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Author: Brandi Barker

I See You

I See You

My brother Matt always greets Gavin by saying softly, “I see you,” as he pets him. And, every time I watch Gavin’s subsequent nuzzling and oozing, my heart feels lighter and my soul warmer. That’s what we all want. To be seen and loved for exactly who we are, right? It’s even one of Oprah Winfrey’s… View more

Case of the Woo Hoos

Case of the Woo Hoos

My sweet boy loves lounging, especially in the wintertime, preferably under the covers. Even when someone he knows and loves walks into the room, he lazily slithers off the sofa or bed then stops to stretch before wiggle-walking towards them. If snuggling were an Olympic sport, Gavin would win a gold medal. But, when all of Gavin’s favorite… View more

Bird’s-Eye-View

Bird’s-Eye-View

Last week, kerfuffles and complications seemed the theme. I could have handled the gushing water in my basement. Or, bounced back from barricading from and fervently sterilizing the kitchen after the maintenance guy with the raging cough my landlord sent to fix the leak left my apartment. I would have moved on after saving and subsequently cleaning… View more

My Grinchy Heart

My Grinchy Heart

This past Friday was my soulmate-dog-in-heaven’s birthday, my Finn, and I felt his vibrant presence all day. Gavin bounced and bopped through our walk, despite not seeing one person for him to greet. I soared through my morning order picking and packing routine with a rhythm I rarely find. And, I did a silent happy dance… View more

We Small Businesses

We Small Businesses

It’s been five months since we moved into our own kitchen.  And, every time I unlock the door, I’m unbelievably grateful that it’s as sparkly clean as we left it.  I don’t miss spending rent money to clean up other peoples’ messes nor the time wasted carrying everything we needed for the day from our… View more

More Love

More Love

It’s that time of year where we start anew and plan to be a different person or in another place in our life by years’ end. I know my new years’ resolutions have always been far too ambitious. So, this year, I have one goal, and that’s more love. If my focus is more love,… View more

Reflections

Reflections

As we wrap up another wild, woolly, and weird year, I’d like to offer some reflections inspired by the miraculous beings called dogs, of course. 1. Treasure and frequently thank someone specials who let you lean on them when you’re sad and who gladly sit by your side when you celebrate your successes, even small ones. 2…. View more

Home Is Where The Dog Is

Home Is Where The Dog Is

I like to think that I’m organized, plan well, and can be nimble when things don’t go according to my projections. The latter, only on my best days. Yet, somehow, this time of year, I find myself in a constant state of hurriedness and just-push-through-the-exhaustion. Why do everyday errands somehow take eight times longer during… View more