Category Archives: Odds and Ends

What To Do When Life Hands You Lemons (Besides Throw Them At Whoever Came Up With That Phrase)

I had a good run. I took a huge leap into the unknown in the name of growth. I planned to launch my own business. Live the American Dream. Be a risk-taking, adventure-seeking, go-it-alone maverick. Except I’m not. So that … Continue reading

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A new way to make decisions

Recently, I took Rico and Whiskey to visit my elderly uncle, who lives on a farm. It’s smaller, with a quintessential red barn, a field that still carries hidden scents of cows long gone, a meandering creek, various old chicken … Continue reading

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Whiskey’s revenge

This is a different kind of post for Dog and Dojo, but it was so funny, I have to share it. It’s a series of text messages I sent my boyfriend, beginning with an evening walk with Rico and Whiskey. … Continue reading

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Feel the doodie, don’t be the doodie

I’m walking the dogs the other day. Per the usual, Whiskey ventures out as far front as her leash will allow, and Rico lags behind at the full extent of his. I hear cars and the high-pitched squeal of arguing … Continue reading

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Self-talk, the first ingredient in humble pie

I recently ate a piece of humble pie, served up by Whiskey, my pit bull mix. I’m glad she dished it and not anyone else, though. Having your faults exposed by your dog is harder to see – it’s not … Continue reading

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Be right or be free, but not both

Like many Americans, I’ve been disturbed by kneelgate—the cultural war started over professional athletes kneeling during the national anthem. For or against, everyone seems pissed. (Full disclosure: I support every American’s right to free speech, especially when speaking out in … Continue reading

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A Free Journal For You And Your Pet

I have a list of seven blog post ideas on my office white board. This isn’t one of them. But I wanted to get this journal I’ve been working on posted. It’s a free guide for anyone interested in trying … Continue reading

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The Antidote For Hate Is Not What You Think

Love does not defeat hate. In fact, if anything, I believe love gives rise to hate. Inevitably, someone, some group will feel they are less loved than the others and ta-da! The seeds of jealousy sprout into a little hate … Continue reading

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How to meditate through the unpleasant

A meditation class at a Buddhist monastery has me thinking about dog poop. Hmmm, let me try that again. A meditation class at a Buddhist monastery has me thinking about picking up dog poop in our yard again. Nope, not … Continue reading

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“One is not sleeping, does not mean they are awake.” – wisdom from a fortune cookie

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