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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!

Hint: Please leave a note, we love our readers.

2 paws up: Learning from Dogs

 Learning from Dogs: new nonfiction book

Happily a gift arrived a week ago from a friend. Paul Handover’s nonfiction book came and now has a place on my desk. Having connected through our blogs on WordPress.com. We shared a few chats on the phone. Our conversations led to Handover requesting a book endorsement for his Learning from Dogs: Innate Wisdom from Man’s Best Friend,  his nonfiction on the wisdom of dogs.

Paul Handover's nonfiction book on the innate wisdom of dogs
Paul Handover’s nonfiction book on the innate wisdom of dogs

As Agatha Christie’s famous detective, Poirot likes to put it, “My little gray cells…” so in an email to Paul, I wrote, “‘My little gray cells’ are spinning from jazzy ideas for your book blurb.”
“…fine insights on dogs by  Handover, who loves them, lives with dozens and learns from dogs.”

A rich resource of ideas, experience and knowledge, both large in scope.

Handover delivers in terms of descriptive of canine behavior, historical and detailed memoir..

“Paul Handover’s book will open your eyes to man’s best friend. Forget that bogus male alpha dog or alpha wolf. Make way for the three dogs needed for a healthy dog pack. Make peace with multiple dogs in your family’s life.”

Learning from Dogs
A lovely gift from Paul Handover, a wonderful blogger and author

“You will love this book. Paul Handover sets us free from false ideas of what dogs need. Read and learn to make a healthier relationship with your dog and dogs everywhere.”

“What do our faithful and loving dogs have to do with hope and a better future? Everything. Discover the five things our dogs teach us. Paul Handover tells us how to make a better world for our children and grandchildren. Read parts of this book aloud to your family and friends. I also recommend this book for book clubs, especially for clubs reading nonfiction and discussing current events.”
In Learning From Dogs Handover returns us to our origins. Readers, find how early humans were helped and comforted by dogs, plus the rich evidence of man and dog co-evolution. Dive into this personal and species adventure. Reading this will change your perspective on dogs, wolves and humankind. Most importantly, “Learning From Dogs” values life on planet earth offers ideas on peaceful co-evolution and holds out a hand to readers, a hand called hope.

 “It takes a long time to become young.”~ Pablo Picasso

In Learning From Dogs, Handover returns us to our origins investigating the mutual survival and social relations of early humans and dogs. Visit the rich evidence of man and dog’s coevolution. Reading this changes our perspective on dogs, wolves and humankind. Most importantly Learning From Dogs values life on Earth and offers ideas on peaceful coevolution. Handover holds out his hand to readers, a hand called hope.”

Please visit Learning from Dogs blog and read more about the book.

Deborah Taylor-French, author and blogger of Dog Leader Mysteries, writes books full of animal rescue and positive dog leadership plus non-fiction books for adults.

Should I stay or should I go? WordPress- .com vs. .org

Changes here and beyond

Dear Readers,

I thankfully acknowledge how much each of you mean to me. Changes must happen. In thinking toward the future of Dog Leader Mysteries, several huge jumps and hops have danced in my mind. Yes, for few years. Actually, I’ve built an author Website on Weebly, which is private, but I hesitate to launch it. I happen to have a very long name. Not so easy to type in search windows, so I’m also toying with a pen name.

Any of you using a pen name?

Have you thought through the advantages vs. the hassles? Email me if you have advise for me. My public email: dtfwriter@gmail.com.

The other big, BIG, biggie I face is moving this blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. The ledger book began tilting years ago, yet I hung on to this blogging site due to the many friendships I treasure (made on this blog).

Yummy. People food!
Thanks, I waited sooo long for this.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” Joseph Campbell

Not exactly bliss

I have less than a month to make these changes.

So in the next week I’ll ask you questions. I need your help to make some choices. Meanwhile we have set up an email at Mail Chimp for you to add yourself, if you want to keep in touch.

Dog Leader Mysteries from Deborah Taylor-French


Happy Dog Loving New Year 2013

A WordPress.com stats

2012 annual report for Dog Leader Mysteries blog.

No More Death By Collar received 1,637 hits, thanks to The Dog Food Advisor posting a like to his Dog Food Advisor Facebook page and sharing a story of watching his dog nearly choke to death on a collar.

Many Smiles to Dog Lovers for a Happy New Year for 2013

Get your heads together and smile
Smiling Keeshond plus smiling girl

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 12,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 20 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Dog Leader Mysteries: A Review of 2011

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,000 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.