Photo by Author, in direct violation of the walk promise All it took was deliberate blobs of grape jelly. This perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich was built the way my mother used to do it: accidental pockets of jelly in an otherwise carefully built sandwich. Raised during the Depression, she made school lunches the… Continue reading Ways to Thrive: Take the Dog for His Walk
Invite a dog to dinner. The dog might wonder what you’re up to, but go along because it means so much to you — and it is dinner. Dinner is food and food is good. Dogs are good. It’s a perfect pairing. Don’t concern yourself about when the dog will actually show up. A dog will show… Continue reading Invite a Dog to Dinner
Dear Kelly Kandra Hughes: After reading my post “Write a Dog,” you suggested that I read Patricia Maclachlan’s The Poet’s Dog. Tell me what you think, you added. Here’s what I think: This is the exact book that I needed to read, at the exact right time. The story is spare, simple, elegant. A dog saves… Continue reading Thank You, Kelly!
We do not have long You and I, to enjoy walks, Meanders and romps… Our walks have gotten longer and less frequent. My old dog is no longer the eager puppy with bright eyes, happy tongue, and tail-wagging joy to walk; he turns thirteen old in a few weeks. However, he still likes to go… Continue reading Walking With an Old Dog
Road filled with marvels, With smells, traces, history… Fascinating world! My twenty-three pound bichon frise (he’s huge for the breed, not fat) directs our morning walks. Some days, it’s a quick jaunt to the mailbox, while other days we meander a loop toward the small beach or embark on the even longer walk past the… Continue reading Lessons Learned in Walking With an Old Dog
There may come a time When I don’t read or write posts But it’s not this day. It’s important to know yourself, especially the solid core center of you, what makes you essentially who you are in the world. Beyond insistent blares and expectations laid upon you, beyond the ideas of who you are supposed… Continue reading Writer, Know Thyself!
Dog hurtles out door — Sniff, track, bark, explore new smells Glorious morning! He didn’t want to get up, but he also wanted to be at my side. Up at 5:30 in the morning for ambitous undertakings, I padded down the stairs, flicked on the lights, and pressed the button for the electric kettle to… Continue reading Worth Getting Up For…