Friday, December 18, 2015

Puck's Big Adventure

Hey guys! Let's drive out to the country and go for a hike!

                                                    You ready?

Let's go!

                     Log walking is a fun part of hiking!

There's a lot of other fun stuff, too!

             Aaaahhhh! Now for the best part! Zzzzzzzz...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bad Puppies?

Went to the vet today. This was in the exam room. Falco was not amused.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Left Behind!

Susan's in Vermont for a week of sled-dog training!

We are not amused!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Greeting the . . . afternoon!

Sometimes after a tough Sunday spent in bed all day, you just have to get in a good stretch and ask the all important question, "Is my dinner ready yet?"

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sixteen Tons

As the song says, you load sixteen tons, what you get is another day older and deeper in debt. But that's about coal. We did sixteen tons of gravel, and we didn't load it. We spread it so our parking area wouldn't be a mud pit every time it rains. Moving sixteen tons of gravel is a lot of work, but the result is more satisfying than what comes from loading coal, apparently. Still, I think I'll stick with writing.

This is a patch of what the area looked like before.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Cool Off!

Falco and his best friend Ace go for a dip in the pool. Okay, well maybe it is just a big tub filled with water, but anything will do as a respite from July heat!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Tennis, Anyone?

Falco is sporting his tennis hat to mark Wimbledon fortnight. He asked me to point out the several reasons why Wimbledon is the superior of all the Grand Slam tennis tournaments:

1) It's English. As an English Shepherd, Falco understands that everything English is superior.

2) It's played on grass. Grass is an excellent surface on which to pee. It's also great for rolling in and just lying on.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Puck Wants Something!

I think he wants you to read my most recent novel, 
A Feast of Famine. That's understandable. It's an epic tale of famine, war, heroism and incompetence, all based on actual events. Make Puck a happy boy: get a copy and read it!

(Puck here: David is a dolt. What I want is a treat.)

Sunday, June 14, 2015


It's 94 degrees outside right now. Puck wants to know, when do we get more snow?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Want To Hear Something Cool?

David's most recent novel, 
A Feast of Famine, is based on actual events in which he was a participant. But the names have been changed to protect the, er, incompetent.

Oh, the Richard Paladin series about an assassin working for the U.S. Government? Uh, David never killed anybody. Never. Absolutely not. Really.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Immersion Quest

The answer's gotta be down here somewhere.

What was the question again?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Thinker

I believe Puck is pondering the gravity of my recent release, 
A Feast of Famine.

Either that, or he's recovering from barking at the legions of leaf blowers at our neighbors' house this morning.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Book Release: My Latest Novel

Recipe for a disaster:

A distant land beset by violence and starvation

A U.S. president facing reelection, in need of an image makeover

Career-focused bureaucrats

Good intentions


     Combine and stir

Famine ravages war-torn, anarchic Bulimia. International humanitarian organizations want to help, but the country’s rival gangs and militias have brought aid to a halt, targeting relief operations with violence and extortion while tens of thousands starve. Resolute action to secure humanitarian operations is needed, and the United States decides to take the lead. Yet good intentions are no match for cynical political calculations, interagency rivalries, bureaucratic ambitions and escalating incompetence. Humanitarian volunteers, diplomats, military personnel and a beleaguered Department of State analyst face one disaster after another in this farcical and tragic story of problems that belie solution.

Available from from

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bow! Wow!

Actually. Puck's not genuflecting. He's just stretching. Or maybe that's a yoga down-dog!

Saturday, March 14, 2015


Patience for the Dogzilla moment.
Thanks Lisa for sharing this scary video of Ace!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

Snowhere Man Update

A snowman's life is fleeting...

"I'm melting!"

Gone but not forgotten.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Snowhere Man... in his snowhere land.

Better make some snowbare plans

for snowbodies.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Okay I am ready for Spring

Damn, it's cold here today. Promises to stay cold all week. And the weather forecasters are talking snow, too. Good day to stay in and write. That said, March will be here soon. I will be most happy to emerge from this cold cave into the warmth!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Couple of Announcements

Since this is a blog and I am a writer, I guess a couple of announcements about what I'm doing currently would not be out of order. And if they are out of order, well, who will notice?

Anyway, I retired from my government job and am currently focused on writing. I've made a bit of progress on a new Richard Paladin book, and I'm about to release another book. It's titled A Feast of Famine and deals with an armed, humanitarian intervention in a small African nation beset by anarchy and starvation. I think it's a dark comedy. Guess I'll see what others think if anyone reads it and comments.

We'll see how long this "David, writer, retired government wonk" gig lasts. You, dear readers, can prolong this state of affairs by buying my books, or hurry me back to the government sector by ignoring me. Your call!

As for Falco and Puck, they're getting a lot more walks with "David, writer, retired government wonk" around more of the time. They're hoping this lasts awhile!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Rock It!

Puck and Falco jumped atop one of their favorite rocks to shout out a message to the world. "Read it!' 

I think they're talking about my short story, 
Sudden Addiction.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

"Remember what the door mouse said . . . "

Oh, wait, that's from White Rabbit. This is a white squirrel.

First one I've ever seen. 

      "Go ask Alice . . ."

Thursday, January 8, 2015