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Sleep comes very naturally to most of us and in our family it isn’t uncommon to find many the beings fast asleep.  Below is a compilation of five images, each with at least one member of the family asleep, and two of the images (top and bottom) contain four family members snoozing.


With sleep come dreams.  Perhaps it’s the dreams that make sleeping so enjoyable.  I’m sure that Daisy, Franklin, Sadie have chased a rabbit or two in their sleep, and that Suki and Dino have captured the birds in the bushes outside the kitchen window more than once.

Or, perhaps it’s taking the opportunity – with those who you feel safe and love – to rest up for the challenges that we face each day.  Either way, may we all hold on to and pursue our dreams and enjoy the time we have with those we love.

Thanks to A Word in Your Ear for this week’s A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Sleep!

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Happy

Friday makes me happy, so I chose to respond to this challenge on a Friday!

Friends and family, human and non-human, make me happy.

Running makes me happy.  In fact, the last time I cried tears of joy was during the 23rd mile of completing my first (and only) marathon.  (No one knew that I was crying ’cause I was sweating a lot.)

Creating – writing, picture-taking, drawing, talking, contributing – makes me happy.

Being outside in nature – birds, streams, trees, sun, rain, clouds, wind, snow – makes me happy.

And every time I see this picture, I smile with Franklin, and I am happy.

Franklin Smilin'

Want to see what makes others happy?  Want to share what makes you happy?

Head over to Across the Board to see the Two Cents Tuesday Challenge:  Happy responses so far and share your happiness!

Happy Friday everyone!

Men talking and learning from each other

Daily Prompt: Mentor Me

In response to the Daily Post writing prompt on February 17, 2013.

Prompt: Have you ever had a mentor? What was the greatest lesson you learned from him or her?

I’ve had many teachers throughout my life, though I’m not sure that I’ve ever had that one person in my life that I would label a mentor.  Each teacher has varying degrees of influence, and each in a different way.  At times I’ve learned how to do things, and other times I’ve learned what not to do.

We have an opportunity to learn from every experience. Experiences will vary in impact, but all that we encounter is an opportunity to learn. In a previous post, I mentioned that our dog, Franklin, taught me a lesson about love. And as I consider how it is that I approach learning, I realize that there are many experiences that influence my current approach.  Some of these include:

  • Talking with a friend(s) about an experience
  • Watching an adult interact with a child in a public setting
  • Receiving feedback at work or school about a task that I’ve completed, like a presentation

One of the most exciting aspects of life is that we will evolve as we interact and share new experiences. Two day, two months, or two years from now I likely will modify my learning approach based upon the evolution of my life.

If you’re like me and don’t have one person that is your default teacher, that’s okay.  My guess is that you have an entire team of teachers in your life.

What are some examples of how you learn from others?

photo credit: [phil h] via photopin cc

The boy - Franklin - smiling

Franklin’s Love

Since yesterday was Valentine’s Day it seemed appropriate to write something about love.  Our dog Franklin has recently been in my thoughts and taught me a great deal about love.

When Franklin first came to us he would sit on the other side of the room.  He growled at Daisy, our other dog, he growled at us, and he tried to escape several times. He kept a wary eye on us even while eating his dinner.

Over time, he started to trust us.  First, he started sitting on the same side of the room with us, eventually joining us in the bedroom for a good night’s sleep.  He was terrified of thunderstorms and would come to us for safety. The last few years of his life he was known as Cuddlepuff, but only behind closed doors when no one else was looking.

He ensured that others kept their distance.  Lot’s of people tried to get close, but only a couple of family members experienced the nose bump – Franklin placing his muzzle under your hand and lifting his head up for a head rubbing.  To most everyone else he was an unconvincing tough guy.

Something happened to Franklin before he came to us that destroyed his trust in people and other dogs.  We don’t know what.  We do know that with time, and love, he was able to trust again.  He played with Daisy and cuddled on the couch.  And on rare occasions he gave my wife or I a smackeroo.

So what did Franklin teach me about love?  That even after you’ve been disappointed, hurt, or perhaps even abused, it is possible to trust and love again.  It might take some time, and maybe more than one try, but it’s possible.

What have others taught you about love?