What’s In A Name?

Ms. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month and therefore time for What’s In A Name. What’ll it be this month, Spence?

Spencer Quinn: How about “The Valley?” The Valley is the huge urban area surrounded by vast desert where Chet and Bernie live. The residents call it the Valley – the way the residents of Phoenix do – so that’s how Chet thinks of it.

Ms. P: So Chet and Bernie live in Phoenix?

SQ: Not exactly. They live in an imaginary southwestern city that resembles Phoenix although the vibe might be a little more Tucson-like. I wanted that combination for Chet, the contrast of the urban and the wild, and I think most readers thought: Arizona. But when I do signings in the L.A. area they all think it’s their valley.

Ms. P.: Chet finally does learn the facts.

SQ: Yes. In the Sound and the Furry, book six in the series, there’s this passage:

The wiry dude squinted down at Bernie. Then he laughed. “You’re not from around here.”

“True,” said Bernie.

“Where you from?”


Ha! We were from Arizona? I’d wondered about that.

Ms. P.: Thanks, Spence. See you next month!


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86 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. O'Howlers
    8:01 am on November 15th, 2013

    SiberH knew all along!!!!

    Good morning! We hope melanie and Zoe got a good night’s sleep. Nana told us she is asking Rio to organize a mission for the Big Breakout!
    Good news continues on this here blog. Lookie lookie what Mom and Pop found early this morning while letting the chickies out.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:28 am on November 15th, 2013

    Good morning, everyone! OH: Congratulations, y’all have laid an egg! My, my, my, that will make egg day very special. OFA, who would have thought of having a name day for a place? Someone with a great imagination.
    Have a fraughtless, frilly, fun-filled Friday.

  3. Wose
    8:49 am on November 15th, 2013


    Hey Howlers! What a very nice egg!

    HOH! Have a frisky Friday.

    My Whitey-Lance mouse pad at my desk, but I do not have a desk anymore. No I do not.

  4. O'Howlers
    8:57 am on November 15th, 2013

    That egg is NOT sideways on our iPaw. Drat it.
    Texas Plunderers: If youse see our egg, be and sure and tell the Egg Queen Barb about this eggstroadinary news !

  5. B. Stover
    8:59 am on November 15th, 2013

    I’m wondering what the difference is between Phoenix and Tucson.

    Very nice egg Howlers.

    Good morning all.

  6. Herd of Hounds
    9:23 am on November 15th, 2013

    Wose: We will do our best to remain frisky through out the day.
    OH: If the egg is sideways, does it roll out?
    HRH B: Phoenix is megalopolis with older burbs swallowed up. Tucson is more artsy (though not like Sedona) and natural. (At least from what we have seen.)

  7. B. Stover
    9:56 am on November 15th, 2013

    Thank you HOH.

  8. Barb & Maggie
    10:09 am on November 15th, 2013

    Howlers, That first egg is so exciting. Your little girls are growing up! Any idea who was the first? We know it was not the Americauna, since it is not green. Also not the Welsummer, since it is not dark brown. What is your best guess?

    OK, Barb is turning off the computer and heading over to Kelly’s. Leaving for the airport at 11:00. Have a good Friday and a great weekend.

    Excited about tomorrow!

  9. O'Howlers
    10:17 am on November 15th, 2013

    Well, we missed Barb. But we will answer anyway. We do not know who laid the first egg, altho it was the Welsummer that has been hanging in the coop and not coming out. She was also poking in the nestbox after we found the egg. The egg is not the right color for that breed, but maybe the first egg does not come out as dark.
    The Plymouth Rock and the Black Australorp are also very likely since they have been exhibiting large wattles and going into “the crouch” all the time.

  10. Macy's mom
    10:58 am on November 15th, 2013

    Rio, use the “contact us” button to let us know what you want. I will get more info from “the man”.

    We are super excited about tomorrow. I have been unwell all week, but I will be there come heck or high water!

    Watch for new canine options at Rick’s Knife Shop. We have a new toy that is supposed to be good for the teeth. Belle has gotten into the box twice, but she hasn’t gotten her teeth into one yet.

  11. Pancho & Lefty
    11:07 am on November 15th, 2013

    We are excited to hear bit of good news on yesterdays blog. We can’t wait to hear about the Plunderer gathering today.

    Howlers: Happy egg day!

    All youse under the Quilt, may notice a Giant sized shape there this morning. The Giant cracked a rib yesterday. He says he is fine, but we took it into our paws and tucked him under the Quilt anyway. Tenzing immediately took up his role as pillow and we stayed the night just to keep an eye on him. Plus, there were snacks.

  12. dawson
    11:57 am on November 15th, 2013

    Spence: Interesting.

    O’Howler’s: Nice egg.

    Barb, Macy’sMom & BooBear’sMom: Enjoy the Plunderer meet.

    AJ: Ouch! The only ribs you need to be cracking are at the Memphis Rib restaurant.

    Melanie: Thinking of you.
    Wolfie: You too.

    Nana: Stand up, sit down, fight, fight, fight! (from a high school cheer but it works for rehab too) That’s my partner!

  13. O'Howlers
    12:07 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Giant! Cracked Rib !!! What will this do to the A-Team’s training schedule? AJ should NOT be mushing with a cracked rib!

  14. Siber-H
    12:09 pm on November 15th, 2013

    We love that part in the Sound and the Furry where Chet learns where he is from.
    Mom much prefers Tucson to Phoenix.
    I’ve always known where I am from…West Texas and NM. The land of little snow but the nice trade off is there is little rain.
    Siberia is just a dim memory of mine.

    I think the Howlers’ egg should go to Dima.

  15. Tupper and Gilly
    12:12 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Dawson said all the things we were thinking. So count this as a double Dawson!

    We have been outside supervising the painter. He thought the colors we picked were nice, but he still had some reservations about how it would all look. Now he is jumping up and down in approval – the colors are gorgeous and rich. He asked today if he could “showcase” our house to show potential clients.
    heh heh heh – take THAT the rest of you white and beige neighborhood houses!

  16. Wose
    12:15 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Can’t wait to hear about the Texas Meet and Greet!

    Sending loving hugs to Melanie and Zoe.

    Pancho and Lefty: That must have been a giant rib the Giant broke. Ouch, indeed. Is your Lady traveling? Who is nursing OFM back to health? What in dog’s name led to the Giant breaking a rib?

  17. O'Howlers
    12:15 pm on November 15th, 2013

    We can’t wait to see T&G’s painted house!
    Mom will probably not let anyone eat that precious egg. heh heh!

  18. Siber-H
    12:16 pm on November 15th, 2013

    I agree with MY Fellow Sibers. AJ cannot mush with a cracked rib. I hurt just thinking about it.
    Pancho and Lefty, Mom says be good and don’t cause AJ any trouble.

    Macy? I think Rio asked you if he could send a check. My question for you is can I use Mom’s credit card on your dad’s website as I do not have a paypal account?

  19. Wose
    12:17 pm on November 15th, 2013

    T&G: Don’t forget pictures for this here blog.

  20. Tupper and Gilly
    12:17 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Oh, and Bee – Phoenix is now the 3rd largest city in the country. New York, Las Angeles, and Phoenix.
    We find that fact kinda scary since Mama remembers when is was still just a little podunck town in the desert. The building, the highways going every which was and the climate changing “improvements” have turned it into a place we would rather not live.
    We still like Tucson.

  21. Tupper and Gilly
    12:18 pm on November 15th, 2013

    We will post before and after pictures one the shutters and doors are done, and it is all put together.
    twirling, twirling, happy Corgi dance!

  22. Wose
    12:20 pm on November 15th, 2013

    There should be no mushing! When the Prof fractured his wrist, he wore a cast for 6 weeks. But the Prof is a man of a certain age. AJ is just a pup.
    Giant, get thee to a doctor!

  23. Macy's mom
    12:25 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Siber, Yes, paypal OR credit card, no problem.
    Check, no problem, just a little more work.

  24. Siber-H
    12:29 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Miss Macy, Thank You.

  25. Dima
    12:36 pm on November 15th, 2013

    I just got back from the vampire’s. While I was there, they weighed me. I lost a little more weight. What does this mean? It probably means that I will be even more spoiled with food and treats. 🙂

  26. Basil and Sage
    12:40 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Dima – we happen to know there is a special egg with your name on it. of course, if you ate the “container”, it would probably fill you up even faster.
    just sayin’

  27. Kat
    1:40 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Herbs, I said the same thing! Mama Meash is still saying “Patience Grasshopper”.

  28. dawson
    2:20 pm on November 15th, 2013

    AJ should not be mushing with a cracked rib. Hopefully he can find someone that will give the dogs some running time. There is nothing to be done with cracked ribs except rest. Even with 5 broken ribs the man who lives here just had to grin and bear it. No laughing, coughing or sneezing is recommended. I think it will be hard for AJ to just rest as he is a go-getter, but he must. Maybe he will become a regular on the blog.

    How did I get in front of the computer? I am supposed to be studying. The subject is water and aquifers.

    It is snowing again.

  29. Kat
    2:24 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Philip can mush those doggies! He has been mushing the B-Team anyway.

    Carpola! Those chickens just got out of their not-secure flexible fencing. I was lying close by. What did I do? I was asleep ! 🙁 🙁 🙁

  30. Siber-H
    2:24 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Dawson? When you get back to the computer….How long did it take the man of the house to completely recover from the broken ribs?

  31. dawson
    2:50 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Yeeks! Catch those chickees.

    SiberH: It took months but they were broken, not cracked. There are different degrees of cracked and hopefully it is a hairline or slight crack. The smaller the crack and the less you exacerbate the crack by moving and twisting, the faster the healing. They all hurt when you breathe though.

  32. Siber-H
    2:55 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Kat, What am I going to do with you, gah

    Dawson, We will hope for a hairline crack for AJ.

    AJ You will have to be very still so it will heal.

  33. B. Stover
    3:08 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Dawson: Why are you studying water and aquifers?

  34. Herd of Hounds
    3:15 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Yes, Dawson, inquiring minds want to know.

  35. dawson
    4:10 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Today is the last day for commenting on the new “Water Sustainability Act” for British Columbia. The government says they take all the citizens comments under advisement before making the new law. Personally I think they will still give away the water to the oil & gas companies (frack them!) and to Nestle (who takes millions of gallons of ground water per day! for free! bottles it and sells it for mega profits). Me and Bernie are on the same page when it comes to water.

  36. Kat
    4:14 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Dawson! Mom is right there with you. A water company named Wissahickon tried to come into Oley and take away our water. We all banned together and stopped them.

  37. Kat
    5:41 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Mama Meash came home to eat, and now she is whining that she wants to go back out. My other Momma thinks Meashka is becoming wild. She was off at the far reaches of the farm today, as she was yesterday and last evening. Nobody knows what she’s been up to, and nobody (especially me) dares find out.
    The ‘rents are going out to eat, so I guess it will just be Dima and me to guard the place. Meashka will be off doing her “thing”.

  38. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:52 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Meashka!….I bet Meashka is trying to find a way into that chicken coop…snort!…I wonder how much that one egg cost…heh!heh!

  39. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:59 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Barb!…So does anyone know if Barb made it to Texas safe and sound?…sniff!…Speaking of Texans – Macy once my friend is sure about what she will order she will use that Contact link on the webpage…snort!…That Huge Giant Nephew loves to fish, so she is toying with the idea of buying some special fishing gear for him as a Christmas present….sniff!

  40. Siber-H
    8:02 pm on November 15th, 2013

    I bet Meashka is tunneling into the chicken coop…just like they did in the movie, The Great Escape, except she is doing it in reverse.

  41. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:07 pm on November 15th, 2013

    SiberH!….The Great Escape, was that the film where Steve McQueen had to eat tons of hard boiled eggs?….snort!

  42. Herd of Hounds
    8:16 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Cool Paw Luke! Maybe Meashka is doing one called The Egg Escape. Heh, heh, heh.

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:18 pm on November 15th, 2013


  44. Siber-H
    8:21 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Rio, I don’t remember the eggs, but I remember Steve McQueen being the star of the movie.

  45. Herd of Hounds
    8:31 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Eggs are with Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke (“What we have here is a failure to communicate”).

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:32 pm on November 15th, 2013

    McQueen!…I don’t know if it was the Great Eggscape or not, but I do remember the end of one movie where Steve McQueen rode off on a motorcycle…snort!….He was one cool dude back in the day…heh!heh!

  47. Herd of Hounds
    8:35 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Yes, McQueen jumped the barbed wire fence to freedom. Liked the was he took on the hills in San Francisco in Bullet, too

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:37 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Bullet!…I don’t think I have ever seen that movie, “Bullet”…grunt!…Must put it on my Netflix list…snort!

  49. Herd of Hounds
    8:44 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Original with McQueen and Jacqueline Bissett.

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:47 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Subject!…What was the original? The movie “Bullet”?…grunt!….Weren’t you or someone in your family an English teacher?…wheeze!

  51. Herd of Hounds
    8:54 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Subject: Convoluted plot with Rbt.Vaughn as a corrupt politician and McQueen as a San Fran police lieutenant assigned to protect him. Rio, yes taught theatre, English, Spanish and literacy (reading for mouth breathing knuckle draggers.)

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:58 pm on November 15th, 2013

    English!…I’m just wondering why you don’t post in complete sentences…sniff! …But thanks for the Bullet plotline anyways….heh!heh!

  53. Herd of Hounds
    8:58 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Another classic McQueen is The Thomas Crown Affair, Original with Faye Dunaway. Remake in the 90’s with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. This is one where I think the remake is better.

  54. Herd of Hounds
    9:00 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Rio, if I posted in complete sentences 1) you might understand me , and 2) my posts would be longer than Buddy’s.

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:01 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Quote!…As you said earlier, “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”…grunt!

  56. Herd of Hounds
    9:03 pm on November 15th, 2013

    No real pun intended (ha, ha) but it is a freaky Friday with just Rio and HOH. Know some are working, some are visiting and some are lurking. Hope our lurkers are fine as frog’s hair or approaching tip top.

  57. Herd of Hounds
    9:03 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Rio, that is a line from Cool Hand Luke.

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:20 pm on November 15th, 2013

    HoHo!…I know it is a line from Cool Hand Luke…snort!…It seems appropriate for our conversation…grunt!…Hey, I understood your last post!…snort!

    Lewis!…We are watching a documentary on the life and times of Jerry Lewis…chuffle!…That man is a genius.

  59. Princess Sam
    9:21 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Oh for crying out loud, I will interrupt my hockey game to jump in here.

  60. Macy's mom
    9:24 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Tomorrow. Big day! Feel crummy. Don’t care, going anyway. 10:30?

  61. Herd of Hounds
    9:28 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Princess, Thank you so much for dragging yourself away from the Ice Capades.We need another voice tonight. Wow, how strange will it be during the Iditarod and during the Northeast Spring Thing!

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:30 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Sammie!…She jumped but she did not say anything…grunt!…What the heck….sniff!

  63. Herd of Hounds
    9:31 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Macy’s Mom, do what ever you need to feel better for the Texas Treat. Rest, chicken noodle soup, hot pad, ice packs, aspirin…anything

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:32 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Macy!….Get an Airborne down her gullet tonight….grunt!

  65. Tupper and Gilly
    9:33 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Found out at the last minute that a local auction house was selling some Native American stuff tonight. We made a mad dash for the auction house, but t’was all for naught. It was all modern stuff that was WAAAAYYYY overpriced. There was a Mexican woven poncho identified as being Native. It wasn’t. We tried to tell some folks who asked about it, but they wouldn’t believe us. Guess they thought we were trying to psych them out, so they started the bidding at $200 – which is about $190. more than they were worth.
    Oh well. We tried.

  66. Princess Sam
    9:39 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Rio, we were in an exciting spot. The Maple Leafs pulled their goalie and we scored! A new hockey era has come to Buffalo. We are last in the league and heads rolled. The coach and general manager gone! Ted Nolan and Pat Lafontaine back in town and off we go! Woo hoo!

  67. Herd of Hounds
    9:40 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Hey, Rio, are you a hockey fan? Know you love your beisbol.

  68. Macy's mom
    9:41 pm on November 15th, 2013

    A- if karma is right, they will try to sell them, only to find out the truth.

    Airborne will not help my problem, sadly. I learned a valuable lesson, though. Do not wait until the last minute to look for a stamp for a particular passport. I have several, just not the one I would prefer. OWELL.

  69. Herd of Hounds
    9:49 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Sorry but the HOH is winding down. Daddy Dawg wants to go the flea market in the morning which means early and chilly 🙁 Why wants to buy fleas? Nighty night.

  70. Pancho & Lefty
    9:55 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Our Lady is at the airport hoping the flight home isn’t delayed longer. Until then, we are now officially Giant Smoochers. Our self-appointed title allows us access to Quilt snacks. We are sitting on him. Partly to keep him still like Dawson recommended and partly because we don’t want him to be jealous if Melanie who has Savannah sitting on her. Dawson said that laughing will hurt his cracked rib. This isn’t a problem. We may have mentioned before, our Lady isn’t funny.

    Macy: Bring your mom to the Quilt. There is plent of room and snacks.

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:04 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Rib!…I can’t believe the Giant cracked a big ole rib…snort!…I wonder what happened to cause such a thing. Did the team crash and burn during a training run? Is Junior okay?…wheeze!…There is no way in hell the Giant is going to lay around and wait for that rib to heal….sniff!…This worries me very much.

  72. Tupper and Gilly
    10:06 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Macy – guess the value of things is what YOU perceive them to be. There was a chair at the auction – it just looked like a chair to us, but it sold for almost $3000. And an old milk jug went for $800. We wouldn’t have paid $50 for either one of them.
    So the people who bought that weaving may be happy for a long time thinking that they have a valuable thing, thereby making it valuable to them.

    Us – we would rather have a carton of SlimJims.

  73. Pancho & Lefty
    10:09 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Rio: No team members were involved in the cracking of the rib. We are all safe.

    T&G: you had us at a carton full of slim…

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:14 pm on November 15th, 2013

    CinderFella!…That is one of our most favorite Jerry Lewis movies…snort!…Now I have to put that on my Netflix list along with The Artist…chuffle!

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:16 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Team!…OH, I am so relieved to hear that the team is A-Okay!…snort!…Just wondering what happened to AJ The Giant and his big ole rib…grunt!

  76. Macy's mom
    10:16 pm on November 15th, 2013

    We will be happy to crawl under the blanket, but PLEASE, no snacks. Turning in now to be fresh-ish in the a.m.

    No members of the nation will be at this get together, bummer.

  77. Tupper and Gilly
    10:35 pm on November 15th, 2013

    We are saying good night too. Macy – tell your Mom that we sure hope her “systems” are all better tomorrow.
    And have a WONDERFUL time at the Plunder Party. Wish we were there.

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:15 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Yankees!….My friend was fortunate enough to see Jerry perform live in “Damn Yankees” way before I was born ….snort!…Unbelievable. I cannot believe she got to see Jerry in person…heh!heh!

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:30 pm on November 15th, 2013

    Videos!…sniff!…My friend has a whole big plastic container of old video tapes that she cannot even play now…grump!…Video tape is out of date apparently. So now her whole collection of Jerry Lewis, Martin and Lewis, etc. is useless…grump!…This is maddening. But she says it is time to re-watch the genius of Lewis again. So we will be adding those films to our DVD list…gruffle….This reminds me of her whole collection of Records stored under the stairway along with her Pioneer turntable…..wheeze!

  80. Staff
    12:02 am on November 16th, 2013

    Pioneer is a good turntable. Mr.Staff still has his VCR player.

    Sending soothing quiet thoughts to AJ. He will probably need to be reminded occasionally to be careful with his rib. sniff. Men! Mr.Staff is doing fine with his cracked fibula though. I guess I can’t complain too much.

    Peaceful thoughts to Melanie and Zoe, Macy and Tenzing.

    I felt so good after my long sleep last night that I am staying up late tonight. Sheesh. You would think I would learn.

    Mr.Staff is all excited. When we get back to the big cities he will be able to go see Pokey in PERSON! He is playing it really loud in the living room right now. It is not sleepy music.

    Here is a picture my neighbor took this afternoon. It is a definite advantage to live in a flat place when you want to photograph a rainbow.

  81. Staff
    12:09 am on November 16th, 2013

    Here is some Pokey for you all.

    Good night till tomorrow

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:32 am on November 16th, 2013

    Gah!…I finally got the computer back…sniff!…Someone had to compose an email to her renters – talk about walking a fine line…grunt!…She says she does not want to be a landlord anymore, but she knows they need an affordable place to live. …grunt!…Hard boiled-egg place to be…sniff!

  83. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:33 am on November 16th, 2013


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