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Dog Training for People, Lesson 1: The Trick of the Tail

The Trick of the Tail Most people misunderstand a wagging tail to indicate friendliness. Actually, a dog wagging her tail just means she has excited energy; such energy may or may not be friendly. Too much excitement can lead to insecure nervousness or even aggression. An excited dog can become dominant or may become the target of another dog’s correction. In addition to noticing a wagging tail, notice if the dog’s body is relaxed or tense. Are they intensely staring, ears up, & leg muscles stiff, or are they loose and breathing easily. Other indicators can come from other dogs. Do other dogs ignore your dog? This signals that they do not want to interact with unbalanced energy. However, other dogs may also correct your dog’s overly excited energy; dogs naturally nip an over-excited dog to correct an energy that is not a healthy, natural state of mind. This may appear...
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For Your Holiday

Damn, how could I forget it? Zip is going to be furious. Everything she’s taken care of, and I forget the matzoth. And it’s almost sundown. Well, I’ll grab a box and hopefully they’ll have the express checkout working. Moses Cohen’s mind was racing, but that was nothing new. “Occupational hazard,” he always rationalized. “Lawyers do a lot of thinking.” Maybe it was all that thinking that made him absentminded. It seemed like things were always last minute. But the matzoth for the Seder, how the devil did I forget the matzoth? And Zip’s parents; they know I’m not observant, but… He walked as quickly as he could towards the back of the grocery, where the ethnic foods were shelved, where he was sure there would be a Passover display. I won’t tell her father it’s from the grocery. He’d make a stink. Just like him. Every rule something to yell...
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Don’t Worry Your Pretty Little Head (satire)

There has been a lot of discussion about a right wing war on women. I don’t believe it, not for an instant. I do not believe that the conservatives of America are waging war on their wives, their daughters, their mothers. Quite the contrary! I am sure they are dedicated to the women in their lives, even fiercely dedicated to protecting their women. And the women of America need protection. Have no doubt about that. There are so many problems to be faced, challenges to be overcome, and concerns to be addressed. For one thing, more women than ever are facing life without a man. More women than ever are single parents with children who depend on them. More than ever women are faced with earning a living and providing not only for their own frivolous needs but for the sustenance of their children, for paying the rent, and, yes, paying...
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DJ Gatsby Book Club Interviews: Author Madlen Namro




DJGBC Interview: Madlen Namro Author of “Commandos” 08Apr Where are you from? I come from a place, where I enjoy all the four seasons of the year, which is something really great. We have hot summers, frosty winters, golden autumns and jasmine-scented springs. We also have delicious cuisine, places of breathtaking natural beauty – from the amber beaches of the north to the snow covered peaks and high mountain lakes in the south, lush forests, the stunning lake district of the Mazuras, and above all a fascinating culture and history. This is Poland. When and why did you begin writing? When I was seven, maybe eight years old, children in my school used to call me Pippi Longstocking, I guess it was because I would always make up stories and generally pull everyone’s leg all the time. In fact my daydreaming got serious enough for my parents to be called to...
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The Writer's Life 4/7

Among Joanne's vast book donation to me were several by Joanne Fluke, who, like Diane Mott Davidson, specializes in culinary mysteries. Her heroine, Hannah Swenson, runs a cookie shop in a small Minnesota town, and solves murders on the side. It's silly, of course, but it's meant to be fun, not high art. I just finished the twelfth in the series, The Apple Turnover Murder (2010). She has written 15, as well as 30 other books. This one tried my patience. It concentrated much more on domestic issues and recipes than mystery. It was too light for my taste. She must have a solid fan base, given the amount of books she has written. I was unable to find any sales figures, so I assume she doesn't crack the best sellers list frequently. The characters consumed a lot of coffee and sweets. There was also a fondness for cats and dogs....
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