer

60’s: Abdominal ultrasound, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Colorectal cancer, Dental health, Diabetes, Eye health, Hearing, Heart health, Immunizations, Osteoporosis, Prostate cancer, Skin cancer

70’s: Abdominal ultrasound, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Colorectal cancer, Dental health, Diabetes, Eye health, Hearing, Heart health, Immunizations, Osteoporosis, Prostate cancer, Skin cancer

Mo Bro

It’s Movember!


For thirty days, I will be a walking billboard to help change the face of men’s health. As such, I will be growing facial hair on my upper lip to raise awareness for prostate cancer and other male related cancer and health initiatives. It’s a small act to support a great cause. I will not actively solicit donations but if you would like to make a financial contribution to my plight, please do! The funds go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, LiveStrong, and the Movember Foundation. What I _would_ like is for you to take a look at the issues surrounding men’s health. Click on the poster below to find out more.

Men's Health Poster

Would you like to join as a Mo Bro? Would you like to support us as a Mo Sista?
Come on over to and register!

Followup Posts:

Crane View

I have lived in Kearney for 20 years now and am still amazed at the crane migration. (More on the Rowe Sanctuary website.) We are lucky enough to be able to enjoy them every morning and evening. Here is a view from our kitchen window.


What’s the most expensive thing you have ever broken?

This Plinky Prompt spurred a story that I thought you would enjoy. 

So what IS the most expensive thing I have ever broken? Being a boy and growing up with LOTS of energy, I broke a LOT of things! Some on purpose, some not. Was it a stereo? A bike? Crystal that we used for fancy dinners? I did tear an expensive tire off of my dad’s car by accident. (It was icy!) Does that count? The timing chain in my car broke and ruined the engine. But I didn’t really break it – it was just old!

Okay – after a little thought, I don’t think I am not even in the right realm. My NECK is the most expensive thing I have ever broken! C-3, 4, and 5 to be exact. First day of summer vacation. June 6th, 1998. We were itching to get down to the river and into the water! The race was on and I was first! Oops – something happened. Can’t move. That’s a weird feeling. No feeling!

Although that’s the most expensive thing I have ever broken, I’m just glad my mother had fabulous insurance. We would still be in debt almost twenty-five years later.


KHS Combined Choir

Gordon’s choir concert grand finale was absolutely breathtaking! I decided to post an MP3 I recorded from my phone. The recording doesn’t do the performance justice but wanted to share none-the-less.

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KHS Hallelujah Chorus