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These past few months have brought with them a jumble of emotions. On a sad note, I lost my best buddy of 13 years—Sassie the Daschund. If not for a neurological issue that gradually grew worse over the years, she should've had at least a couple more years with me. She had the heart of a lion, and I miss her very much.

On a much happier note, we have now welcomed into our home a mischievous and adorable Beagle cross puppy—Stella. Check out her photo to the right! Not a day goes by that she doesn't make me laugh at her silly antics. Like most of my dogs over the years, Stella is a shelter rescue—a super cute one at that.

Finally, on a very exciting note, I have a new book to share: The Hidden Power of Dandelions.

The Hidden Power of Dandelions

The seed for this book was planted many years ago by an article in a local newspaper about two kids who dropped a large rock from a top an overpass, seriously injuring several people in a car below. For some reason, the event never left my mind. Then about three years ago, a similar event made the news, rekindling the idea anew. I wondered why anyone would do something so dangerous. Peer pressure? A desire for attention? Just because it sounded fun at the time? And then what about after? How would it feel to know you'd really hurt, possibly killed someone? How would you live with the guilt and regret? Even worse, what if the person you injured was someone you knew ... or even loved?

I also wondered about the victims and their families. How would it feel to have your life changed, perhaps forever, by a reckless prank? Could you forgive something like that? Could you move on? All these thoughts melded and mixed together for quite some time before finally transforming into the story of 12 year old Rylee—a young girl whose father is severely injured in just such an accident, effectively ending his dream job as a firefighter and leaving the family reeling. You'll find more story description on my Books page.

I hope you'll check it out and let me know what you think!

As a closing thought, here are a few books I've enjoyed lately:

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, Dusti Bowling
Sweep, Jonathan Auxier
Twilight Children, Torey Hayden
The Ultimate Guide to Puppy Training, Teoti Anderson

Happy Reading!