Hello Summer..

Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. ~ Mary Oliver Some people are not meant to have a dog.  Ever.  Some people are not meant to be without a dog. Ever.  I fall in the latter category.  Although I thought I would embrace my independence and freedom to … More Hello Summer..


Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face. ~ George Eliot Mother’s Day weekend brought with it some beautiful weather. Our dogwood tree was in full bloom which warmed my heart as my mom had such love for dogwood trees. Those blossoms were like a heaven sent kiss from her to me. The … More Contraband..

Moving On..

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust What’s a girl to do when she loses her best friend? Why, she gathers up the pieces of her broken heart, packs her bags, and skips town of course. First, I … More Moving On..

Puppy Love..

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. ~ Kahlil Gibran On Saturday morning we lost our faithful four-legged friend and old girl, Ellie. Her real name was Cabela Blue, but no one ever called her that. She was always Ellie, or Ellie Bellie, or Ellie Pink … More Puppy Love..

Lions and Lambs..

In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four- and-twenty hours. ~ Mark Twain Evidently Mark Twain was in western Pennsylvania when he observed this. March went out like a lamb just as it’s supposed to. A mere 72 hours ago it was sunny and 70 degrees … More Lions and Lambs..

Twenty Questions..

You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help. ― Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes) Have you ever had one of those weeks? Yes? Well me too, and this has been one of them. So when I saw this box of Yogi tea announcing “Kava Stress Relief” I thought this is … More Twenty Questions..

The Friendly Skies..

Let yourself be silently drawn by the pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. ~ Rumi It was almost exactly one year ago that my girl received an email with a subject line that read “Fulbright Application Status.”  And that email announced: Dear Ms. Bruton, Congratulations!  I am delighted to inform … More The Friendly Skies..