Monday, November 28, 2016

Pet News 23: Great Books for Dog Lovers

The Secret Language of Dogs: Unlocking the Canine Mind for a Happier Pet by Victoria Stilwell is a great source for info on dogs, such as info on their use of senses to their behavior, including quirky ones. The photographs are wonderful, too.

Stilwell asks that we never stop observing our dog’s behavior because it’s their language and we could build our relationship with them the more we understand the things they do.

Also recommended is to give them plenty of exercise and training. Training doesn’t have to stop after they’ve learned the basics as a puppy. keeping an agile mind is good. maybe show them a good trick, take them to training classes, take them on a hike or other.

Victoria Stilwell is CEO of Positively Dog Training (VSPDT), author of books and articles about dogs such as It’s Me or the Dog, has an Academy for Dog Training & Behavior, is editor-in-chief of, and so much more!

Monday, November 21, 2016

I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Holiday!

Hope you spend it with family and friends this Thanksgiving and if you don’t celebrate, it’s still a great time to spend with family and friends.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Why I Write 12: Reminisce

The following is a writing prompt from Writer’s Digest from back in October 2012. See if you can answer it like I have done below.

Tell us the story of when you first realized that you needed to be a writer. Did it happen when you were young? Was it after you read a particular book? Etc.

I have written poetry for most of my life. Seldom did I write short stories, unless they were assigned by a teacher. However, I was told the stories had potential. At first, “potential” did not inspire me to be a writer. So I began reading about writing and after some coaxing, a good friend of mine suggested I write down the short story idea I’ve been sharing with her. She challenged me to get it down on paper. Thanks to her, I did, and the short story spiraled into my first novel.

Since then, I needed to be a writer. I joined a writing and poetry group, I’ve written drafts on the WD Daily prompts, I’ve finished some first drafts to novels, and I’ve kept writing ideas for future novels on file. Writing has become part of my life and I hope to one day take the title of “writer” and ingrain it on the wall so the doubts that cloud me disperse… well, I digress. I am querying agents at the moment and if all goes well, I hope to land a deal. If not, then, I can refine another novel and start again. Some authors have mentioned that most first novels never see the light of day. Though, I hope that won’t happen, I’m practical enough to keep going.  

Monday, November 7, 2016

Books I’m Reading 27

Pogue’s Basics: Life, Essential Tips and Shortcuts (that no one bothers to tell you) for Simplifying your Day by David Pogue. This book lists many tips from using a rubber band to grip open jars to removing garlic husks easier. There’s something for everyone to learn new.
Erratic Facts by Kay Ryan is a collection of poetry. It is a different form of poetry I found interesting.

Mother Poems by Hope Anita Smith is a collection of poetry about a child whose mother died and how she comes to terms with it. There’s one particular poem title: Give me an “M” that embodies the whole loss and how important it is to have a mother.

Poesía Completa by José Saramago is a collection of bilingual poetry in Portuguese and Spanish. A very interesting collection that is worth a read.