Friday Fun: Dog Walks

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I get the biggest kick out of watching people with their dogs, out on a morning constitutional. Without fail, the dogs are charging ahead, tails keeping time like the needle on a metronome. They’re just so darn happy! Rain or shine, hot or cold, those pups are ready to hit the pavement.

Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan says that it’s part of their migratory instincts.

Makes sense to me. Time to go walk my dogs!

So have you ever wondered why dogs like to walk? Share your guesses in the comment section below for a chance to win a copy of Amish Values for Your Family!

What do you think goes on in the mind of a dog? @suzannewfisher 

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Dreams Coming True: Connecting with the Land in an Urban Setting

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Dreams Coming True is a new Thursday feature on my blog, a way to highlight those whose goal is to create community. The dream might be a blog, a published book, a small business, volunteering, or even fundraising for a charity. Something that makes the world a better place . . . for others.

Welcome Cris Gutierrez from Santa Monica Community Gardens! Tell us a little about yourselves:

We are Santa Monica Community Gardens, a group of multigenerational residents, socio-economically, racially and ethnically diverse. Teachers, chiropractors, producers, heath care professionals, casting agents, lifeguards, activists, lawyers, actors, writers, business owners, poets, artists, accountants, dancers, etc., we represent all kinds of professions. We are an eclectic mix—knowledgeable, eccentric, whimsical, serious, sophisticated—as are our aesthetics. As a community of gardeners, whether novices or master gardeners, we value the creative exercise of growing our own food, flowers, and   Keep Reading…

A Day in My Life: First Day of the Rest of His Life

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My youngest son, Tad, graduated from college in May and started his career at a bank a few weeks later. He trained back east for six weeks, then moved to Los Angeles. Steve and I drove down to help him set up his apartment. Below is a scene outside of the motel where we stayed . . . beautiful Los Angeles! (Not!) Let’s just say that it is a city that takes getting used to.

Day One of the first day of the rest of his life.

Tad didn’t have his car yet (our daughter was driving it to him from Northern California), so we had to drop him at his workplace in our mini-van. Kind of a throwback to the hundreds (thousands) of school drop-offs that had happened in my beloved mini-van.

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Give Me the Simple Life: Simple Summer Pleasures

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Not so long ago, Blake and Kaitlyn came to visit for a week. We planned a lot of fun things to go to, but all they really wanted to do was to play in our backyard. So that’s what we did! Kaitlyn loves, loves, loves dogs, and Blake loves any kind of ball. Basketball, ping pong, baseball, tennis ball, football . . . anything round that can be thrown. But one thing they both loved . . .blowing bubbles.

What are your simple summer pleasures? @suzannewfisher

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Author Spotlight: Sarah Price

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Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from the last Author Spotlight giveaway is SALLY DAVISON! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com with your mailing address to claim your prize.

Welcome Sarah Price, author of First Impressions, to Author Spotlight! Leave a comment below for the chance to win a signed copy of First Impressions and Sarah Price wristbands!

Share a little bit about yourself. Married with kids? Empty nester? Do you work full-time and write when you can squeeze it in?

Define little bit (ha ha). Let’s see . . . I’m an animal-loving, high-energy mother of two that has found the secret to living 25 hours a day! I write as often as   Keep Reading…

Friday Fun: History of Pie

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“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” William Shakespeare once said. If that’s true, would the same logic work for a delicious fruit filled pie if it were called a grunt, a crow’s nest pudding, a buckle or a slump?

The pie, or “pye,” has been around since 2nd century B.C., when a Roman housewife came up with the idea of sealing meat inside a flour and oil paste and baked it. The concept of the pie expanded through the centuries to include fruit. Early settlers of America, eager to use their favorite recipes from home, were masters at improvising when they couldn’t find ingredients, even using primitive equipment on open hearths. Steamed bread pudding, for example, became a baked Apple Brown Betty. Early colonists were so fond of these juicy dishes that they often served them as the main course, for breakfast, or   Keep Reading…

Dreams Coming True: Making e-books More Personal

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Dreams Coming True is a new Thursday feature on my blog, a way to highlight those whose goal is to create community. The dream might be a blog, a published book, a small business, volunteering, or even fundraising for a charity. Something that makes the world a better place . . . for others.

Welcome Evan Jacobs, creator of Authorgraph! Tell us a little about yourself:

I’m a software developer and entrepreneur currently living in Seattle, WA. When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, rowing in the Puget Sound, and spending time with my wife and three children.

When did this creative dream begin?

I first came up with the idea for Authorgraph while at an author event in Seattle during the summer of 2010. When the author finished reading a passage from his book, he invited everyone to come up   Keep Reading…

A Day in My Life: Venice Beach

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My youngest son graduated from college in May and recently moved to Los Angeles for work. We went down there in July to help him settle into his new apartment and then spent the weekend at a nearby beach. Have you ever heard of Venice Beach in southern California? It’s a one-of-a-kind place, sort of a circus-y feel to it, with a rather checkered (unseemly) history. It’s called Venice Beach because of the canals that run to the ocean. If you haven’t been . . . it’s definitely worth a trip. A curious place!

Muscle Beach is the haven for bodybuilders.They had a bikini contest going on . . . but I passed.

Venice Beach was packed with people–all kinds. The boardwalk was fun, too. And there are all kinds of great little hole-in-the-wall places to find something quick and delicious.    Keep Reading…

Give Me the Simple Life: Two-Minute Barn-Raising

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Chipotle takes food for thought to the next level with their Cultivating Thought: Author Series. Check out this insightful perspective on the Amish by Malcolm Gladwell.

I grew up in Canada, in an area of Ontario where there is a large community of Old-Order Mennonites. “Old Orders,” as they are known, are a religious group who live as if the 20th century never happened. They avoid electricity, drive horses and buggies, leave school at 16, and bale hay by hand. They dress in plain black and white, with straw hats over clean-shaven faces, and when a neighbor’s barn burns down, they gather as a community to put it back up. When I was little, not long after we moved to Ontario, my father heard about a barn-raising down the road. He decided to join in. If people of different colors and creeds are to get along,   Keep Reading…

Author Spotlight: Amy Lillard

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Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from the last Author Spotlight giveaway is ELAINE BREAULT! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com with your mailing address to claim your prize.

Welcome Amy Lillard, author of Caroline’s Secret, to Author Spotlight! Leave a comment below for the chance to win a copy of Amy’s latest release!

Share a little bit about yourself. Married with kids? Empty nester? Do you work full-time and write when you can squeeze it in?

I’ve been married to my husband forever. Okay, just twenty-five years. ☺ We have one son, two spoiled cats, and a lazy dog. I write full-time these days. It’s fun, but a little different than   Keep Reading…