Dogs are pure joie de vivre (a French phrase used to express a cheerful enjoyment of life or an exultation of spirit) & shining examples of my core values including but not limited to:
• Sheer happiness
• Unabashed affection
• A preoccupation with food
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The Nuptial Journey
(Reflections on 30 years of marriage)
Laugh Lines are Sexy
How to Stop Saying Yes When You Mean No
The Dalai Palma
When Nature Pulls a Fast One
A Mulligan (Life's Second Chances)
The Kindness of a Stranger
Making Uncertainty an Ally
Lovin' the Town You're With
Being Part of Someone's First
Photo : Anna Coker
Dog-child Elly Mae Coker
Case in Point: One day as I bent down to retrieve the morning paper; my neighbor's new puppy came barreling toward me with absolutely no strategy for stopping, knocking my pajama-clad self right to the ground.
I fell, and I fell hard, both literally and figuratively. It was a coup de coeur aka instant crush, and since nary a space on my face was dry by the time his harried owner pulled him off of me, I’d say the feeling was mutual. (Dogs are so easily impressed.)
Drunk on oxytocin-releasing baby dog love—maybe happiness really is a warm puppy.
It's Happy in Here (TM) (Series) | How to Be Happy: 22 Tips to Everyday Bliss by Cindy O'Krepki
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