Month: November 2015

Shopping for Spirit

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What better spot than here to talk about dogs. Rin Tin Tin, Lassie and now my own creation, Spirit Dog.   (It’s of course, available on Amazon, what isn’t.  It has been just about a year since I published “Spirit Dog” and I have learned a lot about promotion

Most of all, I have met many nice people with words of advice and friendly suggestions.  Surprisingly, not one bad word.  I had prepared myself with a tough skin, for perhaps some harsh words.  But kindness had prevailed.

One thing I do share in common with most authors is the “how to”  of promoting a book.  Unless you are a celebrity you really have to do and learn everything yourself. There are so many twists and turns on social media that that medium  is a guessing game. The best promotion is carrying a book where ever you go and winding it into your conversation. Yes, we have fallen back on the old “elevator speech.”

Let me share a little information about Spirit Dog.

Spirit Dog is  the name the Indians called Adolphus a dachshund that traveled the Texas Road to Oklahoma Territory with Jeffery Martin and his family Adventure begins at Fort Gibson when they explore a riverboat where they discover a captive Cherokee Indian boy named Hawk. The threesome head for freedom only to be captured by fierce Osage Indians. Unlike the Indians’ wolf dogs, Adolphus is a strange new breed with a long, low body, short legs and drooping ears that fascinates the Indians. He must be a spirit! At the Osage village they are befriended by an Indian Princess called the Ancient One. An opportunity to escape comes at the annual salt boiling but now the boys hesitate leaving an ailing Ancient One behind. As their plans to escape begin to evaporate she helps them find a solution and a way back home. Their adventure brings the boys and dog closer together with their competitive spirits growing into admiration, and a new respect for living in America’s expanding West. Set against a background of history and folklore. Grades 3-5

Spirit Dog:

Best wishes and follow the sun!







Asparagus Never Dies

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…or at least it will keep growing for another 20 years.

Asparagus is a hardy perennial. It is the only common vegetable that grows wild along roadsides and railroad tracks over a large part of the country.

I first came to admire asparagus because it is supposed to help make you thinner. It’s composed of fiber and fiber and fiber. A lot of backbone.

Fiber, backbone, tenacity, persistence….these are all the characteristics you need when you are over 60 and looking for a job or writing a book.  Digging in your heels. Being persistent. Reinventing yourself. Being persistent. Learning to be patient. And I say again, being persistent.

I guess by now you have noticed that I have nominated “persistence” as the key characteristic to just about anything you start to do.  The point is never give up…persistently keep plodding along!