Sunday, June 22, 2014

Dr. George Michael Safonov

It's with a heavy heart that I must tell you that my Grandpapa passed away on June 1st, 2014.  He was 93 1/2 years old.   I went to visit him shortly before he left us.  I snuggled with him and we visited just like we did in the old days.   He remembered me, too.  "Oh, my sweet Mary-Margaret!  I just love her so much!",  he would say.

He liked to sleep a lot and mostly he kept his eyes closed.  He was sort of dozey as I attempted to get comfy on his hospital bed with him.  One side of his bed let me look out his window and the other side was closer to where my mom was sitting.  Rather than walk all the way around him to get to the other side I took a short cut, unfortunately missing my mark and landing smack on his "gentleman" parts.   "OHHH…..AHHH….!", he said as he opened his eyes and quickly sat up for the first time in a long time (I'm told).   "WHAT….?   Ohhh….Mary-Margaret!", and he laughed and petted me some  more.

Now that we had him awake and alert, we suggested he might like some ice cream…vanilla, perhaps?  That got his eyes twinkling again, so Mom asked the nurse for two little cups of vanilla ice cream and she spoon fed him according to his request.    It wasn't until after he passed that my Uncle Mike told her that he could have fed himself, but we didn't mind.   It was nice to feel that we made him happy at that moment.

I would have enjoyed some vanilla ice cream, too, but nobody offered any and despite my efforts to communicate my wishes I was very loudly ignored.  The silence was practically deafening.  Hmmmph.

Here's a picture of my Grandpapa when he was working at RAND Corporation back in 1955.   He was pretty important back then.  He was consulted by Robert Oppenheimer, Edward Teller, Arnold Kramish and other nuclear bigwigs of the day.

My Grandpapa was a genius when it came to Atomic Energy and it's applications in both war and peace.    He also wrote a remarkable theory on the beginnings of the Universe called "Photon-NonPhoton Universe".   You can read it by clicking the link on the right side of this page.  It's been read and downloaded by people from all over the world.  It's my Grandpapa's gift to mankind.

I'm so very proud to be his "beloved Grand Dogger" and to have been loved by him.   I will miss him so very much.

Mary-Margaret

Monday, January 06, 2014

January 2014 Yorkie Times

Happy New Year to EVERYONE, especially all my "pawtners" in the world of Doggydom.   We have lost so many loved ones in the past year but even more new members of our global tribe have joined us.  We invite you to read all about us at The Yorkie Times and maybe this will be the year we will all find our true and forever families.



Love and kisses….

Mary-Margaret

Friday, November 29, 2013

Mom in the News

We get asked to do a lot of things in our business.  One of our most favorite things is re-connecting people who have lost touch.  Sometimes it's people who get married for a couple of days and then disappear, sometimes it's finding old friends and relatives, and this time we found a former John Adams Junior High School PE teacher and his former student after way over 50 years.

We found Dave Heiser from the Santa Monica Paddleboard Club 1935 for our good friend Diane Carpenter.  We found him in the nick of time, too.  Another month and we'd really have to go digging…literally.

Enjoy the article in the Santa Monica Daily Press.

(Grandpa - click on Dave Heiser's name to get to the article!)

Love and kisses…

Mary-Margaret O'Brien


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving with friends who are like Family!

We went to my Aunt Margie's house today.  Her daughter, Becky, was there with two of her kids, Jacob (15) and Abby (9 almost 10),  and Becky's special boyfriend Mike.  Also Catherine, Margie's daughter, who is 21.  We got there and right away started watching the Dallas Cowboys vs the Raiders.  I don't know a whole lot about football but it seems a lot like puppy school, when it matters who gets the ball.

I played a lot with Abby and Catherine.  We went for a few walks and Mom went on one of them carrying her trusty plastic bag.  She seems to know just when I need to have that kind of walk almost like she can read my mind.  She sniffs, wrinkles her nose, grabs the baggie and away we go.

Then we came into the house and I hunkered down in my carrier until the grown  ups were done eating.  Then Abby and Catherine filled my little bowl with bits of turkey and ..oh yum..it was so good.  I had seconds and thirds.  Mom said I looked like I might explode.  Naturally, I passed on dessert.

"Little Miss" is the house kitty there.  She spent most of the time under the couch until Becky and her family left.  Then she sort of ventured out and we checked each other out for a bit.  Little Miss is very shy.  I think I can work with her.  By the time we were ready to leave she came out from under the couch and we made eye contact.   We declared a truce and we both look forward to our next visit.

Dinner was delicious.   There was turkey, dressing and gravy, candied yams, potatoes, corn, string beans, rolls and butter, cranberry, Mom's special Oregon sweet cherry gelatin squares with sour cream dressing.  The grown ups had pumpkin and apple pie for dessert.  Everyone laughed and hugged and got silly, and just had a very good time all together.   We were there about 4 hours and then we drove home.  We only live maybe 5 minutes away so even the drive was stress free.

When we got home Mom plunked herself into her big leather recliner and fell asleep.  I started dozing off too.  About 8:30:PM we decided it was time for bed and here we are, getting all rested up for tomorrow.

Hope you all had as great a day as we did, or maybe even better.

Love and kisses….

Mary-Margaret

PS - Back in October I told you that I was figuring out how to untangle my leash from the desk legs?  Well, I've done it.  I get stuck, I call Mom.  She says "Silly puppy.  Go back under the desk and untangle yourself!".  So I do.  No fluke there.  I have mastered the art of disentanglement.


Wednesday, November 06, 2013

November Newsletter

Dear Grandpa - I know we haven't been writing much lately.  Mom's been pretty busy at work and so have I.  When clients come into the office I go and greet them, show them where to sit, and then I hint for a belly rub.  Today a client came in and I sat and talked to her for the longest time.  Finally Mom asked me who I was talking to.  She didn't even see that we had someone there.  Anyway, I did a really good job, our client said.

Here's the link to this month's newsletter.  Click on it and then scroll down for my column.  

The Yorkie Times

I love you, Grandpa.

Mary-Margaret

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Next time, I'll close my eyes!

I was truly enjoying the evening when I hear "Mary-Margaret, bedtime!".  I was in the far back left corner of the backyard where the two fences meet and I didn't move a muscle.  Mom couldn't see me because I blend into the weathered cedar.  Then she pulls out her secret weapon...a halogen flashlight.  She still couldn't see me but she did see two sparkly eyeballs.  She figured it was either me or another possum.  She put on her shoes and marched over to the corner muttering "You better get in the house if you're Mary-Margaret, and if you're a possum or raccoon, you better run!".   She gets scary when she's like that.

Love and kisses...

Mary-Margaret

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Learning by Observation

Dear Grandpa...   I know it's been a while since I've written in my diary.  Mom's been awfully busy and she growls at me when I ask for her help.    It's 1:10AM and I'm sneaking this in while she's dozing on and off.

Today I managed to get my leash all wound around the desk in the reception area.  Mom was busy doing something in the inner office and said "Hang on...just a sec!", but you know how that goes.  I told her and told her I needed help, and the best she could do was make hand signals at me, and say "Go back around!".   She made her hand go in a circle and it hit me.  Do a pirouette like I do when our clients leave.   So I did.   Then she says "No no...the other way!", and made her hand do a reverse circle.  So I did.

Man, I tell you.  She got all excited.  "Good girl!", she said.  "That's right! Now go under the desk!".  I walked back under the desk like she said and got another part of my leash undone.   "Wow!", she said. "You are one smart puppy!".   I'm still stuck, though.   I can't quite get the leash out from under the desk where I've wedged it in pretty good.  Finally she gets off her duff and gives it one last yank.

"Free...free!  By God, I'm FREE at last!".   Still....I think she's pretty impressed with me.  I can see her wheels turning, wondering just how much I understand and what else she can teach me.  Meanwhile, I'm thinking "Uh oh.  What have I done?".

I'm just saying that people don't give us pups enough credit for being smart.  We do our best to live up to your expectations of us.   Sometimes, we even surprise you and ourselves at what we can accomplish.

Love and kisses....

Mary-Margaret O'Brien

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Apples

Yesterday I went to Miss Cathleen's to hang out while mom got some work done.  Miss Cathleen was nibbling on an apple and that looked pretty interesting to me.  I don't remember ever having apple before.  She tossed me a tiny piece with the peel on it.  Apple = yum; Peel = blegh.  I quickly figured out how to peel the apple with my tongue and spit out the peel.   The ladies thought I was pretty smart.  Chunk after chunk, apple in - peel out.  I am so totally stoked.  I LOVE apple.

A lady came in while we were there.  She was really friendly and gave me lots of pets.   She also kept looking at me sideways.  Finally she asked Mom if I went to Marilyn's place for my haircuts.   Mom asked her who's mom she was.  Turns out she's Buddha's mom, a black and white Shih Tzu that I spend some time with.  He reminds my of my sweet Hashimoto, but we are just friends.   "Ah!", she said.   "I thought I recognized Mary-Margaret!".   Mom lifted an eyebrow at me.  It seems I know more people in Temecula than she does!  (bark out loud)

Love,

Mary-Margaret

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

July 2013 - Yorkie Times

Summertime..summertime.  The July issue of the Yorkie Times is out.  Hurry hurry and get yours before they're all sold out.

July 2013 - The Yorkie Times

ENJOY!!!!

Love,

Mary-Margaret

PS - Checking bag to make sure my burger patties were made to order.  I just LOVE In'N'Out.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Slumber Party

Monday night I was invited to my very first "sleep-over" with the Lillard sisters, Roxie, Sasha and Callie.  They are miniature Collies and quite a bit bigger than I am.  Callie sleeps with Jennifer, and I got to snuggle in Jennifer's bed, too.   I had a pretty decent time, I guess.  I got to go to the Dog Park for the first time because my mom NEVER lets me go (she's afraid I'll catch something from the other pups), and I got some dinner, and some cuddles and scratchies.

The truth, if it be known, is something else entirely.  I was abandoned....dumped. "Sleep over", my left paw. It was a complete LIE. My mother LEFT me all night long. Jennifer is my co-worker and she likes me and I like her but nobody said I was going to be sharing her bed with another dog for the whole night, and that my mom wasn't going to come rescue me. Jennifer drove me to work first, and then to my house after Mom got home. I'm so mad I could spit.  I gave Mom the cold shoulder all day. I was a mess. My hair was all rumpled and sticking out, and I had hives on my belly and I slept all day. I won't get over this quickly, you know. Yorkies hold grudges and this one is a biggie. (PS - steak or In'N'Out might help a little - hint hint)

Finally about 5:00PM on Tuesday when me and Mom were napping, I gave my mom a gazillion kisses all over her face.  She laughed and said "Oh, I'm so glad you're not mad at me any more!".  Well, RATS!  I had forgotten I was miffed so I rolled over and continued with the cold shoulder.  For dinner I got chicken and kibble.  

Wednesday afternoon things got better.  We went to In'N'Out for lunch and I got TWO hamburger patties instead of my usual one.  My practice sessions at laying guilt paid off.  I need to work on "hinting", though.  Having to wait for one whole day is unacceptable in my book.

That's it for now.  

Love,

Mary-Margaret


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sharing some recent reviews about RASCAL

My mom is a Private Investigator and she just LOVES her work.  Mostly she likes putting families back together.  She also finds people who need to know they're part of a lawsuit so they can either defend themselves or help out as a witness.

Her company is called "RASCAL" (which is Rancho Attorney Service of California for short) and that's where I work as a receptionist and Vice President in charge of Public Relations.

Having happy and appreciative customers is what it's all about. We thank you all for your comments.   

From Google:
A Google User reviewed in the last week

Quality Excellent

I used Rancho Attorney Services, specifically Michele Dawn, to help me find my father. I had been looking for him for nearly 30 years. I searched the Internet, called numbers in the phone book and emailed numerous potential family members. Thanks to the help of Michele and the staff at Rancho, my father was found. I honestly doubted it was ever going to be possible. However, they found him within a few days. They asked me all sorts of questions to help me find him. I am so grateful for their help. I am going to talk to him for the first time tomorrow!!
***
Google User reviewed a year ago

Overall Excellent

Michele is Excellent! She worked quickly to find the people we were searching for. She even worked on it through the weekend. She is really good, and fast at what she does! She has been a tremendous help to us. I would recommend her to everyone.

***
A Google User reviewed a year ago

Overall Excellent

We were hitting dead ends with everything we tried even with another service. Michele took over and in no time found the people we needed to contact. I would recommend her services to anybody. Excellent work!

***
A Google User reviewed a year ago

Overall Excellent

Another service only tried 3 times and then wanted to be paid again. RASCAL took over, found that the address wasn't any good, located a new address and got the papers served.


***
From YELP:

2/8/2013

Wow Amazing Company !!!!!! After 6 years and desperately needing some paperwork from Rancho all I did was made a phone call and Michele produced all my paperwork I needed to follow up on a judgement not collected from 2007. Always used Rancho for my process serving and they ALWAYS found who we were looking for. Still can't believe they had all my records. If you want efficiency you have to use . They will always be here for you......

Debbie

***
6/17/2013


I am totally amazed!!! I was referred to Rancho Attorney Service, specifically to Michele Dawn, by http://Ladypi.com. I was told she may be able to help me locate my biological father that I have never met. I talked to and emailed Michele several times about my father. I had very limited information about him to give her. I had been searching for him for nearly 30 years. Well, within less than a week she, and the staff at Rancho/Rascal Proccessing, were able to locate him. I am still completely in awe of what they were able to do. Tomorrow I will be talking to my father for the first time thanks to them!!!!
***
4reviews

Hewitt G.

Temecula, CA

8/2/2012 First to Review

You absolutely cannot go wrong with RASCAL! You will be greeted by the lovely Mary Margaret when you arrive. Dawn is all about the attention to details and carefully checks all paperwork to ensure you've delivered a complete set. I have used them several times in the past and her process servers will find those hard to reach people who try and hide in small spaces. They are reasonable and a lot of fun to work with!

-Hewitt   I just wanted to share this with my Grandpa.  I think he'd be very proud of me and my mom and what we've done to make the world a better place.   Love, Mary-Margaret

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Dear Grandpa -

First off, I feel everly so much better.  My bladder infection is probably cleared up but Mom is still making me take my medicine even though I scrunch up my face and try to push her fingers out of my mouth with my tongue, and I've even threatened to bite her.   Not that I would, you know, but it's always to my advantage to remind her that I could, if I wanted to.

Next, Michael says your special phone was approved so you can hear or read everything we're saying.   This is what your phone might look like, or maybe you'll get the one where there's a little TV screen that prints out what people are saying.  Click on the arrow to play the video.


Greg will tell you more about it when he picks you up on Sunday (tomorrow). The one you're getting might not be exactly like the one in the video but it will be close.

Me and mom stayed home today and napped.  Tomorrow we'll go into the office and get some work done.

I love you, Grandpaw....

Mary-Margaret

Friday, June 07, 2013

FLIP Mysteries - I'm on TV!

Not sayin' I'm a reality star or anything.  I had a "cameo" role in this.  Cameo means small but very important.   Yup.  That would be me.

This is about a bunch of ladies (and a small dog...ahem?) solving a couple of real life mysteries.   My mom, Michele, is the lady in the black&white top and I'm the small furry one in the pink t-shirt.  It was my job to make sure the digital camera was properly focused.

FLIP Mysteries - Women on the Case

Enjoy!!

Mary-Margaret O'Brien

Monday, June 03, 2013

June 2013 - The Yorkie Times

Here you go, folks. Fresh off the presses. THE YORKIE TIMES

Enjoy!!

Your on-the-spot columnist,

Mary-Margaret


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Grandpa's Ear Doctor Appointment

Dear Grandpa -

Uncle Michael asked Mom to let you know you have an appoint ment to go see your ear doctor (Sheldon Klausner) at 3:30PM on Monday 6/3.  Michael will remind you when he sees you next Sunday, too.

Michael is also looking into getting you a phone that will make it easier for you to understand people.

We love you and we are taking care of you.

Kisses and schlurps...

Mary-Margaret



  

Monday, May 27, 2013

Grandpa's Fans

Yesterday we got a message from someone who wanted MY grandpa to read his paper and make comments on it. My grandpa doesn't hear very well so my mom wrote to my Uncle Michael and asked him to print out Mr. Kircalar's paper. He never told us if he did, so we printed it out below, too.  This is what he wrote to my Grandpa. My Grandpa will read this and we are keeping our paws and fingerettes crossed that he can comment to Mr. Kircalar.  This is the only way we can communicate with my grandpa, Dr. Safonov.



  Dear Dr. Safonov, 

 I send my article to you PDF format in attachment. Please can you analysis my web site www.timeflow.org ? In addition You can find in my web site in http://www.chronos.msu.ru/rweblinks.html 'Personal Sites and Web-Pages' . 

Thanks. 

 Best Regards 

 Salih KIRCALAR

Mr. Kircalar's paper is also pasted below.  My grandpa called tonight and said he is reading it.

 Combining General Relativity Theory with Quantum Theory

 ‘The lifetime of a mass or an energy in space is its Mc2 energy’ Ref.(3). Due to this characteristic feature of a substance, conversions of photons of the wawe-particle (energy-mass) or electrons continue consistently.
  Hence, the binary conversion behavior of a photon implies binary conversion behavior of a big mass space object. In other words, the behavior of a photon is a miniature version of the behavior of a big mass space object. Because of General Relativity Theory, ‘One hour in the Sun remains behind with respect to, one hour in the Earth. One hour in the Earth remains behind with respect to, one hour in the Moon. One hour in the Moon remains behind with respect to, one hour in Alpha Ray. One hour in the Alpha Ray remains behind with respect to, one hour in Beta Ray. One hour in the Beta Ray remains behind with respect to, one hour in Gamma Ray. They all show the same physical behaviour.

  Let us observe the behaviors of two photons, say one like is a big mass, and the other like is a small mass. Since the photon with small mass has a short lifetime, it will transform faster from mass into energy and vice versa.
  The big mass photon has a longer lifetime. Hence, the speed of transformation from mass to energy or from energy to mass is slower. Smaller the mass of a photon is, the much bigger the kinetic energy is.

The kinetic energy of a photon is given by, 

e=hf 

‘In order to calculate the lifetime of a mass or an energy in space, we can assume time flow to be time/energy; in any case, no matter what value we assign to time flow, that will not change the present result: the lifetime of a mass or an energy in space is its Mc2 energy. When this is calculated, the lifetime of 1 kg mass in space is 2,851,927,903.26... years, or 9.10 16 s’ Ref.(3)
  All photons’ and all free sub-atomic particles’ lifetimes are their periods or 1/f . In other words the periods are lifetimes for photons and for free sub-atomic particles. And a period is equal its Mc2 particle energy x 1 s/joule or erg. If the period is high, lifetime is high. And Mc2 is high. Or vice versa. Like astronomical objects. This is universal law.

The mass of the low frequency of a photon has a big value . For example: Substituting an Alpha Ray with 1,67.109 Hz frequency into the formula yields,

e= hf = (6,62 .10-34) x (1,67.109)
time = (energy) x (time flow)
t = 1/1,67.109 = Mc2 .1 s/joule ; M = 6,64 .10-27 kg

On the other hand, for a high frequency photon the mass has a small value. As an example to show this is the case, consider a Beta Ray with 1,22.1013 Hz frequency into the formula gives,

e= hf = (6,62 .10-34) x (1,22 .1013)
t = 1/1,22.1013 = Mc2 .1 s/joule ; M= 9,109.10-31 kg

These two examples shows us that by equating the period of a photon to Mc2 energy in a unit time flow provides us the actual values of the mass.
  These two examples are valid for x-Ray ,Gamma-Ray and Light-Ray. When mass decreases, frequency increases. And the transformation from mass to energy becomes more uncertain. We understand that Quantum Mechanics is not different from Classical Mechanics and Relativistic Mechanics, in fact.
  The characteristics of the particles in Quantum Theory are the same as the character of the mass in the General Relativity Theory. They are subject to the same physical processes. So, Einstein’s expression “God does not throw dice!” is still valid.

References (R1):

[.1.]Salih Kircalar, ’Utilization of Time:Time Flow’, Galilean Electrodynamics 13, SI 1, 2 (2002).
[.2.]Salih Kircalar, ‘Time Effects Caused by Mass or Energy’, Galilean Electrodynamics 15, SI 1,8 (2004).
[.3.]Salih Kircalar, ‘Mass or Energy & Quantum Mechanics’ , Galilean electrodynamics 18, J/F, 2 (2007). Salih Kircalar

G├╝zel Otomotiv Kizilelma Cad.No:99/B 
Findikzade-Istanbul /TURKEY 
e-mail:kircalars@hotmail.com

Note to Mr. Kircalar:  Thank you for asking my Grandpa's opinion.  I know he'll be very flattered.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bunnies in the Backyard



My very good friend, P. Reginald Rabbit. He lives on the slope behind me on the other side of the fence. My Aunt Leslie told my mom to go to a feed store and get some Timothy Hay. We have to sprinkle it on our lawn for the bunnies. Bunnies and cats clean themselves by licking but cats can throw up hairballs and bunnies just get all plugged up. Aunt Leslie says that Timothy Hay will make the bunnies' little digestive systems get rid of all the hair. If they don't she says they'll die in a year, but a well taken care of bunny can live 10 or 12 years. Next stop - Dan's Feed and Seed at the end of Old Town. Or maybe that new Feed Store in Murrieta.

Mom is sort of scowling about all this. She says "Oh Boy! Just what I wanted - more bunnies, more poop and more rabbit hair in my back yard!". I just tell her to "chill" and that it's MY backyard, too.



Love,

Mary-Margaret

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Old Time Family Photos


Baba & Deida (pronounced like Djeda) 1952 (Nicholas Stephen Gulkevitch & Anastasia Rimski-Korsakoff Gulkevitch)


Mike, Nick, Grandma/Mom/Ruth and Michele with Dad/George in back 1952. Mom is 7 1/2 here. She thinks this was Easter time.


Nick, Michele & Mike 1953 - Here my mom is about 8 1/2 years old. This is about the same time that she found out the Russian word for brother sounded like "brat" and she totally understood why. Left-click the photo to get the full impact of her expression.



Nick, Michele & Mike early 1955 wearing their summer Keds. Remember the free turtles you got with each purchase? And the turtle races in Colvey's parking lot at the end of Summer? Her turtle disappeared toward the end of the year and she hunted everywhere for it. She was cleaning under her bed in early 1956 and found him. Just about the time she was going to drop him into the garbage he poked his head out at her. Nobody ever told her turtles hibernate.

Remembering your family way back when you were just puppies makes humans smile.

And here's Mom at 58 years old.

Everybody enjoy!

Love,

Mary-Margaret

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Uncle Lt Michael Safonov about 1946



My Grandpa's brother is the tall dark handsome human in the bottom row on the far left. One of his associate lifeguards wrote this story about the Santa Monica lifeguards . My mom remembers that he could walk on hot cement and not feel anything at all. She thought that was way kewl. And he was a really good swimmer. He was a Lt Commander in the US Navy, and maybe even a Commander before he retired.

Do you like the picture, Grandpa??

Love,

Mary-Margaret

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mommy was a Teenager

Mom was hunting through photos today and found some she didn't know she had. First off here's one of her Senior picture proofs that was in a tiny envelope left to her by her grandmother Mila back in 1981.



Second is one of Mom and her friend, Alene Childs, who lived on Ingleside Place in Evanston, Illinois just up the street from her. They were sitting on Alene's front porch. Mom is 13 here and Alene is 14 or 15. My Grandpa was working at Argonne National Labs on a contract so my Mom, her three brothers and their mom moved to Evanston for about 4 months. Their house was about a half block from Lake Michigan at 621 Ingleside Place.



I love looking at old pictures of my family from way back before I was born. Don't you?

Love,

Your Grand Dogger....

Mary-Margaret