Book Review: Dog-Ma, The Zen of Slobber by Barbara Boswell Brunner

Dog-ma The Zen of Slobber Tour


Barbara’s vivid and dramatic stories, told with a wicked sense of humor, will make you laugh out loud. She definitely gets what living with rescued dogs (nine of them!) is all about.

When Barbara meets her future husband, Ray, it is love-and dog-at first sight. Over the course of thirty-two years, seventeen relocations and nine dogs, their mutual love of dogs guides them on their unconventional path. The love that Barbara and Ray get in return is literally lifesaving, with one dog attacking a lethal intruder and another discovering Barbara’s cancer. Her own survival story underscores the story of how her dogs become survivors themselves.

Each new dog adds its own dynamic to the family, sometimes upending it. From Turbo (whose Spock-like ears may have provided super powers), Barbara learns about the will to live; Lexington demonstrates incredible patience and an inexplicable love of golf; Madison teaches that laughter is truly the best medicine and that the whole “nine lives thing” is not reserved just for cats; Morgan should be sainted for tolerating Izzy, who is as cute as she is bad.

Barbara is certain that somewhere in doggie heaven there is a poster that says “If you are sick, injured or in need of really expensive medical care, FIND THESE HUMANS!” Continue reading

Survey Results Part 4: What Do You Think of This Blog?

This is part 4 of my Reader Survey results. And it only took 2 months! I suppose I should just be happy I got it done sometime in 2012.

Do you ever write book reviews (either for a blog or on a site like Amazon or Goodreads)?

I regularly post reviews on sites like Amazon or Goodreads 12 36%
I have a book review blog 11 33%
I post reviews sometimes on sites like Amazon or Goodreads 10 30%
I’ve never written a book review 9 27%
Other 2 6%

“Other” responses:
“I’ve posted the occasional review on my own blog but it’s not a book blog”
“brief reviews on my newsletter” Continue reading

Thanksgiving Weekend Retail Coupons & Discount Codes

If you prefer to buy from national retailers, the easiest and safest way to do that is at home sitting in front of your computer.

I’ve listed expiration dates if known. Always check before finalizing your order to ensure that the discount is still active. This page is for information purposes only, and I am not responsible for outside websites. Continue reading

Want to Help the Economy? Buy From a Small Business This Weekend

Buying from a small business is the best way to help our economy. When you buy from a small business, your money is going to a family rather than a corporation. Even with direct sales, while some of the profit does go to the company, part of it goes to the individual representative. When you support crafters and artists, you’re not only getting an original gift, but you’re encouraging someone to continue to explore and develop their talents.

I am providing these links as a service to my readers, both as customers and business owners. This listing is not an endorsement, nor am I responsible for content on outside websites. I am not receiving any compensation for this listing or for any sales made on these sites. (With the exception of The Pampered Chef.) Continue reading

Free Ebooks for Your Holiday Weekend

The following ebooks will be free on Amazon this weekend. Grab them so you’ll have something to read while you’re waiting in line. Or while you’re sitting at home enjoying all the time you saved by shopping online. 😉

INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders 4 1/2 stars with 36 reviews – FREE Nov 22-24

Bertha Maude Anderson has no inkling of how famous she will become. She lives in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the year 1843. Her world changes forever when she is enticed to join The Romanoff Brothers Circus and her name is changed to Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders. Inzared discovers her true calling while learning to live with the nomadic Gypsies. From the hatred shown by some of the performers to the love she finds along the way, Inzared finds herself immersed in the rich folklore and customs of the misunderstood people who call the circus their home. Her one constant is Cecil, the elephant, and together they form a bond that no one can break as Inzared finds herself lured into the world of the Gypsies while clinging to her own roots and trying to break free of the chains that keep her from her destiny. Continue reading

Make Kindness Your Gift To Others

I’m not sure I even know where to start. I’m far from perfect and I’m not always nice or polite (though I try), but it hurts my heart to see and hear people intentionally being mean to other people. Usually for no better reason than that they don’t share the same opinions. Sometimes, it’s not even intentional. I’ve done it myself. We write something on Facebook or we post a fabulously witty photo we saw on a friend’s wall, and we don’t stop to think that we’re actually talking about human beings. If you’re a Christian, then you should know that all humans are God’s children, and none of us are above others. As far as I know, all other religions teach love and kindness as well. There’s a reason for that. Humans can not live without kindness. You know, that whole “Treat others as you would be treated” thing. Crazy, I know. Continue reading

“But I’ve Never Had a Twinkie!”

Sooo, you may be a health-food freak if this is the response from your kids when you tell them that “the Twinkie company” is going out of business.

Jeffrey has had one, several years ago at a family reunion. My dad (aren’t grandparents usually the culprits?) gave him a Twinkie. Having never seen one before, he requested a plate and fork. (He was five or six.) He doesn’t remember that, though, and has insisted for several years that he’s never had a Twinkie. Bennett really has never had one. I’ve had a few Twinkies in my time, but I preferred the CupCakes (Chocolate, of course. Did you know they’re making strawberry CupCakes now? Well, not now.) Continue reading