Karen Shanley


Dystopia vs Positive Action

tomorrowlandAll’s right with the world again. Cait’s back home for the summer.

Looking for something to do together as a family, we went to see Tomorrowland. It was a toss up between that and Pitch Perfect2.

While far from the best movie I’ve ever seen, it’s an interesting piece on several levels. In a nutshell, it’s a story about what it would take to break out of the dystopian miasma that the world has seemingly fallen in love with for a better world, literally.

This guy has written a post that sums up the exact conversation I’ve been having with people for the past year. Depressingly, I’ve found it’s a surefire way to make people’s eyes glaze over.

But maybe there’s a glimmer of hope… Cait, an avid reader of dystopian best sellers, came out of the movie expressing that she found it very inspiring! She even said she’s ready to swear off the steady post-apocalyptic/super hero crap the under 25 demographic is spoon fed (sorry–that’s how I feel…) in favor of more optimistic studies on the future.

Score one for holding out hope for the future!


Spring is… Springing

I can’t really say Spring has sprung yet because we’re about two weeks behind where we normally are at this time. But it’s definitely springing!


My herb and perennials garden looks to have survived the winter in one piece. Read on to view my garden by the numbers. Continue reading

Exquisite Partnership

The Open European Championships in Heelwork to Music and Freestyle 2014- Sandra & Lizzy

The music is The Last Unicorn.

Australian Shepherd Rottweiler Mix — Good Idea?

Australian Shepherd Rottweiler MixI was recently asked by a friend to help her evaluate a dog from adoption.

The young dog she fell in love with was an Australian Shepherd Rottweiler mix.

Either pure-breed alone can be a real handful. So what did I think about putting them together and adopting the result?


Here’s the process of thinking I shared with my friend: Continue reading

Dessert is in the Eye of the Beholder

finn-litter-box It’s been an exciting couple of days. I go away for just ONE day and come back to find that not only has Wink eaten a corner of a rag rug to shreds, but then he helped himself to the covered kitty litter box for dessert!

How did I find this out? When he started throwing up the evidence.

Not aware that he’d been binge-eating at this bazaar banquet (sorry for the overdone alliteration–sometimes I can’t help myself), I quickly got brought up to speed with one look at his technicolor throw-up.

Then the trick was to get it picked up faster than he could scarf it back down. You don’t want to know how I beat him…
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Love a Vet with a Sense of Humor

Funny Animal Hospital sign

a very Good day

austrailian shepherd in snow

I just finished walking the 3-mile loop in honor of Kiera’s second year on the other side. I still miss her every single day. And I still deeply appreciate every single day that I got to share with her.

Some beings just leave that kind of permanent imprint on you… Like an invisible tattoo that marks you, but only you can see.

Kiera would have immensely enjoyed today’s walk–not just because it was a beautiful sunny day– but because everything is blanketed in a powdery new snow from yet another snowfall last night. She would have spent most of the walk leaping into and out of snowbanks with a burst of butt-tucking runs in between. I would have been laughing the whole way.

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Tip of the Day

Need cell phone or tablet peripherals? Maybe a cable, plug, case, or earbuds? Don’t want to pay a bloody fortune? Get thee to a Five Below store!

 usb-cable    USB-power-adapter

Apple  $29                                                                          Apple $19

Five Below  $5                                                                 Five Below $5


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