March 2018

There I was. Stretched out in a pool of sunshine. Minding my own business. Working on my tan. When Mom comes along with her mobile Doo-Hickey. She says all sort of nonsensical stuff: “Smile, Kimber! Sit. Roll over. Lay down. Stay. Say ‘cheese.'” While the Doo-Hickey is clicking away.

So annoying.

Anyway, Mom says she’s going to “post” the clickey things from her Doo-Hickey. Whatever that means. Then she stops. “Kimmi,” says Mom – not usually a good sign – “How’re we gonna caption these?”

What “we,” Kimo Sabe?

I trotted over to help her check out some online suggestion. Mom nixxed most of ’em as too: 1) Rude and crude; 2) Stupendously sophomoric; 3) Booooring, or my personal favorite: 4) You’re kidding, right?

We then put paw and pen together. Got to work on swiping appropriating 40+ Top Book-ish Captions For Your Instagram. (Not all are strictly bookish. A few strays wandered in looking for a good home.)

Here they are, divided into six basic categories:


  1. “Very few things in this world are certain, but morning is one of them.” – Gregory Maguire, What-the-Dickens
  2. “The world stands aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.” – Earl Hamner, Jr., Spencer’s Mountain
  3. “The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.’ – C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle.
  4. “Hope is the thing with feathers.” – Emily Dickenson
  5. “Wishes come true, not free.” – Stephen Sondheim, Into The Wood
  6. “We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.” ― Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave


  1. “It is always sad when someone leaves home, unless they are simply going around the corner and will return in a few minutes with ice cream sandwiches.” — Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid
  2. “Of course I’m not always full of ginger. Sometimes I’m asleep.” – Mom
  3. “Laughter is the best revenge, although being rich and famous and outliving all your enemies are good ones, too.” – Patrick F. McManus
  4. “You don’t have to live forever. You just have to live.” – Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
  5. “I would always rather be happy than dignified.”—Charlotte Brontë , Jane Eyre
  6. “Hand over the chocolate and no one gets hurt.” – Mom
  7. “Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.” – Jane Austen
  8. “Stay gold, Ponyboy.” – S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders
  9. “All children, except one, grow up.” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan.
  10. “Oh no, young Skywalker. The ugly is strong in that one.” – S.J. Kincaid, Insignia


  1. “The moving moon went up the sky, And nowhere did abide.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  2. “The ocean glimmered on the horizon, spangled with moonlight.” Mary Downing Hahn, Look For Me By Moonlight.
  3. “It’s a strange word, ‘twilight.’ It makes me think of endings, of things done or left undone, of things over, of evening. But there are two twilights in every day, and one of them does not foretell darkness, but dawn.”― Erin Bow, The Scorpion Rules
  4. “All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are lost. The old that is strong does not wither. Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” — J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
  5. “Wind’s in the east, there’s a mist coming in, like something is brewin’ and ’bout to begin.” – Mary Poppins (the movie)
  6. “Bravery is a choice that is yours to make. Dont let fear steal your will.” -Erin Summerill, Ever The Hunted

SPRING (for those of us impatiently awaiting winter’s wind down)

  1. “It’s spring fever. … And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ― Mark Twain
  2. “It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.”― John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga
  3. “Spring drew on…and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.”― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
  4. “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party’!” – Robin Williams.
  5. “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”—L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
  6. “One more dawn. One more day. One day more!” – Les Miserables (in concert)


  1. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney
  2. “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.”Howard Thurman
  3. “There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction.” Franz Kafka
  4. “You must never feel badly about making mistakes … as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.”— Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
  5. My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” — Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
  6. “In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.” —Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank
  7. “Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”— Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
  8. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
  9. “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  10. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a d…” (Well okay. Maybe not that one.)


  • “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu
  • “You don’t love because: you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults.” – William Faulkner
  • “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl
  • “Do I dare / Disturb the universe?”—T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • “To love another person is to see the face of God.” – Victor Hugo, Les Misérables (in concert)
  • “Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.” — William Goldman, The Princess Bride
  • “Let the wild rumpus start!” – Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things Are
The beauty of this thing? Only people who read are likely to get these. Thinking of swipe appropriating a few of these myself. Soon as I figure out that Doo-Hickey.

Instagram: @kimmi_theamazingbordercollie and @thymelesswon

I don’t know about your neck of the dog run, but here in the Northwest it’s been pouring rain for so long, I may be sprouting gills.

Not that I mind, mind you. Mom says this is great reading weather. Something about curling up by the fire with a good book. I don’t really get it. I just like sitting in her lap while she turns pages. And tells me what a “good dog” I am.

As if I didn’t know that already.

Anyway, here are 10+ top picks fur wet weather. (That’s not a typo.) These books are brisk and engaging. With good solid story lines. Lots of adventure. As much “flavor” and “texture” as those beef broth and steak treat thingies Mom makes. And of course sparkling canine personalities. Like mine. You’ll enjoy these even if you’re a feline fan. (Yech! Can’t believe I just said that.):

  1. The Black Dogs Project: Extraordinary Black Dogs and Why We Can’t Forget Them. Photography by Fred Levy.  Poignant personal narratives combined with stunning photography of some of the most beautiful canines on the planet! (You might detect a slight bias here. See photo, above.)

2. Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery– Spencer Quinn. (Told from the dog’s point of view) A good ‘ole fashioned “whodunit” mystery with a dog who’s way smarter than Bernie, his crime-solving human. Laugh out loud funny in places.

3. Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls. Old Dan. Li’l Ann. A young boy growing up in the Ozarks and sacrificial love. Bring tissue.

4. Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod – Gary Paulsen. Told in the first person. You can almost smell the cold and feel the snow crunch!

5. The Empty City (Survivors #1) – Erin Hunter. Lucky is a golden-haired mutt with a nose for survival. He’s always been a loner, relying on his instincts to get by. Then the Big Growl strikes. Suddenly the ground is split wide open. The Trap House is destroyed. And all the longpaws have disappeared. Is it time to find a Pack?

6. The Journey Back – Priscilla Cummings. #2 in the Red Kayak series. Not strictly a dog book. But Digger’s daring escape from a juvenile detention facility includes hijacking a tractor trailer, “borrowing” a bicycle, stealing a canoe, and befriending a stray mutt who becomes Digger’s best friend.

7. Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers – Gary Paulsen. Minnesota author and dog musher Gary Paulsen reflects on the growth of his sled dogs as he and his animals discover the world around them.

8. Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, An Unexpected Journey, and Me (Jon Katz)

A story of faithful love, unswerving devotion, and understanding without words, Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, An Unexpected Journey, and Me effervesces like a bottle of Cristal Brut Methusalah.

An abandoned, half-feral border collie reluctantly taken in by author Jon Katz, Izzy becomes a hospice dog. Somehow Izzy learns what can’t be taught: how to help the dying leave this world with dignity – “Oh! A dog! Where on earth did you come from, you handsome thing?” – and how to best comfort those left behind.

Lenore – from the Edgar Allen Poe poem – is a “portable happiness generator.” “The UPS driver threatened to steal her,” says Katz. Big hearted and good natured, Lenore can pierce the armor of the hardest heart. As Katz battles a deep depression and phantoms from his past, the rambunctious Lab pup gently reminds him why he wanted to work with animals in the first place.

9.  The Dog Who Was There (Ron Morasco).

Set in first century Jerusalem,  The Dog Who Was There is a heart-warming, surprising story about a little dog, Barley (that’s not a typo), and a Teacher from Galilee. This wonderful story is soaked in loss, loyalty, sadness, promise, and Great Joy. I’ve never read anything quite like it. You won’t want to miss this one.

And of course:

10. Forever, Eve: The True Story of a “Cast-Off” Dog Who Never Stopped Loving

Wait. Is that a patch of blue overhead?