Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85 – The New York Times

American Pastoral is a terrific book and movie.  Currently, my only exposure to Philip Roth I’m sad to say.  I have some work to do to catch up 🙂 . The brilliance and insight of a story like American Pastoral is both admiral and humbling.

-John

In the course of a very long career, Mr. Roth took on many guises — mainly versions of himself — in the exploration of what it means to be an American, a Jew, a writer, a man. He was a champion of Eastern European novelists like Ivan Klima and Bruno Schulz, and also a passionate student of American history and the American vernacular. And more than just about any other writer of his time, he was tireless in his exploration of male sexuality.

Source: Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85 – The New York Times

Happy World Turtle Day!

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Incredibly, in celebration of world turtle day this guy showed up on my lunch time walk today.  I encourage you to get out on your lunch hour and walk.  It will change your perspective, energize your afternoon, and you will discover new things.

-John

 

Dog visits funeral home for 1 last goodbye to beloved owner

When your puppy first arrives, it’s hard to imagine a time when you might have to say goodbye in the end.  Years pass quickly, however, and now our little puppy, Allie (pictured below) is going on eight years old.  Still some good time left, I hope.

What happens, though, when the reverse happens, and your puppy might be forced to say goodbye to you?  This is a touching story about how a funeral home handled this tragic reality.

-John

When the man who raised her from a puppy, Andy Baelieu, died from a sudden heart attack, the 13-year-old mixed-breed dog was right by his side. “After the paramedics could not revive and save Andy, Sadie laid down beside him and was snuggling his hand,”

Source: Dog visits funeral home for 1 last goodbye to beloved owner

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The bets walking partner I’ve ever had. I’m looking forward to more, Allie 🙂 -John

Disney Animator Illustrates Life With Two Children After His Wife Dies

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Keeping a diary is a common and therapeutic habit, allowing an order to the cluttered thoughts and emotions that occur throughout our daily lives. Naturally, if you are an animator, your diary can take on a visual format to become a “doodle diary.” This is what former Disney illustrator Gary Andrews started doing on his 54th birthday, as a happily married father-of-two, documenting the joy of family life with his beautiful wife and children. Sadly, tragedy was to strike and Gary would become a widower and a single parent within 3 years.

Source: Disney Animator Illustrates Life With Two Children After His Wife Dies

20 of the Best Website Designs to Inspire You in 2018 – Hubspot

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Photo by Christopher Gower on Unsplash

Here is some web site design inspiration for all of you…

-John

Every once in a while, I’ll come across a website that really makes me stop and think. So, I found 20 of them to show you. These sites push the boundaries of what is known to be possible on the web. Whether it’s the design aesthetic, usability, interactivity, sound design, or value that the site provides, each one is a masterpiece in its respective industry, and something to be inspired by. Not surprisingly, many organizations exist to highlight these sites and the contributions they make to the web. To he

Source: 20 of the Best Website Designs to Inspire You in 2018