Friday, June 18, 2010

Girls in the Sisterhood!

I have a friend who is offering
to give
a one-year subscription
to a teen girl
who can't afford
to purchase
SUSIE Magazine.

So take this invitation seriously.
And if you truly can't afford
the subscription
($23 a year for 12 issues),
let me know.

E-mail me at:
and label your e-mail
and give me your name
and complete address.

You have to promise to
send her a thank-you note!

I'll get you connected.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Obie Shellenberger . . .
16 lbs. of mini-Schnauzer fur

Disassembled my cell phone—
took the back off, popped out the battery
and had the memory card on the floor.

Had to get a new $100 phone.

16 lbs. of gray fur
ate my blue-inked return address stamper
and inked himself, the carpet and the couch

Had to get a new $21 return address stamper.

16 lbs. of gray fur
jumped up on the table and chewed my GREEN Sharpie pen
dragging green ink across the carpet.

Had to shell out $110 to the carpet cleaners.

How can 16 lbs. of gray fur
cause so much commotion?

Just when I think he's learned . . .
I find his bottle of eye drops demolished
and I
shell out another $15
for a new bottle.

When I know he's exhausted
and has settled down for a 2-hour nap . . .
I come upstairs
to find that he has
ripped his doggie bed and shredded it to pieces
scattering stuffing all over the living room.
And I buy another one for $10 at Walgreens.


I can't help but think
of a girl—
just 5 feet and 3 inches
and at just the time she should know better,
she feels
some anger
or jealousy
tunnel right through her heart
and out of her mouth.

But You, God . . .
You just keep on loving me
no matter
how many things I shred
how much stuff I break.

I should have it down by now.
Shouldn't I?
But just the time I think I do,
I end up seeking Your forgiveness

so grateful
that You keep no records
and Your love is constant.

Thanks for never giving up on me.
Help me to be the kind of master
to Obie
that You are to me.

Your servant,