Monthly Archives: November 2012

Under Attack: Human Interactions

Dear Mr. FedEx:

When you climb out of your truck brandishing a large cardboard tube, my dog will feel attacked. Her hackles will raise, she will bark and she will definitely stand at attention, waiting for your next move.

When that bonehead move happens to be swinging your makeshift weapon and poking it repeatedly in her direction, she will charge you. Hello, she is under attack.

Yes, it is your fault–100%–that she does not like you on her property.

Lest you disagree, let’s look at this from a different angle–that of my garbage man who (questionably) provides a doggie treat to her before stealing my trash. He doesn’t attack, he bribes. She barks when his truck pulls up because she barks at every truck, but she doesn’t face off with the nasty trash man and lunge at him. Why? He doesn’t attack.

Taking this one step further, when the Schwans truck rumbles down the street, she races down the driveway and barks. Sound familiar? Yeah, same pattern. Now pay close attention…he gets out of the truck, meets her on the edge of the property (her collar prohibits her from going further) and coos sweet nothings in her direction while holding his hand down for her to sniff.

End result? She bounds around him, still barking, and escorts him to the door.

Let’s review:

  1. Three men in big, rumbly trucks: FedEx, Garbage, Schwans.
  2. Three different approaches: attack, bribe and befriend.
  3. Two different outcomes: counter attack and acceptance.


The mother of the Dog Under Attack

Dear readers, how do you respond to events and people in  your life? What is the outcome of your interactions? Would you like to change your modus operandi for a more favorable result?

Curious minds want to know!


Proud to Be an American: Free Speech

I attended two Veteran’s Day programs today at our local middle and high school. I teared up both times. Taps nearly killed me with the haunting notes reverberating through the air in a reminder that our freedom has come at a steep price. (Thanks, ZP, you are a musical genius.)

We live in a country where we can openly express our opinions. Where we can actually talk with important people about important topics without fear of repercussions–physical, social or emotional. (Thanks, Mayor Ness, for the wonderful conversation between programs.)

I listened to two completely student-driven programs where students of all ages stood up and honored our troops of past and present with a passion, grace and articulation that would put many adults to shame.

Quite frankly, I am wowed by them.

Yet they didn’t succeed all on their own. Their freedom to speak openly was made possible by our veterans. I can only hope these youngsters will continue to honor these freedoms by exercising their right to speak loudly, honestly and passionately for the rest of their lives.

Thank you, Vets, for procuring this important freedom for your fellow citizens regardless of whether they support you or not.

And thank you, students, for supporting your hard-won freedoms by standing up and standing proud in an auditorium filled with your peers and community members. You truly rock!

And, of course, I couldn’t go through this whole spiel without asking every student of PAS who listened to the confidence of those speakers to consider joining speech.

Give voice to your passions, learn how to respect your rights and gain one of the most valuable life skills you can ever earn in your educational career. These courageous veterans fought so you could do just that.

See you at practice~

Dear readers, how do you feel about public speaking? Dear writers, are you comfortable enough in your skin to speak comfortably during book signings and interviews? If not, you may want to consider how to master this very important skill. If so, what tips can you share with fellow (potential) speakers to help ease their fears and set them on the path to verbal success?

Curious minds want to know!

I just said No!

As a faithful, heterosexual, Missouri Synod Lutheran by choice, I pray for a future free from prejudice and persecution.


Hurricane Sandy Delays Apocalypse for Local Author

Okay, that local author would be me, and I don’t live anywhere near the East Coast. However, my publisher, Elephant’s Bookshelf Press, was hit hard by the hurricane that ravaged areas of New England, effectively bumping The Fall‘s birth date by nearly a week.

Slated for release on October 29, a power outage for the indie publisher put the brakes on the release of The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse. This collection of short stories features everything the end of the world should feature: zombies, war, plague, human sacrifice, a heavenly mistake and a short story by me.

Thirteen talented writers from across the globe contributed to this stunning compilation of post-apocalyptic tales written for mature YA readers and adults.

Get your copy of The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse here.