Truman Blue Double Blue Muffins

Truman Blue Double Blue Muffins are super easy and to die for if you like blueberry muffins. If you add the blue cheese filling, they are to double die for. Blueberry Muffin Recipe 1 cup flour (I use gluten free, but it’s your choice) 1 cup frozen mini blueberries (Available in grocery stores. As aContinue reading “Truman Blue Double Blue Muffins”

Sadness to Smiles: Job Description for a Crisis Response Dog

Job Description of a Crisis Response Dog –Reports To: Certified Handler, who may feel weepy, overwhelmed, and tired. –Job Overview: Responsible for raising the spirits of people whose lives have been dramatically changed by devastating circumstances, without saying a word. -Success is Measured By: The number of sad faces turned to smiles. The number ofContinue reading “Sadness to Smiles: Job Description for a Crisis Response Dog”

Can You Still?

It was the first time since COVID. It’s a catch phrase with a new global understanding. It’s a phrase signifying as humans we collectively went through a change in our universe. We all wonder if we can still do “it”, whatever “it” may be. Saturday, Truman Blue started back doing therapy visits at the hospital.Continue reading “Can You Still?”

Truman Blue as a Work of Art.

Creating is the synthesis of a person’s life to that point. I do artwork. I even earned a college degree in art. I love taking raw materials and molding them. In that light, teachers, parents, friends, significant others, and more are all artists. It struck me today that Truman Blue is my current work ofContinue reading “Truman Blue as a Work of Art.”

Truman Speaks For Sjogrens Mom

Margie Vonn, Truman Blue’s fictional mom in Truman Blue Mysteries, has Sjogrens (show-grins) Disease. Unfortunately, Sjogrens Disease is not fictional. Author Jane McAllen, the writer of this blog, has Sjogrens. When you are out and about, you won’t notice people with Sjogrens Disease. It is an invisible autoimmune disability. You won’t generally notice people whoContinue reading “Truman Speaks For Sjogrens Mom”

Celebrating a New Book Release – Naturally

Celebrating can be disastrous. There’s the prep, the expense, and the stress of performance. Since it was sunny and 62 degrees, Truman and I went on a walk about on our few acres. I didn’t even put on a bra, and Truman didn’t even put on a harness. We celebrated the day, just as itContinue reading “Celebrating a New Book Release – Naturally”

Following a New Scent

Truman and I have approximately the same level of engagement curiosity. That means we like to do things together that are fun, but don’t drain too much energy and are not too risky. So what does that mean for a dog who is a quarter bloodhound and a third Labrador? You guessed it, nose work.Continue reading “Following a New Scent”

Comforting Still

A tragic accident took the life of a elementary school student. COVID had everyone scared. Truman Blue and I responded anyway, in hopes of bringing smiles back to the child’s classmates. He did. The kids loved Truman. Truman visited seventy something children and teachers. He was more quiet than usual, but I thought it wasContinue reading “Comforting Still”