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The Monday Dog Encounter

So instead of a book to read, let me tell you the story of fetching such a book. I walked about a mile over to the house of a woman I had just interviewed for my next book. Rachel is a past or present board member of several initiatives working on poverty and affordable housing in Wytheville and environs. She offered to loan me a book called Hand to Mouth by Linda Tirado, as part of my research.

Writing is a noble profession, but it does tend to make one gain weight if not careful, so I welcomed the opportunity to stretch my legs and let my mind lie fallow a wee while. A warm coat, stout boots, and off I went.

About 2/3 of the way to Rachel’s house, a pit bull came rushing down the upper porch stairs of a big old house and charged the chain link fence between me and him, barking madly.

I turned. “Awww, sweet boy, don’t you look just like my Bruce at home?”

He looked confused.

“And who’s a good boy then, defending Mummy and Daddy’s property and all that? Aren’t you a clever sweet thing, snuffly wuffly baby?”

If there is anything more demeaning to a guard dog than being called snuffly wuffly baby, I have not yet discovered it. He sat down and gave me side-eye.

“Bye now sweet boy!” I waved and continued my slow puff up the hill.

On the way back down, book in hand, I looked for my new canine buddy. Nowhere to be seen, until I checked the high porch. One doggie eye peered between slats on the rail.

Guess he doesn’t want to play anymore. That was my first thought, and then, Oh, I get it. He’s going to wait until I am almost past and then rush the corner of the yard barking really loud to make me jump. That way he can get his dignity back.

Sure enough, two steps past the final fence post, here he came, roaring and frothing fit to burst.

“Oh doggiewoggie bowwowser snookie pookums,” I said, in my best purr. “You are so clever wever, aren’t you snooshie wooshie baby boy?”

His shoulders slumped. He turned and started for the porch. I turned back to my journey, but when I glanced over my shoulder, he was doing the same, regarding me with a kind of curious reproach in his eyes.

Lissen son, 2020 is almost over and then you can get your groove back, ‘kay? For now, accept pookie snookums good boy as the compliment it is. None of the other neighborhood dogs heard. You’ll be fine.


Filed under animal rescue, humor, Life reflections, Wendy Welch, writing

The Monday Book: NOT TOO TIRED TO CARE by Angela Thomas Jones

Happy Publication Day to Angela Thomas Jones, who has written a help book for health professionals on the edge of burnout. Angela was invited to provide information for today’s Monday Book. Here is her press release:


New Hampshire author Angela Thomas Jones of Bethlehem released a new book with Amazon Sunday November 29. Foreword written by Dr. Art Hengerer, MD co-lead of the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative for Clinician Well-being and Epilogue by Michael Meit, ETSU Center for Rural Health Research and his team from Kentucky. NOT Too Tired to Care chronicles how a grassroots movement in the northern rural region of NH based on data showing many health care workers are burned and NOT talking about it for fear of losing their job.  This book weaves research and data with real-life experience into a recipe that will boost your natural ability to move from survival mode to thriving and sustain the long haul. Studies suggest 20% compassion satisfaction in our total workload is necessary for maintaining resilience to keep burnout at bay.Learn how to deepen your capacity for compassion satisfaction by using a simple 4-step evidence-informed practice called HomeBase. Angela has led her colleagues to join the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience founded in 2017 by the National Academy of Medicine. As a licensed addiction professional with three decades of experience on the front lines specializing in trauma-sensitive mind-body practices, she is helping individuals, families, and organizations deepen their capacity for compassion satisfaction. Step by step instructions for how to join this national movement for Well-Being and Resilience are included. Hear what others are saying about NOT Too Tired to Care.

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“Thomas Jones has captured a hidden and essential truth in America’s healthcare system: those holding it up are exhausted. Healthcare professionals will find solidarity and self-care suggestions alike in her work.”  Wendy Welch, author: From the Front Lines of the Appalachian Addiction Crisis and COVID Conspiracies.

“In these unprecedented times when social isolation, the rise in suicide rates, and a spike in behavioral health issues are gripping this country, along comes this book offering helpful techniques to guide each of us so we can actively learn to take care of ourselves which will better prepare us to take care of others.”                        

Linda Massimilla, Vice-Chair States/Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee, Grafton 1 New Hampshire State Representative

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