My antidote to the mess that is veterinary medicine is quilting. It’s a hobby filled with beauty and creativity. Though I may be covered in thread and fuzz at the end of a project, it’s nothing like...

When I was in college, I went to north Georgia for a holiday weekend.  I’d never seen mountains and was eager to scratch that item off my bucket list. As luck would have it, I arrived at night when...

“Sometimes I really hate you!” I said to the writhing Dachshund in my arms.  He didn’t care. He kept wiggling madly as is his habit when I catch him trying to take off from the yard. Because of...

Whether you’re giving it, receiving it or bestowing it upon yourself, forgiveness is one of the most beautiful things in our lives. Forgiveness is a universal healer. It doesn’t really matter if the...

Those people who insist upon being the first at work in the morning and the last to leave at night share a common malady. They share it with people who don’t use their vacation time and who are the...

There are days when my own goofiness is humbling. Today was one of them.  It’s been 15 years since I had a young dog. Now I have two. Although I am thrilled and grateful to have joy in the house after...

Every single one of us has bad moments. We all have doubts. We all feel insecure today about something that didn’t bother us before. We all have fear lurking, waiting to pounce on us when we are weak....

Here are four words I never thought I’d hear myself say: “I am a cyclist”. I’ve always detested exercise. If you ever saw me running, there was probably something chasing me.   When I started...

A few years ago, my husband and I made a New Year’s Resolution to go out with as many of our friends as possible. We made a list of all our buds and made an effort to invite someone out at least once...

  I just returned from a speaking engagement in Indiana where I educated young veterinarians about self-care. We talked about compassion fatigue, euthanasia, assertiveness and stress relief techniques....