Working through E100

What have I been up to lately? Well….besides being busy with daily life, one of the things I have been busy with, has been working through a bible reading plan that I picked this year, called the “E100 Bible Challenge”, that is basically, 100 days of reading from the Old Testament and the New Testament,…



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“Wasted Prayer” by Greg Darley book review

I finally was able to finish “Wasted Prayer” by Greg Darley and upon completion, had mixed feelings about the book. When I had begun reading it, honestly the title had thrown me off, but then again, a book that is designed to provoke discussion and encourage thinking, usually would do that, wouldn’t it? The trouble…



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Jugging Greenies

Dangler is on location at Roberts Bay for the Fish report & Redfish Rich is holding up to his nickname.

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Puppy Sitting Pretty

Awwwwww this sweet puppy doesn’t know any other way to sit yet….

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Scenes from the roadside 3 or 4?

Monterey Cypress grove. Westport CA. 

The 3rd and last time we cross the coastal mountain range

Pitching a tent on a promontory.  Westport CA

One of the great mysteries of this walk. Why poop on the white stripe?  Kid you not – all of the scat on hwy 1 is on or near it

Chipalope… Unsurprisingly Found only in the pot country of Humbolt

On the road there is no clean. Only degrees of dirty. Washing my shirt in a hotel sink

Meet Dave. He lost his Indy to cancer & every year takes Indy’s favorite toy – a gorilla – on hikes in the redwood forest. Meeting ppl like him makes it all worthwhile

Josie’s a beautie. She has cushings from a tumor on her pituitary gland

Autumn in August?  Never seen the leaves change so early in all our travels. Ferndale CA

Indy getting a little ass in Fortuna CA

Now that’s irony

Etched in the sands of time
That’s right Ella – you tell em

The glorious Trinidad beach… Breathtaking

Miss my Hudson but we must walk on!

Scenic route. Trinidad CA
Hey it gets lonely on the road… Indy’s all about the girls from Cali 
An elk bull.  I was just 20 feet away when I took this pic. Powerful 

The south slope of the 101 mountain from crescent city was so dangerous that we walked on this narrow retaining wall. Frikkin crazy

Curious sea creatures that wash ashore on the west coast.  Like a mini Portuguese man o war found on the Gulf of Mexico 
Hudson’s last days with us on the west coast

Chef big dog, tho otherwise occupied, is still in the house! Tex mex cuban sammich w chorizo spicy pickle roasted peppers bacon marinated pork chops and a chipotle mustard sauce

We enjoys having our friend and nutmegger Valerie join us on the road for a few days.  

The drive… Err… walk thru tree

Klamath river

Jimmy at the log house.  He walked from garberville to fort Bragg with me

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

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Low income? Dental care hard to come by

Low income? Dental care hard to come by
Last Wednesday, Greene, 50 and unemployed, sat at Westside Family Healthcare's Wilmington dental clinic awaiting treatment for two cavity fillings and a chipped tooth. She is on Medicaid, but that won't help her. In Delaware preventative dental care …
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Dr. Lance Timmerman DMD, Dr. Steve Carstensen DDS and Dr.Teresa Jacobs
He knew he was going to be an orthodontic technician and he knew he was going to help people all over the country to help treat their sleep disorders in partnership with their dentists. David Gergen opened his family-owned orthodontic lab in Phoenix
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Police dog killed in the line of duty gets funeral with full honors

Police officer Sgt. Ryan Stark bids farewell to his fallen canine partner. More than 1000 police personnel, civilians and dozens of service dogs attended the funeral of Kye, a 3-year-old German Shepherd K-9 killed in the line of duty in Oklahoma City. Kye was fatally injured when he and Officer Stark responded to a stolen car report. The suspect led officers on a car chase and crashed into a ditch, then he attempted to flee…
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I take back everything I’ve said about writing being fun and easy

There is nothing that will make you gain an appreciation for a creative process more than attempting to do it yourself. You know, like those people who scoff at the museum and say, “A kid could do that!” and then go home and paint something absolutely horrid.

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Or those people who look on Pinterest or food blogs for new recipes.

Source: thechive.com

Source: thechive.com

This is how I feel about writing a book. “I write a blog,” I said. “I have a command of basic English,” I said. This will be a piece of cake. James Patterson cranks out like 4 of these a year, surely I can do at least one in five years’ time.

Then I tried to do it. I sent to my agent a proposal that I thought might work, much the same way this sculptor thought his modern take on “a snake” might work.

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These things are, clearly, subject to interpretation.

Much like the kindergartner who says, “I can do it MYSELF!!” before nearly running into the path of an oncoming school bus, my journey has required a good deal of handholding, gentle redirection, and tactful suggestions from people who have been doing this much longer than I have.

Today I sent off the second draft of All Dogs Go To Kevin to my editor. I don’t know how many drafts one normally goes through; enough to get it right, I suppose. It took forever. I did what all writers do and sat, paralyzed with indecision, for months before hitting the keys in a panic. I procrastinated. I took a short break to read Stephen King’s The Stand (not the best decision from a time management perspective, that one.) But we got there.

I’ve read that George R.R. Martin writes his manuscripts on a typewriter. I can’t even fathom how that works. Without word processors, I’d have been dealing with trying to make sense of something like this:

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But it’s working! We have made progress! I have slogged through my favorite dogs’ deaths enough times now to count as official desensitization therapy. It’s actually, after lots and lots and lots and lots of work, starting to resemble an actual manuscript. It’s nuts.

We are on target for a summer 2015 release, which seemed like a long time away until that whole Hachette/Amazon debacle where Amazon is penalizing first time Hachette authors by burying their works and potentially ruining their fledgling careers before they even had a chance to get started.

Now, summer 2015 seems like “Plenty of time to get it figured out, right guys? RIGGGHT?” because if not, I’m going to be begging you all on hands and knees to put aside your Prime for just long enough to get my book at Barnes and Noble because yes, I am one of those Hachette authors affected by this, and it’s making my hair fall out.

In the meantime, my editor has been keeping me entertained by sending me photos of some of the dogs that may be featured on the book cover. Her job is to take the pictures I sent her of Taffy, Emmett, and Kekoa and come up with three reasonable stand-ins. It’s a tall order, at least so far as Taffy is concerned, seeing what they have to work with: “A slightly neurotic, half-shaved Lhasa with chronic skin issues who always looks like she wants to be anywhere other than with the two 80s relics who always insist on holding her, Joan Jett and Jeanette from the Chipettes.”

I really did love the Chipettes.

I really did love the Chipettes.

 

Can’t wait to see what they come up with.

 

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Asheville North Carolina Named Most Beautiful Place in America to Live and More


Asheville, North Carolina (PRWEB) July 23, 2014

No need for mascara or lipstick, Asheville, North Carolina?s acres of mountain terrain won the ultimate beauty contest in 2011. ABC?s Good Morning America, announced its list of ?Ten Most Beautiful Places to Live? and this little city nicknamed Land in the Sky near the Blue Ridge Parkway topped the charts at #1. But beauty is not only what’s Asheville’s know for. In 2013, Conde Nast Traveler named Asheville on the list of Friendliest Cities in the World. More recently, Purina ONE selected Asheville in May 2014 as a “perfect dog-friendly city” after touring the country to find the best place to kick off its 28-Day Challenge. In June 2014, Livability.com placed Asheville at #4 on its “Top 10 Foodie Cities 2014″ round-up.

Asheville, North Carolina beat Aspen, Colorado with flying colors for the top beauty title. This culturally rich beautiful mountain town is nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Asheville’s stellar outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking and fishing appeal to folks of all ages. Families from far and wide travel to the region to check out the rich cultural festivals and foodie venues. Visitors enjoy this place so much that many end up searching for Asheville homes for sale while they’re on holiday to see if Asheville is right for them. Check out which Asheville neighborhoods Real Estate Scorecard believes are getting even more beautiful as time goes on:

BILTMORE LAKE – A bass fisherman?s dream! This luxury community filled with Asheville homes is known for its catch and release fishing, gorgeous mountain views and its 1,300 acres of superb architectural planning. Add Biltmore Lake’s convenient location near the Blue Ridge Parkway and additional amenities like the lakefront Biltmore Clubhouse, two tennis courts and 4.2 miles of hiking trails and this is clearly the most ideal destination for retirement.

THE CLIFFS AT WALNUT COVE – For the golfing enthusiasts of the family, this is one of the best places to live in North Carolina mountains. This upscale, gated gated community comes with its own fine dining at the Walnut Cove Tavern, four lighted Har-Tru tennis courts, a superb Wellness Center and, of course, 18-hole Championship Jack Nicklaus golf course. This 1,500-acre golfing paradise set in a valley is more than what any Baby Boomer could bargain for who wants to live close to downtown Asheville.

SOUTHCLIFF – Quaint elegance is the best way to describe this gated mountain community. It is 400 acres of manicured parks, six miles of walking trails, and plenty of farmhouse and cottage-inspired Asheville homes for sale. The rustic porches and bridges sweeten the already breathtaking landscapes of the mountains in this cozy Asheville neighborhood for house-hunting retirees and young families.

THE RAMBLE – Location, location, location. It’s hard to beat The Ramble’s proximity to downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Luxury Asheville homes and European-style estates are built among a 1,000 acre forest. An extensive trail system provides hiking adventures outdoor lovers crave in Western North Carolina. Award winning restaurants and shopping can be quickly accessed at Biltmore Park Town Square.

REYNOLDS MOUNTAIN – Perched up on a mountain, the twinkling lights of downtown Asheville will steal your breath away at Reynolds Mountain. Situated on the north end of the city, Reynolds Mountain offers low maintenance townhomes and cliffside Asheville homes. It urban towncenter at the base of the mountain is home to a large YMCA fitness center and outdoor cafes.

CHAMPION HILLS – Competitive folks will love the opportunity to win at Champion Hills. Complete with a resort-style heated outdoor pool, 18-hole Tom Fazio Championship golf course, fitness center and four lighted tennis courts, this mountain golf community will keep any fitness fanatic in top shape. The 100 social clubs and hobby organizations occupy the social butterflies of the family, and the grand 25,000 square foot clubhouse offers a scenic venue for folks to reunite and share the events of their memorable days.

All of these neighborhoods have been welcoming folks looking to relocate to the Western North Carolina area. Now is still an excellent time to buy while Asheville home prices are still affordable. Asheville shows off its natural beauty year round and continues to win the reputation of being one of the best places to live in North Carolina mountains. To tour any of these beautiful neighborhoods and see Asheville homes for sale, contact Sean McLaughlin of Mountain Oak Properties at 248.470.4009.

About Real Estate Scorecard:

Real Estate Scorecard writes unbiased real estate reviews providing in-depth information about popular gated communities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, all in an effort to help people discover where to retire in the Southeast.

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Corgi Mail!!

You’ve got mail!!! It’s the cutest happiest little Corgi named Trinket!!

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