I thank you, my friends, for your thoughts. The grief is receding to a dull ache, but flairs, occasionally. That is the price of the love and affection from/to a shorter-lived creature. My younger son was an absolute trooper through the process and was the last one with Augie at the end. I'm grateful for that.

As I was looking for places to donate unused stuff I saw that there are less than a dozen dogs at the Humane Society (which often houses a hundred), indicating that there are more people willing to bring a furry friend into their lives. That gave my heart a genuine boost. They're all good dogs and deserve a good home.

A well reasoned argument is like a diamond: impervious to corruption and crystal clear - and infinitely rarer.

Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game -- an economy that won't respond, a democracy that won't listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards. - Robert Reich