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Dana Symons
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Grief and Joy: Part Two
In part one of this blog series I focused mostly on the grief side, with the loss of our first dog, Happy Gilmore. While we are still sad and miss him dearly, we've also been able to experience new joys with the new dog we adopted a couple of weeks ago. Mee...

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Grief and Joy: Part 1
This past Christmas was a hard one for us. We had to say goodbye to one of our best friends and companions -- our dog, Happy Gilmore. It was all the harder because it was a sudden and unexpected death. Happy was a well trained and good mannered dog. He wasn...

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Birthday Post: 32 Things I'm Thankful for this Year
For the past couple of years, I've started a tradition where I write a post near and around my birthday . It started when I turned 30, with my 30 Life Lessons , then last year I focused on 31 Proverbs, or nuggets of wisdom . This year, I wanted to take some...

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Trick AND Treat! Dog Tricks & a Dog Treat Review
Halloween is just around the corner! Our dog, Happy Gilmore, has been known to dress in costume and get into the Halloween spirit, but he has one complaint about the holiday. Why does it have to be Trick OR Treat? Shouldn't it be Trick AND Treat? Happy was ...

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Bruschetta Pasta
When you find flavors that mesh, they deserve to be incorporated into multiple dishes. Bruschetta is one of those flavors. One of my favorite things to make with garden fresh tomatoes is bruschetta -- that delicious combination of tomatoes, thinly sliced on...

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Product Review: Hotter Originals - Comfortable Shoes!
When I was young, I used to wear all the high heels and platform shoes. It was nice to feel tall every now and then. However, since Rheumatoid Disease struck, I've been relegated to flat, "comfortable shoes" -- and the struggle to find such shoes that are a...

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Don't be Hasty: A Stolen Pillow and a Talking Tree (Herder, that is)
It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way. (Proverbs 19:2) Have you ever been so excited about something that you charged ahead full force without fully considering your actions? It's easy to do when it's something you ...

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Drawing from Deep Waters: The Art of Asking Questions
The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. (Proverbs 20:5) This is a verse that I've been pondering on for some time now, as I think it gets at the heart of a skill I've been trying to obtain: the art of asking...

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Super Mario Baby Shower Invite - How To
Interestingly enough, the most popular Pinterest content that is from my blog comes from my post on the Super Mario Bros. themed baby shower my mom and I threw for my sister-in-law -- and the related gifts for my nephew.  I was contacted recently about wher...
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