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By Edward Grinnan

Winky in Action

Millie the golden retriever was scared of the city. But not after her friend Winky took charge.

Last week I wrote about the passing of Winky, my dog’s best and oldest dog friend. I made reference to a video reenactment of their first meeting and the lesson Winky taught my young golden.

This week I have the video for you.

In fact, Winky and Millie did a series of videos for our web site but this one their “acting” is really outstanding. In fact I was too entertained to feel sad. Enjoy this in memory of Winky.

Barking at Heaven

A birthday made memorable by the parting of a friend.

Millie, my seven-year-old golden retriever woke me up at exactly 5:59 a.m on Dec 11. She isn't much of a morning girl, that's for sure.

The Eric Garner Case: Struggling for an Answer

Race is America's third rail. Can we find justice without judgment?

Last week I started to write a blog about Ferguson, Missouri, and the impact the Michael Brown shooting was having on the community there. Then I thought better of it.

The media was saturated with coverage and besides, who was I to comment on events a 1000 miles away?

Guardian Dog

The story of a dog who just won't stand for a leaky roof or dripping faucet

I was fast asleep, middle of the night, when I awoke to a golden retriever snout plopping down next to my pillow. Millie. Oh, no, I thought, does she have to go out? Now? It’s pouring rain. As if on cue, the rain did a wind-swept paradiddle on the window.

Millie stood by the bed staring at me, shifting her stance, her manner both urgent and expectant. She was a good dog. She only woke me up like this when she had an emergency.

People, Not Pawns

In the hotly debated immigration issue, let's remember we're talking about human beings.

Let’s start with reality: We can’t possibly arrest, detain and deport 12 million illegals living in this country. And even if we could I would hope we wouldn’t.

Are You Voting?

Honor our Founding Fathers by showing up at the voting booth.

Maybe it’s fitting that Halloween and Election Day fall so close to each other on the calendar. A lot of folks find the candidates running for office scarier than the trick-or-treaters that come knocking on their doors.

I can understand people of all political persuasions being disenchanted with the politicians in Washington. But after all, aren’t we the ones who sent them there? So here are a few reasons why I’m voting for voting:

Is Ebola Creating a Nation of Cowards?

When something new ignites our fear, we can lose our spiritual bearings.

Are we becoming a nation of cowards? I ask because of the controversy raging over the quarantining of health workers returning from the Ebola-ravaged nations of West Africa.

The debate came to a head with Dr. Craig Spencer here in New York, who came down with the disease following his return from a volunteer stint with Doctors Without Borders treating the Ebola outbreak in Guinea…but not before he traveled around the city using public transportation and went bowling in Brooklyn.

Caring for a Rhinestone Cowboy

Glen Campbell's wife, Kim, on caring for a husband with Alzheimer's

Glen Campbell’s wife, Kim, stopped by the Guideposts office the other day to talk about the challenges of caring for a husband with Alzheimer’s and the just-released documentary, "Glen Campbell, I'll Be Me," about his final concert tour.

To begin, here's our video interview with her:

There was a bittersweet irony seeing Kim again.

God Only Knows

Beach Boy Brian Wilson inspires a host of singers and musicians.

Have you seen this awesome video from BBC 3 of the Beach Boys 1966 hit “God Only Knows” from the Brian Wilson-produced LP Pet Sounds? Before you click on it below, I have a quick “brush with fame” story involving head Beach Boy Brian. 

The World Series, My Uncle and the Battle of the Bulge

How a relative struggled to survive the aftermath of war

It’s World Series time, and I think I finally understand my late Uncle Vince, a World War II combat veteran. You’re asking what the two things have to do with each other, right?

Vince was my mother’s younger brother, the youngest of the six Rossiter kids. The Rossiters were a voluble, competitive, opinionated, smart family. Except for Vince. Smart, yes. He was an accomplished civil engineer who helped complete the Pennsylvania Turnpike, one of the country’s first. 

Edward Grinnan is Editor-in-Chief and Vice President of Guideposts Publications. Edward lives in New York City with two blondes—his wife, Julee, and Golden Retriever, Millie, who has been featured in his blog and popular videos. Edward loves cycling, hiking with Millie at his house in the Berkshire Hills and Wolverines that hail from Michigan.

If you need a little boost of inspiration, pick up a copy of Edward's book The Promise of Hope: How True Stories of Hope and Inspiration Saved My Life and How They Can Transform Yours.

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