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Saturday, 31 October 2009
Update on Onyx, my 13 yr old black lab
Mood:  happy

I spoke about using Rite Aid pharmacy--Dermarest brand Eczema Medicated Lotion, and as of this date, Onyx is still not scratching or chewing up his hind-end. I've used the lotion 5 times, and am quite satisfied with results. His fur is thickening up very nicely, and there have been no signs of side-effects. he has not once tried to chew himself after I've applied the lotion.

The California Naturals brand Herring and Sweet Potato dog food is also much better for him, as with no grain in it, there is no sign of allergies to possibly cause the itching he suffered on his hind-end. Due to its cost--almost $50 18lb bag, I've mixed it with the old dog food at 75% California Naturals to 25% the other brand which need not be mentioned here...

 At 13, Onyx is active and jumps, runs and plays as if he were a good 4 or more years younger. He is attetnive, quick-minded and alert, and has not lost one bit of his training-hold over me, lol! He is a good master, and I try to be a good chauffer.

 My Onyx makes me want to be the kind of person he already thinks I am!


Posted by va/mobjackrelics at 9:19 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Loosing my religion, I think I thought I heard me cry
Mood:  sad
 Living now in Virginia Beach, I desperately miss the northern neck region... Beaches and marshes seldom trod by man, one can find ancient relics Indians once lived by the use of, listen to the harsh croak of a heron surprised by my presence, watch him flap hurreidly away and glid gently to another sand bar... At times, i feel as if I am the first human to walk upon these sands, and I can see myself in my minds' eye making one of those stone points, lashing it to a shaft of wood and still-fishing the shoals and shallows around me. There are moments when I can smell ancient campfires, hear muffled voices long lost to times' relentless march, and in those moments I will often discover before my eyes a stone arrowhead washed up amid the bracken that glitters in the sun at low tide. I still have a few of these tokens of my brief visits to another time upon those shores...I miss it very much, surrounded now by despoiled shores and crowds and noise unknown to those hardy souls once camped upon the beaches I so well know. I feel as if my soul has been taken from me, and I am left to drift in a wasteland of maddening loneliness for those stretches of quietly murmuring sands

Posted by va/mobjackrelics at 9:53 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Keeping my Black lab Onyx healthy
Mood:  celebratory


I've been using herbs and holistic medicine for my own health and my dogs', for more than 20 years now, with positive results each time. My black lab Onyx is 13 years old now, and in great shape. I've learned a few tricks to keeping him healthy and fit, so here they are:

 Milk Thistle/Oregon Grape Root in liquid form is great for rejuvinating the liver--the only organ in the body capable of complete rejuvination. Just 3-5 drops in Onyx's food once a week is all that is required for a healthy lder dog to maintain his ability continue processing things from his blood that are hurtful to him. Every medication whether it be over the counter or prescription is hard on a dog's liver. Milk Thistle/Oregon Grape Root compound stops the harmful effects and keeps the liver functioning at healthy normal levels.

 B-12 is very useful for keeping a dog's nervous system in top form, especially where a dog may start to have problems with control of his rear legs/hips. 2-3 drops once a month for normal, healthy dogs who 'up in their years' is a good way to prevent unneccessary deterioration over the long haul. More is recommended for dogs whose control is already deteriorating. If you are uncertain of dosages, consult a homeopathic veterinarian, read up on this condition in the very highly recommended book, <b>"The Veterinarians' Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs"</b>. Additionally, brown rice is rich enough in B-12 to have the same effects as stated above for B-12 in liquid form.

Aloe Vera juice is a great way to cleans and heal damage to the kidneys and bladder, and is helpful in prevention of problems by toning and enhancing overall kidney health.

 Onyx has been suffering from a dry skin condition that I've treated--or tried to treat--with .05% hydrocortisone spray from Pro-Pet...I can only report very marginal success with this spray, and am mostly disappointed by it's fast disipation and frequent need for reapplication--daily or more often!

I strongly recommend something I found on the shelves at the local Rite Aid pharmacy--Dermarest brand Eczema Medicated Lotion--it contains the usual 1% hydrocortisone  AND a moisture-boosting zinc complex and several natural extracts. I was amazed that Onyx hasn't scratched or chewed his hind end for 3 days now from one application!

Trust me, I am very relieved at this positive turn of events--my Onyx's skin is healing up nicely, there is no further loss of hair, and while he enjoys a good rub-down as often as he can have oone, he is no longer bothering his rear-end with endless chewing to relieve his itchiness. As I've only applied this just once so far, I can see it'll save me money, too! Caution: this is not for internal use, so if you find your pet continues to chew his skin to find itch-relief, CONSULT YOUR VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

 As a final note here, suspecting that the grain in Onyx's dog food may have been responsible for his rash and itching (many older dogs develop a reaction to wheat and other grain used to make most dog foods), I swithed over to a much healthier food made by California Naturals--it is made from herring and Sweet Potatoes, and contains NO GRAIN...

I've had Onyx since he was 6 1/2 weeks old and i want him around for a long, long time to come!

Posted by va/mobjackrelics at 11:39 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 14 October 2009 2:04 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Damned Fog and Humidity!

Try as I might, and most every morning the chance is there, flying over me and often watching me, I can seldom get a good, clear photo of an Osprey. Overcast and foggy, the Osprey flew over me twice this morning--once even looking at me as he was nearly well past me! The low-light characteristics of the beach atmosphere on such days as this cannot be helped, I know...still. usable pics or not, I did take a few just the same.

Funny, the images of the Bell helicopter that flew past shortly afterwards came out much better...Go Figure!

Posted by va/mobjackrelics at 9:14 AM EDT
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Saturday, 10 October 2009
My Kiteboarding/Surfing Photography
Mood:  caffeinated


I've been shooting pictures since I was 9 years old, started out with an old-then 'brownie camera'. Progressing through a series of instamatics, compacts and what-not, I bought my first 35mm just after arriving at my new duty station in Erlangen, Germany, in 1980. It was a  Canon Ftb, and i fell in love with it. Since that time, through a series of thefts and robberies of my equipment, I've owned several 35mm cameras. I recently obtained another Ftb, and more recently a Canon digital--a Rebel XT. I also purchased from 47th Street Photo's Ebay store a wonderful 420mm-800mm zoom lens, w/ 2x multplier, for a mere $169 !

Having been active photographing my kiteboardijg friends for 8 years now, it wasa  true pleasure to be able to reach right in there and catch the real action between the kiteboarder and the ocean. While the lens has a few shortcommings, such as a narrow tube that cuts perhaps 30% of the light coming through, and the fact that it is a manual-focus lens, I am really starting to make it work for me. You may notice from the photographs I've taken that those kiteboarders wearing bright-colored, contrasting clothing are easiest to focus upon while out on the water. I've been shooting in all kinds of light, and am surp[rised by the quality of some of those images taken on dark, overcast and even rainy days.

My photography is something I give away freely to my friends--I have left quite a few CD's at Eric Cohen's North End Cyclery for his and my friends to borrow so they may copy images for their own keeping. I've often included a few scenic shots, some bikini'd girls, and a few wildlife images as well.

Having the web-space to gallery my photo's now, I am pursuing this medium of exposure in hopes of meaningfully supporting these sports and the sportsmen and women who enjoy them so. I do offer advertising space for an annual fee, and will produce posters for sale of most any photograsph I've published online...but these activities are really not what I'm about--it is the thrill of capturing a moment in time, the action, spirit and thrills of mankind, wind and water coming together...Enjoy!


Posted by va/mobjackrelics at 7:06 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 11 October 2009 12:22 PM EDT
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A rainy Satrurday....
Mood:  lucky

It's raining out--it's a day one just wants to curl up with a good book and enjoy the sounds of raindrops on the rooftop. My mind drifts back twnety-four hours to the time I spent at the Virginia Aquarium as a volunteer. I've been volunteering for two summers now, dressed in traditional Indian garments (loincloth, leggins, moccasins) and demonstrating the lifeway and traditional crafts of the Powhatan Indians.

I met a lot of great people yesterday, found myself discussing a wide number of topics and having (as usual!) a wonderful time doing so. I make arrowheads the old-fashioned way: covering my left palm with a thick leather pad while holding a flake or blade of colorful volcanic glass pressed between my fingers and the leather and a deer-antler tine in my right hand, i press flakes from the edges of the volcanic glass to produce arrowheads typical of both the Powhatan Indian culture and others before it.

Among the other crafts I'm now doing are traditional-style pottery and tobacco pipes, leather and rawhide work, squash-gourd carving, and knife-making. I'm using modern potters' clay at present, and I'll continue to do so until I'm satisfied with my work AND have found a good, long-term source of local clay suited to more traditional pottery-making.

I've been working towards these and other related goals for over 27 years now, and with a rich library of my own (its' still growing, lol!) and much research and reading--and practical application of my studies. I offer free lectures to the Virginia Beach school system about the Powhatan Indians and the settlement era of Virginia's history.

Meeting the public and exchanging views, thoughts and historical information that helps others to comprehend Virginia's rich American Indian heritage, and the importance of continued stewardship of our dwindling natural rsources, is truly a great gift I am blessed to have...

My deepest thanks and appreciations go out to Karen Burns and Chris Witherspoon of the Aquarium's Education department, and especially to Kathleen Reed of Volunteer Services. I cannot forget to ad my thanks, too, to the many staff members and volunteers who help to create the atmosphere I so enjoy working (PLAYING!) in there.

Posted by va/mobjackrelics at 11:29 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 10 October 2009 11:55 AM EDT
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