Sunday, November 22, 2020

Howling Timekeepers


Why do I need a timekeeper? you might ask.

Well, because I have a tendency to try to squeeze 

"one more thing" into my schedule 

before I need to leave for an appointment. 

Or, even worse, 

before doggie meal times and snacks. 

So at least one of my doggie herd

has the role of timekeeper 

to start nagging me 

when meal time is getting close. 

Hudson excelled at this. 

He also excelled at howling, 

a tradition my doggie herd has continued. 

Occasionally when I pull into the driveway, 

I hear the howls begin as one by one, 

my doggies join in. 

I just stand and smile, 

enjoying my welcome home chorus.


A humorous look at a fictional world 

where dogs are in charge 

and humans do their bidding. 

Like an expanded version 

of my household!

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Print version also available.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Wednesday Woofs of Wisdom


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Woofs of Wisdom.

The Border Collie dog in my book,
was inspired by my dog, Ace.


Shannon pressed her fingertips to her temples. Whatever it took, she would not revisit the past. One sure way to drown out the memories was physical activity. Shannon changed into an old pair of jeans and a baggy sweatshirt, then fetched a crowbar out of the tool shed. 

Upstairs, a circular turret crowned the second story of the Victorian house. As a young child, Shannon had played within these stained plaster walls. As a teenager, she came here to dream, pulling aside the faded brocade draperies to stare at the half-circle of stars around her. 

Tonight’s mission wasn’t quite so fanciful. 

Shannon slammed the iron bar through a section of cracked plaster, and set about purging Geoff Chastain from her life once again. 

The sun had crested the horizon before Shannon paused to survey the piles of crumbled plaster. She stretched and breathed deeply, letting her mind race with plans for refinishing the room. A soft rose color on the walls would set off the solid oak moldings around the floor-to-ceiling windows framing a semicircular view of the city. Unfortunately, a hundred and twenty years of paint had to be stripped away from the moldings to find their original beauty. 

"Hey, Jasper, why don't you go start the coffee while I clean up?" Shannon scratched the dog's ears. Training her dog to push the start button on her coffeemaker with his nose had been a stroke of genius. Of course, she could use the automatic timer, but Jasper seemed so pleased with himself that Shannon didn't have the heart to take that task away from him. 

As Shannon walked toward the bathroom, the chime of the doorbell brought her to an abrupt halt. No one paid a social call this early in the morning. Something must be wrong. 

Shannon dashed down the stairs and threw open the door. 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Gratitude Rediscovered

Another "gratitude frame" I rediscovered:


Sophie was a Giant Schnauzer, 

nicknamed Madame General

because she loved to be

the "fun police."

Whenever the other dogs were playing,

she would run outside and bark

until they stopped.

Sophie is on the cover of my book,

I Want to Have the Heart of a Dog.

An intriguingly different look at one woman's recovery from several lifetimes of abuse, betrayal and violent deaths--guided by dogs whose hearts contain the simple and  miraculous knowledge of the Universe.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Wednesday Woofs of Wisdom

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Woofs of Wisdom.

Do you like dogs?
Check out my Collie Chronicles series
celebrating the guidance of Collies
Click on cover above to read excerpt.
ebook just 99 cents!
Also available in print.

Click on cover above to read excerpt.
ebook just 99 cents!
Also available in print.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Too good not to share again...

I rediscovered these 
featuring doggies who have been part of my life.

Most of these beautiful spirits in fur 
are angel doggies now, 
so looking at these brought a bit of an ache to my heart.


These are too good not to share again!

So during November of this crazy year, 
I'm going to share short stories and anecdotes
of a few of the doggies who have owned me.

was my first love.
And Collies have been a special part of my life,
coming to support and love me
in the most difficult times.

If you want to read more about the doggies
who have shared my life, check out this book:

Filled with love, lessons, and healing.
However, as one reader said, 
"Keep the tissues handy."
Because doggies don't live as long as humans.

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Print version also available.

Read an excerpt here.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

I am grateful for: Book Lovers' Day


is November 7

What could be more perfect for writers 
and others who love books?

Did you have a teenage crush on a rock star?
Yeah, me too.
But what if that crush turned disastrous?
Then led to a second chance on love?

Live the fantasy in
part of my Rock'n'Romance trilogy

Read an excerpt.

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