Sunday, June 5, 2016

An argument for not putting things tidily away in cupboards and drawers.

Son: Have you seen the clamp?
Me: You mean the thing that holds things together?
Son (rolls his eyes): Yes, the metal thing, the bar clamp. Two jaws that screw together. (Holds up hands to demonstrate.)
Me: I know I’ve seen it somewhere…
Son: I used it last winter. There are a hundred places where it could be in the garage.
Me: Have you checked the laundry room? On top of the dryer?
Clomp, clomp, clomp down the stairs.
Son: It’s here.

Sherry's mind-map
                              Mind like a squirrel. Remembers where the nuts are buried.

 Hard to believe, but I've been bored with blogging, using my writing time for poetry instead. While most of my publications are in print, I've a few online, including one in which the title's layout accuses me of kidnapping.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Dog logic

What goes up...

...never comes back down in the same place.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

End the book embargo against Cuba

It seems like a "Well, duh," to me that readers and writers should have free access to all literature. Here, in brief, is what Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, wrote.

On the eve of his historic visit to Cuba March 21-22, we call on President Obama to utilize executive powers to immediately lift the economic embargo against Cuba as it pertains to books and educational materials.
As a basic human right, readers everywhere deserve greater access to books and literature.
Books promote cross-cultural understanding, economic development, free expression and positive social change.
The book embargo runs counter to American ideals of free expression.
Cuba's adult literacy rate -- at nearly 100% -- is among the highest in the world.
Cuba boasts a rich literary heritage.
End the embargo to make the works of American and Cuban writers more accessible to readers in each country.
72% of Americans support an end to the trade embargo against Cuba (Pew, 2015)

Sign the petition here and pass the word along. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Miro will be seven

Miro's seventh birthday is Tuesday, January 26. Fortunately, the day will pass without his noticing that he's older.
 From all tummy.

To all legs.

To all grown up.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Running between rain drops

 (Miro) Not sure I want to step on that wet stuff.

 Someone has been here.

 (Emily) Woo hoo, squirrels!

C'mon, Miro, let's get to it.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Does this dog deserve gifts?

 I've bought this brand of toy before. They're tough. They're purple. They keep a dog busy for thirty seconds. Unfortunately, I left Emily unsupervised with the toy for a minute, and this is what happened.

It is now in the toy graveyard--the garbage can.

This was supposed to be a super-tough toy. I got it away before Emily turned the living room into a fake snow scene with the stuffing.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Getting ready for holiday shopping

A tastyful book pleases dogs and their people.

To Aire Is Divine is the second of two books of Airedale mayhem edited by yours truly and sold to support Airedale Rescue. Neither book is new--1999!-- but there are still needy people who don't have a copy; and all proceeds go to Airedale Rescue. We used to sell To Aire Is Divine for $15 plus postage, but now the $15 includes the (admittedly outrageous) $5 cost of priority mail, leaving $10 per book for ADT Rescue. Or two copies cost $25 because I can fit two into the priority envelope. This year any money will go to Northwest Airedale Terrier Rescue.

If your dog has ever stolen the ornaments, escaped from a crate, tried to play tug-of-war with your socks, or more, this book is for you. In addition to the stories, there's advice for dealing with creative thinking dogs.

Your dog will thank you for the wisdom and comic relief.

To buy a copy, email me at sherry dot rind at gmail dot com and we'll exchange mailing addresses.

Friday, October 30, 2015

The shame of Halloween

 Miro the fish waits it out, knowing there's a treat at the end.

 Emily the frog pretends I'm not there.

 Wondering what her friends will think, not knowing they look equally unfashionable.

Frog eats fish.

New news!

 We've just read about the fundraiser for shelter animals. Our mom used to be a volunteer blogger for Seattle Humane (not to be confused with the national Humane Society), an outstanding shelter where she's taken us for training classes.  She donates regularly. Of course, there's Airedale Rescue and the fund-raising books of Airedale stories.