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A Dog’s Purpose – Fantastic Movie

A Dogs Purpose


I just watched this wonderful movie on Cox On Demand. This was not because of the hooplah regarding its release in movie theaters alledging’animal abuse’ which BTW turned out to be totally BOGUS; the so-called video was conveniently edited, and all charges of animal cruelty/abuse were negated by independent review.

NOW, to proceed with my thoughts on the movie itself . . . I have only been brought to tears three times with regard to an ‘animal’ movie. Old Yeller was the first; I cried like a a baby sitting there in the movie theater as did many other viewers who were probably around the same delicate age as myself. Hitachi really choked me up, and was such a heartwarming story of a dog’s loyalty and compassion. Now comes A Dog’s Purpose.

The premise of the story revolves around the aspect of a dog’s journey through several ‘incarnations’ as narrated by the dog him/herself. Anyone who has ever had a dog will definitely look at your furbaby with renewed consideration after seeing this movie.

Almost every aspect of a dog’s life is touched upon by the plot of this movie, from pup to adulthood as well as dealing with the strong bond between dog and his person, euthanasia, and loyalty.

I got choked up from the first segment, then I got mad in the second segment at how ignorant and cruel some people can be in the treatment of an animal. Then there were many happy moments where you are laughing out loud at the antics of the main character – Bailey Bailey Bailey and his person Ethan, which is the main focus of the movie. As ‘Bailey’ goes through each progressive life he is trying to figure out what his purpose in life is . . . to be happy, to be brave, loyal, what exactly is my purpose he continues to ponder as he plays, romps, create minor pandemonium, and eventually it all comes to a culmination of what his purpose is, but I will not spoil it with too many details. I truly believe that everyone would thoroughly enjoy this movie. Just have a ginormous box of tissues handy, and perhaps sit on your comfy sofa with YOUR furbaby cuddled up beside you!

There are moments where you will get that lump in your throat and your eyes will leak uncontrollably. There are also moments where your neighbors will wonder what is going on in your house as you hoot with laughter at the antics of Bailey in situations that are all too familiar with most of us who have ever loved a dog.

You cannot help but chuckle when Bailey is in one segment reincarnated as a female dog, and realizes he doesn’t have his ‘package’. Or when he (as Bailey Bailey Bailey) creates chaos at a dinner party hosted by Ethan’s father for his boss.

I give this movie FIVE STARS for it’s story that will tweak memories for all of us who watch it. It is a heartwarming tear-jerking extravaganza that will have a ending that will having you believe in a Dog’s Purpose. My only word of advice is that it may be difficult for extremely young children (this IS a family movie after all) to comprehend some of the scenes but other than that I think anyone from 9 to 90 will thoroughly enjoy this movie.




The Horses of Tir Na Nog

The Horses of Tir Na Nog OPEN HOUSE IF you are in or near San Diego please come show your support the 23rd!

I spend a wonderful (albeit HOT HOT HOT) day shooting horses (photographing that is) just on the West side of  Pine Valley, in Guatay, California at Tir Na Nog . . . a horse sanctuary for neglected and abused horses.


Saturday the 22nd and Sunday (tomorrow) the 23rd the volunteer staff are hosting an OPEN HOUSE and ALL are invited to come out and ‘HUG A HORSE’, have light refreshments, and participate in a raffle. There are many first responders from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Fire and Rescue, The Border Patrol, and Volunteers.


The many volunteers present were so knowledgeable about every single one of their charges, especially a sweet little blonde gal (whose name I forget in my road to senility) but suffice it to say, for her age, she was one of the BEST ambassadors for the sanctuary, and extremely knowledgeable and polite to boot!

How can anyone look at these beautiful creatures and not fall head over heels and want to help preserve their lives in an environment where they will be forever cared for and loved??

If you live in or are near the San Diego area tomorrow, forget about hanging out at the pool, forget about hanging out being a couch potato, and come see what these hard working volunteers are doing to care for these wonderful animals. You can buy a t-shirt to commemorate your visit, make a small (or large) donation, or you can just come out, enjoy some great people and critters and HUG A HORSE!!!

#BLOGGER INTERVIEW – Christopher Graham, The Story Reading Ape

A great interview of Chris The Story Reading Ape. Thank You Tina!!!


The Story Reading ApeChris Grahamis much admired, respected, and appreciated in the blogging world. His indefatigable support of authors and bloggers is rivaled by few others.The Story Reading Ape‘s 4th blog anniversary is April 4th, and I can think of no better way to show my appreciation than by featuring him on my blog. Here’s to you, Mr. Ape! May you live long and prosper. I’m also putting energy out there for you to win the lottery 😊

Follow Chris’ blog HERE 

When did you start blogging and what prompted you to do so?  

I started blogging on April 4th 2013 after reading authors’ pleas (on Goodreads) for promotional opportunities on blogs. 

What moved you to choose an ape as your gravatar and online presence? 

My Most favourite author was (and still is) Terry Pratchett, who once stated, “The anthropologists got it wrong…

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5 Rules For Chapter One Of Your Book – Guest Post…


Too often we writer types try to do too much in the opening chapter of our stories. Chapter One has to do a lot, but it doesn’t have to do everything. I learned most of this the hard way so benefit…

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A Dastardly Kind of Book Piracy

Reblogged on anastaciamore Thanks Nicolas 🙂

Nicholas C. Rossis

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I’ve already written about piracy. Twice, in fact: in Har! How to Deal with Book Piracy and in Should I fear Piracy? Insights from the PWC report. In both cases, I advised people to keep calm about it.

There is a kind of piracy that ticks me off, though. That of people copying your book and passing it off as their own. The Digital Reader recently posted about an author, Scot Schad, who discovered that pirates had been ripping off freely available and open source digital textbooks, and then using Amazon’s POD service to sell print versions on Amazon.

Here’s how it works

The scammers identify a popular textbook, copy the name, and then start selling the paper copy of a pirated book under that name. They’re hoping to sell the pirated book to an unwary buyer who might mistake the knockoff for the legit textbook.


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Skinner’s Eyebrows

X FilesI was so excited to watch the ‘reboot’ of The X-Files with their six episode ‘premiere’. Having been a die-hard X Files devotee throughout its nine seasons, even to the point of planning my evening’s activities around the viewing of each episode, I was just a little let down by the seemingly disjointedmess (is that really a word?) of the first offering. And MY GAWD . . . what’s up with Skinner’s EYEBROWS?
SkinnerIt seemed as though after fourteen years, suddenly Mulder had become a slouchy overweight ‘I don’t care anymore’ shell of his former self. When he and Scully get back together to follow up on a lead ( and I will NOT give any spoilers ) . . . their interactions are a little more than strained. And . . . WHAT’S UP WITH SKINNER’S EYEBROWS?

One thing that was quite distracting, at least to me was not only how frumpy Mulder looked, but Skinner’s eyebrows . . . it looks as if they grew incredibly darker and furrier than when I last viewed the series. And that has been just in the last evening prior to the revamping of the X Files.

I recently (about three weeks ago) introduced my boyfriend to the X Files. Shocked to discover that he had never even viewed one episode of the series in the past. I discovered that Netflix had all 9 seasons on. WHOOPEEEE!!! I could relive my fascination with the ‘alien conspiracies’, Mulder, Scully, The Lone Gunmen, Skinner, et al. I was elated to say the least.

After exhausting most of the ‘A’ list movies and series on Netflix I had little trouble convincing my life partner to at least give The X Files a looky see. BINGO . . . upon watching the first episode, he was hooked. We have been watching at least 2 – 4 episodes nightly, and even worse on the weekends. I had created an X-Files monster in him. I am still working on convincing him that we would be very naive in assuming that ‘we’ (earthly dwellers) are the only living beings in the entire universe. Give me a little longer on that one.

My great anticipation at the revival of the series is now in question, as I am wondering if there is actually going to be a ‘series’ again, or if this 6 episode thing is just a flash in the pan so to speak. Are they airing this just to see if the interest is still there? Will the ratings of this ‘miniseries’ determine if the X Files will be revived? If it is a flop in the eyes of devotees such as myself will it simply disappear into the ‘no-man’s land’ of television hasbeens?

Truly I hope it survives the critics and followers reviews as it serves to spark the enduring questions that most people have stored way back in their subconscious . . . . IS THE TRUTH STILL OUT THERE


One scene I found a tad disturbing was where they showed clips of government entities being ‘aware’ of alien presence, and one such clip showed President JFK apparently conversing over the alien anomaly. There have been numerous articles (more conspiracy theories) that JFK was kept in the dark re: such things as Project Bluebook, Roswell, et al. and that is possibly one of the reasons that he was killed (I forget how to spell assassinated) because of his insistence that he be ‘read in’ on such matters ‘or else’. This ultimatum supposedly occurred just days prior to his demise. Oh, to be a fly on the wall back in those days . . .

And, WHAT THE HECK IS UP WITH SKINNER’S EYEBROWS??? It just ain’t natural!

BelieveFor those of us whose lives literally revolved around the Friday night episodes of The X Files, and the subsequent movies it is a little hard to wrap my mind around the sudden changing of paddles in the middle of the river for Mulder who is now all of a sudden enamored with the theories of somewhat creepy Ted O’Malley, who provides his own brand of ‘proof’ that Mulder’s search was all a ‘sham’ . . . the aliens aren’t the ‘bad guys’ . . . it is truly a government conspiracy to ‘take over the wold’ using alien technology garnered from the Roswell incident. One big giant hoax that led Mulder and Scully ‘literally by their noses’ through nine seasons of chasing after the truth. ie hard fans may find this a LOT disjointed, and newcomers will probably have an easier time relating to the ‘current’ rational that the ‘government’ will be taking away our weapons ferrying us off to interment camps and annihilating any subversives who attempt to defy them. Heck, that’s nothing new! People that say or do anything that the ‘powers that be’ don’t find beneficial to their cause, or in defiance of their actions suddenly ‘disappear’ and have been doing so for centuries. But I for one am a little less enamored that Chris Carter chose to weave that scenario into the X Files. We will have to see how it all pans out in the forthcoming 5 episodes. Perhaps this will serve as fodder to attract ‘newbies’ (i.e. the newer generation) to go back and begin the entire series from the beginning just to see ‘what if’ . . . or perhaps it will have them all shaking their heads saying WTF . . .

They haven’t watched the tightly knit and often tightly wound relationships between Mulder, Scully and Skinner throughout their formative years only to see it frazzled in this new venue. Hopefully it will come together to a more fruitful and believable scenario, and Mulder will be jolted out of his dull reverie that we as devotees perceive as his fall from his former self due to the demise of his relationship with Scully and their union that produced a child. Lose the now frumpy Mulder and get back on the horse and blaze out into the world as the excited, driven Mulder we all knew and loved. SNAP OUT OF IT MULDER FOR CRAPS SAKE!!!

So far, I am withholding any judgment on one of my favorite shows of all time being revamped. I will faithfully watch the entire six episodes prior to making any calls as to the viability of the ‘new’ X Files. I can only say that I hope the storyline smooths out and Mulder and Scully can reprise their roles to the true satisfaction of their devoted fans of The X Files. And . . . I hope they fix Skinner’s eyebrows . . . it’s VERY distracting!

Har! How to Deal with Book Piracy

Nicholas makes very good sense here. And though I did not go on the proverbial ‘crusade’ to track down these pirating sites, it didn’t take long to just sit back and say . . . perhaps it may help with exposure. 🙂

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books image:

I saw the other day a post about book piracy in Anastacia Moore’s blog. She was rightly fuming, because, while checking out her video trailers, she noticed that someone was advertising on You Tube a link to receive free copies of said books.

A few days before that, my friend N.N. Light had kindly emailed me to let me know that she had found her book, “Princess of the Light” on a similar website, and that she had seen my work there as well.

Then came the news that Australia’s Copyright Agency has welcomed a decision by the British High Court requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to websites hosting millions of pirated e-book titles. The decision means Britain’s five major ISPs – BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and EE – will be asked to block seven offshore-hosted websites within 10 working days.

The sites – AvaxHome…

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