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Apr 30, 2012
By Michael Rupured
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More Puppy Parenting Tips

Here’s another round of tips dedicated to my high school pal and her new best friend, Katie. Sounds like they’re bonding, but the new is starting to wear off a little. Now’s when the real work comes. Hang in there! The first few months are the hardest. Hopefully these and the tips I provided in the two previous posts will make those months a little easier than they might otherwise have been. Study up a bit. Whether you watch dog training shows on television, buy books on training and the characteristics of your particular breed, or scour the internet for information is up to you. We did all of the above and watched every available episode of both The Dog …

Apr 26, 2012
By Michael Rupured
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Puppy Primer, Part Two

In the middle of the night last night, it dawned on me that before I give out advice about raising puppies, I need to establish some credibility. And of course, I also thought of several more tips. I offer the following true-life story as evidence of my dog-whispering ability. How’s that for an intro? We got new carpet in all the bedrooms today. The work that went into getting ready for installation made me appreciate the old carpet for lasting as long as it did. Getting ready for new carpet isn’t something I want to do very often. The garage is piled high and some of it ain’t coming back in. Because we moved things around–including the kennels–the dogs were …

Apr 25, 2012
By Michael Rupured
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A Puppy Primer

A high school friend of mine just got her very first puppy. Judging from her Facebook posts, she’s already head over heels in love with the pup and perhaps a tad bit overwhelmed. I can so relate. Especially if you’ve never raised a child (the ultimate commitment), taking on a puppy is a big responsibility. Having a dog in the house is also incredibly rewarding. We have two long-haired chihuahuas. We got Tico first, and at three-and-a-half, he is a nearly perfect little dog. He’s friendly, well-behaved, and a joy to be around. His little sister, Toodles, is far from perfect, but no less adored because most of her flaws revolve around her unnaturally close attachment to me. They enrich …

Mar 29, 2012
By Michael Rupured
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Lessons Learned: Conference Planning

A great many years ago, I worked at a reasonably upscale hotel. During my years of employment with this establishment, I had several different positions. I waited tables, tended bar, helped out in catering, worked at the front desk, and served as a manager in both the dining room and the front desk. Because of all this experience, when it comes to dealing with hotels, I feel like I’m smarter than the average bear. I left the hotel for a career in academia. In the intervening 25 years, I’ve been involved with the planning of many state, regional, and national conferences. On numerous occasions, my hotel experience has really come in handy. Even so, compared with conference planning professionals who …

Feb 26, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Never Say Never

Things I’ve always said I’d never do have become regular habits over the last year or so. Recently quite a few people–including some of my regular readers–have asked me how I do it. In today’s post, I’m going to attempt to explain. Writing Glass Houses was the beginning of my transformation. I never thought I could write a book. Now I’ve written two, and have been thinking a lot about the plot for my third. Glass Houses started the ball rolling in three ways. First, thanks largely to encouragement from some of you, I decided to give writing a book a try. That I finished it and that others have enjoyed reading it, even in draft form, thrills me to …

Dec 06, 2011
By Michael Rupured

Please Take Care of Yourself

Yesterday I learned that a dear friend has colon cancer. I don’t know how involved it is or what the treatment plan will be. Additional tests later this week should answer those questions. Until then I’m trying not to over-react and hoping for the best. In addition to eating a high fiber diet, the chief means of preventing colon cancer is the colonoscopic exam.  By age fifty–if not before–everyone should have one.  Yeah, it’s unpleasant–but not nearly so bad as say, dealing with colon cancer. Shortly after my fiftieth birthday I had a colonoscopic done. The doctor removed two polyps and biopsied a questionable lesion. The lesion was precancerous.  The doctor scheduled me for surgery to have the lesion removed. …

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