Some context for my book, The Dog Lover Unit: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/first-person/article-going-to-the-attack-dogs-made-me-feel-alive-in-a-way-i-hadnt-felt/
Thrilled to have my poems about monstrous, mythic and silenced women set to music by the sublime composer Jeffrey Ryan,andperformed by soprano extraordinaire Heather Pawsey: www.astrolabemusiktheatre.com/project/unheard2018/
More great news for The Dog Lover Unit with this great interview in the Press Democrat: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/7894389-181/book-offers-look-into-the?artslide=1
I’m especially grateful to the author of this thoughtful review in River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative:
I’m delighted to have found a home in The Ormsby Review for this interview with bestselling dog author Stanley Coren (How Dogs Think, Why We Love the Dogs We Do, The Intelligence of Dogs). We discuss everything from the dogs he grew up with to the horrors of dog fighting, with a few forays his activism around preventing animal cruelty, particularly the practice of chaining dogs, and his groundbreaking research on left-handedness. Enjoy!
On the day of the 2018 Women's March, I offer this poem by Lisel Mueller:
The Laughter of Women
The laughter of women sets fire
to the Halls of Injustice
and the false evidence burns
to a beautiful white lightness
It rattles the Chambers of Congress
and forces the windows wide open
so the fatuous speeches can fly out
The laughter of women wipes the mist
from the spectacles of the old;
it infects them with a happy flu
and they laugh as if they were young again
Prisoners held in underground cells
imagine that they see daylight
when they remember the laughter of women
It runs across water that divides,
and reconciles two unfriendly shores
like flares that signal the news to each other
What a language it is, the laughter of women,
high-flying and subversive.
Long before law and scripture
we heard the laughter, we understood freedom.
Jan 12, 2018
For all who are disheartened by the flaring of injustice and bigotry, I offer this observation and this article as small consolations. First, I took the little guy swimming recently. In the whole Olympic-sized swimming pool during the hours we were there, I saw adults being good to kids. Babies slapping the water in their tattooed mothers’ arms, kids playing catch or being chased around the current by their dads, old grandparents sitting in the hot tub holding relaxed toddlers. All of us together in that warm water, teaching the next generation to float—sometimes it helps to look closely at the goodness right in front of us. And here’s an article that reminds us no matter how grim some things are at this point in time, if you step back and look at the bigger picture, other things are getting better. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/21/opinion/sunday/why-2017-may-be-the-best-year-ever.html?_r=0www.nytimes.com/2017/01/21/opinion/sunday/why-2017-may-be-the-best-year-ever.html?_r=0
Happy New Year to all! I’m hoping for a calmer, more peaceful 2018. I’d even settle for boring, after 2017—though it already looks like it will be an eventful year.
I got this lovely present at the end of the year: The Dog Lover Unit made Adrian Dix’s Best Books of 2017 List: http://www.timescolonist.com/adrian-dix-s-favourite-books-of-2017-words-to-give-by-1.23130285
More good coverage of The Dog Lover Unit here in Monte Cristo Magazine!
I’ll be live on Global Noon News today at 12:30 with Corporal Michelle Onysko, one of the groundbreaking female dog handlers in Canada’s RCMP, and police dog partner Drago, both featured in my book, The Dog Lover Unit: Lessons in Courage from the World's K9 Cops.
Photo Credit: Benjamin Fieschi-Rose