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Wordless Wednesday – Cattle Dri...

Wordless Wednesday – Cattle Drive in Montana

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

It is sunny and cold here in Northern California! I hope you are enjoying beautiful weather on this wonderful Christmas day. Merry Christmas to all of you!   Tweet

Nonfiction November 2013: Become the ...

Nonfiction November 2013: Become the Expert

Have you seen what Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness and Leslie of Regular Rumination are doing this month? They’re dedicating their reading to nonfiction and hosting a series of weekly discussion topics to get us all involved. I missed last week, but thought I’d join the discussion this week. Be the Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert: Share a […]

What the Dog Knows: The Science and W...

What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs – Book Review

I’ve grown more comfortable working with the dead. With parts of them, really. A few teeth, a vertebra, a piece of carpet that lay underneath a body. One of my German shepherd’s standard training materials is dirt harvested from sites where decomposing bodies rested. Crack open a Mason jar filled with that dirt, and all […]

Good-Bye is Never Easy…

Good-Bye is Never Easy…

Maia arrived at our home as a stray close to eight years ago … with five kittens. She was a wonderful mommy to her babies and she was gorgeous with her beautiful blue eyes. We found homes for all her kittens (except for Gizmo, who we decided to keep) and welcomed Maia to our family. […]

Wordless Wednesday…Cats and Qui...

Wordless Wednesday…Cats and Quilts!


A Trip to Oregon…and the Cascad...

A Trip to Oregon…and the Cascades Raptor Center

*Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view. On the southeast edge of Eugene, Oregon, nestled among tall trees, sits the Cascades Raptor Center (CRC). Visitors to the center pull into a gravel parking lot and are greeted with the haunting calls of eagles, hawks, osprey and falcons. Kip and I […]

Wordless Wednesday: Spoiled

Wordless Wednesday: Spoiled


Grief and Recovery

Grief and Recovery

It washes over you, at first – a tidal wave. It sits on your chest like a rock. It sucks the air from your lungs. And then it slips beneath the surface where others cannot see it. A song, a beloved photo, even a smell can bring it back suddenly, and without warning. Early on […]

Happy Birthday, Raven!

Happy Birthday, Raven!

Three years ago today, Raven entered the world…and 8 weeks later she came to live with us. It doesn’t seem possible, but there it is! How did this little girl… ….get so big?!? Happy Birthday, Raven!!   Tweet

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