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  • It’s the First of the Month: Say Rabbit! Rabbit!

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    Sunday February 1st, 2015 at 10:03 AM


    Photo credit: Animal Wisdom Tarot cards by Dawn Brunke, illustrated by Ola Liola

    I remember the first time I heard someone say Rabbit! Rabbit! and it happened to also be the first day of the month. It was Robin Roberts from Good Morning America. She said it was an old wives tale that when you say Rabbit! Rabbit! on the first of the month it is supposed to bring you good luck for the rest of the month. She said she does this faithfully.

    I dont always remember to say it, nor do I know if it truly...

  • Connecting with Artists, the Earth, and Something Bigger Than Myself

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    Friday January 30th, 2015 at 12:15 PM


    Wearable Earth Jewelry by artist, Kathleen Nohe

    I love supporting artists. My heart just soars when I get the opportunity to do so. Maybe being a writer and others supporting me reading my work, and purchasing my books, might have something to do with itI know how our hearts and souls go into our work. And I know how vulnerable that can be to put ourselves out there.

    But it is something bigger for me too. Recently I saw a stone necklace that an artist, Maria Wulf was featuring on her site for...

  • A Writer’s Life is Not Always Sweet

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    Thursday January 29th, 2015 at 07:55 AM


    Rainbow Tree artwork done by my friend, Shannon

    I think there is sometimes this misconception that writers have it easy. They live happily in their little quiet world, and words just flow out of them, making their way out into the world, and having a positive impact.

    I can say this as Ive found myself, at times, envious of the life of other writers as I perceive them to be in my own mindthat their life is gloriously beautiful and they never struggle to write.

    But Ive realized something big for...

  • Is this When My Love Affair with Animals Began?

    from Joyful Paws

    Wednesday January 28th, 2015 at 11:03 AM


    I dont remember much from being a little girl. Well, yes, bits and parts, its details I dont remember like so many others seem to. This has always bothered me because John can remember so much of his childhood even when he was 2-years old.

    The other day, my mom gave me this photo of me as a little girl with our cat Tiger. I love to see photos like this trying to remember details. What was going through my head at that age? Is this when my love for animals began?

    But the cards were against me...

  • Meet Maggie: The 36th Paralyzed Dog Granted a Wheelchair thru The Frankie Wheelchair Fund with help from Hailey’s Wheels for Life

    from Joyful Paws

    Tuesday January 27th, 2015 at 09:58 AM


    A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Well, I think this picture says that and so much more!

    Meet little Maggie who was recently granted a wheelchair. Her wheelchair granted as a collaborative effort with The Frankie Wheelchair Fund and Haileys Wheels for Life working together, combining our funds, and helping this little girl gain mobility.

    I heard about Maggie through Matt Pike, founder of Haileys Wheels for Life. He forwarded an email from Annie, who was trying to help her friend,...

  • Back Online: And Introducing a New Friend with No Name

    from Joyful Paws

    Monday January 26th, 2015 at 09:27 AM


    My website was hacked yesterday, which you probably realized if you tried to view it and you were unable to.

    Im so happy to have it up and running again (thank you to my web gal extraordinaire, Caryn!).

    But you know what? It was a reminder of how much I really enjoy connecting with you via my online journal. It felt like I was missing an arm yesterday. Or like someone tied my hands behind my back and I couldnt share my thoughts via my fingers flying across the keyboard.

    This place, while here on...

  • Friday Fun – I See You.

    from Joyful Paws

    Friday January 23rd, 2015 at 01:47 PM


    Dachshunds are notorious for burrowing in blankets. Gidget is no exception. I think she is under her blanketmore than she is not.

    Such was this case this morning. I was deep into some writing, lost track of time, and almost lost track of where I was which happens sometimes when Im in full out writing mode.

    After I was done writing, still somewhat dazed, I looked up from my computer, and glanced Gidgets way to see her sweet little face slightly peeking out of her blanket. Well if that didnt...

  • A Lost Prayer, Found

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    Thursday January 22nd, 2015 at 06:05 AM


    The other night out of the blue (so it seemed) John said, Cassie Jo will be gone 10-years this year.

    I said, Wow, you are right. July 11, 2005, one week before my birthday is when she passed away. What made you just think of that?

    He had been cleaning out some office files. And what a gift that he came across what I called A Closing Prayer that I had written for Cassie Jo, our chocolate Lab who had just turned ten at the end of June that year.

    I wrote this prayer two months after we had decided...

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