Mail is full of talk about dogs, parenting, radio

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No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes.

- Seth Benson (responding to my Valentine's column)

Monday was a postal holiday, a good time to check out the backlog of mail.

Bret and Debbie Albert say they always like to hear about my dog because they've got a little white terrier, too. We share several household habits, including "spelling out" certain words so the dog will not realize you're planning to go someplace without him.

"We sit around and marvel at how life was 'before the dog,'" they write.

I do, too.

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Ann Saunders continues to send thoughtful reports from her cruise around the Southern Hemisphere, including this description of the "unbelievable blue" of the night sky near Antarctica.

"I sometimes wake around 3 a.m. and look out my window to see the most gorgeous sky I have ever seen. It happens before daybreak ... which is about 4 a.m. and well after dark. I have never seen such a bright blue sky," she writes.

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Another parent disagrees with my suggestion that the job is tougher when the child is little.

"Parenting only gets tougher with the years ... Maybe not as hand-on, but tougher," she writes. "Trust me (my credentials? Mother of four, two boys 27 and 23, and two girls 16 and 20) - you are totally off base if you think the tough part of parenting involves the first two decades of your child's life!"

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Lloyd Creech of North Augusta says he's found a good radio program - Talking Baseball - on WNRR-AM 1230 from 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays. "I have been a faithful listener since I found it a month or so ago," he writes.

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Also speaking of radio, Connie Corzilius Spasser did not like my assessment of public radio. She writes: "NPR is the ONLY thing worth listening to around here. ... NPR is food for my brain."

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TODAY'S JOKE: Here's one from Rich Rodgers. It seems a new business was opening, and one of the owner's friends sent flowers for the occasion. But when the owner read the card with the flowers, it said, "Rest in Peace"

The owner was little upset and called the florist to complain. After he had told the florist about the obvious mistake, the florist said, "Sir, I'm really sorry for the mistake, but rather than getting angry, you should imagine this: Somewhere there is a funeral taking place today, and they have flowers with a note saying, 'Congratulations on your new location.'"

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