The newspaper shares disheartening news. Facebook reveals some rants and raves. The television conjures up fear for ratings. How nice it is to have a goofy dog like Max who bounds into your morning with such enthusiasm for the day and sheer joy that I am (finally) awake. He smiles with his entire body and wags his tail with such vigor it sweeps away every negative thought. How blessed we are to have animals who balance out humanity. Thoughts on a lovely Wednesday.