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Month: December, 2006

43 Folders has a good quote to begin the new year

by Scott Smith

43 Folder’s Merlin Mann’s blog:

I can’t think of a better way to welcome 2007 than by sharing this quote, which [Steven] Pressfield borrows (p.122) from the Scottish mountain climber W. H. Murray:

Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.

Leader of the Pack?

by Scott Smith

Scott bought me Cesar Milan’s book, Cesar’s Way,  for Christmas. I haven’t read it yet, but Scott is reading it and has pointed out to me that I am the issue with all of our dogs’ behavior issues. I went to Cesar’s website and took this quiz. Scoring a 15 out of 40, I am indeed at the back of the pack.

Winter Crafting

by Scott Smith

Here is my latest creative endeavor (and our cat, Falco)…


It is a “Fabulous Felt Tote” from Fiber Trends using Lion Wool in “Lemon Grass” with Lion Fun Fur in “Chocolate” as the embellishment. I’m working on fabulous felt tote #2 with a few modifications which I will post when it’s completed.

Animal Farm

by Scott Smith

Ahhh, to own a farm in Orwell, Vermont. The decision regarding what to call one’s farm becomes so straight forward. Scott sent me this link to a blog about Diane St. Clair’s Animal Farm and her butter making business. According to the blogger, all one needs is a cool name and a good story to be able to sell butter for $75 a pound, delivered. To those of you who question butter being worth $75 a pound or even Diane’s more customary charge of $15 a pound just buy yourself some cream and start shaking (or break out your Kitchenaid® like I do).

jersey cows

Here is a picture of 3 of the St. Clair’s jersey cows, Dyedee, Petra, and Scooter from the Animal Farm website.

Say it loud, say it proud

by Scott Smith

Cold Play cover

by Scott Smith

Author Daniel Pink’s blog posted a YouTube link to this Cold Play cover by Young@Heart.

Genre time of year

by Scott Smith

I’m not much of a pop fiction reader. I’ve been reading or listening to more history and business books than ever before, but my book wheel house is literary fiction.

On my last visit to Wal-Mart, I saw Michael Crichton and Thomas Harris (Hannibal novels) both released new books. And, Carl Hiaasen has as well, ‘Nature Girl.’ These guys are the only pop fiction writers I read now — I dropped the ‘Prey’ series from the must-have list.

Well, I grabbed Crichton and Harris. Finished both novels in a week. It wasn’t hard to blow through Harris’ book because the typeface was something like 14-point and was only 300 pages. That is one sloppy book, a boring book.

Crichton’s ‘Next’ held up for the first 300 pages or so, and then the weight of a hundred major characters doomed the ending. A seriously silly ending. To make it worse, we get a preachy Crichton essay at the end. Hell, no.

Here’s hoping Hiaasen won’t let me down. I need a good pop fiction book to flush away the crap I experienced this week.

No matter what, though, it will be the last pop fiction for awhile. Crichton gets another chance but not that Harris fellow.

Jack & Meg in Snow

by Scott Smith



It’s been so cold this week that Meg hasn’t been getting enough exercise, which means that poor Jack takes a little more beating than usual. Since we’ve realized that there is no way Jack is less than 7 years old and I sometimes wonder if he might be closer to 10 I’ve been trying to keep Meg off of him more. Of course, sometimes he really does start it. Meg always finishes it though. Anyway, Meg finally got to go out in the snow today and chase the ball for a while. It’s not quite as cold today as it has been.

How Cold is It?

by Scott Smith

Cold Egg

Pretty darn cold.

McNally on puppy mills

by Scott Smith

Jack and Meg are rescued dogs. That would be true of our cats: George, Martha, Falco and C.C.

My friend, John McNally (go buy his novels), has a nice post on puppy mills and the like. And, a fine photo of his dogs.

Amy and John's dogs