The day before, I’d had to put down my beloved dog, Ben. I’d spent the rest of the day in a haze, agonizing over my decision. Ben had been 12 years old, with rapidly declining health, and his veterinarian had assured me I’d made the humane choice. But was it? Had I really done the right thing?
On the other side of the room, my husband, Jon, was helping our six-year-old son, Gus, with his homework.
“Which of these worksheets should we have him do first?” he asked me.
“I don’t know. Just pick one,” I said, distracted.
Our older sons, Ted and Lou, played together, chatting happily. My stepson, Oliver, was in his bedroom. With four boys, the house was never quiet. Still, it felt so empty now without Ben.
Before Ben became the family dog, he’d been all mine. In 2008, I went through a difficult breakup. I had just bought my first home and found myself in the perfect situation to finally have my own dog.
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“My mom found a house for us to look at,” said my fiancé, Jon. “It’s in Richfield, not far from where I grew up.”
“Can you perform a hymn for us next week?” my pastor asked me after Sunday service.
The Girl in the Dream
Was this a church? The high, vaulted ceilings made it seem like one—almost but not exactly.
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Liverpool, England Joanne Carr is hailing her son, Dougie McInerney, as her guardian angel.
A Light in the Blizzard
I stepped on the gas and shifted into drive, then reverse, then back into drive again.
Straight From the Fish's Mouth
Florence, Italy. I’d been there before on one of those scruffy five-dollar-a-day youth-hostel jaunts through Europe, but now, just graduated from college, I was wondering what to do with my life.
Have you ever felt called to a purpose?
As I reached to turn off the lamp on my bedside table, my eyes fell on the card my brother Isaac had given each of us siblings on what would have been Dad’s sixty-eighth birthday.
It was midafternoon, and I was already curled up on the couch in the living room with no plans to move.
A Doll's Hat
My fears around the surgery built all day.... God, please let me be as strong as my young patients are.
Graphics card prices have plunged 50% this year
PC gamers are reveling in full shelves and sane sticker prices.
JAMES CAMERON TURNS TO EARTH BEFORE RELEASE OF NEW ‘AVATAR'
There’s a new nature documentary series that promises to show viewers incredible animal behavior in vibrant clarity. Heard that all before? Well, this one is on steroids.
RIVIAN TEAMS WITH MERCEDES-BENZ ON ELECTRIC VANS
U.S. electric vehicle maker Rivian is partnering with Mercedes-Benz to build a factory in Europe that will produce electric vans for both companies.
JIMINY CRICKET! A LIVE-ACTION ‘PINOCCHIO'
After a string of live-action remakes, from “Beauty and the Beast” to “The Lion King,” the Walt Disney Co. has finally gotten around to “ Pinocchio.” Along the way, there have been some nice performances, enormous heaps of CGI and, lest anyone forget, one very blue Will Smith.
6 A.M. With... The Hot-Take Champ
As he enters his 70s, Skip Bayless, cohost of Fox Sports’ Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, ensures he’s ready to keep up with every pro who appears on his show (including LeBron).
'I' IS FOR INNOVATE.
‘PRE-BUNKING' SHOWS PROMISE IN FIGHT AGAINST MISINFORMATION
Soon after the Russian invasion, the hoaxes began. Ukrainian refugees were taking jobs, committing crimes and abusing handouts.
BEN IS A KEPT MAN!
J.Lo wears the pants, pays most of the bills
JOE JONAS WRINKLED OLD DUDE AT 33!
The singer admits to using an injectable to smooth his skin
Ben Kelly – Bold Strokes
Having created The Hacienda's striking stripes, designed legendary record sleeves and rescued the colour orange from style oblivion, the influential British designer Ben Kelly continues to make his mark with sculptural installations and graphic interiors