How to dog-train people

Monthly Archives: November 2012

(Baby Gangnam Style Benjamin‘s website)

Children can be cute, creative, and overwhelmingly frustrating with their screaming meltdowns over the tiniest things. Everyone can probably think of a time when you are standing in the check out line and down the rows they could hear the shrieking of an inconsolable, unhappy child wailing about their latest problem. Parents, teachers, and baby-sitters alike eventually resort at some point to that “magic” trigger or set of words which seem to console the child into perfect behavior.

My “magic” words as a child were “candy,” “ice-cream,” “Do you want to _____?” and, “I’ll let you _______.”

They were extraordinarily dangerous words to use around me–and all of my cousins. Play time was the perfect opportunity to swap stories and brag about how we got what we wanted, and was a prime time to concoct our next batch of plans. We thought we were unstoppable–and perhaps you didn’t realize you might have been trained by a child. Continue reading

Grandma's cookies

“Eat up all your vegetables and you can have dessert!”

Sitting anxiously at the table of Yaya’s house, I remember bouncing in my seat and kicking my feet, waiting in harrowed anticipation for my grandmother to return from the kitchen. The rooms smelled sweet with vanilla and cinnamon from whatever magic pot or pan she had going and I couldn’t wait for a serving of anything–cookies, puddings, pies– it really didn’t matter to me. Yaya’s cooking was the very best and I had cleaned the plate as well as I could with my clumsy, young motor skills.

After all, I had to eat all my veggies before I could have dessert. How many of us would be surprised to find that grandma used a popular dog training technique to do what she thought was best for us?
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Fireman saves dog

Take a break, hero.

Election time is blowing up Facebook with hateful posts and pictures about the new propositions and candidates, but I think perhaps it’s time for a break away from election tensions. On my own Facebook news feed, and on the #election hashtag on Twitter, I see normally civil and friendly people about ready to fight to the death over what election buttons they are wearing.

Here are 21 Pictures that will restore your faith in humanity, or at least will make you smile. What caught my attention were the four-legged companions that received rescues from random strangers–and the thoughtful, surprising actions of others. Continue reading