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What I Read in December

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December was a busy month, but that didn’t stop me from feeding my book addiction. Here is what I have been reading this month and what I added to my bookshelf.
What I read
Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs by Caroline Knapp (borrowed from the library): A journalistic memoir in which Knapp describes her relationship with her dog Lucille and explores other people’s relationships with their dogs. This was written in the 1990s and Knapp has since died, which made me sad that there aren’t current works to read. I loved her storytelling. By the end, stories about other people and their dogs came with such frequency that I longed for the earlier part of the book where she told her own story so beautifully.

Zen Pencils-Volume Two: Dream the Impossible Dream by Gavin Aung Than (borrowed through Comics Plus Library Edition): A fun graphic work that sets famous written works and speeches to cartoon images. It’s fun to see how this artist adds story the words of others.

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How My Word of the Year Helped Me Ignite My Life

Every year I choose a word to set an intention for that year. I don’t often set resolutions, but when I first heard about the idea of a word for the year, I grasped the idea and ran with it. Some of my previous words include shine, focus, joy, and badass.

This year my word was IGNITE. I chose this word because I wanted to get this new chapter of my life (as a newly single mom) started. I wanted to spark my fire, and I believe I succeeded.

During the course of this year, I have set out to meet new people, find new hobbies, and rekindle my enthusiasm for old hobbies. I wanted to find the elements that were fully me with no external input -- the activities, ideas, and habits that were true for me.

Meetup was a huge help in finding activities and people to do them with. Through Meetup, I joined a monthly book club, which is something that I really missed from my previous locale. I love this group of people and, regardless of whether I liked the book, I always look forward to great conversati…

The Secret Language of Dogs: a book review

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The Secret Language of Dogs: Unlocking the Canine Mind for a Happier Pet
by Victoria Stillwell
Published by Ten Speed Press on October 11, 2016

The Secret Language of Dogs is a non-fiction look at the behavior of dogs. Stillwell presents the psychology of dogs’ body language and actions in a way that is easy to understand. She answers whether dogs feel love, guilt, and a slew of other human emotions. She advocates for positive training rather than punitive training.

Although you will find the occasional training tip, this book is not a step-by-step guide for how to train your dog. It is purely about canine behavior and qualities. It will help dog owners understand what is going on in their dogs’ minds based on their posture and actions, which, in turn, may help the owner determine the best course of action, if needed.

The chapters are broken down into small subchapters, making the content very easy to digest. This also means you can pick it up and read a section in a spare moment without h…