In memory of our beloved Pocket, forever bittersweet

"......, I felt as though I was suddenly caught up in a tornado whirlwind, spinning around in circles and upside down, finally dropping at lightening speed back to earth, but in a totally different place from where I was first picked up, and unable to find my way back to the place I had been before. That place no longer exists."-------unknown


May 22, 1995 - October 18, 2006

The Dance

Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared 'neath the stars above
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known that you'd ever say goodbye

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end, the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance, I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance

Holding you I held everything
For a moment wasn't I a king
But if I'd only known how the king would fall
Hey who's to say, you know I might have changed it all

Yes my life, it's better left to chance
I could have missed the pain but I'd of had to miss the dance

----Tony Arata

New Hampshire's newest "honorary" state song

by Barry Palmer

The old General answered the invitation/ From soldiers under his command./ I can't make the reunion boys,/ I hope you'll understand// I'm now into my 80s/ The ride is too much for me,/ But I'll be there in spirit boys/ You know I'll always be.// You fought with courage and valor/ As Americans always do,/ Though I'm not there,/ I'd like to share These few words with you// Live free or die, live free or die/ Fight the fight with every breath/ There are things worse than death/ Live free or die// The Revolution was finally over/ Many had passed away,/ But the note he sent his soldiers/ Still lives on today.// Live free or die, live free or die/ Fight the fight with every breath/ There are things worse than death/ Live free or die/ Live free or die.

(historical account of General John Stark of Londonderry)


Medical Laboratory Technician (American Society of Clinical Pathologists) job description:


Personal & Random Thoughts

"The mark is not necessarily greedy, dishonest, stupid or naive. He may just be in the right place at the wrong time"

"Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society"--Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have 20+ years employment in a segment of USPS goverment service where integrity and trust of the public is of the utmost importance. Violations of that trust are not tolerated in any form and breach results in immediate permanent loss of employment, retirement benefits, and lawful prosecution.  Though the work is physically demanding,tedious, monotonous, and a far cry from glamorous, I have renewed appreciation for my job and the self-satisfaction of honest labor.

 My love of Scottish Terriers spans 30+ years. Pocket was very special, and I loved her, just as all before her and my six 5 that remain living. 

Pocket, a double 5th generation relative to the famous White House "Pontefract Barney W. Bush"  was from my Specialty winning champion , Ch. Whiskybae Yanky Strut N Fire, aka Alice , and Ch. Strutfires Damn Yanky, Cody.  She was clearly special needs from birth in her litter of six, and never expected to live a long and full life. Her robust siblings were carefully placed in great companion homes. Pocket derived her call name from her abnormal but completely adorable tiny size.



Education & Certification: MLT (ASCP) 1980

I never received "full disclosure" of Pocket's Laboratory Values, and became extremely distressed upon

review, I had worked at a 500+ bed hospital, Lawrence General Hospital for over 5 years.

My educational description is above:


 Undoubtedly, my extreme sadness and subsequent depression that caused a need of professional mental health treatment is in part related to my knowledge & ability to interpret diagnostic results

Member of:

Scottish Terrier Club of New England: positions held : Board Member, Recording Secretary,Founder and Coordinator of Rescue Program (1992), interim Editor and numerous contributions to "Scottie Tails", contributions to fundraisers, rescue fund, club activties

Scottish Terrier Club of America, ad contributions to "Bagpiper", Health Trust Fund, Rescue Fund

American Sealyham Terrier Club, contributions to "Sealy Barks", ASTC yearbook, "The Scuttlebutt"

Contributor/author of articles, ads, original Circulation Manager for "Sealyham Fanciers Quarterly" a not-for-profit private quarterly magazine

The Scottish Terrier Club (England)

Scottish Terrier Breeders and Exhibitors Association (Great Britain), author of article "Mack's Story---A story of hope and treatment for Transitional Cell Carcinoma", " Vaccine Protocols" and adverts

Participated in Breed Conformation,  Agility & Obedience Training (informal)

Health screening: vWD, patellar luxation, CERF, thyroid

Transitional Cell Carcinoma, U of MD, NIH

DNA research for IVDD U of CA, Davis,

Lens Luxation,Sight Registry, U of Missouri,

and epilepsy U of FL.

Pocket and her grand-nephew wheaten Scottie Ike---they were tremndous buddies and loved being wild & crazy!