One Year Ago Today…


One year ago today… this loving, adorable little creature graced me with her love and wisdom.

When I adopted Gidget from On My Way Home Dachshund Rescue they weren’t exactly sure how old she was – perhaps between 6 or 7. It is also unclear when her birthday is.

But age isn’t important — it is that we found each other — and so we celebrate today that we came into each others lives and our hearts found comfort and purpose.

A day she found her forever home and the day my heart expanded to love once again. This is a day of celebration.

A day to celebrate all Gidget has been for me. My joy, my laughter, my stillness, my teacher, my guide, my faithful companion, my mirror, my cuddle bug, my strength, my inspiration, and…I could go on forever, really.

It is amazing how one tiny 9 lb. dog can fill a whole room with such brilliant light and huge love. She is one-of-a-kind and I feel incredibly grateful to call her friend.

“Through Frankie’s Eyes” Honored with USA Best Book Awards Finalist

Through Frankie's Eyes best book finalistThank you to USA Book News for the wonderful award as finalist in the category of “Animals/Pets: Narrative Non-Fiction” for my memoir, Through Frankie’s Eyes.

They received over 2,000 entries from mainstream and independent publishers, which were then narrowed down to over 400 winners and finalists.

Truly honored to be given this award! Congratulations to all the other winners and finalists!

The Four Barbara’s.

IMG_2178Out of twenty two women, represented from nine states, that attended the SoulCollage® Facilitator training this past weekend, four of us were named Barbara. How about that?

As I often do when I meet a Barbara, I just have to know her middle name. With this many Barbara’s at the training, this came in handy.

From left to right we have:  Barbara Sill, Barbara Ann, Barbara Gail and Barbara Jane.

Sunday morning we all somehow migrated to the same spot at the kitchen table for breakfast, making up the corner of it, which made us all chuckle.

So I may be a bit bias, but there was something quite magical about having four Barbara’s at this event — or at the very least, it sure felt special to me. And each of us from a different state:  North Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Virginia.

Though I may never see these Barbara’s again, they have become a part of me and I feel honored to have met each of them. Barbara Soul Sisters Unite!