I write because perhaps you will relate and smile.

Navigating the waters of motherhood and womanhood with an empty nest and a dog.

Getting Unstuck

Getting Unstuck

It's pretty great being over 50 years old! Well, at least at this moment. I'm finally accepting of my new role as mom of an empty nest. I'm learning that I have more time for me and I only get interrupted by the dog. These are all good things! I'm filled with gratitude. So on this discovery to the emerging nest, I'm trying on a few new hats. Last month, I gave up refined sugar just to see if it made...

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The Red Garden

Book Brief- The Red Garden

In Alice Hoffman’s book, The Red Garden, you discover something about life, love, and history. The novel shares an account of the characters who make up the town of Blackwell, Massachusetts. Each chapter is a short story, which weaves a tale with themes of nature and survival, survivors and victims, evil and justice, and love and loneliness. Each story winds its way through the red garden as you find yourself travelling along the path of this growing town. “The family lore...

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Lee and Jorge

Waggleview® with author Lee Gaitan

The Dog Owner: Lee Gaitan has worn many hats in her 25 years as a professional communicator, from public relations writer and talk show host to educator and stand-up comedienne. She is the author of two books, Falling Flesh Just Ahead and My Pineapples Went to Houston—Finding the Humor in My Dashed Hopes, Broken Dreams and Plans Gone Outrageously Awry. She has also authored chapters in the bestselling books, The Divinity of Dogs and Feisty After 45. Her work has...

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Sea

“Is Your Ship Ready to Sail Out to Sea?”

It’s the season of commencements. It’s the time to be inspired, to do something new, and to start an adventure. As your new graduate walked across that stage, I hope you felt the electrical charge in the air of change and transformation. When your graduate took off that robe, and motarboard, they were ready for a change of clothes, as they now entered their next act. Do they have role models to help lead them? How do you continue to...

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Nico jumps for joy

“A Sweet Reunion”

Watch this sweet video below of the reunion of Nico the puppy and Deb, his puppy-raising mom. Some of you may remember a waggleview® (dog owner interview) with Deb O'Brien, a puppy raiser for Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. She shared her thoughts on being a puppy raiser and how hard it is to give up her puppy. After Deb raised Nico for 16 months, she returned her to Fidelco where Nico continued professional training to learn the job skills she...

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