Keeping it Simple with Lucky Sean O’Sloth

    I feel lucky every time someone orders one of my sloths on Etsy. When a friend suggested I put some of my holiday ornaments on Etsy in December, I never expected people to buy them, especially since there are already a gazillion super cute items there. I've been giving my ornaments away for more than 10 years, and hadn't considered selling them,…Read more Keeping it Simple with Lucky Sean O’Sloth

“What’s Your Next Book About?”

When people ask me if I'm working on another next book, I'm pleased  they're interested, but feel a little guilty because lately I've been engrossed in making little felt toys. Prior to setting up my Etsy page, which was done on a whim, at the suggestion of a friend who has loved my holiday ornaments…Read more “What’s Your Next Book About?”

Sloth Love

  Many thanks to all of you for your kind words and prayers last week when I was so ill. I'm getting my strength back and everything is ticketyboo. I've been working on the Valentine's Day version of Mr. & Ms. Three-Toed sloth. Even though I have a few more toes and fingers than my sloth friends, I…Read more Sloth Love

Good-bye 2017!

When I woke up last Wednesday, I felt a little queasy, which is not unusual for me. But after 15 minutes, the queasiness escalated, and by the time I fed the dogs, there was a burning fluid rushing from my stomach to my throat. I couldn't hold it in. It splattered out of my mouth and…Read more Good-bye 2017!

Distractions from Depression During the Holidays – Do They Work?

  It may seem odd that I'm writing about my holiday "blues" this late in the game, but for me, Christmas day is the darkest. It brings inexplicable depression and despair, so I call it D-Day. All the hoopla in the weeks preceding Christmas doesn't bother me at all. In fact, that's when I have fun getting my holiday…Read more Distractions from Depression During the Holidays – Do They Work?

Sewing Stitches vs Surgery Stitches

This morning at 7 am, as I sat in the Radiology department of the hospital, all prepped for surgery to remove my port, I found myself rehearsing what I was going to say to the surgeon. "Look, it's not terribly red anymore, and it doesn't hurt. Can we skip  the surgery?" These were not the…Read more Sewing Stitches vs Surgery Stitches

Dionne’s Demise – Stress?

On the day before Thanksgiving I found one of my beloved box turtles lifeless in the middle of the aquarium. In 2008, I adopted three eastern box turtles from a friend at the zoo, whose children had "outgrown" them. My friend had hatched these three turtles eight years earlier as a way of teaching her…Read more Dionne’s Demise – Stress?

Unanswered questions about an uncommon illness

Forgive me for whining, but lately I've been feeling  alone in my struggle with my recently placed Power-Port,  the grape-sized catheter in my chest, that I need for monthly IVIG infusions. The surgery was 3 months ago, and it still hasn't healed. When I showed my inflamed port to a doctor a month ago, I…Read more Unanswered questions about an uncommon illness

Giving Paws–Book Review and Recommendation

Kathryn McClatchy

Giving Paws, Martha L. Thompson, Self-Help: Personal Growth/Happiness
Stars: 4.5

I must confess at the outset that this book was sent to me by the author. She discovered my website a number of months before her book was released. As we both write about experiences with invisible/chronic illnesses and our service dogs, we quickly connected. Our online comments moved offline, and an email friendship was born. When Giving Paws was released in October, Martha asked if I would like a copy. I happily accepted her gift, complete with little Henry’s paw print as part of the author’s autograph. Please understand that even though this book was a gift, it was in no way in exchange for a review of any kind. Being a writer myself, I know how important reviews are. Martha won awards for her previous book, The Oxygen Mask Rule*, so I was eager to read…

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US Review of Books for Giving Paws

  http://www.theUSreview.com/reviews/Giving-Paws-by-Martha-L-Thompson.html Giving Paws: Having a Service Dog for a Hidden Disability by Martha L. Thompson Koehler Books reviewed by Dylan Ward "What I did not anticipate were all the other challenges that came with having a four-footed assistant by my side." After her father’s death in a car crash, Martha sinks into a dark…Read more US Review of Books for Giving Paws