As I write this, we are visiting our daughter and her family in Minnesota. My 18-month-old grandson is asleep in his father’s arms, and my wife, Laurie, is playing with our 4-year-old granddaughter. The World Cup is playing on a TV behind us.

I am so grateful. Family alive, healthy, safe and together. I’ll get to the dogs in a minute.

For me, being grateful starts with perspective. And perspective begins with history.

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