Saturday, September 25, 2021

Part 1 - The Real Benefits of Having Pets

Part 1 - The Real Benefits of Having Pets

* Today''s article was written by Val Heart and was so lengthy that I decided to split it into 2 parts.  Val Heart got her start in animal communication in 1993 when she felt like an injured mare spontaneously told her why the wound on her hip wouldn't heal.  Called The Real Dr Doolittle, Val is a leading animal communication expert, internationally recognized animal whisperer, and master healer for people and pets. Not the typical animal communicator, her specialty is the H.E.A.R.T System for Solving Problems with Pets.
- Watch for part 2 to be published on Oct 13th

Have you ever witnessed or experienced the powerful bond between animals and humans?  One of the more beautiful and unifying aspects of humanity is witnessing the extraordinary lengths some animal lovers will go to for their animal companions.
That they enjoy a mutual, deep bond and connection is hard to explain or define, but it doesn't make it any less real or tangible.

Many people have learned the benefits of having pets. And a pet of any kind, whether it's a cat, dog, horse, lizard, or bird who feels loved and secure, will bring great joy to their human.

While some pet owners go to extravagant lengths for their fur babies - throwing them elaborate weddings or birthday parties or dressing them up in awesome costumes - even the simple act of acknowledging their loyalty and love for you is a gift that will reap a lifetime of rewards.

One of the many benefits of having pets is when they show you who you really are. They do that by reflecting, mirroring and acting out aspects of your inner self. And when you pay attention to their messages they can help you become a better person.They have no capacity for spite or guile.

They will innately reflect your sense of health and well-being. They are attuned to your energy - mind, body and emotions - and can send you messages about brewing problems long before others can perceive signs of trouble.

Animals find joy in the simplest, smallest things, and they can be a great comfort during times of stress, isolation or loneliness. They have no need for excuses or pretence, they are only ever being themselves. They go to sleep unencumbered by daily worries and wake up every morning with a clean slate, ready to take on the world with fresh eyes and spirits.

Their buoyancy, resilience, devotion, determination, and optimism are infectious.
Yet, many animals also have an innate sense when someone is in need of support. They don't always take on the worry... they simply reach out to comfort a person in pain.

Not every dog, cat, or horse will be a therapy animal who trains for care in a hospital, as a service animal or companion during times of crisis... But you should know that your pet is picking up signals from you at all times. Your horse will sense the tension in you and try to make sense of it, then decide how to help you with that. Your dog will follow you around the house when they read negative energy trying to figure out what's wrong and how to help you.

You might think they're being a pest - especially when you're feeling agitated. Stop and receive the gift of their love for what it is, and have a conversation with them about what's bothering you. You'll feel better for it, and when you know how to talk with animals they'll be able to tell you what they think too.

Animals understand when things are going wrong, but they lack the power to fix them... or do they? Countless studies have shown that there is healing power in having a cat purr on your lap, having a dog rest their head in your lap, having a horse remain still while you stroke their face.

Research has revealed that the bond between people and their pets increases fitness, lowers stress, and bring joy to their owners. Some of the many benefits of having pets are that people enjoy:

  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Decreased cholesterol levels
  • Increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
  • Decreased triglyceride levels
  • Decreased feelings of loneliness
  • Increased opportunities for socialization

( *Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


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Friday, September 24, 2021

Quick business tips

Quick Tips for Business Success : 

Promote every event / interview /charitable effort, etc.

Follow-up with contacts.

Respond to comments or communications as soon as possible.

Be sure to thank people every chance you get.


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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day 

"Didst thou but know the inly touch of love,

Thou wouldst as soon go kindle fire with snow

As seek to quench the fire of love with words."

~ William Shakespeare: Two Gentlemen of Verona (1594)


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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Media Appearance

Media Appearance

This interview was such an interesting experience for me. Jerry Harwood, who manages the Circumlocution blog, and I have been developing a networking relationship this year. It began when I reviewed his book back in June, and a couple months later, Jerry featured this author interview with me on his blog.  
I enjoyed the comments  he inserted and extra questions he created for the piece, making it an interesting back-and-forth conversation. ...I hope you enjoy reading it too :) 


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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Recommended Resources

-- Recommended Resources --

Hug A Bull is an advocacy and rescue organization for education, spay programs and in general helping puppies have the happiest days ever. 

International Fund for Animal Welfare - a global non-profit helping animals co-exist peacefully with humans. Rescue, rehabilitation, restoration of natural areas and many other projects are always on their radar.

International Mountain Bike Association of Canada - working at effective grassroots efforts to improve trails and reduce impact of natural areas. 


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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Move Your Business In A Sustainable Direction

Today's article was submitted by author and business owner Trent A. Romer. Trent has worked hard to shift his plastic bag manufacturing company Clear View Bag Co., Inc ( toward a more sustainable direction through a new vision of Healthy Planet, Healthy People, Healthy Company.  His book Finding Sustainability details his journey to ultimately find sustainability in multiple places.  Visit for pictures and details about the book.  

How to move a business in a sustainable direction

Why companies ideally would like to move in a more sustainable direction seems clear at least at the surface.  Moving away from fossil fuel based energy consumption and avoiding products that have the landfill as the only end life destination are worthy goals.   

How to go about doing this can feel like a daunting task.  Where to start this process in onboarding clients, finding more sustainable materials, locating vendors to partner with and creating a new culture inside the company seems a tall mountain to climb.    

Here are a few general steps to help.

Step 1 - Education
Basic Understanding:  Find reports, books, and online classes about sustainability in your market.  Some basic literacy will begin to build the foundations of a long term plan. Understanding the concept of a “circular economy” regardless of industry is a great place to start.

Experience it:   Find a conference, visit a company or vendor or better yet travel to another country to experience first-hand sustainability in action.  Experiencing it will change the internal movement from one thought of in your head to one driven by your heart.

Step 2 - Feedback Loops
Trade Shows:  Participate in one of your industry’s trade shows.  Bring samples and information on sustainable alternatives.  Gain feedback and insights into offerings.   
Find out How: Educational conferences targeting how to make change in a sustainable direction are increasingly popular.  Taking the time to apply and attend can better organize your movement.

Internal movement:  I have found sustainability aligns with my faith in many different ways.  The commonality each discipline shares allows me to work with increased faith and to bring my faith to work.  

Step 3 - Action Cycle

Internal Authenticity:  A company vision change and genuine actions will show clients and employees the authenticity of the sustainability journey. 
Stretch to Authenticate: Onboarding internal staff through stretch goals wrapped around sustainability energizes the movement.

Selling The New Vision:  Closing the loop through clear marketing helps onboard clients. Your clients are likely wanting to move in a sustainable direction --- consistent messaging gives them a means to do so on their time table.  

When it comes to finding sustainability, I have found it to be a unique experience.  There is no one path but rather many paths all leading a movement in the same direction of less emissions and less waste. 

 Find your path and join the movement.


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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Author Interview

-- World of Writing - Author Interview -- 

Today we are featuring Kady Hinojosa who tells us that she has always loved creative writing. However, she took a logic track in college studying Computer Science; specialized in Business Analyst and Quality Assurance. 

After retiring, she returned to writing and wove her IT experience into her debut novel, #HuntedLives. She resides in Blanco, Texas, with her husband and two cats. To learn more about her, or reach out to Kady visit: 

Q: Who inspired you to pursue a career in writing?

A: I loved to write when I was in high school but took a logical path in college and obtained my degree in Computer Science. Most of my career was spent working as a Business Analyst and Quality Assurance expert dealing with websites, mostly financial, but others as well. I loved the work, documenting the requirements of a project down to the minutest detail in a clear and concise manner, then working with the developers through testing and other means to ensure the product delivered matched the requirements. It was exciting and challenging. And while writing requirements that would be interpreted the same way by anyone who read them honed my skills on one level, writing a novel required a completely different mindset.

Throughout my computing career, I dabbled in writing, co-authoring an article about staying healthy for a new trucking magazine back in the 80s, and I constantly write short poem ‘clues’ for my grandkids for treasure hunts. But the desire to do something more was always there.

My husband, Jose, knew this, and after I stopped working, he encouraged me to pursue writing on a bigger scale. He suggested I take a course about writing a novel, to refresh my memory on the basics and to teach me the things I didn’t know. That course got my creative juices flowing again and I jumped into #HuntedLives immediately after. It’s thanks to him that I pursued this passion.

Q: How does writing help you make a difference in the world?

A: #HuntedLives is my first novel. It's a thriller with a chilling take on the dangers of social media, video/app games and the twisted mindset of humanity.  

Social media has taken the world by storm. People are tweeting, texting, and posting every hour of every day. The biggest plus - connections with new friends and reconnections with old ones. The downside is how it has changed the way we communicate. People say things and do things on social media that they would never say or do face-to-face with someone.  

By the same token, video/app games are a dime a dozen, every kind of game imaginable is out there, and kids today are addicted to them. Games are played constantly, many of them violent. There's less playing with friends outside (running around, playing ball or tag, etc).

As a result, we have become desensitized, numb, in many ways. That bothers me, so I took that to the extreme in the book. As with anything, there’s good and bad to using social media and playing video/app games. I hope that by shining a light on this, through #HuntedLives and the sequel that I’m currently writing, people will take a step back from both, use them in moderation, and spend more time visiting with friends and family.

Q: What do you do when you are not writing?

A: I exercise a lot with my husband - walking, biking, running, boot camp, kayaking, golf. My husband and I love to travel - cruising, dude ranches and horseback riding, and road trips around our beautiful country. We have six grandkids and spend time with them whenever we can. We love playing with them and are usually exhausted when they go home. And we just adopted two Siamese kittens and they are keeping us very busy. Those are probably the four things I do most.

Q: What gave you the idea (inspiration) for this book?

A: Originally, the idea came from watching my two oldest grandsons playing video app games.  They were 13 and 10 years old back then, and I would watch them and ask questions about what they were doing and why. It’s amazing how fast kids today learn games and can move around them with such ease.

My husband and I were living in Myrtle Beach, SC, and would drive to Texas multiple times a year to visit our kids/grandkids. It was during one of those trips that I really paid attention to what the boys were playing. Whenever we traveled back and forth, we’d make the trip in one day…19-20 hours in a car is a long time to build on that idea and develop the basic outline for the book.

I use an outline for writing. I like knowing the general idea of how the book is going to flow but I don’t want it to be so rigid that it can’t change. In fact, there is a lot of fluidity in it. The characters or plot, quite often, take me in an unexpected direction and I go there without a thought, updating the outline along the way.

Q: What were some of the challenges you faced in writing your non-fiction books? 

A: The biggest challenge in writing #HuntedLives were the distractions. As my first book, it took me some time to get into the routine of it and block out those distractions. Once I did, it flowed very easily.  

With the sequel I’m currently writing, the biggest challenge is making the time to write and balancing that with marketing and dealing with the ‘business’ of the first book. It’s a balancing act that I have not quite mastered yet.

Q: Did you choose writing as a profession, or did it choose you?

A: That’s an interesting question. I loved creative writing so much that if I had chosen writing as a profession, I never would have pursued Computer Science. I buried that love of writing, for the most part, in logic. I don’t regret that. I love the logic of computers and business analysis, quality assurance, testing, and everything related to that. Besides, #HuntedLives would not exist if I had not taken the path I chose. Other books may have existed but not this one. And I’m proud of it. To answer the question, writing definitely chose me, and it chose me at the right time in my life.

Q: What are common mistakes authors make?

A: I don’t know about other authors, but for myself, some of the mistakes I made are listed below.

- Telling too much instead of showing. I did countless re-writes in areas where I told much more than I showed. It is still something I work on today.

- Not setting tangible goals. The idea for #HuntedLives was born in mid-2015. The book was published in late 2020. I floated along for quite awhile, doing edits here and there, sending queries (when I first thought to go the traditional route), etc. In May 2020, I decided on self-publishing and finally set a goal to publish in Dec 2020, listing milestones of everything I needed to learn and do to reach that goal. As a result, I beat it, publishing on Nov 29th.

- Not reading enough. I used to think that if I read too much of one author I’d write too much like him or her and not have my own voice or style. Or worse, be accused of copying that other author. Boy, was that silly!!! There is so much to learn from other authors, even basic stuff like word choices and cadence, and still have my own style.

- Not knowing enough about marketing. I still don’t. I’m not comfortable with it and constantly step out of my comfort zone. But I learn more every day and I am excited about the things I’m learning (both externally and internally).


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