Travels With the Punk

We are On the Road Again, as Willie sings and with the Punk.  Will probably only post once a week until Home Again.

10491223_483701851761433_3440731418737989434_nA Punky laugh.  The Punk did not like the first day of traveling. He had to habituate or in other words get used to the confinement and different noises. The next morning when we loaded the car and told him to get in, he beat it back to the motel door. David had to pick him up and put him in the car while he whined and protested.

That disobedience is why he will probably always be  a Service Dog in Training.  However, he does well in restaurants, and most indoor places. Barking is a bit of a problem, but not when he is at heel or being carried.

One Quizno manager made us show the above ID and examined it carefully. Everyone else just waved us through with big smiles when I said, “Service Dog.”

One of the bonuses of our various aging problems – go anywhere with the Punk, no extra charges for having him in a motel with us.  Service dogs rock.

When we arrived at our destination, the Punk showed his brilliance by remembering not to chase the Free Range Chickens without our saying a word. Clever boy.


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Sharing is a gift to three people: the blogger, the people you share with, and you for your kindness bless you.

Stay strong, it is not always easy.


This post was not  inspired by this WordPress Daily Prompt: Memory on the Menu by Ben Huberman  but fits right in. Dear Mom: Write a letter to your mom. Tell her something you’ve always wanted to say, but haven’t been able to.

Dear Mom, I don’t think I every really thanked you enough for all the gifts you bestowed.  Today, I am thinking mostly about how you taught me to love animals. Our house was never without one and at one point held a screech-owl, we eventually set free, several flying squirrels, a canary, a dog and a cat.

The love of animals is a marvelous gift to give any child.  I hope you know how grateful I am for that one of your many gifts.

Love me.



These links are for those not familiar with Emotional Intelligence or the idea of Emotional Fitness.

“I’m Back”

Problems seemed to be solved and I will be posting tomorrow. No longer Zapped or dreaming.  Staying strong.

chickenescThank you for your patience. Posting tomorrow.


Missing Emotional Fitness Training Posts?

I feel like the lion and fox in this Savage Chicken Cartoon:

lion and fox

At least I can still laugh.  When you can laugh about something, you need more help than I can give. The stress of trying to get my blog problems straightened out remains minor in terms of the things that really matter, but I am finding it harder and harder to laugh do here  some Emotional Fitness Tips for  me:

  1. Follow your own advice. OMM, Remember what matters. Try some Sloganeering. Do what self-soothes you best.
  2. Walk away.
  3. Laugh and play.
  4. Nap.
  5. Try again.
  6. Ask for help.
  7. Scream and shout
  8. Try chocolate.
  9. Try wine.
  10. Throw something.
  11. Repeat all of the above.
  12. Give up and stop blogging.

Am giving up for now and sending this out. The Happiness Engineers hard at work. If they make me happy, you will get another post.

Not even sure if I push send if this will reach you. All I can do is try. Do let me know if your get something that resembles an Emotional Fitness Post and not an error message or lots of white space and a few words.

Thank you.

How To Make Stressful Moments Better

Be With Beauty is an Emotional Fitness Exercise when practiced properly improves most stressful moments.

Be with beauty emotionalfitness exercise.

Go here to get a free digital download of this EFTI Poster Coach.

We all struggle. No matter how rich or powerful a person is  stress is part of  his or her life.  Emotional fitness exercises have proven helpful to all, but are not pie in the sky.  Those struggling with  poverty, wars, domestic violence physical or emotional abuse,  and major mental illnesses need more.

That said, two paths  lead to  good life: Remembering What Matters is the first and most important. Next comes learning to self-sooth and often that involves doing what Marsha Linehan calls “Improving the Moment.  Be With Beauty is one of  Emotional Fitness Exercises designed  to improve the moment.


Life is rarely easy.  Others do the best they can; you do the best you can. As much as we try often the best any of us can do is disappointing.  The solution? Be gentle on all, yourself included.Keep working to stay strong, I work hard to do the same  and I do not always succeed.

Remember’s sharing is caring and the easiest way to practice kindness is to share this post if you found it helpful.  Thank you.



I use WordPress Daily prompts to get me thinking more about what matters. Here is the one that inspired this post: Roy G. Biv  Write about anything you’d like, but make sure that all seven colors of the rainbow — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet — make an appearance in the post, either through word or image.