Big L

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.” – Thomas Merton What I have…

Exactly

“A dog is one of the few things in life that is exactly what it seems.” – unknown *Totally biased, shamelessly and unapologetically proud dog owner post* If Finnegan seems to be the happiest, smiley-faced pup you’ve ever seen, it’s because that’s exactly what he is. And I sure love him.

Special Day

“Your life journey is a special one. Cherish every single day of your life, because if you won’t, who will? Time flies so quickly and every day is a blessing. Don’t take it for granted. As you wake up every day, put your heart into every breath of yours. Be grateful to be able to…

Purina Pet Parade

St. Louis, specifically the Soulard neighborhood, is known for throwing an amazing Mardi Gras celebration. But in all the years we’ve lived here, remarkably we’ve never participated in any of the festivities – including the annual Purina Pet Parade. But we remedied that today. Originally, I’d signed us up to walk in the parade with…

Smile

“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Good grief, 2022 is the gift that just keeps on giving, isn’t it. Among the many other recent deaths making…

Mood

Winter, can we not do this?

Six Days

“These six days between Christmas and New Year’s is the only time of year you should strive to do absolutely nothing. Make zero progress. Take all the time off. Go on vacation from your vacation. Be the least impressive version of yourself. Transform into a couch.” – Eugene Lee Yang I’m actually working this week…

Finnegan

“When was the last time someone was so overjoyed to see you, so brimming with love that they literally ran to greet you?” – Mark Twain We’re just shy of reaching the one year point since this very good boy became mine. I brought him home right after Christmas — my beloved pandemic pup. It…

This Very Moment, In Fact

“At the end of the day, give up your worries and give thanks for the journey.” – Ben Vereen Day 18 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: Your favorite time of day. Answer: Right now. This very moment is the best part of today. The time right before sleep has become my favorite…my favorite way to relax,…

Let me think about that

Day 15 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: Something you’re currently passionate about. Answer: Running? Making Christmas cookies? Spoiling my dog? Finding hearts in things? Taking photos? I have a lot of interests and things I enjoy right now, but passionate is a strong word. I guess if I had to call something a passion, it…

I said that?

Day 13 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: A life lesson. Answer: Okay, I totally cheated on this one. It’s been a long day and today’s prompt was a little deeper than I had the energy to dive. I figured that surely I had something in a past blog post that could give me some inspiration….

Finnegan (Finn-again)

Day 10 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: Something that made you smile today. Answer: Otherwise known as something that makes me smile every day.

Choose the better

“Hate has 4 letters, so does Love. Enemies has 7 letters, so does Friends. Lying has five letters, so does Truth. Negative has 8 letters, so does Positive. Under has 5 letters, so does Above. Cry has 3 letters, so does Joy. Angry has 5 letters, so does Happy. Right has 5 letters, so does…

Party!

Every walk is covered in nature’s confetti right now. Which is wholly appropriate for this guy — who turns ONE tomorrow! Woo hoo, let’s celebrate!

Monday Mantra

“Release yourself from the pressure of the perfectly-figured-out life and spend the day remembering what is good and true.” – Morgan Harper Nichols (I do believe that my dog is both good and true. Not the purpose of the quote, but worth tossing into the mix of things to remember today.)

I spy…

You know, I always thought I was a fairly observant person — until I got a puppy. Everything is brand new to this guy. And I do mean everything. A crow’s cackle, a firetruck’s siren, a squirrel’s chatter…everything requires a pause and thorough investigation. And he doesn’t miss a thing. He forces me to slow…

Saturday Reflections

“Even here, life is a gift. Amidst all that is missing and does not make sense, the fact that we are breathing in this very moment matters. “May we never take for granted the love we have known in this life. May we never take for granted the sense of community, even if our ‘community’…

Goals

I tried to guess what was going through this adorable dog’s mind long after the car drove away. Possibilities included: What’s that smell? I think I smell food. I can’t see very well. I wish she would scratch my ears. I wonder if that person over there would play with me. I finally settled on:…

Home

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” – Maya Angelou The older I get, the more I love being home. I’m as adventurous as ever, but few things make me happier than simply being in my own house. Especially…

Life Lately

…according to the iPhone. And a few small lessons learned: – Life would be better if approached with the enthusiasm of a dog. – Sometimes it’s liberating to run in the rain. – With photography, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. – Sometimes fixing things in your house – even if it costs a…

God Winks

For the past few weeks, for whatever reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about a story I wrote and photographed for a dear friend’s magazine a long time ago. The story was about a local business called Seeds of Happiness (Seeds shown above), but it was never published. It’s bothered me from time to time that I…

Today is…

…National Pug Day! The kids and I met this sweet puppy last weekend on the way to Chicago. This is Ralphie. He’s eight-weeks old and Tanner’s newest best friend. I didn’t think he was going to give him back to his owner. Let’s all pause and smile in honor of this wonderful day of observance.

Confession

All photos, credit Fred R. Conrad, New York Times Confession: I’ve watched our recording of the 2015 Westminster Dog Show at least four times. I can’t help myself. I look forward to this event the same way some people wait for the Super Bowl. I’m a total and utter dog geek. As such, after careful deliberation, I…