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  • This Blog of Mine

    from Author Mom with Dogs

    Saturday April 24th, 2010 at 09:13 AM

    Back a few years ago, I had another book coming out and its expected of all writers to do all they can to promote their writing including blogging. So I started this blog about my dogs and my daughter.

    Its mostly been a labor of love. But its also been time-consuming. And with other writing projects making serious claims on my time right now, I have to make some tough choices. Rather than do a half-baked job here, Im going to take a rest for now. When my next book is out, Ill be picking back...

  • What I’m Doing For Earth Day

    from Author Mom with Dogs

    Saturday April 17th, 2010 at 05:11 PM

    Most of my readers have figured out that Im an avid gardener, but Ive never shared my true motivation before. Sure, its because I like growing things, spending time outdoors, and getting my hands dirty, but none of those are the motivatorstheyre the benefits.

    What got me into gardening so many decades ago (and keeps me at it) was the realization that doing business as usual would eventually kill our planet. I dont remember the book I read when I was a teenager that turned my thinking around,...

  • Scientists Decode Dogspeak

    from Author Mom with Dogs

    Sunday April 11th, 2010 at 02:12 AM

    From LiveScience: Scientists Decode Dogspeak: Software analyzed barks sparked by fights, strangers, playtime

    Artificially intelligent Dr. Doolittles can understand dog barks as well or better than humans do.

    These findings suggest computers might significantly help people comprehend animal communication.

    Scientists tested artificially intelligent software on more than 6,000 barks from 14 Hungarian sheepdogs. Six different kinds of barks were taped:

    Barks for strangers were recorded when a...
  • Finding the Eye of the Hurricane

    from Author Mom with Dogs

    Saturday April 3rd, 2010 at 08:12 PM

    Maybe youve noticed that life seems to be speeding up lately. It sure has sped up around here.

    Cait has been going through a period wheres shes been given the opportunity to practice not over-reacting. This is not an easy lesson for a teenager. Whats been interesting to watch is that what initially seems like disappointing or bad news has actually turned out to be a good thing in the end.

    The most recent example of this was when she was up for the lead in her school play. It had come down to...

  • Just one more…

    from Author Mom with Dogs

    Saturday March 27th, 2010 at 08:12 PM

    I try not to overdue the cute dog stuff here. After all, I Can Haz Cheezburger has that market cornered. But I got such a good smile from this, I had to share.

    A Dogs Life

    Do these guys know how to have fun, or what!

  • Crufts 2010 Freestyle Winner

    from Author Mom with Dogs

    Sunday March 21st, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Crufts is the largest dog show in the world. Its held in March every year. And while it has all the usual judging of Best of Breed, etc., I love watching the agility and freestyle parts of the program. Talk about a working and playing partnership with your dog!

    Here are this years winners, Richard and Pogo, of the HTM (heelwork to music) Freestyle.

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    And Mary Ray is one of my favorite performers. Simply amazing.

    Click here to view the embedded video.

  • One of My Favorite Recipes — Orange Salad

    from Author Mom with Dogs

    Saturday March 13th, 2010 at 02:40 PM

    With all the anticipation of getting ready for my gardening season, Ive been cooking up a storm testing new recipes. Cait is always very happy when this happens. As she was munching and I was preparing, we got to talking about favorite childhood tastes. For me, hands down, its my mothers Orange Salad recipe. Its so simple and refreshing.

    Orange Salad Recipe

    Peel skin off several oranges, leaving a fair amount of pith (the white inner skin). Slice and cut into bite-size pieces Drizzle with a...
  • If You Could Create a School From the Ground Up…

    from Author Mom with Dogs

    Sunday March 7th, 2010 at 03:19 AM

    Spring cleaning is well under way around here. There are several projects already in varying stages of completeness. Living in an old farm house means theres a never-ending supply. Fortunately, Cait usually likes to help. Its a chance for us to have some uninterrupted talk time, while I apprentice her on the finer points of home repair.

    As Cait and I were painting , the subject of one of her school projects came up. Her assignment was to create a utopia. I asked her how it was going, thinking...