Some of the dust on my shoes is from outer space; most of the rest is dead human skin. Infinity, asteroids, and your great-great- grandmother. All that struggle and science and stale candy in every little speck. You look at it and you think, “Dirt.” That’s not even half the story.
—  Middletown by Will Eno

Aaron at his Street Naming Ceremony in front of the Paramount Theatre in his hometown of Middletown, NY - 8/31/14.


Saddest dog at shelter has waited 3 years for a family -

Mira has been waiting at a shelter for three years for a family - and she’s hoping that you can help her finally find a home.

This gorgeous eight-year-old bulldog mix has waited longer than any other animal at Middletown Humane Society in Middletown, New York. Her friends are hoping that someone reads Mira’s story and is inspired to adopt her - or share her story to help her find her own special someone.

According to a volunteer Danyell, Mira is an amazing dog who just needs the opportunity to win your heart.

“I remember being so nervous of the dog from the corner cage who could eat my hand if she wanted to. I took her out to walk and she led me into the exercise yard. From that moment, my heart’s never been the same.”

Sad, barking Mira transformed into a happy, social dog.

“She took me into the exercise yard as if there was something she had to show me. And one year later, I’ve realized that she did show me something: she showed me her heart,” Danyell stated.

“The way she was wiggling made me laugh so much. I sat on the bench in the exercise yard and she jumped up and laid across me like a lapdog. It’s obvious that she doesn’t know her size! It surprised me when I looked at her in that moment, because I remember thinking, ‘This is why you haven’t been adopted yet - because nobody takes the time to get to see this side of you.’”

After this breakthrough play session, Mira had to go back into her kennel - but she has remained in Danyell’s heart.

“After playing, I put her leash on her and brought her back inside. It broke my heart when she knew which kennel was hers, she’s been there too long. That was the day that I met the real Mira: The Mira who thinks she’s still a puppy, who wants a bed of her own and toys she doesn’t have to share, who wants a family to love her and give her the life she’s never had, the Mira who wishes people would take the time to see the real her,” Danyell stated.

Let’s make 2015 the year that this gorgeous girl finally gets what she deserves: A loving forever home where she’ll never again have to worry about ending up at a shelter.

Mira is an eight-year-old Bulldog mix who’s looking for a home where she’ll be an only pet. She’s spayed and she’s wonderful with children. You can read her pet profile here.

Are you looking to add to your family? If so, please consider Mira. Visit the Middletown Humane Society’s website here.


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Aaron speaking at the Grand Opening/Coating Ceremony for Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Paramount Theatre in Middletown, NY - 8/31/14

Excluding blacks from the national collective: parallel examples from the 1920s and the 2000s.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

In a great book, The Averaged American, sociologist Sarah Igo uses case studies to tell the intellectual history of statistics, polling, and sampling. The premise is fascinating:  Today we’re bombarded with statistics about the U.S. population, but this is a new development.  Before the science developed, the concept was elusive and the knowledge was impossible. In other words, before statistics, there was no “average American.”

There are lots of fascinating insights in her book, but a post by Byron York brought one in particular to mind.  Above is a screenshot of his opening lines (emphasis added by Jay Livingston). The implication is, of course, that Black Americans aren’t “real” Americans and that including them in opinion poll data is literally skewing the results.

Scientists designed the famous Middletown study with exactly this mentality.  Trying to determine who the average American was, scientists excluded Black Americans out of hand.  Of course, that was in the 1920s and ’30s.  How wild to see the same mentality in the 2000s.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.