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Support Animal Welfare Legislation and Watchdog Groups

Please protect animal welfare

I have started a petition at asking the President and Congress to make animal welfare a priority. When I heard that the USDA removed animal cruelty reports from their website, I felt sick to my stomach.  Accountability by the public is a powerful motivator for change and removing that incentive will allow breeders, researchers, Big Agribusiness and other companies that use animals to mistreat and abuse animals without protest.

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Animals add immeasurably to our quality of life whether they be for food, work or companionship. They do feel pain, they do experience emotions (at the very least we can agree that they feel fear), they are capable of suffering physically and mentally. They are incapable of speaking for themselves, demanding change, creating their own destiny, choosing one path or another. We are their guardians and keepers and there is no reason in this universe why it is acceptable to treat the lives we depend on as cruelly as we are capable. Please sign the petition and ask this administration to bring accountability back through the USDA Animal Care Search Tool, and to pass and enforce bills that protect animals from harm and abuse.

According to the email I got from, I have “30 days to get 99,999 signatures in order for your petition to be reviewed by the White House. Until your petition has 150 signatures, it will only be available from the following URL and will not be publicly viewable on the Open Petitions section of We the People”

The URL is

Please share this with friends and family. This is not about criticizing any administration, this is not about political leanings, this is all about compassion. How can we be a proud nation when we allow abuse to be covered up and hidden away?


Superior Hiking Trail: Magney-Snively to Bardon’s Peak

It was about 45ºF on Sunday, with the foreseeable future being rainy and near freezing, so I decided to make the most of it. I loaded Pup in the car and we took scenic Skyline Pkwy all the way to the Magney-Snively trailhead.

The temperature was a little chilly, but good for a vigorous hike and the clouds for the night’s rain were just starting to roll in, threatening to blot out the setting sun. We started our hike at about 3:30-ish. If you’re unfamiliar with latitude 46.8ºN, you should know that the sun sets around 4:30pm in November. That comes into play later. Continue reading Superior Hiking Trail: Magney-Snively to Bardon’s Peak

Too Hot for the Kitchen

I have found that for nearly every home the kitchen is the favorite gathering place for most people. In the summer, though, without air conditioning, it’s the least favorite room in the house. Cooking either gets done outside on a grill, or is put off until late in the evening when things cool down a bit, or at least until it’s clear we won’t be having to haul our sweaty selves somewhere public for the rest of the night. This week it’s supposed to be in the lower 80’s every day, which means the kitchen is going to be no fun. We still must eat, though, so this is my plan; all recipes that either are grill-friendly or take very little stove/oven time. Continue reading Too Hot for the Kitchen

Cove Point Loop, Superior Hiking Trail

Cove Point Loop

I have started a bit of an Independence Day tradition. Since my husband works every 4th of July (the trade-off is he gets every Christmas off), I have most of the day to myself, and since the weather is usually gloriously sunny, I like to spend my day outside. Last year I did yard work – no fun, though necessary – but the year before that and this year I decided to go up north and hike the North Shore of Lake Superior.

This year I took my pup and headed to Beaver Bay, MN to hike the Cove Point Loop of the Superior Hiking Trail. It’s 5.5 miles and has a gain of 753 feet.

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Dyeing the Chicago River green for St. Patrick's Day

Chicago & St. Patrick’s Day

Oh I have been absolutely terrible at keeping up my blog posting; I apologize. So I am about to make a couple posts all in a row. First up, our “New Thing” for March.

My brother-in-law lives in Chicago so my husband’s entire family has done this a few times, but I had never seen the Chicago River turn green for St. Patrick’s day. So that’s what we did for our “new thing” two months ago. We also went to a live taping of the NPR radio program, Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me, which was also a new thing for us. Continue reading Chicago & St. Patrick’s Day

Mainland Ice Caves of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

My husband, on the very good advice of his father, has decided that we need to make a point to do one new thing together every month. It doesn’t have to be crazy, it can be as simple as going to a new restaurant, but it has to be something that we have not done together before. Thus begins my new series “Something New.” To kick things off in January we went to the Mainland Ice Caves of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore near Cornucopia, WI.

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