“Doghead is pretty easy to learn, you just have to speak from the heart.”
L.D. Marchell “My Father’s Greatest Gift:
Life Lessons from a Black English Labrador Retriever”
As some of you may know, I promised Chert Dog that I would get his story of unconditional love and forgiveness published, but that I would also promote it so that his mission and purpose would spread across the world. Today was “his” first television interview with Kara Conrad, producer and host on WBNG -TV CBS Channel 12 News featured in “Around the Tiers” segment aired Monday – Friday from 12:15- 12:30 pm. As synchronicity would have it, my booth at Otsiningo Park’s “All Paws for a Cause Dog Walk” is how this interview came about! Following is the link to the interview. Enjoy!
Chert was an old soul, and his charisma attracted all the children in the neighborhood including his female girlfriend, Syria, a Sassy White Bichon who just happened to live across the street! Chert had two loves, for his stomach it was PIZZA! And for his heart it was Syria! His favorite time of year was Halloween when everyone would come to visit HIM (or so he thought)! His last year with us, it was a prerequisite from all of the trick-or-treaters that they had to pet the dog first before they got a treat! I will always remember the magic and wonder Chert brought to my heart and am much blessed to have known, loved and to have been loved by such an altruistic angel in furry clothing!
©WBNG TV CBS Channel 12 Kara Conrad Host/Producer “Around The Tiers”
“Sing of deep blue skies; Of traveling mystical clouds arise.”
“The buds push forth the Autumn leaves; In preparation for the upcoming Spring.”
“Be it the child who teaches the parent, or the parent that instructs the child; Great Wisdom is gleaned from the mouths of babes, it seems.”
Connie Andrea Marchell
Park On Sunday
Crisp of air,
Swift of foot,
Skating, futbol, play.
Love and laughter,
Geese and friends,
Autumn, Park on Sunday.
Lisa Ann Carucci Lash
“Joyously we skate and sing; Ever mindful of the simple things.”
Connie Andrea Marchell
“Oh the happiness that springs; From just the simple, humble things!”
“Doghead is pretty easy to learn; You just have to speak from the heart.”
“My Father’s Greatest Gift: Life Lessons from a Black English Labrador Retriever.”
“In the fresh air and sunshine bright; I find true meaning within my life. Through the twists and turns that weave our path; the meaning becomes much clearer when you look back!”
“Ever joyously we sway and swing; Upon nature’s beauty of everything!”
“Muted colors, bountiful arrays; Magical wonder, Godly days.”
Connie Andrea Marchell
“Today, if you hear His voice; Do not harden your hearts.”
“May your heart be full of joy: Rejoice in the Lord Always; And again I say, Rejoice!”
©Connie Andrea Marchell
©Lisa Ann Carucci Lash
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
The 33rd Annual Spiedie Festival & Balloon Rally held at Otsiningo Park, Binghamton, NY was held on August 4 – 6, 2017. With countless vendors, amusement park rides, face painting, music, volleyball, 5K run and balloon rides just to name a few of the festivities, this event has grown tremendously throughout the years. For those of you who are not familiar with the word ‘spiedie,’ it is cubed chicken, pork, lamb, veal, venison or beef marinated in a spiedie sauce then placed on metal skewers over a charcoal pit. Once cooked, they are eaten on a fresh piece of Italian bread. Developed by Camillo Iacovelli, Agostino Iacovelli and Peter Sharak from the Southern Tier of New York State from 1939 on, their popularity has expanded nation-wide. Today there are countless deviations to the original recipe at the annual spiedie cook-off held at the festival every year. There are several spiedie marinate companies available for purchasing spiedie marinade sauce online. For those of you who do eat meat (I am a vegetarian), here are a few local distributors. Enjoy!
“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”
“The fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy and Peace.”
“…For God is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him…Ask in Faith.”
James 1:5 – 6
“Yet God has revealed this wisdom to us through the Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 2:10
“Love is not enough. You can’t exist as the reflection of someone’s love.”
John Powell, S.J.
“Now it is characteristic of play that one plays without reason and there must be no reason for it. Play is its own good reason.”
“If we treat people as they are, they will stay as they are. But if we treat them for what they might be, and might become, they will become their better selves.”
“A life lived in love will never be dull.”
“A Happy Elephant Doing a Handstand!”
© 2017 Spiedie Festival and Balloon Rally Expo, Inc.
“My Father’s Greatest Gift: Life Lessons From A Black English Labrador Retriever”
Chert Dog’s Tent!
Upcoming WBNG TV Interview with Kara Conrad on Friday, August 11 at 12:15 pm
Book signing at Arrowhead Parable Christian Store on Saturday, August 12 at 11 am – 2 pm
A non profit animal sanctuary and rescue, devoted to caring for all animals large and small, many of which have been left abandoned, neglected and abused. Our saying here is, “They may be old, sick or disabled, but their lives matter too.”
Donations can be sent to: http://www.paypal.me/WillowsWings
Animal Sanctuary and Rescue
©WBNG TV Kara Conrad
©YWCA Broome County
by Kahlil Gibran
And a poet said, Speak to us of Beauty. And he answered: Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and guide? And how shall you speak of her except she be the weaver of your speech?
The aggrieved and the injured say, “Beauty is kind and gentle. Like a young mother half-shy of her own glory she walks among us.” And the passionate say, “Nay, beauty is a thing of might and dread. Like the tempest she shakes the earth beneath us and the sky above us.”
The tired and the weary say, “Beauty is of soft whisperings. She speaks in our spirit. Her voice yields to our silences like a faint light that quivers in fear of the shadow.” But the restless say, “We have hears her shouting among the mountains, and with her cries came the sound of hoofs, and the beating of wings and the roaring of lions.”
At night the watchmen of the city say, “Beauty shall rise with the dawn from the east.” And at noontide the toilers and the way-farers say, “We have seen her leaning over the earth from the windows of the sunset.”
In winter say the snow-bound, “She shall come with the spring leaping upon the hills.” And in the summer heat the reapers say, “We have seen her dancing with the autumn leaves, and we saw a drift of snow in her hair.”
All these things have you said of beauty, yet in truth you spoke not of her but of needs unsatisfied, and beauty is not a need but an ecstasy. It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth, but rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted.
Copyright © 1923 by Kahlil Gibran.
*Balloon Rally at Otsiningo Park, Binghamton, NY