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Everything Is Free and Nothing Is Free

Everything Is Free and Nothing Is Free Well, not everything. Not my books. Not coffee. But everything included in this email is free. Of course, you already know that nothing is free. I got tired of always writing and saying I had something for sale, so I thought I’d put a few things together that […]

Living in Peace

Living in Peace All you have to do is pay a visit to Google News and read the headlines, or go to any page on Facebook, or scroll through your Twitter feed, and you’ll quickly see that we are not living in peace. Far from it. Take a look at a random sampling from the […]

Poisonous or Venomous?

Poisonous or Venomous? Sorry it has been so long between posts, but I had the unfortunate luck to have experienced two heart attacks and two strokes last year, and all within a few weeks. And no, they weren’t the result of a poisonous or venomous snake. It kept me in the hospital for four months, […]

The Bad Side of Sanctuaries

Life Is Short I often talk about our sanctuary and how much fun we have with the animals. It’s true. They bring a tremendous amount of joy to us, and great rewards for the work we do. But there is a bad side to sanctuaries, and it’s the part I hate. Last year was a […]

What Makes A Good Book?

How Important Is Character Development? Since books have been written, and especially since “bestsellers” have been on the minds of publishers, almost everyone has tried figuring out what makes a good book. Some people swear it’s plot—that a well-developed mystery with a few good twists will keep readers turning pages. Others swear that character development […]

How To Edit Books On An iPad

It’s Easy to Proofread On An iPad If you’ve ever wondered how to edit books on an iPad, you should read this post. If you use Scrivener, this will definitely make your life easier. (This might also work with some of the other ebook reading software. I don’t own a Kindle or Nook, so I […]

The Perfect Pet

Freckles—The Perfect Pet? I was being a little disingenuous with the title of this post; Freckles is not the perfect pet. At least not for us, but she could be the perfect pet for someone. Freckles is a rat terrier mix. If I didn’t know better I’d swear the “mix” part was wolverine. Thirteen years ago we […]

What Confidence Can Do For You

Confidence Is A Magic Bullet Why do some people always succeed, while others keep missing the mark? Everyone has different talents and abilities, but some people, even those without a lot of natural talent, seem to rise above the masses and end up at the top. And confidence is often the driver behind that success. […]

Pretty Girl Is Safe

Pretty Girl—No Home Yet, But Safe Back in June, I wrote a post about Pretty Girl, a pit bull rescue who was dumped on our sanctuary. She was one of several who had been left there, and it was obvious from looking at her that she had been abused or used for fighting. She was […]

What Does Your Profile Picture Say About You?

Will a Casual Profile Picture Doom Me To Mediocrity? When I first uploaded my profile picture on LinkedIn, I had a number of friends and associates tell me, in no uncertain terms, that I should use a different one. “Something more professional,” they said. I’m not one to ignore advice without checking, so I looked […]




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