Storyteller Coconut's Mom Reluctant Gardener

They say that nothing bad ever happens to writers because it’s all fodder for future books or articles or talks we give. I disagree.

I’ve had terrible things happen to me. We all do. So bad things do happen, but it’s our ability to bounce back and to tell the stories that make us different. When we go through the plethora of challenges, we have a choice. We can become bitter people or we can take what we have learned and help others by telling our stories.

I come from a long line of storytellers. Gardeners? Not so much, but we are somehow taming the weeds and growing beauty. Kind of like life. There have been weeds galore in my life to tame. And there has been much beauty.

I hope that you’ll stop by and read my blog now and again. This is where I share stories about the dog who saved my life and the garden and my home. I might talk about other things, too.

This is the introduction to my new book I Chose You, Imperfectly Perfect Rescue Dogs and Their Humans. It’s book number ten and I think it’s the best book I’ve written.

My life is full of never statements.

I will never kiss a boy. I will never get married. I will never forgive

him for what he did. I will never get married again. Or again. I will never live in the Midwest again. I will never own a dog. I will never, ever write another book.

When a person says he or she will never do something again, some- one typically chimes in with the idiom, “never say never.” Maybe people are prone to changing their minds. I think more often than not in the course of living, things happen. It could be the choices we make or the actions of others that put us on a radically different path than we planned, and those never statements come back to laugh in our faces.

This is a book about never saying never, life happening, and dogs. It’s mostly about dogs. But it’s also a book of stories rooted in my life and my journey to this weird place of being married, living in the Midwest, having a dog, writing about thousands more dogs, and somehow being mostly okay with never somehow becoming forever.

I look forward to sharing stories with you. If you are a true dog person you might want to follow Wag Away Publishing at