I don’t remember how many years I have been teaching culinary classes and doing cooking demonstrations. It is ironic that I never set foot in the kitchen when I was back in Hong Kong. My mother and her helper would have all the kitchen details, while my brothers and I would just ‘eat and run…

After my recent surgery, it was hard to get around in a wheelchair, especially in the kitchen, where I can’t even get past the narrow isle to reach the stove or the refrigerator. Not to mention the cupboards where I keep my sauces, they are all beyond my reach! After eating hospital food for…

Both my cats think they’re lefties. Should I be concerned? Are they evil and trying to steal my soul? What can I do to make them righties? How common is this among pets? Help!

Our girl Winnie had her surgery on Friday and came through it with flying colors. The surgery took longer than expected due to the scar tissue in her leg. Winnie had a broken leg; this occurred some time ago and was never treated by a vet. So, scar tissue formed and caused the four-hour surg…

Cartoons can defy gravity. But should they? Should children be taught that if you run off a cliff, miles above the desert, you don’t REALLY fall until you look down and realize it? Is this the kind of world we want our children to grow up in, where the Lamestream Media taught ‘em that gravit…

This is one of my favorite times of the year, when you can get Girl Scouts cookies. The first signs are the display tables they put up in front of big stores, with stacks of boxes piled up, and a sample box in front indicating the flavors. How can one resist when a little Girl Scout asks you…

A little birdie told me that The Bissel Pet Foundation will be holding an empty the shelter event in May. Keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page for details.

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Like many Americans, for much of my life I had a passing understanding of diabetes. One of my grandparents died from complications from diabetes, I had an aunt who was a diabetic. Growing up in the 1960s, it wasn’t polite to ask and frankly, I was oblivious to it all.

It’s my ‘Richie Rich moment,’ a sort of post-Tax Day tradition where I light a cigar and have a short glass of Scotch – both of the ‘affordable’ variety -  toasting America and all it means to me, my family, and the American Dream. I know, cheesy and weird, right? 

With a successful Bark and Wine in the rear-view, a busy week at the shelter doesn’t seem so busy. We have had several strays come in and with the nicer weather coming it’s time to remind you to get flea and tick preventative for your furry family members. With the number of mosquitos and ti…

I have, for the majority of my life, lived in homes with old trees. I enjoy the shade in the summer, the color in the fall and do what I can to get rid of the leaves. Dealing with leaves is a price we pay for the shade, in my opinion.

My young daughter once asked me where ghosts sleep, leaving me a stuttering goon. But it reminded me of when I was once dumb enough to tear off and re-roof my large-ish home with my brothers, years ago. It turned into several weeks with TWO chimney reconstruction nightmares, but during the p…

How much does the world weigh? A song by Tracy Byrd that I was listening to on my way home from the Bark and Wine event on Saturday night. If you try to do everything by yourself the answer is simple, too much. If you have the support of many, the answer is also simple, not as much as you think. 

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The state Republican party endorsement process in Wisconsin is drawing criticism from some of its candidates as just two GOP governor and four lieutenant governor hopefuls have so far met campaign finance thresholds needed to qualify for the party’s endorsement.

Fish tanks can teach some interesting lessons on everything from water quality to climate change, space to live and function, and even about bullying.

This Saturday, April 2nd is the Bark and Wine fundraiser. Food, silent and live auctions, Brickfield Brewery beer, Wine, raffle winners announced, mystery prize board and some great food. All this fun crammed into three short hours (5 -8 p.m.) at the Webster Community Center (7421 Main St W.…

It’s no secret that Eurasian ladybeetles – technically Harmonia axyridis - have become commonplace in these parts. Found in window frames, crawl spaces or anywhere you’d least expect them, they look like native ladybugs, save for a small ‘M’ on their foreheads, but they’re a truly evil invas…

What a week at the shelter. A litter of 10 puppies arrived and will be available for adoption in about 10 days. The Bark and Wine dinner planning is coming together, and it looks like it will be a spectacular night. In addition to the big raffle there will be a silent auction for some wonder…

There’s an internet joke about the 12 seasons: Winter, Fool’s Spring, Second Winter, Spring of Deception, Third Winter, The Pollening, Actual Spring, Summer, Hell’s Front Porch, False Fall, Second Summer and Actual Fall.

I’ve been in a few parades over my decades, starting as a ‘caveman’ to my little friends’ ‘spaceman’ as a kid. We stole the show, according to our parents. I’ve been told I look good in fake animal skins. I also drove a vintage go-kart in a parade a few years ago for a former news organizati…

My late grandfather, Oscar, was a successful Red River Valley farmer who would’ve turned 112 recently, joking that his birthday, March 4th, “Was the only day that gives advice.”

Things are moving right along for The Bark and Wine event on April 2nd. The raffle tickets are out, $5 per ticket or a book of 5 for $20. The Grand prize is $1,000, second place is a $500 Chewy gift card and third prize is a Trek Precaliber children’s bike from Crank Worx Bike Shop in River …

Progress has a price. Advances in technology also means piles of toxic waste while searching for precious metals, fuels, and rare earth elements, plus the waste of an ‘obsolete’ product later on. 

Election season is under way, and this year promises to be especially busy with redistricting producing many new faces seeking office. Candidates are hitting the campaign trail outlining their priorities. With every press release and speech is certain to be a pledge to be transparent with co…

Bark and Wine is only a month away! Beer, yes beer at a wine labeled event, is being donated by our friends at Brickfield Brewery. The raffle prizes are $1,000 cash, a $500 Chewy gift card and a 2022 Trek Precaliber 20 bike. This bike, donated by our friends at Crankworx Bike Shop in River F…

Unless you’re some sort of anti-NATO feller (ahem), recent warring actions have quickly turned the entire free world against Russia and its sub-human dictator. But I haven’t always hated Russian leaders, in fact, I had sort of ‘a moment’ with one, decades ago.

We had some special visitors this week at the shelter. 6-year-old Aubrey, one of Athena’s Angels, brought her whole family in to see Athena’s progress for herself. I believe she was extremely happy to see how far Athena has come. Athena has reached 74 pounds!

For a few years, I was the only “Divorce Kid” in my grade during elementary school. Then there must have been a bad summer, because the start of third grade had a few classmates joining the club - four or five, I think - including my best friend, who moved to (ewww) The Suburbs, with his Mom…