Thursday, June 28, 2007

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Father's Day Peonies

Until this year, I can't remember the last time I was in my hometown of Rochester, NY to celebrate Father's Day. Here is a vase of peonies that my Dad cut from his garden last Sunday. Since I was a little kid, I can remember how much he's loved the voluminous flower.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


There is a shop in the same neighborhood as our store that sells puppies. Sometimes they put the puppies on sale for 20% off. They tell customers that the puppies come from "breeders." I have talked to several people who have purchased animals from this shop, only to have their new dog suffer from congenital defects and serious health problems.

No reputable breeder would sell their dogs through a pet store. I try to keep this blog positive, but each day I drive by this store I become more and more angry. I want to tell everyone I know that these cute puppies come from ugly origins and buying them only perpetuates animal cruelty. Buying them creates demand for puppy mill dogs.

I hope that you will understand why I am placing this information here on my blog. I love dogs so much, I want to urge everyone to support the Humane Society's effort to fight back against puppy mills.

If you are thinking of getting a puppy, read their helpful tips on selecting your dog. Make it a policy not to buy from pet stores or from online "breeders." Your new best friend will love you for it.
Stop Puppy Mills
HSUS MySpace Page | Stop Puppy Mills Website

True stories about Puppy Mill dogs as told by the Humane Society.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Shop Dog: Johnny Cash

Light on his feet and on the move, he was a tough dog to photograph. Still, Johnny Cash, resident Man in Black and shop dog at History, this little guy is a charmer. He has the sleek build of a Miniature Pinscher with the whiskers and ears of a Jack Russell.

Rescued more than four years ago from a shelter in Boston, Cash has a great dog mom in Rachel and a hipster hangout at History.

Do you know a great shop dog? Send us the pooch's picture and story. We'll post them here for all to see.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Short Walk in Sommerville, MA

12-12 with Green Door

Pink Labels with Trash Cans

Open Door with Yellow Wall

Madonna Statue with Blue Paint

Lavender Wall at Mexican Restaurant

Irish Products Sign on Brick Red wall

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Chop Suey at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

I've always loved this painting: Chop Suey by Edward Hopper. In my college dorm room I had a postcard of the image taped above my desk. Today I had the chance to see it in person. Brighter and larger than I expected, I was surprised how fresh and new the women looked to me despite their familiarity.

Edward Hopper has long been a favorite of mine. Some of his 20th century paintings have legendary status for good reason. (Nighthawks for example.) This is New York Movie, painted in the 1940s. What do you supposed the usherette is thinking about, alone in the dark?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Garment District, Cambridge MA

I'm in Boston visiting my sister Susannah so we hit the local vintage clothing institution Garment District. When Sus busted out her LBD coin purse, we noticed that it perfectly matched the changing room area decor.

Plus, her outfit perfectly coordinated too. Luckily we both had cameras on hand for an impromptu photo shoot.