When is the next holiday break?
No Heavy Object this week. But there was more awesome Fafner and Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans this week to compensate and the Gundam did really have a fight in it. Owari no Seraph was its usual “Yu is stupid” episode; those are getting old but I doubt it’s going to change. Read More Weekly Anime Review
There’s more bad news than good news this week, unfortunately. Read More News in Asia
Happy Friday, everyone. This week’s roundup is considerably less disheartening than last week, but there are still plenty of serious stories to cover. Let’s get the current crop of GOP ridiculousness out of the way first, shall we?
Christmas is often a time when you try desperately to get something affordable to make your friend or family member not hate you for forgetting to buy something until last minute and when you present them with something that was guaranteed two-day shipping on Amazon Prime. But it doesn’t have to be that way (and no the answer isn’t just buy everyone the Hamilton soundtrack).
“I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” — Abraham Lincoln
This is my favorite dog quote of all time. Some of the worst dog owners I’ve ever met have been pious hypocrites who told me earnestly that they had prayed about the decision that they had to make. Interestingly enough, the decision they prayed about always seemed to go in the favor of the human doing something despicably selfish. One of the most disastrous adopters we had was a Franciscan nun. During the process of the adopter returning the dog, my rescue partner Victoria was moved to ask, “Aren’t you guys named after St. Francis? Wasn’t he the patron saint of animals?” The response? “Yeah, we’ve dropped all that.” Indeed.
Lincoln got it in one, 150 years before I learned the same thing. Read More My Favorite Quotes About Dogs
The idea of a Christmas made up of beautiful homemade gifts, cards, decorations, and food is so enticing. Social networks are covered in ideas shared and tried. It is the season for giving, and the thought that counts seems to count more when the gifts are handmade. Banquets big and small ought to be labours of handcrafted love. Yeah, it isn’t happening that way here. Not this year. Read More Caregiving: A Ready-Made Christmas