Memorable Monday: Read Only If You Dare!


In this tongue-in-cheek article, Lemony Snicket takes on some of the most "dreadful and shocking" passages in children's literature -- including Mary Poppins!

In this tongue-in-cheek article, Lemony Snicket takes on some of the most “dreadful and shocking” passages in children’s literature — including Mary Poppins!

More than a few children have shuddered over the dark passages of the popular A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The series’ main characters Klaus, Violet and Sunny Baudelaire are orphaned when their parents are killed in a fire caused by arson. The children come under the care of their mysterious uncle Count Olaf, who plots their deaths to claim their inheritance. His nefarious threats continue even when the children go to live with another, more sane relative.

It doesn’t get much more frightening than this!

Lemony Snicket, the pen name of author Daniel Handler, weighs in on some of the more frightening lines in children’s literature — more shocking than they first appear.

For our Halloween reading this week, check out Mr. Snicket’s selection of 13 “shocking”  passages if you dare:



Read More

Mixed-Up Monday: Is It Daylight Saving or Savings?

Some say Daylight Saving Time. Other say Daylight Savings Time. Which is correct?

Some say Daylight Saving Time. Others say Daylight Savings Time. What is it?

Mom Karen said that we moved our clocks ahead by one hour on Sunday morning. It’s that darn time change. We “spring forward,” and then we “fall back.” It’s such an inconvenience for many people.

And we do this because …? Well, as all poodles know, people can do the most confusing things!

Some people call this “Daylight Saving Time.” Others say “Daylight Savings Time.” Which is correct?

If you opted for “Saving” and not “Savings,” you would be correct. Lose the “s” from your use of the word.

But most of all, I prefer the words “nap time.” And did you know? Today is National Nap Day, an unofficial observance begun in 1999 to help people recover from that precious loss of one hour of sleep when we are forced to “spring forward. It may be “unofficial,” but I’m embracing it as a holiday on my calendar.

Naps are good. They boost our creativity, help us de-stress and improve our moods.

What a relief! We’ve solved the “Saving” issue, and we’ve been given a day to nap.

Oh, happy day!

Read More

Thoughtful Thursday: Words + Humor = Smiles


Oh, how I feel for Vivien! Have you ever believed that you should be living somewhere else? Like Paris, New York, the Bahamas or Rome? I have. There are days when I, Lady Louise, yearn to be in the South of France for a dip in ocean or on a yacht with sumptuous buffet or the Champs-Élysées where I could stop for a chocolate eclair or other delicious sweet treat at a patisserie. Can’t you hear the song now, “I Love Paris in the Spring Time …”

We hope that this brings a smile to your day. With the cold temperatures and threats of more winter, a bit of humor is just what we need.

Cartoons and their brief words are an important part of language. Smiles and laughter chase the gloom and give us something to boost our spirits.

Please check out Off the Leash cartoons by Rupert Fawcett at These are just the best at conveying the special bond between poodles like moi (and other canines, too) and their people.

For all who love dogs, as Mom Karen and I do, the words and drawings add a bright spot to our lives!

Read More