Uncle and the wild things at Yosemite.


A Hungry Dog

I like to keep my kids on their toes. Mor­gon, 11, asked me to dic­tate some­thing to him for dic­ta­tion prac­tice today. Here is what came out.

Dear Sir,

We regret to inform you that your pet Eng­lish bull­dog, which you dropped off for a rou­tine checkup on Tues­day morn­ing, appar­ently has an enour­mous appetite. After attempt­ing to bit the nurse’s hand, “Fifi” got away, and pro­ceeded to con­sume most of the ani­mals in our board­ing facil­ity: some 13 cats, 7 dogs of var­i­ous sizes, 2 cows, and 1 sheep. Oh, and 1 box turtle. We are defer­ring the costs for all dam­ages, as well as the replace­ment of said ani­mals, to you, and the charges will be added to your bill.

We do request that you come and pick up Fifi imme­di­ately, though we rec­om­mend the rental of a large mov­ing truck.


Otis Hand­born, DVM

Hand­born Veterinarian Clinic


P.S. …And a fer­ret. Please come at your ear­li­est convenience.


My friend Brant Hansen’s been spread­ing the word about Saeed, and I wanted to help out. You can help save Saeed Abe­dini, an Amer­i­can pas­tor who was arrested in Iran by the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment and has been sen­tenced to 8 years in prison, by sign­ing the peti­tion at

Saeed’s a hero. He’s a Mus­lim con­vert to Chris­tian­ity, and still goes to Iran and shares the gospel. Mus­lim con­verts face a pos­si­ble death sen­tence for ‘wag­ing war on Islam’.