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The Indigo King Book Trailer

Posted by Melissa on April 30, 2014 in Books |

Here, There Be Dragons is one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read!  The sequels are definitely on my TBR list!

Written by a brilliant man who has not only written the books, but has also done the artwork himself after having recuperated his drawing skills lost from a painful car crash.

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Giving a shout out to James Artimus Owen.  You’re a Superstar!

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Ruffles’ First Day at Barley’s

Posted by Melissa on April 26, 2014 in News, Random Thoughts |

BCRC Ever since Copper’s less than enthusiastic visit to the pool at Barley’s Canine Recreation Center, we decided to take my nephew’s dog, Ruffles, the Portly Beagle, and see how he would fare.  Given Copper’s first swim lesson, we kept our expectations low.  We thought he would take to the water the same way, but instead were pleasantly surprised.  The Beagle loved it!

At first he was hesitant, but once he saw the other dogs playing in the water, he had to join in:

To see the difference between the two, here’s Copper’s swim again:

Big difference!  Good thing Barley’s has other activities besides swimming.  It’s a great place for dogs.  They have a wide range of activities and services:

Doggie Day Care

Walking & Hiking

Canine Massage

Acupuncture for Dogs

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They also have an entire wall-full of dog toys: Toys So even though Copper won’t be returning to the pool anytime soon, Ruffles definitely will!

Happy Playing!

~ Melissa

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Belle

Posted by Melissa on April 23, 2014 in Movies |

So want to see this!

Happy Viewing!

~ Melissa

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The Greek Empire

Posted by Melissa on April 20, 2014 in Random Thoughts |

I found a fantastic documentary on the rise and fall of the Greek Empire which happened in a matter of only two centuries.  Amazingly, within those two centuries, they laid the foundation of our modern civilization.  At 48:17 in the video, it describes how aristocrat, Cleisthenes established a democratic government.  At 1:28;57, it talks about the ostraca, which were shards of pottery upon which Athenians scratched the name of a politician they wanted removed from the government.  The politician with the most ostraca was tossed out of Athens altogether.  It is where we get the word “ostracize”.  Good practice, that!  If only we had a measure for doing this with our Congress!

Here’s the full video narrated by Liam Neeson:

Happy Viewing!

~ Melissa

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Barley’s Canine Recreation Center

Posted by Melissa on April 5, 2014 in News, Random Thoughts |

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Today, I took Copper for his first swim lesson at Barley’s Canine Recreation Center, a fun center for dogs that just opened in Salt Lake City.

So, did he like it?  Well …

Needless to say, it wasn’t his thing.  The other dogs who loved the pool were looking at him like: “What the hell’s wrong with you?  Don’t you know how to swim?”

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When he got out of the pool, he looked up at me as if to say: “Why did you do that to me?”

Poor guy!  I thought he’d like it.  Oh well.  I guess we’ll be coming back for the other services they have for pups.  Barley’s isn’t just for swimming.  They have a wide range of activities and services for dogs:

Doggie Day Care

Walking & Hiking

Canine Massage

Acupuncture for Dogs

Dog Wash

They also have an entire wall-full of dog toys, oh boy!

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So even though Copper was less than thrilled about the pool, he loved all the other stuff, especially the Barley balls!

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Happy Playing!

~ Melissa

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A Village With No Roads

Posted by Melissa on March 30, 2014 in Random Thoughts |

I was amazed when I saw this!  It’s a village called Giethoorn in Holland.  There are no roads, no traffic lights, no cars and no nasty car smog in the air.  Why?  Because people either travel by waterway like they do in Venice or they ride bikes.  Fairy tale village?  Yes!  I want to go there!

Happy Viewing!

~ Melissa

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The Raie’Chaelia in the Top Five A&A Young Adult Books

Posted by Melissa on March 21, 2014 in Books, News |

I love it when I have something to celebrate and today I woke up to find the first book of my trilogy in the top five Action & Adventure Teen and Young Adult books on Amazon!

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It’s also on the front page of Kobo’s First Free in Series!

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I’m enjoying it while it lasts. :)

Happy Reading!

~ Melissa

 

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Vision and Brilliance

Posted by Melissa on March 17, 2014 in Random Thoughts |

I absolutely love Neil deGrasse Tyson for what he says here.  He is so right!  If only we all had the luxury of doing what we love for a living, we’d all be considered brilliant visionaries.  So true!

If everyone had the luxury to pursue a life of exactly what they love, we would all be ranked as visionary and brilliant. … If you got to spend every day of your life doing what you love, you can’t help but be the best in the world at that. And you get to smile every day for doing so. And you’ll be working at it almost to the exclusion of personal hygiene, and your friends are knocking on your door, saying, “Don’t you need a vacation?!,” and you don’t even know what the word “vacation” means because what you’re doing is what you want to do and a vacation from that is anything but a vacation — that’s the state of mind of somebody who’s doing what others might call visionary and brilliant.

~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Happy Viewing!

~ Melissa

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted by Melissa on February 14, 2014 in Events, Random Thoughts |

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For a little history of love’s most favorite day:

Happy Viewing!

~ Melissa

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