Today marks a major milestone in the history of geriatric canine literature! The Susie’s Senior Dogs book was released today.
“The world doesn’t respond to me like it used to. Throughout my life I had learned to anticipate a certain pattern of focus and friendliness.
“I was born in Venezuela. I moved here two years ago. I want to be President of Venezuela to change things and make better the world.
Today in microfashion….
“A few years ago I had to have open-heart surgery. When I got the news from my cardiologist, I went into full panic mode.
“I smoked dope every day for twenty years. I thought I was pretty slick. I could smoke while working.
“I grew up on a farm in the panhandle of Texas. One day I was driving my father’s tractor, feeling sorry for myself, and trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life.
“I don’t communicate my feelings. My entire family was like that. We’ve always sort of just swept things under the rug.
“I wanted to be heavyweight champion. Joe Louis was my idol. Back in the forties, it was really something for a black person to have that kind of notoriety.
“Ten years ago I lost my job at a hotel. Somebody bought the building and fired everybody. I had four kids at home, and I went from $21/hour to $13/hour.
“We met at a swing dance class. For the next two months, we spent a lot of time together: we went out for drinks, went to music festivals, went for walks around town.
“In New York you have to focus so much on sustaining your lifestyle. There’s not much time left for other people.
“I want to empower women through dance. I think you can build confidence through movement. When a woman starts moving her body, and becomes comfortable with herself, and realizes that she can do the steps — it connects back to life.
“Ever since the twins were born, I’ve had a new urgency in terms of my art. I want to figure this all out so the girls can have a nice house and a nice childhood.
“I was never the best student. But luckily it’s a relationship driven world. I’m in sales. And it’s important to be knowledgeable, but my job is primarily to get clients to like me more than the next guy.
“I was pregnant the first time he hit me. I found another woman in his house. And when I asked who she was, he got violent.
“I’d been harboring a crush on him since 5th grade. But I thought: ‘I’m gonna be in the friend zone for a long time.’ Because I’m normally not the kind of person who’s liked in that way.
“My father was a good man. He always had a job. He never drank. He never smoked. But my mother was never stable.
“I didn’t realize it was possible to be so proud of someone for rolling over.”
“I went to community college when I was twenty-one. I just had an epiphany that I wasn’t really doing anything with my life.