Blog: A Moment to Yourself

    When the wind is blowing about the windows and the temperature plummets, it might be time to think of curling up on the sofa with some wine and a good book. A couple hours of fantasy life might be just enough to recharge your batteries on a winter’s night. It is often hard to remember and even more difficult to put into practice but taking care of ourselves benefits everyone in the house, including our animal companions. We, as Human Beings, can only give what we already have in our heart. Love begets love, anger begets anger. So, let us keep ourselves happy and that means tending your own garden once in a while.

    With thoughts of relaxing the evening away in a book, I have some reading suggestions.

    A bit of a departure from my blog, but important in the whole scheme of things.

     For some fiction I like a book about or with animals….no surprise there.

    The novel The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is an easy read written from the viewpoint of a man’s dog. An interesting look at some of the weird things humans do from a canine’s perspective along with a page turning storyline. He has also written a very captivating novel titled Raven Stole the Moon. Set in Alaska, and although this particular book is not animal orientated, it is a wonderful fiction based on Inuit culture and folklore, with a little bit of supernatural. Very entertaining.

    One of my favorite reads is Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen. It is a hysterically funny story balanced with poignant moments that reads very smoothly. The title gives you the gist of the content. Well worth your time I think. At certain places I laughed out loud right there in Starbuck’s.

    For non-fiction I recommend The Emotional Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff. This is not only enjoyable to read, but it is also an important statement concerning how our perspective of the emotions of animals is flawed, back by science for those who need it. And more impressive is his explanation of why it should matter to us. He has also written The Animal Manifesto. It follows the first book but expands the thought process to reveal the connection of how we treat animals as it correlates to how we treat other humans.

    Well, there are some ideas if you are looking for something to read. Don’t forget to employ that 3 minute drill with your baby before you cozy up on the couch. Unwind, forget about what needs to be done and slip away for a few minutes. You have earned it.

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