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The Cookie Chronicles Chapter 18-The Walkabout

There is one thing that gets Cookie-otherwise, the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time)-repeatedly into big trouble. We call it the Walkabout. The word has fallen into general usage but initially referred to...

 

The Cookie Chronicles – Chapter 17-The birthday party

As chronicled in Chapter 16, August 27th was Cookie's tenth birthday-the Big One - O. Which translates, more or less, to age 64 in human terms. So if 60 is the new 40, that's not all that bad. It...

 

The Cookie Chronicles: Chapter 16-Happy birthday!

In about a week, on August 27th, Cookie will turn ten years old. I remember when I celebrated my tenth birthday, my main gift request – the thing I wanted most in the world—was a baseball glove....

 

The Cookie Chronicles Chapter 15-Working from home

Working from home has become so common, so ingrained in such a short time that it has already earned its own acronym – WFH. The Urban Dictionary defines WFH as “a concept where the employee can...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    Specials    July 30, 2020

The Cookie Chronicles

Next Stop – Hollywood Mrs. G and I have long believed that Cookie has that something extra that sets all celebrities apart from the rest of us. The “It Factor”—personality, pizzazz, and the...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    Specials    July 16, 2020

The Cookie Chronicles

Although Mr. B will always be Number One among all of Cookie’s (surprisingly numerous) possessions, there is another favorite pastime, not involving the ball, which is tug-of-war. Our discovery of...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    News    July 9, 2020

The Cookie Chronicles

Take me out to the ballgame In Chronicles #2 and #3 I introduced you to Mr. B, Cookie's lifelong companion, ward and wing man. And I may have mentioned that Mr. B generally hits the sack earlier than...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    Specials    July 2, 2020

The Cookie Chronicles

Nostradamus was a 16th-century mystic whose predictions of the then-distant future are still quoted in some quarters. His detractors, on the other hand, say that his predictions are so vague they can...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    Specials    June 25, 2020

Chapter Ten-The Nose Knows

In my daily work as a wine reviewer, I pay particularly close attention to the scents of a wine and the finish of the wine. The better the heads and tails, front and back if you will, the better the...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    News    May 21, 2020

The Cookie Chronicles

(On The Road Part Four) Dawn came awfully early the day after Mr. B went tumbling down the ravine adjacent to our motel room. And I was kidding about rounding up crampons, carabiners and quickdraws...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    News    May 14, 2020

The Cookie Chronicles

(On The Road Part Three) We all travel for many different reasons, but one defining feature for any type of travel, whether for business, pleasure or pure adventure, is that it breaks you out of your day-to-day routines. If you work at home, and...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    News    May 7, 2020

The Cookie Chronicles

(On The Road Part Two) Having hunkered down in our peaceful Nye Beach cabin after an exhausting first day on the road, we awoke to a bright winter sunrise and the sound of waves crashing on the shore...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    News    April 30, 2020

The Cookie Chronicles

(On The Road Part One) Mrs. G and I would be the first to admit that we are not RV people. But we do like long road trips. Just during the six year long process of moving out of a 2,400 square foot...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    News    April 23, 2020

The Cookie Chronicles

"Music soothes the savage beast" is a common expression with an uncommon history. It's a misquote from The Mourning Bride, a poem by William Congreve written in 1697, which opens "Musick hath charms...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    News    April 16, 2020

The Cookie Chronicles

Chapter Three – Mr. B N'est Pas Une Boule! Mr. B is the name we gave to Cookie's ball in a failed effort to keep her from going ballistic every time we said the word ball. But more importantly,...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    Specials    April 9, 2020

The Cookie Chronicles

I've concluded that there are really just two types of dogs - those who like playing with balls, and those who do not. From the first day we spent together, me tossing and Cookie chasing a ball... Full story

 
 By Paul Gregutt    News    April 2, 2020

Cookie Chronicles

The first book I ever read cover to cover was Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, and now, many decades later, it remains the best book I ever read. I mention this because the special relationship between...

 

Wheat To Biscuits

I found the following "World Today" article listed on eBay, and I thought it was especially remarkable because Karen and I have talked about how interesting it would be if someone created a line of...

 

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