I write because perhaps you will relate and smile.

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

A Father's Love

A Father’s Love

"A father teaches how to live by living a life of example. A father teaches how to respect by always being there for family. A father teaches how to dream by encouragement and belief. A father teaches how to trust by countless acts of unselfishness. A father teaches how to LOVE by passing the values of a life lived with reverence, hope, and faith. A father like this will transcend time and live in your heart forever." -Lori Pelikan Strobel Thank you Dad. You live in my...

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Waggleview with Robin Martin, Managing Editor of Under the Gum Tree

The Dog Owner: Robin Martin is the owner of Two Songbirds Press, a freelance editorial assistance business. She is also the managing editor of the creative nonfiction and arts magazine Under the Gum Tree. Dog type and Name: Nacho is a beautiful mutt, some kind of retriever mix (maybe a flat coat retriever). I let my 14-year-old son name the dog because he promised to walk her. Unfortunately, she has become accustomed to the name despite the fact that he never...

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Do Nutritional Supplements Work?

Do Nutritional Supplements Work? by Sally Wallace Lynch, Functional Nutritionist

Do nutritional supplements actually work? Every morning I shake out capsules from about 7 different bottles of supplements and swallow a handful of pills with a giant glass of water. This routine stopped a few months ago when I decided to go on what I call a “supplements fast”. I thought my body could use a reset since I’d been taking supplements for about 3 years consistently. Plus, I wasn’t sure these pills were worth all the expense and trouble every...

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Waggleview with Terri Webster Schrandt, leisure educator and blogger

Waggleview with Terri Webster Schrandt, leisure educator and blogger

The Dog Owner: Terri Webster Schrandt-University Lecturer. Retired Recreation and Parks Practitioner. Self-Published Author Terri is a leisure educator, self-published author, blogger, and retired recreation and parks practitioner living in Northern California. Second Wind Leisure Perspectives is her blog about living a leisure lifestyle. She is also a dog lover and spends a lot of her leisure time with her dogs Aero and Brodie. Dog type and Name: Aero: Boykin Spaniel/Terrier/Poodle mix 6 years old; Brodie: Boykin Spaniel, 4 months old   Q: Why...

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Honey Peanut Butter Pupcakes

Honey Peanut Butter Pupcakes

It's Louie's birthday! In honor of his day, he got some homemade Honey Peanut Butter Pupcakes. He was so excited! While I was making them he sat patiently in the kitchen staring at me. When they finally came out of the oven, I placed them on the counter to cool and watched Louie drool. He was such a good boy and just looked up at them for 5 minutes. I even walked upstairs and forgot he was down there with the...

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