Category Archives: Teaching and learning

A hostile act

Joan Didion has always been one of my favorite writers because I’ve always so easily found myself in much of what she’s written. The following quote being a good example of that: I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what … Continue reading

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Reading between the lines

I create and analyze text for a living. Meaning that language is my trade. I use it to shape the kind of world in which I want to live, I use my knowledge of it to be a critical consumer and producer of … Continue reading

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Peach Therapy in session

Moving to a new home in a new town last month and effectively unraveling many of our daily routines and rituals has taken a bit of a toll on our four-dog family. Peaches, in particular. A lot of her longtime fear-based … Continue reading

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Questions that matter: A repost

The following is a guest post I wrote for Your Pit Bull & You last week. And because of the importance of the topic, I think it warrants reposting here. This is a “stop and think” post. Per the title, … Continue reading

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Can your “protection dog” protect you from a dog bite lawsuit?

In 2007, my husband and I moved back to the Los Angeles area and into a tiny duplex on the border of Inglewood and Westchester, a stone’s throw from LAX airport. A 6-foot fence was all that separated our back … Continue reading

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Playing, Pausing and Playing Back

After reaching my dog talk saturation point at the Sense & Sensibility Seminar in Chicago last weekend, I’ve been a little lax with returning to the blog.  I’ve still got a post brewing full of highlights from Patricia McConnell and … Continue reading

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My Dog is a Unitarian Feminist Bedwetter

Last Friday night I walked up to the check-out line at the grocery store with a bottle of wine and the latest copy of BARK magazine, wondering if I would inspire a friendly jab from whomever happened to be working the … Continue reading

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