Dogs as Friends

Since I was a toddler, I’ve loved dogs. I took them to bed with me at night, cuddled with them when I was lonely, and fed them under the table. After I learned to drive as a teen, I always took a dog along as my copilot. I’ve trusted dogs all my life. Even today, […]

Wild Dogs of the World

By Amy J. Tyler, D.V.M. Recently, I wrote a Foreword for a beautiful new book, Wild Dogs of the World (Amazon.com). The science writer, Barbara Cox, describes each of the eight species of wild dogs in the world in detail. The text is accompanied by many color photographs showing how the dogs live their lives—the […]

Are You a Pantheist?

Pantheism is the belief there’s no such thing as a personal God. All of reality is considered an expression of the divine. Pantheists feel no need of an anthropomorphic God—that is, a God resembling humans in any way. Modern pantheists believe that their God is not above them nor outside them, but within them.  You […]

Valentine’s Gifts for MBTIs

February 14—Valentine’s  Day—is around the corner. If you have a girlfriend, time is running short. You’re supposed to turn up at her door with a surprise in your hands! Traditionally, it’s the male who courts the female with gifts on this romantic holiday, but the giving works both ways these days. The trick is to […]

New Year’s Resolutions for INFJs

We INFJs, like the other fifteen Myers-Briggs types, have our weak spots—vulnerabilities that sometimes bring us into conflict with others or cause personal problems. To be healthy and fully functional, we need to take advantage of all eight Myers-Briggs traits: introvert (I), extravert (E), sensing (S), intuitive (I), thinking (T), feeling (F), judging (J), and […]

#MeToo Holiday Inn Rape

On December 23, 1999, I was raped by a Holiday Inn security guard in St. Augustine Beach, Florida. My first awareness of the rape occurred after midnight, when I awakened in my room in the early morning hours dimly aware that something awful had happened the night before.

#MeToo (in a hospital)

On September 13,1995, I was sexually abused by a medical student at Shands Teachiing Hospital, University of Florida. I was 62, receiving radiation treatments for breast cancer.

Thanks, All you Myers-Briggs Personalities

We thank each of the Myers-Briggs types this holiday season. Their gifts differ in unique ways, but they are all precious. INFJ — Compassionate Thanks to INFJs for making us feel worthwhile and appreciated. When we’re in your company, we feel heard and seen. ENFJ—Joyful Thanks to ENFJs for your compassion, wit, and ability to […]

Wild Dogs of the World

Sequel to Harleys in the Mountains

  In a previous blog, I described my run-in with motorcyclists in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of New Mexico. At an elevation of about 11,000 feet, five men on Harleys were determined to cross a rickety bridge spanning a cliff that separated a mountain lake from a waterfall. I was camping at the water’s […]

Harleys in the Mountains

Backpacking in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico a number of years ago, my husband and I pitched our tent next to a mountain lake at about 11,000 feet. At one end was a narrow wooden bridge separating the lake from a waterfall spilling down a cliff. It was a long, hard hike […]

Squirrel Wars

For more than twenty years I have been fighting squirrels in my backyard. It’s a battle of wits that I’m losing.