EDITION OF WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018 -- It is always difficult to type in the date June 6 without two things coming to the surface immediately: The Normandy Invasion in 1944 and the death of Bobby Kennedy in 1968. We’ll approach these events in Contemplations later in this edition.
First, we’ve got some animal stories to discuss:
SPAY/NEUTER IN IRVING
AND IT’S FREE
Just as there are free spay/neuter services in the Most Fertile City in North America, Dallas, there are also these opportunities in Irving -- that makes two things Irving and Dallas have in common: (1) They both need spay/neuter programs and (2) they both lost the Dallas Cowboys to another city.
We got a note from Karen Lee, the animal advocate of barkleyworld. com, that included info about the free spay/neuter, microchip and rabies vaccination program for qualified Irving residents. You can read all about it on the DFW Humane Society website HERE . Donations to the Society support this initiative.
The offering is a result of, the site says, a partnership of DFW Humane Society and Irving Animal Services. The spay/neuter efforts involves veterinary work by Spay Neuter Network and Texas Coalition for Animal Protection.
In addition to trying to reduce the number of unwanted animals, the DFW Humane Society, founded in 1967, also works to make sure animals are NOT unwanted. We’re spotlighting two of the many adoptable sin the care of the Society. That exquisite Pointer mix is Stanley (#34374417). The Society bio says he’s “2 years, 5 months, 8 days” old -- possibly the most precise listing we’ve ever seen of an “unwanted” dog. He was, the bio continues, “rescued from another shelter.” He’s got a Pointer’s high energy and he loves to run and play. He needs a yard in which to run, and, probably, a couch on which to sleep and enjoy TV.
This cat is Sparkles -- doesn’t she look like she might have been the model for a successful cartoon cat? The Society lists her as 2 years, 17 days old. She’s small.
Go to dfwhumane.com to see the adoptables.
THE WILMER REPORT
In our Monday edition, we featured the many dogs and cats in the Red Oak Animal Shelter. In this edition, we’re focusing on Wilmer’s shelter, the other small southern Dallas County shelter aided by Laura Macias and Leighann Hayden, who work to help keep those animals safe.
As you may recall, Wilmer gets a bit of traffic from the notorious Dowdy Ferry dog dumping area.
In fact, that’s where Marley came from. He’s about 5 months old, and listed as a White Shepherd/Collie Mix. He “loves everyone and everything,” the note says.
The second pup is Brogan, described as having “the cutest, sweetest most lovable face and is a very lovable boy.” He was found south of Wilmer. And he’s in “incredibly good shape” with “stunningly beautiful fur.”
What these two have in common is they’re in Wilmer’s shelter and they need new homes. To ask about them, email Laura at email@example.com or call or text 214-949-2726.
FREE CONCERTS AT STATE FAIR?
HINT: ELVIS APPEARS ON OPENING DAY
We got an email Tuesday from Karissa Condoianis, the State Fair of Texas’ constant public relations contact, and it became “Only 115 more days to the State Fair of Texas.” It’ll be here before the Christmas decorations hit the shelves! Maybe. Whatever the case, Readlarrypowell.com is proud to officially endorse the opening free concert for this year’s fair. The star is the great Kraig Parker, possibly the most spot-on Elvis tribute artist you’ll ever see. [LARRY ASIDE: I saw Elvis in the early ‘70s in Fort Worth; I met Kraig when he was first beginning his Elvis Adventure. Kraig’s got the pipes and moves to pull off an actual performance as The King. He's been perfecting the illusion for years.] Karissa’s news release reads, “Kraig Parker's powerful voice, look, and persona will take you back in time to the golden years of music's greatest icon. Elvis has NOT left the building!” Here’s Kraig’s Demo Reel and here is a chart with the other free concerts -- you’ll see many names you recognize, especially if you click on it to make it larger.
[LARRY ASIDE TWO: Before you read the chart, open a mustard jar, take a whiff and pretend you’re holding a State Fair corny dog -- in case you don’t already have that State Fair sensation running through your mind.]
TWO FACETS OF JUNE 6
It is interesting to contemplate the fact that one date can represent so much change in the world. June 6 is such a date -- a military campaign to end a war and a date on which a campaign was ended by violence. ...
In 1944... June 6 was the day the Allied Forces launched the long-awaited Normandy Invasion. The Americans and their Allies went ashore under hellish fire at Normandy on the French coast. Goodness was reclaiming Europe -- or as much of it as the Soviets didn’t take. The Allied heroes have been honored in ceremonies, in movies, in books, in memories, in artwork, etc. Still, it is difficult to let the day go by without saluting all the people who took part in that invasion. Without those sacrifices and that determination -- well, I shudder to think what might have happened to America.
In 1968 ...As a native Texan, I love the United States of America. It is the land of freedoms. Back in 1968, I was building a career in journalism. On June 5, 1968, I’d worked the night shift and gone home to try to sleep in this era before small towns had all-night news and all-night TV. Early on June 6, my mom woke me and said, “They shot Kennedy.” In those fuzzy moments, I was confused -- still heard the echoes of ’63 and JFK. “Bobby Kennedy -- they shot him,” Mom said. He died on the 6th and that, I believe, made the difference in America from that point on. As a young guy against the Vietnam War -- but FOR the military personnel and keeping them safe -- I’d seen Bobby Kennedy as the man to stop the madness. I was not alone. Lots of young Americans -- even those of us old enough to be drafted but not old enough to vote -- had embraced Bobby Kennedy. "BOBBY'S GREAT FOR 68!!" as the sign in that photo reads. But, unbelievably, suddenly, there was a new sadness in hearts already staggered by the murder of Martin Luther King on April 4. Now and then that sadness re-emerges as we consider the violence that is the national and international symbol of our time. Perhaps we can embrace, at some point, something Bobby Kennedy had said as he announced to a crowd in Indianapolis that MLK had been killed. He said, “Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” Strong people across generation after generation sacrificed on behalf of the nation and created a magnificent foundation for liberty and freedom -- and peace! We should strive to live up to these ideals. Yes, “Make gentle the life of this world.”
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