Tag: Deborah Taylor-French

Sleeping pets, a reblog of Pet Chat

Pet Chat blog just followed Dog Leader Mysteries

Pet cuteness from a blog new to me. The writer, blogger, and pet advocate, not new to any of those three, shows wisdom, an understanding of dogs, and gives sound tips on pet care. So please visit her blog, Pet Chat- more on pets, dogs, cats, birds, and more.

So easy to follow bloggers on WordPress, that’s why I love it. 

BTW I found Pet Chat blog when she followed Dog Leader Mysteries on WordPress.

This is the one thing I will miss about WordPress.com, the wonderful world of WP blogs. To be able to quickly search for pet blogs or writing blogs to follow, plus being able to reblog a few seems to grow my community without trying too much. After all researching, editing, writing, revising, and copyediting then self-publishing takes loads of time. So I like anything that will connect me with other writers, bloggers, and animal lovers, fast.

"I'm the boss," said Paris.
Paris, our rabbit, wins over Sydney, our dog

Both our pets in the photograph above were adopted from local animal shelters. Paris lived with us for twelve years, an exceptionally long life for even a house rabbit. Rabbits in the wild probably live for about three years maximum (or so I’m told).

If you have a photograph of a sleeping pet, or a house rabbit you would like to share with Dog Leader Mysteries blog, please drop us a note in the comments.

We love your comments.

Thanks for reading,

Deborah Taylor-French

Pet Chat

An awww post of cuteness for today.

SamanthaSulpher, LA

And one on the move


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Deborah Taylor-French

Chocolate before 9am?

Never say diet…not to me As far as diets go, they don’t work for me. The minute I think I should diet I want to eat everything. Even things I dislike seem to whisper inticments to my tongue. Normally, I detest cake because of cake’s texture, and dryness. Plus cakes do not pack the flavor pow of a freshly baked fruit pie with French vanilla ice cream. I tend to choose flavor over sugary candies, and desserts.😋

Whenever I begin to eat too much. (Who doesn’t want to eat the foods we love? Especially more of our favorite foods?) Many of my favorite foods are fruits, and pies. I could make a long list, beginning with lemon meringue pie, dark chocolate with raspberry sorbet, flan, blueberry muffins, fresh whipped cream, and blackberry tartes. 

3 things I do to maintain fitness & health

I stop buying cookies, ice cream, and snacks. If they are not in my house I won’t eat them. 

I eat more fresh vegetables and fruits. 

I add more movement to my day.

  • Leave foods I like too much alone
  • Eat more celery, fresh basil, tomatoes, etc.
  • Walk and move more each day

 Health studies show weight loss or maintaining a healthy weight relies more on consistent physical exercise than dieting.
Raising physical activity Parking far from shops or events, taking the stairs, and dancing in our kitchen become refreshed habits. I like how I feel when I dance. I like climbing stairs, and hills. Of course I love walking our dog or walking with friends, and family.

What’s chocolate got to do with health?  I love dark chocolate! So when I read a study of workers who ate dark chocolate before work, I wanted to try it. So far I have noticed an improvement in mood, and mental focus (essential for writers). Not a bad reason to get out of bed either.

                                              My dark chocolate prebreakfast 

Read about the study at this link. http://tipsforhome.net/health-tips/science-shows-eating-chocolate-cake-breakfast-good-brain-waistline/

What has this got to do with dogs? Our dogs reflect our habits, and daily choices. Dogs are utterly depend on our leadership, and caregiving.

common saying is, if your dog is overweight perhaps you could you lose a few pounds too.

If we can benefit from more vegetables, our dogs can too. Add a handful of fresh sugar snap peas cut up as treats instead of dog biscuits. Try adding tidbits of other vegetables to your dogs food, either cooked or raw. You might be surprised that your dog, like our dog tastes the difference between fresh garden, organic zucchini, and commercially grown zucchini. 

Begin slowly. Many dog health experts suggest we gradually add a new dog food while decreasing a dog’s typical food. Note, older dogs, and puppies have special dietary needs. My blog is not medical advice, merely wellbeing suggestions. 

Please comment with tips or methods you use to maintain your dogs health or your dog’s healthy weight. 

We love our readers.

Deborah Taylor-French

Freedom to feel alive 

Travel changes POV

The instant I’m in a car, on a plane or boarding a train to someplace new I become all eyes. That is an odd expression, all eyes. Imagine eyes all over my body?  But “all eyes” is the closest to what I can say about what happens to my mind and my experience when traveling.

All eyes, mostly unseeing

All eyes going by all. All eyes swimming by, often rapidly. Too fast for me to see eye color or distinct features , except for eyebrows, eye set or basic shape. All eyes looking beyond and onto where those people are walking. Hurrying to the next distination, the next ride, the next taxi, the next departure. All eyes on the next and next connection. No time for slow. No time to see anyone for more than a second.

The rare and open unblinking eyes of a child, the pleading eyes of a begger, the hungry eyes of a too thin gypsy, the big foreign eyes of tourists, eyes like mouths  devouring every new site, cafe menus, meals, millions bottles of Coca Cola…

The  Cyclops eye of camera lenses and the retangular eyes of a million smart phones and electronic tablets. All fast. Open shut. Repeat. Repeat.

Life swimming by in pairs of eyes

Life is far too short to hate ourselves for not fitting into mental constructs of success or freedom. Yet that seems to flow by on so many faces. Unhappiness. Loss. Obsession with things. Loveless expressions. Fear. Anxiety. Stress. Emptiness. Lack of hope. And those are the faces of life’s winners, those who have made it financially, who have leisure time, who have choices, who eat the best food in the world, who wear shoes better than most people ever see (except in shop windows). Those on holiday from daily cares, jobs,  chores, children and parents. Those lucky tourists! A mass of unsmiling crowds who order too much to drink and eat and leave behind money and trash, the world over all eyes on them.

My English language eyes read every shirt walking by

On my trip in Athens, Greece I kept reading people’s T-shirts. After I scanned a face, the English letters and words gave me ideas and feelings to move through. A brief second of image capture. Of course, some slogans seemed weird or just off. But I madly sot impressions of what compelled those Greeks we saw to wear printed t-shirts. Oh, I saw some that proclaimed, “Princess,” “Just do it” or “Bad.” Many of the shoppers and sightseers where from other parts of Europe, yet I saw few T-shirts with French, Spanish or German slogans.

My favorite T-shirt on a young boy about 11 years old read, “To be continued.” Now I thought that was perfect. Not only perfect for a young boy, but perfect for all of us to wear because aren’t we all in the middle of life “to be continued?”

Perhaps you aren’t right now feeling hopeful we’re looking forward to anything in particular. But wherever you are in your life the amazing thing is you can still be knocked on your heels looking into the face of a child just learning to walk, or suddenly seeing the sky fulsome with clouds get one of those “Gee, life is so much bigger than I make it most of the time.”

Looking forward to what you’re going to write next!

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1 thing more toxic than chocolate for dogs

More toxic than chocolate?

Yes, and it’s everywhere.

Please visit my guest blog post on 4Knines blog “One common thing that is more toxic than chocolate for dogs”  Then please comment! Of course, after you comment, I’d love it if you would share far and wide for the love and lives of dogs. After working on this post for about a month I shared it as a guest post so that it may reach a larger audience of dog lovers, beyond my WordPress blog.

If you missed my first guest post on 4Knines blog, then go see my guest blog: “3 tips that could save your dog’s life”

"Hey Mom, what's up?"
Syd the kid

As a writerly treat and encouraging read, I’m sharing Ursula Le Guin’s famous acceptance speech and noting the context. Not a single writer of science fiction nor fantasy genre were honored before her award in 2014. She states that all her fellow authors in those genres were over looked for fiction that fell within the category of “realistic” or “realism.” Enjoy.

National Book Foundation Medal

Speech in Acceptance of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

To the givers of this beautiful eward, my thanks, from the heart. My family, my agents, my editors, know that my being here is their doing as well as my own, and that the beautiful reward is theirs as much as mine. And I rejoice in accepting it for, and sharing it with, all the writers who’ve been excluded from literature for so long — my fellow authors of fantasy and science fiction, writers of the imagination, who for fifty years have watched the beautiful rewards go to the so-called realists.Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom — poets, visionaries — realists of a larger reality.

Right now, we need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. Developing written material to suit sales strategies in order to maximise corporate profit and advertising revenue is not the same thing as responsible book publishing or authorship.Yet I see sales departments given control over editorial. I see my own publishers, in a silly panic of ignorance and greed, charging public libraries for an e-book 6 or 7 times more than they charge customers. We just saw a profiteer try to punish a publisher for disobedience, and writers threatened by corporate fatwa. And I see a lot of us, the producers, who write the books and make the books, accepting this — letting commodity profiteers sell us like deodorant, and tell us what to publish, what to write.Books aren’t just commodities; the profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable — but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words.I’ve had a long career as a writer, and a good one, in good company. Here at the end of it, I don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river. We who live by writing and publishing want and should demand our fair share of the proceeds; but the name of our beautiful reward isn’t profit. Its name is freedom.

Thank you.

Ursula K. Le Guin
November 19, 2014

This text may be quoted without obtaining permission from the author, or copied in full so long as the copyright information is included:

Copyright © 2014 Ursula K. Le Guin, Ursula K. Le Guin Website


Readers you will find a video of her Speech in Acceptance of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to Amercian Letters by clicking this link: Ursula Le Guin National Book or paste this link into your browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et9Nf-rsALk

Happy New Year 2016

to writers and readers, may your be blessed by art and publication of work written from freedom to freedom.

May all beings be happy.

Deborah Taylor-French