Friday, November 16, 2012


"To sit with a dog
on a hillside on a 
glorious afternoon 
... doing nothing ...
was peace."

Milan Kundera
1921 -

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Anatole France on Animals

"Until one has loved
an animal, a part of
one's soul remains

Anatole France
1844 - 1924

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Robert Louis Stevenson on Dogs


"You think dogs 
will not be in heaven?
I tell you, they will be 
there long before
any of us."

Robert Louis Stevenson
1850 - 1894

Monday, October 1, 2012

Good bye Sweet Lizzie

 Thanks for a lifetime of happy memories ... our time together was pure joy!
April 8, 1998 to August 1, 2012


Photo courtesy: Sandy Hurwitz

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Edith Wharton on Dogs

"My little dog
 ... a heartbeat at my feet."

 Edith Wharton
 1862 - 1937

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Max Eastman on Dogs

"Dogs laugh, but 
they laugh with
 their tails."  

Max Eastman

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

P. S. Cicero

"If you have a garden
 and a library, you 
have everything
 you need."         
106 BC - 43 BC

 P.S.    and a dog ... you must have, at least, one dog.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fredericksburg, Texas

Lizzie and I have returned to the Hill Country ... we are sooooo happy!
Our first night home was spent  at Settler's Crossing,  a charming "bed and breakfast" right outside of  Fredericksburg.  As we drove down the lane to our little cottage, there were two adorable donkeys grazing by the road ... throughout our visit ... we could hear the music of their braying across the pasture.   As evening fell, a gentle rain soaked the night air while we slept peacefully in our beds. When morning came,  a rooster crowed, chickens scratched about in the yard and a flock of curious sheep peered out at us from under a tree!  We both stared back in absolute awe!  After everyone wandered away,  Lizzie stepped down from the porch to roll in the grass while I sat on the porch,  in a white wicker chair,  soaking it all into my heart!!  How perfect was that for our first night back in the Hill Country?  Pretty darn perfect!  

Friday, June 8, 2012

Thank you, Gabrielle Vincent!

While packing up for our move to the Hill Country, I stumbled across an old friend... Merry Christmas Ernest and Celestine.   Thirty years after discovering this lovely story with the amazing drawings ... it remains one of my all time favorites!  There are more than  a dozen picture books in the Ernest and Celestine series ... and each one is a delightful celebration of friendship!  Thank you, Gabrielle Vincent!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Meister Eckhart

"if the only prayer
you say
in your whole life
is 'Thank You',
that would suffice."

Meister Eckhart
(1260 - 1327)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Lizzie!

Today, Lizzie is 14 years old ... unbelievable ... where did the time go?? To celebrate, we have just returned from a walk around the duck pond ... one of our favorites! While there ... we met Isabella, a four year old charmer who treated Lizzie to a BIG birthday hug ... before skipping off to visit the ducks! It was a truly sweet moment on this very special day! How lucky were we?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Good year ... good health!

Happy New Year everyone!

Hope 2012 will be a very good year at your house!