The first blogging steps in dog training out loud came from Life Out Loud, my blog about living and surviving with Stage IV rectal cancer. I began Life Out Loud on Blogger in late 2004, made my journal public in early 2005, moved it to WordPress.com in mid-summer 2009, and emigrated it to its own domain in December, 2009. Reuben the Gordon Setter, and Casey and Madison the English Cockers have always been part of my Life Out Loud journey, along with my cats-without-pedigree Rocket, Rani and now Churro. Dog Trainers Log is their online out-loud chapter.

As someone living with cancer, I work every day to stay focused on life in the moment, life out loud. I take aim at finding the enjoyment in each opportunity I have to laugh, learn, think, observe and to live with everything I’ve got. blkeyesueThe black-eyed susans in my WordPress avatar represent two things: every-day beauty in spite of adversity, and sheer persistence. At home I have a 4×12 foot border of black-eyed susans around my front patio. Those flowers are the offshoots of a single 4-inch pot I found wilting on the reduced-for-clearance rack at the garden center in 1998. Now even the daylilies have to argue with them for water, sun and space. The black-eyed susans never lose and never quit; they are a simple, beautiful symbol of what my life with cancer survivorship has become: life out loud, no matter what the circumstances or adversities. This is what’s been happening lately over at Life Out Loud

I also enjoy improv with food – aka: cooking. My food blog focuses on canning, preserving and cooking for competition (and an occasional recipe for dog treats.) Here are the latest improv riffs from Kitchen Jam.

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