Monthly Archives: September 2004

In Praise of Four-Leggeds

| By Melissa Stanz | I learned to love animals as a baby. My first toys were stuffed animals (not literally!). I grew up with cats and dogs. I yearned for my own horse, not getting one, but petting every …

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White Trash Grace: Chapter Six

| By Sally Duryea | Returning to her quiet routine, Sonny passed her hand over the shoe and thought the only difference between his first word and his last was the s. “Duck” had become “I liked the ducks”. It …

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A Tail of Two Critters

| By Lisa Horak | When my husband Mike and I were newly married, we lived near Washington, D.C., where we spent Saturday mornings at Eastern Market, a bustling open-air emporium near the U.S. Capitol that sold just about everything. …

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Poetry: To Luna

| By G. Joiner | In a yard without morning glories, one appeared. Flowered where you fell. Genie Joiner is a writer and artist living in Asheville. Her poetry was included in the “Marks of Generations” show at Grovewood Gallery …

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Profile: Shelly A. Moore

| By Ann Lewis | Alter: To make or be different in some particular way without permanently losing one’s former characteristics or essence. To cause a transformation. (Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary) Shelly Moore, Executive Director of Asheville Humane Society, …

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Life Cycle of a Petunia

| By Susan M. McKendree | Yesterday evening the rain came. It pelted my flowers: Sheets and pillowcases of rain. My flowers were thirsty And I was grateful Until I saw what it did to my petunias. It battered and …

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My Last Dog

| By Byron Ballard | Man-Cat. LBJ. Paul Revere. Diablo. Silver. Monkey. Chou En Lai. Snoopy. Cat. Cat. Dog. Horse. Pony. Cat. Guinea Pig. White mouse. Former pets from a lifetime ago in the mountain wilds of west Buncombe. I …

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Mothers of Invention

Sometime ago, I purchased a wooden, hutch-style, put-it-together-yourself thing from Lowes. Recently I made it into something I could actually use. I transformed it into a potting hutch and the materials only cost about $60 using paint and screws I …

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A Buddy for Masada

| By Shannon Knapp | I first met Masada in Texas about ten years ago, when I got back into horses after a long hiatus. Signing up for a “Learn to Ride Western” class at the adult ed center, I …

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Diana, Fergie, and, Oh Yeah, Mary

| By Julie Savage Parker | Mary Hourihan is the third woman to run the pet supply store that sits quietly just north of Beaver Lake on Merrimon in Asheville. Well if truth be known, Mary is a mere handmaiden, …

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Meeting Jake and Finding Me

| By Kacey Parlatore | Dates are great for tracking personal history. On December 23, 2002, I was dying and was flown across the country for intensive treatment in the last of several ineffective attempts to save my life. Fortunately …

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A Girl and Her Dog

| By Gloria Good | I had assumed my baby would be precociously articulate, in the same mindless way I had assumed she would arrive two weeks early. I had been two months early myself, which had seemed like a …

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Funny, Isn’t It?

I Betcha think that your dog is the cutest dog in the universe, don’t you? Au contraire, dear reader… you have obviously never met my dog, Poncho. I adopted Poncho 4 years ago. However, his name at the time was …

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Dog Is Love

| By Kiko’s Aunties Sandi and Julie | You’ve probably seen the bright blue bumper sticker proclaiming DOG IS LOVE on trucks and cars roaming around Western North Carolina. If you are a dog person, most likely the corners of …

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