Gloria Ferris

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God Speed, Callie!

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Today, The Ferris and the Mewett families are very sad because our beloved Callie has left this earth. Callie had many fans, friends and family that span God’s great earth.  She had friends as far West as British Columbia and as far North as New Hampshire.  Her family members span many continents  and includes the countries of England and Wales, New Zealand, and South Africa.

She will be missed by many humans but it is comforting to know that she was greeted on the other side of Rainbow Bridge by many of her friends who have gone before her.  It is comforting to know that she will romp and play without any reminders of the age and infirmity which slowed her down toward the end of her life. She lived for 16 years which is quite an advanced age for a large size dog.

We will miss her welcoming bark, her smiling face and her expressive eyes but most of all, we will miss her head placed in our lap when we most needed love.



At Rainbow Bridge

By the edge of a wood, at the foot of a hill,
is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
when their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,
is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
for here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,
until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
the time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,
has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
and then, side-by-side.
They cross over . . . together.

                                                                           —Inspired by a Norse legend

God Speed Callie!

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April 19th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

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City of Cleveland Should Go Back To The Drawing Board.

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Investment News Daily reports today:

“Jefferson County, the largest county in Alabama, filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in November and is currently arguing in court for the right to cut payments on more than $3 billion in bonds issued to fund its sewer system. Harrisburg, Pa., filed a month earlier because of massive debts from an incinerator project. Stockton, Calif., may soon become the largest city to declare bankruptcy in U.S. history. It currently is in a 60-day mediation period”.

Read the entire article here.

I believe bonds were tossed around as a possible way to pay for Cleveland’s “trash to energy” boondoggle.

The financials for this fiasco doesn’t add up in more ways the one.

Then, there is THIS story about Harrisburg Pa, its trash incinerator and now, it will miss payment on general obligation bonds.

The City of Cleveland needs to start over on their “reduce recycle, and reuse” program.

I still maintain that one of the reasons for pushing so hard for an inadequate plan is because of the tonnage of debris from demolition which will need to be disposed.  If it could be burned within the city, tipping fees and all other costs would be much smaller.

It has never been about “clean and green” energy and what the citizenry of Cleveland desires.

Back to the drawing boards and I hope this time we get something innovative and substantial.

Written by Gloria Ferris

April 12th, 2012 at 7:43 pm