If you could improve the lives of animals in five minutes, would you do it? How about the life of a person? Today’s your lucky day. Because you can do both.
My dog Honey gives us so much—affection, companionship, amusement. But the greatest way she has given back to our family might surprise you. It has to do with training her. And training ourselves.
Honey took one look at the ramp I had placed on the floor and walked around it. When I put yummy liver treats on the end, she decided she wasn’t that hungry after all. Honey felt scared of the ramp. But she learned to use it anyway.
An Irish saint’s feast as an excuse to drink beer? Bah, humbug. Twenty-fifth wedding anniversary? Why is an anniversary more special for having a five at the end? Big birthday parties? What’s the big deal? Billions of people have managed to get born. If you haven’t guessed, I’m a bit of a sour puss when […]
It was the same every time. We’d slow down to make the turn into my parents’ neighborhood and our dogs, who had slept peacefully for the past two hours, popped their heads up. Agatha and Christie knew fun was ahead. After months of leashed walks and play time in a yard smaller than most American’s […]
If I got rid of all my history books, did that mean I wasn’t smart anymore? That the time I spent working for two Philadelphia archives was wasted? That I should never have considered grad school? Paring down my book collection for a move just got complicated. Who knew that my “stuff” held so much […]
Feeling bad stinks. Being injured or sick, whether physically or emotionally, is no fun at all. There’s only one thing that’s worse. And that’s when you feel bad about feeling bad. Talking To Yourself When You’re Feeling Bad How do you talk to yourself when you’re feeling bad? I hope you have nurturing voices inside […]
Do you miss words that people rarely use anymore? I do. And “delight” is the word at the top of my list. When was the last time you heard anyone describe something as delightful? Cynics Don’t Show Delight Cynical people don’t find anything delightful. But dogs are not cynics. They delight in many things: a […]
Do you want to piss me off? Send me a woman’s magazine. There’s nothing I hate more than being told I’m a failure because of my poorly groomed brows, disorganized pantry, and lack of a thigh gap. Want to piss me off even more? Take that culture of self-improvement used to sell worthless products and make […]