1. My dog, who eats apples like a human. He holds them down, takes his time, and when done, leaves the core and stem. Which is good because apple seeds are poisonous to dogs (and can build up in their system.) Apples are a good snack for your dog, but if they are inclined to eat the whole thing, make sure you cut them up first to remove the seeds.
  2. I have a love/am-sometimes-disappointed-with relationship with Keen shoes. They are a high-quality brand, stylish, long-wearing and (usually) comfortable. I love this pair that I just got for the impending winter and they are super comfy. Once. you. get. them. on. The opening is just a bit small, so it takes some work to get them on. Once you do, love, LOL, so, they only rate: :/ I will say that shopping at Zappos, where I go them, is the absolute best of the best for online shopping. Overnight shipping, free returns and a huge selection. I've never been disappointed with them.
  3. Love the work of Austin Kleon. He is a writer and artist and is the author of Steal Like An Artist and Newspaper Blackout. I love the messages that reveal themselves in his work and I also love the graphic starkness of the black and white and words.
  4. Yep, winter is coming. This was a shot of the first snow this season, which was Wednesday. I love that we have 4 distinct seasons, but I really don't love snow. Well, I don't like snow the day after it snows. When it's slushy and icey and grey and inconvenient. When it's falling though (and I'm not driving!) it is magical.
  5. I'm headed to Seattle again this weekend to be an audience member at the CreativeLive Decorating Holiday Cupcakes and Cookies course. I was originally taking a Scott Kelby photoshop course, but this fell in my lap and they were at the same time. Since my daughter is a pastry student in culinary school, I thought this would be something fun we could do together. Plus, it's CREATIVELIVE! Hello! I have watched (and bought) so many of their courses. Jasmine Star, Zack Arias, Tamara Lackey, Bambi Cantrell, David duChemin, Jeremy Cowart...the big names just keep coming. Even though this course isn't necessarily photographic in intent, it will be good for me since I love to bake and photograph those items. Check it out, it's LIVE and FREE on Monday from 9 am-12 pm at CreativeLive. (This "Seattle" image is one of my prints available at Society6. There are quite a few cities and states, and I can create a custom one if you don't see yours.)