A Very Nice Message …

… from a reader:

Always look forward to the next episode. Thanks again for what you do–it’such a joy to pick up a book of yours and know for sure things are going to get better real fast!



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50 Responses to “A Very Nice Message …”

  1. Rose-the small and meek
    8:10 am on January 19th, 2016


    Create a good day!

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:11 am on January 19th, 2016

    Good morning, everyone! That IS a nice message. Hope it doesn’t go to OFA’s head 🙂
    Frosty and frigid here and mom is about to toddle off the the library. Stay toasty and safe on this grand Tuesday.

  3. Rose-the small and meek
    8:12 am on January 19th, 2016

    Ditto to what the reader above said!

    BEAU! I am so happy your team won! I hope that they will take down those nasty cheaters, the Patriots!

  4. B.Stover
    9:17 am on January 19th, 2016

    A very nice message indeed!

    Good morning all.

  5. Linda
    9:36 am on January 19th, 2016

    Joy is the appropriate word and emotion, I agree.

    Good morning all.

  6. Staff
    10:36 am on January 19th, 2016

    Glittering. It reminds me of the view that helped me make that sparkly haiku the other day. The haiku I have forgotten. Something about diamonds…


    Maybe I should start writing those haikus down somewhere…

  7. dawson
    11:11 am on January 19th, 2016

    I’m looking forward to the next episode right now.

    We had beautiful hoar frost last week and I tried to get some pictures but none of them did justice to the sparkling beauty.

  8. dawson
    11:15 am on January 19th, 2016

    Here is the lettuce garden gone to seed. It hasn’t seen sun for several months now.

  9. Staff
    11:16 am on January 19th, 2016
  10. dawson
    11:20 am on January 19th, 2016

    Here is the community trail. The bears are hibernating.

  11. dawson
    11:35 am on January 19th, 2016

    Staff: Amazing work! I wish I could enlarge it to see the detail. I see she incorporated some beading work.

    Here are the moccasins I had to choose from the other day. Only one pair fit. The one without fur inside and, yes, I did buy them.

  12. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    11:51 am on January 19th, 2016

    Lovely photos Dawson. Glad the bears were safely tucked away. And I like the moccasins!

    The Pillars of Strength is truly remarkable! Amazing talent.

    -4 this morning, but going up to 15 today. Should be mid 30s by the weekend. Polar blast will be gone, thank dog!

  13. dawson
    12:12 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Checkpoint Update

    I had a request for an update on our checkpoints so here it is:

    Anchorage – WosenGrizz
    Willow – CHobbit
    Yentna – Rescues (needs $50. more)
    Skwentna – available
    Finger Lake – available
    Rainy Pass – Jace by Wolfie
    Rohn – Herd of Hounds & Rio!
    Nikolai – available
    McGrath – available
    Takotna – Native Veterans and Navajo Code Talkers
    Ophir – Brandy by BStover
    Cripple – Kats!
    Ruby – LizF, Ruby and Cricket from Down Under
    Galena – Herd of Hounds, past and present
    Nulato – available
    Kaltag – Leo Shiek and all Equines by BlueCat
    Unalakleet = BearSpiritDog, Masquers and Nana
    Shatoolik – Chet the Jet and Bernie
    Koyuk – Rio, Beau and Friend
    Elim – Wookie (in spirit), Teddy and Zeta
    White Mountain – Gus and Truman by BooBear
    Safety – SiberH by the Plunderers
    Nome – Melanie by the Plunderers

    Please make donations at snowhookcheckpoints@gmail.com and if you have pledged a donation make your check out to Rebecca Savidis and send to PO Box 1179, Willow, AK. 99688.

    A huge thank you to all us Pluderers who support each other and Snowhook Kennels. Go Chet the Dog!

  14. Tupper's Mama
    12:35 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Good morning everyone.
    We are currently on hold with a government agency. This could take 5 to 6 hours….or days….

    The pictures of the frost are beautiful. And that is just the way we like to see snow and frost – from a safe distance.
    The moccasins are lovely – having only one pair fit may have been a good thing. Otherwise, decisions could have been mind bending.

    And we are happy to report that HRH Tuppence seems to be doing well. We are indeed doing physical therapy which consists of belly rubs, back massages, and pulling on toes. The last part she isn’t particularly fond of, but if it means she is being held in a lap for the procedure, she is willing to accommodate it.

    oops – the government has picked up….woo hoooooo!

  15. ML
    2:36 pm on January 19th, 2016

    I posted good wishes for Ms. Tupper last night but they seem to have disappeared. Just want to let her know that me and my pack are thinking good thoughts for her. <3 .

  16. B.Stover
    2:41 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Glad to hear that Tupper is doing well.

    We’re having a heat wave. It’s 21 degrees here. (Am I being ironic….) The sun is shining brightly also.

  17. B.Stover
    2:45 pm on January 19th, 2016

    I have two questions for those who read All The Light We Cannot See. What does the “light” of the title refer to? Where is the Sea of Flames diamond and who put it there? (I may have an answer to the second question but to the first I have an opinion only.)

  18. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:46 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Stover!…This sounds like a book I want to read…snort!…Please do not give anything away in your discussions…wheeze!

  19. BearSpiritDog
    4:57 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Rio! We would be Happy to Send it to You. Just say the word.

  20. Herd of Hounds
    4:59 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Dawson, mom shold not embarrass you this year with a wardrobe malfunction. She has insulated wind pands with NO snaps. See, it doesn’t take too much to teach an old dog new tricks.

  21. B.Stover
    5:16 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Okay Rio.

    One thing that really irritated me about the novel is the “time line.” His editor probably told him to arrange it out of order to be “clever.” However, I think the story would have had a much more dramatic buildup if the narration had been chronological. As it is, I was jarred out of the story every time there was a shift in the sequence of events. Some of the writing is beautiful.

  22. Tupper's Mama
    7:09 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Interesting happenstance – tomorrow we are driving Gramp to a faraway funeral for one of his contemporaries. We spoke to the son the other day, and he said the funeral was delayed until his brother flew in from Embarrass, Minnesota where he and his wife moved to pursue their dream of dog mushing.
    They did Iditarod years ago, but now mostly run in the lower 48 races.
    We are looking forward to talking to them – even though it will be a sad time for gathering.

  23. dawson
    7:45 pm on January 19th, 2016

    BStover: I do not know the meaning of the title but here is an opinion on that. I did have an opinion on what happened to the Sea of Flames diamond when I finished reading the book but I can’t remember now what it was. I do agree that it would have been better in chronological order – that going back and forth was just annoying and did not improve the story.

  24. dawson
    8:05 pm on January 19th, 2016
  25. dawson
    8:19 pm on January 19th, 2016

    I’m exhausted tonight.
    A sweetheart followed me home today. I enlisted the neighbor’s help in putting her picture on facebook and got a call within minutes though not before she ate all the cat food and got a swat on her ear from one of the cats and bled all over the place. I had to carry her up and down the stairs because she was unfamiliar with them. The weight training came in handy, oof!

  26. Tupper's Mama
    8:26 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Dawson – awwww. Is that a baby newfie? Her parents came and got her?

  27. B.Stover
    8:30 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Spoiler alert!

    Dawson: I think that Werner went to the grotto after Marie-Laure put the diamond, which was still in the little wooden house her father made, in the ocean. She gave him the key immediately afterwards. (Another question–Why did she give him the key? That’s a real question.) He took the diamond out of the house and put it in the ocean and then put the key in the house. (I think that the diamond is shown to be in the ocean on page 520.) I think that the “light” referred to in the title has something to do with understanding or empathy. We don’t “see” it because life is based on selfishness rather than altruism. This is what causes conflict and war. (Page 84 when Siedler tells Werner, “We act in our own self- interest…Name me a person or a nation who does not.” There is also the incident on page 368: “…they move about with only themselves in mind. Name me someone who does not.”)

  28. B.Stover
    8:37 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Dawson: Thank you for the link. Those are interesting answers.

  29. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:39 pm on January 19th, 2016


  30. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:40 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Skipped!…Stover thanks for the SPOILER ALERT. I skipped yer post…chuffle!

  31. dawson
    8:50 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Tupper’s Mama: Yes. A Newfie lab cross. Wore me right out. Her mama came and got her pronto.

    BStover: Yes, that is what I remember about the diamond, now that you mention it. Your explanation of the meaning of “light” in the title is better than the one in the link I posted. The key question? I do not think I reasoned that question out.

    And now, my brain has exploded and I’m off to my warm bed with pillows for all my parts. I have an early start tomorrow. I will dream of sweet Newfoundland puppies snuggling up with me.

  32. Darah Thea
    9:42 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Dawson, I refused to go down the 13 basement stairs until after I was over a year old. It didn’t matter that the car I love to ride in was there. Hope you get to keep touch with that lovely lady.

  33. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:42 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Biggest!…Loser is excellent this season. My big-ole-V-E-T thinks there should be a Big-Chest-Pug-Loser show…gah!…I totally disagree with that guy. What the heckles?…wheeze!

  34. Masquers
    10:27 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Riõ: SPOILER ALERT. Snort.

    B: Must admit we felt the same way at first, but grew accustomed to his style of writing as we read on. The book is long, but the chapters are short. It was easy to read and the writing is indeed beautiful. As to your earlier question…Marie-Laure comes to a realization on page 160 regarding fear and the light: “This is the basis of his fear, all fear. That a light you are powerless to stop will turn on you and usher a bullet to its mark.” Whether or not this pertains to the title, I cannot say…nor do I agree. I consider the light to be all the good things we are unaware of…cannot see. The part describing the fate of the Sea of Flames struck me as being oddly placed. It would have made a better ending.

  35. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:29 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Tomorrow!…Late afternoon (lets keep them waiting till the last possible hours) my friend will find out if her job will be out-sourced…sniff!…She is praying “YES!YES!YES!”…snort!…She wants the Package and the unemployment…heh!heh!…She is tired and fed up. It is time to do something She Wants To Do by golly…chuffle!…So please we need plunderer prayer for her job to GO-THE-HELL-AWAY!….snort!snort!

  36. Tupper's Mama
    10:31 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Wow – youse guys are deep! We will stick with our cozy mysteries.

  37. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:31 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Maskers!…Thanks for the Spoiler Alert!…snort!…This is a book we do want to read…chuffle!…The title alone is inviting…heh!

  38. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:32 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Deep!…Heh!heh!…There has been a series made of “War and Peace”…snort!..We are attempting to watch it.

  39. Tupper's Mama
    10:32 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Yee gads!!!

  40. BearSpiritDog
    10:33 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Big Bear Prayers for Rio’s Friend. Tomorrow!

  41. Masquers
    10:39 pm on January 19th, 2016

    War and Peace, the Series?? This reminds us of a Seinfeld episode where Elaine tells Jerry the book’s original title was, “War, What Is It Good For?”. smirk.

  42. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Already!…I am totally disinterested….grunt!…But yet my friend is determined to watch this…stuff.

  43. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:58 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Golinka!…Do not be alarmed!..snort!…My friend has asked Beau to pray for her job to be Gone!Job!Gone!…grunt!..She is unhappy and working with people (once again) that she does not trust or care for. She learned the hard way this is a formula for disaster…snuffle!…So she is hoping for the “Package” and the Unemployment…heh!…Freedom!

  44. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:03 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Bear!…Be sure to Pray the Job Goes, not stays…heh!heh!…I hope to be able to tell you all the good news late tomorrow night. The news that my friend will be paid off to train some other people her job…weird.

  45. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:04 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Details!..She may or may not leave out some important details….heh!heh!heh!

  46. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:25 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Night!…Off to my warm soft bed with all my baseball toys in all the right places…twirl!…War and Peace is for the damned birds…grunt!…Life is too short to delve into that…heh!heh!

  47. Wyatt
    11:36 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Rio: Prayers for Friend? I have my best Thieves on it.

    Night noodles.

  48. Staff
    11:53 pm on January 19th, 2016

    Rio. Prayers going up for a pink slip for your friend. snort.

    A friend of mine just told me how her job, which she loved, ended. The company she worked for (25 years) was bought out by another bigger company and she did not fit well in the corporate world. They offered her a buy out but she didn’t want to leave her friends in the lurch so she soldiered on. About a 1-1/2 years later she gave up and retired/quit with no severance.

    So take it and run baby run!

  49. Masquers
    12:18 am on January 20th, 2016

    Staff is right! Take the buy out.

  50. Thieves!
    1:02 am on January 20th, 2016

    Staff: Taking it and running is one of our core values.

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