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This sweet girl — a 3-year-old American bulldog-mix — is hoping someone will open their home and their heart and give her a home of her own. For now, Jean is in the care of the Currituck County Animal Shelter, 140 Aviation Pkwy., in Barco. The Department of Animal Services and Control is res…

Fifty years ago, I was an American teenager training for a 21-day trek in the Himalayan Mountains. School was out, and our heads were swimming with Beatles music and the transcendental influences of the times. I was 7,000 miles away from home — and centuries away in culture and lifestyle.