a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


The Slice of Life Challenge is hosted by TWO WRITING TEACHERS

bounding through the flakes
in snow-induced friskiness
two happy ears flap

her pink tongue peeks out
panting warm breaths of pure joy
in cold winter air

*update: though not entirely heartworm free yet, she is doing well and growing stronger


  1. Why do dogs love snow so much? Even small dogs!! Roosevelt and Aurora--meaningful names? I miss having a dog. Thanks for the photos and personalities.

    1. Roosevelt is named after Eleanor Roosevelt (a personal hero of mine), but he doesn't know he's named after a girl...so, shhh! Aurora was named by the people who rescued her, after Aurora Borealis (the northern lights). I like the name, but she is much happier being called "Girl" instead. I think that title was part of her life pre-rescue, so it feels comfortable to her.

  2. Snow is coming our way, and I' m thinking that my Sophie will soon be galumphing in the snow too! "Snow induced friskiness" indeed!

  3. CUTE DOGGIES. We missed having any significant snow this year - again. NM is drying up! I love summer but profess to missing a good snow day here and there. You dogs made me smile this afternoon - but a cute dog always does that to me. Thanks.

  4. "happy ears flap" -- love those two 'a' sounds 'flapping' against each other! Great line! :)

  5. I love the snow and the pics of your gorgeous dogs playing. Our dog, Jasmine, loves the snow, too! What great memories! It's still snowing here...

  6. Roosevelt and Aurora look so joyful in their snow environment. Enjoying the line "snow-induced friskiness". Hope you enjoyed your snow day. Maybe one tomorrow?

  7. I'd like some snow-induced friskiness too. Despite the cold, your descriptions are so cozy. Hope you had a relaxing day :).

  8. You have the cutest doggies! I enjoyed seeing them enjoying their Snow Day!

  9. Happiness, that's what those pups' picture says. So glad you included the update on Aurora, I've been wondering.

  10. Pups and poetry is always a great combination to me. I love that they inspired you.

  11. I'm so glad to hear Aurora is feeling better! I know you were worried about her. They both look like they are having a blast. Hope you were able to enjoy some "snow-induced friskiness" alongside those sweet puppies.

  12. Snow induced friskiness....love it, the words that is. I'm a little tired from dealing with the reality of it though. And glad Aurora is doing better!

  13. LUCKY. :)

    I like the poetry. I've been avoiding poetry in my writing life lately...I think it's time I write bravely, like you.


  14. Glad to hear about Aurora & that she's better, Christy. Nice pics, & super to hear you had a snow day. We have snow coming, it is said, but on the weekend.

  15. Thanks for sharing pictures of your dogs. Our dog had heartworms, had to be at the vet for almost 2 weeks. She lived a long life after, 16years. Had fun chasing woodchucks. Glad to hear your dog is doing well also.

  16. Snow day and dog inspired haiku. You have caught the emotion twice, in words and on pics.
    I hope that you ran too. Or made a snow angel.
    I don't have animals, but this slice I can connect to. My sister had a dog. He loved do dive nose first in the snow and then speed plough through it.He was so white and small that we sometimes lost the sight of him.