Dog Halloween Costume Event

Yesterday I was the judge for a dog Halloween costume contest hosted by Angel’s Garden Center and Cafe. A number of dogs turned out dressed for the event. While most of the dogs were more interested in socializing, a few embraced the role and a couple suffered for their art – inspiring much sympathy and compassion. All of the human contest participants and many spectators were very supportive of the canines and all had a wonderful time.

The event was well convered by the media. The  contest received coverage by the Hopkinton webcam and Jan Kaslosky also took many photos of th event. She plans to have photos delivered to Angel’s this coming Friday. Please come by to pick up photos of your canine!

Our hostess, Dale, declared the event a great success. Plans are afoot to make this an annual event. I was very pleased and honored to be included this year.

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What is your personal brand?

I have had several interesting disccussions over the past two weeks with regard to the importance of stories in building personal values as well as corporate values.  Stories have been traditionally important to all cultures. Shared stories help to build shared communities. The stories told provide examples of heroes and ethical standards to strive for. Stories can be used to reinforce existing values and ethics and they can be used to challenge them, inspiring change.

While  most stories carry a strong central theme, they may also carry multiple messages. The importance of one or more of the messages may change depending on how the story is told. The stories we embrace as a person or culture, whether the culture is a national or business culture or social group, are reflective of the values and ethics we hold. What do your stories say about you?

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October 6 book signing

Last Saturday Angel’s Garden Center and Cafe hosted a book signing from 9 to 1 p.m. It was a great success and, more importantly, a lot of fun.

The cafe has a wonderful, welcoming atmosphere and it was no surprise to me that the traffic was steady throughout the time frame. A surprisingly large number of people were interested in stopping to talk and quite a few purchased one or more copies. Several even pulled up a chair and delighted me with stories of their own, some of them hilarious, others pulled at your heart, and all were warmly welcomed. I had a wonderful time and enjoyed every minute spent in the cafe.

The customer response was so positive that Dayle, my gracious hostess, asked me to leave a few copies to fill  latent demand. All but one copy was sold the next day. Angel’s is now keeping a small stock in the cafe, at least through the holiday season. I am thrilled!

First book signing

My first official book signing took place last Saturday as part of the Harvest Festival in Upton. The raw, rainy day kept the crowds down, but fewer people meant that there was more time to engage in conversation with those who did venture out. Several excellent dog stories were swapped on the front porch of a Little Common Sense. Lisa Stratton, the hostess of our local event, took many pictures of the participants, including alpacas, and posted them to Facebook.

I also gained some needed experience in how to arrange book displays to make the stop a bit more inviting, especially when the space is small. Next practice session is this Saturday at Angel’s Hilltop!

If I could read people’s minds I would disguise myself as an interviewer from the center of.