December 2011 Issue

Pokey occupying the orchard.

But eventually we both make it to the first floor and, as I breathe a well-earned sigh of relief, Pokey runs into the dining room and, literally deaf to my entreaties, pees on the rug. Oh well. Pokey is a lucky dog. We promised her when she came here that we would always take care of her, a vow which, over the years, has approached the cost of a decent used car. But Pokey is more fun.

Speaking of money and gratitude, as is usual at this time of year, thanks, as always, to those kind souls who keep the Good Ship TWD afloat with contributions and subscriptions. Since it is late in the month (nudge, nudge), I must point out that subscriptions make awesome holiday gifts for that person who somehow slipped your mind or just happens to need a little extra something this year. And since every subscription comes with access to our archive of columns which haven’t yet been posted free on the web, it’s like getting an 18-month sub for the price of a one-year sub. You’ll also be contributing to the upkeep of our menagerie of animals who have wandered in here over the years, like Pokey, looking for a safe home.

And now, on with the show….

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2 comments on this post.
  1. Richard:

    Hi, Word Detective!

    I always enjoy reading your column. However, I have
    been experiencing a problem with it the last few months and decided this time to write about it.

    At the end of your great and touching story about Pokey, there are the words “And now, on with the show…” which is actually nothing more than a dead link. Which means I’m unable to read the last part of your column. (Also, I don’t have this problem with any other sites that I visit.)

    Best Regards,


  2. admin:

    That’s a good point. I started using that line when the monthly introduction never jumped to a second page, and thus “on with the show” clearly referred to the columns following immediately beneath it. Now, when you do follow the jump, you’re left at the bottom of a page with no clear path forward. Unfortunately, there’s no easy, non-confusing way to link back to the first actual column on the front page. I’ll have to think about it.

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