Blogger Bouquet #56

I must be going through a lucky streak for Jenhttps://jenniferkellandperry.com/nifer Kelland Perry just presented me with a beautiful blogger bouquet and some very kind words about my blog. Thank you so very much, Jenifer. ❤
Please visit Jennifer’s blog and her books on Young Adult fiction.

Carol Balawyder is an author, blogger and dog owner that I’ve only recently started following.

From her Welcome page:

“Welcome to my website and blog. I write about justice, mid-life dating, grief, blogs that inspire me both as a writer and a person, awesome writing workshops and my dog, Bau.

I have series on: How I Got Published, The Femme Fatale, Nobel Prize Laureates, Writers’ Desks, Ten Great First Dates.

One of my goals is to make online friends with bloggers around the world of different and alike views.”

Carol’s dog Bau has now been made the mascot for the Reading Program at Carol’s library. Check out this cute dog with a job in the post below:

Bau: Benefits of Reading To a Dog

Comments are closed here but you can leave a little love on the blogger’s page.

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone!

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Mourning Has Broken

I just received a nice surprise. Kevin Cooper posted a review of my memoir Mourning Has Broken on his blog. Many, Many Thanks, Kevin. ❤

Kevin Cooper

Mourning Has Broken offers a moving and poignant look at grief and loss. In this collection of narrative non-fiction essays, the author speaks from the heart not only about the death of a dear sister but also about the mourning of a mother, a father, a dear friend, a career and a religion.
Her sister’s death tore her heart apart. The grief she felt for her was more intense than any grief she ever felt for the death of someone dear to her. Perhaps it was the amalgamation of un-mourned griefs, or maybe it was because it was closer to home . To lose a parent puts your mortality next in line; to lose a sister, you are no longer in line – you have crossed the threshold.

When her mother died she wrote Don’t Bring me Flowers, an essay which is in this collection. In the weeks which followed…

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Ani’s Advent Calendar 2018! Favourite things with Carol Balawyder’s Bau

Thank you, Sue Vincent, for hosting my dog, Bau, on Ani’s Advent Calendar. I truly appreciate your generosity and talent . 🙂

I wish you all Happy Holidays

and a new year filled with your favorite things.

 

 

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Snowballs and turkey, and nice handsome poodles,

Maybe a chicken fried up with some noodles,

Tennis balls flying like birds on the wing….

These are a few of my favourite things.

Old cheddar cheeses with sausage and bacon,

Walks in the morning when rabbits are waking,

Cuddles and snuggles, earplugs when she sings…

These are a few of my favourite things.

When the flea bites,

When the vets write,

When the weather’s bad…

I simply indulge in my favourite things

To stop me from going mad….

Everyone is singing lately… I like singing, must be my Dad’s genes. Just wish she wouldn’t do it quite as much though. She’s not exactly tuneful…

Wonder if Bau can sing?

Letter from Bau

Dear Ani,

I hope that I am not too late in being able to post on your advent calendar. Really, all I want is to wish you and all your…

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Bau: Focusing on the World Outside

Sometimes (too often) I am left alone. My favorite activity when this happens is to get comfortable and stare out at life outside. I can do this for hours. I am very good at focusing. Better than most humans, I would say. I just wish that she would move that basket of flowers. It blurs my vision.

Although the dog’s visual acuity is considerably less than that of a normal human, a lot of information  is still getting from his eyes to his brain, even though the focus is “soft” and he won’t be able to make out many details. The overall effect is something like viewing the world through a fine mesh gauze or a piece of cellophane that has been smeared with a light coat of petroleum jelly. The overall outlines of objects are visible, but a lot of the internal details will be blurred and might even be lost. (p. 25)

In How Dogs Think by Stanley Coren.

Bau thinking

dog contemplating life

 

Comments are closed because I will be away for two weeks.

Bau: Sense of Smell

I love my morning walks. My new environment is a lot different from my old one and I am beginning to discover all sorts of interesting smells which is super tremendously stimulating.

The percentage of the dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is actually 40 times larger than that of a human! It’s been estimated that dogs can identify smells somewhere between 1,000 to 10,000 times better than nasally challenged humans can.

https://www.dummies.com/pets/dogs/understanding-a-dogs-sense-of-smell/

smelling

dog enjoying grass perfume

 

Missing child

Have you seen this child?

The Voice of Peace Canada

Good morning everyone, please stop what you are doing and take a look at this picture. We have a missing child in Montreal, I don’t personally know the kid or the family but it touches me like if it was my own little brother or cousin. He is missing since Monday noon. So please, may we all share this picture and if anyone has informations about Ariel please contact 911 or the numbers on the picture. Thank you for sharing. The family needs our love and support. May God bring him back to his family and little sister 🙏🏾❤

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International Women’s Day – March 8th 2018 – #PressforProgress – Coffee Morning Next Thursday.

I am far from the first to reblog this article by Sally and it is with great pride and conviction that I do so. Thank you, Sally, for articulating so eloquently what needs to be said ❤ and what we all need to be aware of. We are all in this together.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Next Thursday I am inviting you to a virtual Coffee Morning in honour of International Women’s Dayon March 8th. I will be sharing some of the quotes of women and men that I admire; who have made a difference to our world in terms of empowerment or inspiration. I would love you to join me with your own favourite quote and also your views on the subject of gender equality.

I am sharing my thoughts today on two separate gender issues, the first being the #MeToo campaign which has been stripping the entertainment industry of its glitter recently… You may not agree with all my observations but that is part of the dialogue needed to create change.

The second is the bravery and commitment to change shown by women in Saudi Arabia to obtain the right to something most of us take for granted.

This year the theme of…

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