Does your dog “talk to you?”

Our little dog, Brody, responds so well to what I say that it is remarkable. When I told Rhonda yesterday, she said, “One of these days he’s going to start talking to you.”

Brody knows what I’m saying to him, no doubt, a great deal of the time. When I say “‘short walk” he knows to head around the house instead of out to the street. He protects our older female cat, Shia, from our younger, playful male, Fonzie. When I call him to be a disciplinarian he comes running and gets right to it. When he starts pulling me in a direction I don’t want to go, I say “We’re not going that way,” and tug a bit on his leash and he changes direction. When it’s time for him to go to bed, I just say, “Time for bed,” and he hops up and heads for his crate with its soft warm blanket. Sometimes it seems that he is talking to me. When he wants to go out, he comes and paws my feet. If that doesn’t work, he whines a little.

The relationship between a dog keeper and the dog is almost like that of a parent and child. If they are trained right, and gently and lovingly disciplined, they will learn to obey and they will cling to their human.

This is demonstrated in verse in my little upcoming book, I Walked My Dog This Morning, featuring a poem by that name which I posted on this blog a few months ago. It will be out sometime next year. But right now, I’ve got to get to work putting the finishing touches on the first volume of Exploring Our Exciting World. It will be out shortly. I hope others enjoy it half as much as I enjoyed writing it. It covers the entire Southeastern US and Washington, DC. I’ll post when it is released!

You can’t get there from here!

Until our recent trip to the Newark airport town of Elizabeth, New Jersey, the nearest I had come to fulfilling the old saying, “You can’t get there from here” was at the tiny Pacific coastal fishing village of Yalapa, Mexico, where the only two options to get there are horses stomping through the rain forest and a water taxi from Puerto Vallarta. I shall never forget that great jaunt by water.

But after we got off of the New Jersey Turnpike and followed the directions that we had to get to Wyndham Gardens Hotel, where we were intending to stay, it would truly seem that finding it was impossible. After the directions didn’t work we stopped twice for directions, the last one even getting them from the Internet. Still we couldn’t find it. We ended up staying at the Newark Airport Hilton for the next two nights.

Even when my cousin was bringing me back from our trip into Manhattan, he directed his iPhone to take him there and it misdirected him to that hotel! I have no plans on a repeat of that venture, though I enjoyed the evening in Manhattan and the time at the hotel with Rhonda very much.

So the next time someone tells me jovially, “You can’t get there from here,” I won’t be laughing. I’ll be looking for another destination.

In the meantime, get a copy of my book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions online in either paperback or Kindle, and be looking for the first volume of Exploring Our Exciting World due out before Christmas.


Exploring Our Exciting World

A new book is in the early stages which should generate a lot of excitement. Not just because of the content, but because it is being put together by a number of contributors.Another factor which makes this book differ from others of its genre is the fact that it is comprised of actual first-person experiences of the contributors who have witnessed the grandeur of nature and the colorful locales around our globe and know of what they speak. The writers are from several walks of life and their adventures include business, vacation, military, missionary and home-country experiences.

I will reveal more as time goes on, but release is estimated between November, 2014 and March, 2015. But the wait will be worth it!

Meanwhile, happy reading, and may you be enriched by ‘exploring our exciting world’ for yourselves.

Arrived at the beach house

When we got in our daughter’s van to leave this morning, one of the first things that I realized is how much everything has changed, even in the last 20 years. Besides the flip down dvd player complete with remote and 4 sets of headphones and the gps attached in the van, there were at least 10 more electronic devices on board for our 8 hour drive: 4 cell phones, 2 of which were smart phoones, another gps, 2 Kindles, an ipod, a ds, and a laptop. When my kids were small we played games with them on the road. Now the grandkids have things that my generation never dreamed of as children. But the trip was great, we watched movies and now we are ready to spend some quality time and be grateful.

Memorial Day travel

According to ABC News, almost 35 million Americans, like myself, are expected to hit the road this weekend on one of the busiest holidays of the year, and another 2.5 million are expected to fly.

A holiday is a time when our thoughts turn to getting away and relaxing, but few actually relax due to the hustle and bustle of travel. It would do us all good this Memorial Day to remember what the day is to commemorate. Our soldiers who have fought and died to keep us free. My heart and prayers are with our soldiers who are still in harms way on foreign soil so far away from home, and their families back here who are missing them and concerned for their safety.

God bless America, and God bless our servicemen and women.