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Encounter with a homeless man touches a Virginia Starbucks manager

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Firearms Training at the Pub

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

Milwaukee restaurant owner Andy Kochanski knows the life-saving value of firearms. In August of 2013 three armed thugs attempted a robbery of Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall. The businessman, who was also armed, shot and killed one of the robbers. The…


12th Annual Blue & Gray Oktoberfest

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

Fredericksburg’s original Oktoberfest celebration is happening this Friday and Saturday at Blue & Gray Brewery. This is the twelfth year for this popular event.The event kicks off Friday, September 19 at 5:00PM with the traditional keg-tapping…


Drink and Live Longer

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

Not only does an alcoholic drink or or two add enjoyment to your life, a new study suggests it will also add years to your life.But a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that — for reasons that aren’t enti…


A belated look at Sept 11th storms

Syndicated From: Storms-R-Us

I deliberately didn’t chase on Sept 11th for two reasons:     (1) I had been to and from Blacksburg that day to provide a chasing presentation to a VT meteorology class and      (2) It was my birthday and I didn’t want to …


Thirty Years!

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

September 15, 1984. That’s the day, thirty short years ago, that Colleen and I made our promise before God that we would spend the rest of our lives together. And it’s been a wonderful and amazing thirty years. We’ve had our share of both joy and sadne…


That Day You Learn That Your Dog Has Cancer

Syndicated From: O'DonnellWeb

For me, that day was yesterday. Fenway is 14, and frankly, I was shocked when he got a clean bill of health at his annual vet visit about a month ago. He has really slowed down over the last few months, and I was expecting bad news and preparing for the worst last month.

He eats in the powder room, because he eats slowly and our other dog eats like she hasn’t seen food in weeks. I got a surprise when I opened the door to let him out after eating Saturday morning. The bathroom looked like a murder scene from Castle, except that the splatter pattern made it obvious the blood originated in a coughing or sneezing fit. I learned an hour later it was a sneeze. We called the vet and had him there about an hour later.

The diagnosis after the physical exam was a tumor in the sinus area, and she ordered a CBC to check his blood. It came back horrible, everything was low. His CBC last month was mostly normal. The tumor has been bleeding for awhile internally. He is basically bleeding out slowly from the inside. She said now that he was bleeding externally too it wouldn’t be long. 2 months at most, and probably more like 2 weeks. She talked through my options (none that she recommended be tried on a 14 year old beagle) and offered a prescription of prednisone, which she said might reduce inflammation and help him feel better while we decide what to do. He felt so bad he actually fell asleep on the floor of the examination room while we were waiting for the blood test results. When we got home Fenway didn’t even make it all the way into the family room. He laid down right at the entrance and didn’t move for hours. I positioned a blanket under him to catch the blood oozing out of his nose, and called Michelle, who was out. I also gave Fenway a prednisone, which had the double effect of stopping the blood from his nose, and seemingly helping him feel better. He was enthusiastic about eating last night, something we hadn’t seen in a while. He has appeared to feel better today that he has in weeks. Obviously that is the prednisone.

So that is where I am. I’m assuming the prednisone effect will fade in the next couple of days. However, he ate enthusiastically both times today, and generally seemed to be pretty happy and energetic today. However I’m not fooling myself. My dog has advanced cancer and we are going to have to put him down soon, maybe in the next week or so, The tumor in his sinuses could rupture at any time, and I think I want to do it before that happens. I’m planning to work from home on Friday, so that might be the day.

As I was thinking about this I also was trying to look inward and convince myself that my relative comfort with putting him down was coming from a place of compassion, and not a place of convenience. Although I don’t quite consider myself a Buddhist, I am a fan of the Noble 8-Fold Path and the 5 Precepts. I thought if I could read a little about the absolute prohibition against causing a death it might clarify my thinking. It turns out most Buddhists agree that when the general edict to show compassion conflicts with the Precepts, compassion rules. Not that I was giving any consideration to letting nature play all the way out here. I wasn’t. If I have it in my power to reduce suffering I think I should do that. However it is comforting to get a second opinion from the Internet ;)

 


Season’s First Oktoberfest Bier

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

Even though they’ve been on the shelves for more than a few weeks, I had not yet opened any of the usual “fall seasonal” beers, the Harvest Ales, the Pumpkin Ales, and the Oktoberfest Bier. Colleen and I headed down to Deutschland Downtown Saturda…


Five O’Clock Friday: Beer For Cold Nights

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

As the weather turns cooler, it’s time to recall the sage advice of Cliff Clavin.Have a wonderful weekend. And stay warm.
[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]


Prayers For Our Nation

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

Today is a fitting day to reflect on the precipice at which we find ourselves. More so than in all of the last 13 years, our Nation sits vulnerable, with a failed leader and a citizenry afraid to confront the evil in front of us. Our enemy’s tactic of …


In Lieu of Content

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

Mesmerizing. Watch to the end.
[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]


Events

12th Annual Blue & Gray Oktoberfest

Fredericksburg’s original Oktoberfest celebration is happening this Friday and Saturday at Blue & Gray Brewery. This is the twelfth year for this popular event.The event kicks off Friday, September 19 at 5:00PM with the traditional keg-tapping…

 

Thirty Years!

September 15, 1984. That’s the day, thirty short years ago, that Colleen and I made our promise before God that we would spend the rest of our lives together. And it’s been a wonderful and amazing thirty years. We’ve had our share of both joy and sadne…

 

April Fredericksburg Business Forum Event: How to Write and Publish a Book!

Who: If you are a business owner, business development professional, or just interested in what it takes to write and publish a book, this event is for you! What: I have written two books which have generated substantial returns for my business. This session will detail the process that I used to get those books […]

 

Fredericksburg Business Forum

The Fredericksburg Business Forum is a group of business owners in the Fredericksburg area who want to take their business from good to spectacular. Its purpose is to give business owners the opportunity to network with their peers in order to form relationships and gain knowledge that will allow them to grow their businesses. Each month, […]

 

Hardywood Park Arrives in Fredericksburg

“Finally.” That was the common refrain heard at Tuesday’s Hardywood Park Brewery release party and Steal the Glass event at Capital Ale House. The Richmond brewery’s beers have been available around the Richmond area, and I even saw them a couple weeks…

 

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Rappahannock Political Forum 09

Local bloggers are coming to the rescue of local politics again this year in the form of the Bloggers Forum 09. Yours truly is one of several panel members participating in this event to showcase those running for Stafford and Spotsylvania VA superrvisor positions. For more info, click the banner to the right of the [...]

 

Local Bloggers Pass 4,000 Posts!

Today marks a milestone of sorts. Actually it’s more of a surprise. I was checking some stats and FBurgNews.com has logged more than 4000 posts from local Fredericksburg, VA area bloggers. Way to go team!
As we grow together, I’m working on changes to the website to group blogs.  You’ll all still end up in the [...]

 

City Taxes Going UP-UP-UP

For those of you that vote in Fredericksburg VA, here’s who you can thank for higher real estate taxes.
Councilwoman Greenlaw made the final motion to raise the rate to $0.705 of every $100. That’s almost 26% percent. It was seconded by Vice-Mayor Devine.
Councilman Kelly put forward an alternative $.68 of every $100. It was seconded [...]

 

A few blog changes

First, a new addition.  http://roadsdivergedwood.blogspot.com/ is a photographic view of Fredericksburg, with a bit of history about those places appearing in the shots.
Death of a blog, that’s what happens when things start getting out of hand when ‘friends’ take posts in a direction not intended.  Of course I’m talking about the Fred Vegas Chronicles.  Fredericksburg’s very own [...]

 

Kindle Mania! Fredericksburg Hits the Big Time

Now get the area’s hottest news delivered direct to your Amazon Kindle!   FburgNews.com tries to bring together a diverse set of blogging content, and it is now available in more formats than ever.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0029U2X8Q
Hopefully they will drop the price to make getting the local inside story more affordable.