WRITE TO HEAL. PUBLISH TO INSPIRE.

WRITE TO HEAL. PUBLISH TO INSPIRE.

It’s time again for Linda to teach “Inspirational Writing & Publishing Today” for the Loft Literary Center from March 14-April 18. This time, the class, which Linda has taught since 1998, is at the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hopkins, a suburb just west of Minneapolis. Details are in the announcement section below.

Many of Linda’s previous students have used information and encouragement from the inspirational writing class to go on and get books, articles, and stories published. At a recent Loft event, Linda met a woman who just had her book published. She said, “I wrote my book and found a publisher because of taking your class. Thank you.”

The class always fills up fast, so be sure to register right away. Register online at http://www.loft.org or by phone at 612-379-8999. Specific information about the class is at https://www.loft.org/adult-classes (just fill in the form with name of instructor, Linda Anderson).

 

Allen and Linda Anderson

Angel Animals Network – Where Pets Are Family

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Writing about Leaf

Writing about Leaf

We are compiling letters, emails, and comments about Leaf for a special writing project. Since we adopted Leaf from the animal shelter on October 7, 2006, we have consistently written about him in the Angel Animals Story of the Week, on Facebook, and in our blogs.

Many of you have been part of his journey from the beginning. He entered as an abandoned, frightened dog, attempting to live in a home with two cats, a bird, and two humans who grieved over the death of their beloved yellow Lab, Taylor, only months earlier.

We’d love to hear from all of you who have followed Leaf through such things as dog park, doggie daycare, panic attacks, fear of strangers, animal communicators, learning to live with cats, being the first cocker spaniel to run for President, and growing into trust and love.

We’d also appreciate hearing from those of you who are just now tuning in. If you want to catch up, you can go to http://www.angelanimals.net and click on archived newsletters or go to Leaf’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/leafdogbookauthor and post your thoughts there. The name of the page is “Leaf, Spiritual Hero Dog.”

What are your impressions of Leaf? What are your thoughts about him and his journey? Please send letters to angelanimals@aol.com or even better, post your comments on Leaf’s Facebook page for everyone to read.

We would greatly appreciate hearing from you in regard to Leaf and how he might have helped you remember your own journeys with animals.

 

Allen and Linda Anderson

Angel Animals Network – Where Pets Are Family

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Photographing Animals and People

Photographing Animals and People

We have been working to get a good photograph of Allen and our dog Leaf. With Linda as the photographer, it seems to be an interesting journey.

We have great admiration for good animal photographers. How do they ever get the animal and the person to look into the camera with pleasant expressions on their faces at the same time? It’s a mystery to us.

When Leaf looks directly into the camera, the glint of light turns red in his eyes.  If he looks at Allen, his cute profile is fun to see. His eyes with their unique expressions, though, aren’t clear in a side view.

After putting up with us for about fifteen minutes of hassle, Leaf found a solution. He licked Allen’s nose, then turned, and stuck out his big, pink tongue at the camera. So there!

On the other hand, our cat Cuddles poses like a runway model. She’s the ultimate beauty, posturing for the camera, arching her back, and gazing contentedly toward the lens.

Visit http://www.angelanimals.net/nlimage91.html to see Linda’s photography talents and choose the one you like best.

You can post your answers to these questions and comments at our Angel Animals Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/angelanimalsnetwork and “Like” Angel Animals while you’re there.

 

Allen and Linda Anderson

Angel Animals Network – Where Pets Are Family

www.angelanimals.net

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Division of Labor – The Way of the Pet

Division of Labor – The Way of the Pet

One of the issues that often irk today’s ultra-busy woman is the need for an equitable division of labor. She longs for her husband and children to do their fair share in keeping the  household operating efficiently. She wants coworkers to pitch in at the workplace. Complaints abound when the major part of the responsibility falls on female shoulders.

Our animal family members have wrapped their paws around this prickly issue and come up with their own creative solutions.

We have no idea how the animals, who share our home, have decided what chores they should do or how they’ve figured out which of them should have certain responsibilities. We just know that they do.

The division of labor goes something like this.

Leaf sleeps near the bedroom hallway door if Linda or Allen are out of town, as if he is waiting for them to return. This isn’t where he sleeps at night when his two humans are both home. He is normally on his doggy bed. He also has ultimate responsibility for keeping watch if Allen is out of town because he becomes the man of the house.

Cuddles, our black kitten with white-mitten paws, is Linda’s guardian angel. Cuddles follows her charge everywhere and won’t even take a nap until she knows exactly where her female human is. Whenever     Cuddles sleeps on the bed with Linda, she takes on the task of waking her a minute before the alarm rings. She licks her human’s fingers or bites them, if Linda won’t get up right away.

Food preparation comes under the watchful eye of our eager dog, Leaf. What meal would be complete without Leaf being alert for any escaping pieces of food that might hit the floor?

Sunshine is the household’s watch-bird. If anyone approaches our home, he screeches at the top of his lungs. No one could ever sneak past his watchful vigilance.

There is some silent communication about who is supposed to handle each task, although no visible signs of a household manager.  Just a smooth animal operation at the Andersons’ home.

Visit http://www.angelanimals.net/nlimage90.html to see images of Cuddles, Leaf, and Sunshine.

Are pets demonstrating in your home divisions of labor for vital chores, jobs, and power positions?

You can post your answers to these questions and comments at our Angel Animals Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/angelanimalsnetwork and “Like” Angel Animals while you’re there.

Allen and Linda Anderson, Angel Animals Network – Where Pets Are Family, www.angelanimals.net

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