The Rip Van Wrinkler,
Volume XIV, Issue 3, August 2010

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Tossing gooder stuff around ..…”
is the NEW Contest!

Nice artsy prizes. Enter stories or PHOTOS by Oct. 1st. Contact me.
Sample by Susan Kamen Marsicano)

Niner tossed her head & threw things, for the other dogs, sometimes (pretty often).

She’d throw tennis balls for her dad, Flash (who threw tennis balls also).

Flash’d cue a bunch of tennis balls up on the daybed & punch the 8 ball with his nose & send all the rest flying.

Niner threw nylabones so high they were at eye level for humans, & therefore they had to be banned from the house, as dangerous missiles.

YouTube Video: Sandy tossing a cheewie.

Basenjis in a Cartoon

submitted by Rhoda Johnson-Byrne

Here's a link to an episode of "The Wild Thornberrys" cartoon in which basenjis are featured.  It's very cute.  According to Wikipedia, "The series' director, Mark Risley owns several basenjis, and his dogs provided the recorded 'voices' for their animated counterparts."  Pay particular attention to the scene where the hippos and alligators are fighting (5:39 minutes into the video) and you'll see the basenji on the left side of the screen, and hear its baroo!

Gray whale/ William Stanley Merwin

WS Merwin is America's new poet laureate

Now that we are sending you to The End

That great god

Tell him

That we who follow you invented forgiveness

And forgive nothing


I write as though you could understand

And I could say it

One must always pretend something

Among the dying

When you have left the seas nodding on their stalks

Empty of you

Tell him that we were made

On another day


The bewilderment will diminish like an echo

Winding along your inner mountains

Unheard by us

And find its way out

Leaving behind it the future


And ours


When you will not see again

The whale calves trying the light

Consider what you will find in the black garden

And its court

The sea cows the Great Auks the gorillas

The irreplaceable hosts ranged countless

And fore-ordaining as stars

Our sacrifices

Join your work to theirs

Tell him

That it is we who are important

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