Unintentional Dog Commands

With most foster dogs, training really means acclimating them to living in a house, housebreaking, teaching them to go up stairs. It’s really just about getting them to understand the basics — anything else is up to the adopters, or at least that’s how I viewed it. Read More Unintentional Dog Commands

We Must Away Ere Break of Day

The Hobbit is a wonderful story full of elves, dragons, dwarves, and of course hobbits. My love affair with the story began in sixth grade when I found a copy of the book on the top shelf of my father’s closet. What a book! Such vivid writing to capture the attention and entice the imagination. Read More We Must Away Ere Break of Day

Dispatches from Ladyblogland: Did You Read?

Don’t you love living in a time with so many women’s voices talking about lady things? Of course you do!

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The Amazing Books that Inspire Writerly Envy

Over Christmas vacation I read only one book, which is far fewer than I normally consume on long, lazy days, but it was the best book I’ve read in a very long time–Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys, which is a rare gem in that I loved it, but it didn’t elicit the usual “book envy” my favorites do. If any of you readers are aspiring writers, particularly of the poetry or fiction persuasion (and I know you’re out there!), then you know what I mean when I talk about “book envy”–that often-confusing mixture of both delight and jealousy that accompanies finishing a wonderful book, the type that makes you sigh, “I wish I had written that.” Read More The Amazing Books that Inspire Writerly Envy