Happy Birthday, Grumpy Cat

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If you’ve visited the internet sometime in the past two years, you are well aware of the feline sensation known as Grumpy Cat. But I’m getting ready to blow your grumpy mind. Grumpy Cat is a girl. What? I mean, maybe you knew this but I just assumed he was a boy. Maybe because he had […]

A Tribute to Emma

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It was almost five years ago to the day that I brought Emma home. I wasn’t even looking for another dog when I found her but they say our pets always find us. I walked into the PetSmart to get some supplies and a rescue group had several dogs in pens. And then I saw […]

The Perceived Sense of Quiet

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Sometimes, it’s the loss we feel the most. Or at least, it’s what we feel immediately – the warmth, the cuddles, the wet nose, the haphazard licking searching for my face. There’s a hole in my heart for sure. It’s an actual physical pain and ache to complement the emotional loss as well. But the […]

Pets Who Love Too Much

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There are a few things in life that I love: my family, good Champagne, chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven, very long baths, the change in seasons, and my pets. Oh, how I love my pets. As much as I love them, some days I really want to run away from them. Or […]

The Night My Dog Spoke to Me

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If I had a category for wacky things that most people wouldn’t believe even if I told them, that’s exactly where this post would be filed. Now I’ll admit I have a non-traditional view of religion and spirituality but I’m pretty comfortable with that. As a former scientist and science teacher, it would be easy […]

A Night in the ER

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Sometimes the universe swirls around you and says I’m not going to let you off easy today. You try anyway, though. You say that it will be okay. We can fix this. And then life will go back to normal. Sometimes I think the universe read my post a few weeks ago on changes. Because since […]

Things That Aren’t Cute (but I love them anyway)

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I have a real problem in my household. The problem is this: I love too much. I think that was actually the name of a self-help book. But in that case, I’m pretty sure it was referring to a sort of person who gives and gives at the expense of their own sense of self. […]

Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Helpless

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I feel far away from writing sometimes. Like really writing. I have lots to write about. Cool trips, cool products. But when writing becomes too obligatory, it loses it sparkle and meaning. So I’ve been heading back to Jana’s Thinking Place to check on her Stream of Consciousness Sunday prompts. When I originally started the […]

Fadra’s First Ever Highly Unusual Gift Guide

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I always wondered why people created gift guides. Sometimes it’s for the cash. Yes, you can get paid to list items in your gift guide. Sometimes it’s for the affiliate links. Yes, people can make commission off of things that you click on. Sometimes, it’s purely for the fun of it. Like this one. I’ll admit that […]

A Puppy Mill Survivor: This is Emma’s Story

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This week is Puppy Mill Action Week at the Humane Society of the United States. I wrote this post as part of my role at Charitable Influence and as a big believer in the work of the HSUS. I didn’t set out to save a puppy mill dog. In fact, had I known all of […]

Top 10 Things NOT Worth Paying For

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Last week, I decided to come up with a random list of things I think are worth paying for. Not that I wouldn’t actually pay for something. It’s simply that I would pay more, out of pocket, for those ten things. And then you added your favorites and I realized I missed a lot. Like […]