Mailbag - February 2024
On track with New Year’s resolutions
Ben Portnoy's [Jan. 2024] article, It’s that Time Again: Reflecting on New Year’s resolutions, brought to mind a New Year’s resolution list I developed years ago to resolve the very problem that Mr. Portnoy addresses; namely, failing to keep them. I offer it here: I resolve to gain at least 12 pounds. I resolve to exercise less. I resolve to reduce my donations to worthy causes. I resolve to meet fewer interesting people. I resolve to flip off more drivers who cut in front of me. I resolve to accept my wife's invitations to watch those Hallmark channel movies instead of Astros games. I'm pleased to report that this list has stood the test of time. Happy New Year!
First-class article and writer
What a pleasure to work with The Buzz Magazines on First-Class Dog Rescues: Father-son duo flies paw-sengers to forever homes [by Karen Vine Fuller, Jan. 2024]! I know Stuart and Jay were excited to get the word out about the pilots and the rescue organizations they work with. So often these unsung heroes don’t get the recognition or support they need to carry on their endeavors.
We have enjoyed reading The Buzz for years. The magazine always contains interesting, community-based articles written by quality journalists. Indeed, our villages are enhanced by The Buzz.
Additionally, we were honored to work with Karen Vine Fuller. Karen is an easy-going, detail-oriented journalist who works diligently to get her story. Perhaps more dog rescues will result from the community awareness The Buzz will bring.
Fun 15 minutes of fame
Thank you for giving my daughter, Sophie Bach, a chance to share her passion for cooking [in A Passion for Cooking: Starting young by Andria Dilling, Jan. 2024]. She was so excited to be in the magazine to share something that she loves to do. We had such a fun time choosing recipes and cooking for you. It has been a special experience receiving texts from friends who read the article and are trying the zucchini crisps. Much to my delight, one of our Kolter students asked if I would be back at work now that I was famous. This will be something Sophie and I will always remember doing together!
Back Porch fan
Over the years, Andria Dilling’s authorship of the Back Porch column has always been a “go-to” for me. Great recipes submitted by her loyal readers, funny stories about Halloween adventures, summer jaunts, etc. Andria engages her readers and invites them “in” to be a part of her story.
The recent article sharing the bonding and love of a large puppy who grew up to be a huge dog bringing joy and some not-so-joyful times to his family [Saint: The Best Hanukkah Gift, Dec. 2023] resonated with many of us who have loved and lost family pets. Saint, her beloved dog, has had a proper encomium and the readers have had a good, albeit perhaps a tearful, laugh. Thank you.
Back Porch evoked emotion
I've cried a puddle of tears reading about your not-so-Saintly Saint [in Andria Dilling’s Dec. 2023 Back Porch column] and the impact he made on your family (as well as your neighbors, kitchen counter, vet’s office, and so many other places). Reading about Saint and his life with you and the girls brought back memories of my family's own terror – Rawley, who we lost this past April unexpectedly. Our Rawley was practically a Saint (pun intended) compared to the escapades of your fur baby. But, no matter how challenging they are, we find a way to seize the memories of pure joy and companionship they've brought to our lives. He was truly the best gift at the right time in the right place – with your family.
A reader reached out to us to let us know that there was an error in the Jan. 2024 “Rumor Has It” column. An item mentioned that Texas A&M beat Mississippi 51-10; however, that was Mississippi State.
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