We should all be ashamed that there are so many people going hungry in the richest country on the planet. The fine folks at Feeding America are doing all they can to help stop hunger, but they need our help.

About Feeding America:

“Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. With the support of our generous partners, the Feeding America network is meeting the needs of families across the country and helping them find the strength to move forward and flourish. Our partners help to provide meals to more than 46 million Americans each year.”

Learn more about Feeding America and how you can help here.

The fine folks at Sea Island Forge have the best Hand-Forged Fire Pokers you can find anywhere and they are the perfect accent for your outside fire pit this season.

About the Hand-Forged Fire Pokers from Sea Island Forge:

“Crafted from hand-forged steel each fire poker is a true work of art. Both beautiful and practical, our Fire Pokers are crafted from hand-hammered round bar and available in three classic decorative styles: Large Acanthus Leaf, Twisted Handle and Lucite Handle. Don’t forget that you’ll need a poker to lift off a hot spark screen.”

Find the Hand-Forged Fire Pokers from Sea Island Forge here.

Learn more about Sea Island Forge here.

 

OK, I have been featuring a few books of dog portraits lately. Sue me. But they are all great. This week, I am obsessed with Daphne and Daisy: Pawtraits of Sausage Style by Rachel Burke.

About Daphne and Daisy: Pawtraits of Sausage Style by Rachel Burke:

“Daphne and Daisy are sausage dog sisters who love to dress up. When they can find time between their busy schedule of napping and barking at things that aren’t there, Daphne and Daisy pursue their two passions – crafting and dressing up. They are inspired by the pages of their favorite magazines, especially Dogue and Barkers Bazaar, to create signature looks that allow them to stand out from the pack. Daphne and Daisy: Pawtraits of Sausage Style is a collection of their favorite style themes, from Flowers, Pom Poms, Shiny Things, Sunglasses and Hats, as well as their opinion on all things fashion: that more is more. Filled with funny photographs and furry flair, this book will delight dog and fashion enthusiasts everywhere!”

My sister has a very cute sausage dog, and is a very good photographer – which makes this the perfect gift to inspire her.

Daphne and Daisy: Pawtraits of Sausage Style by Rachel Burke is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

 

When I needed to go to Las Vegas to attend a conference, my first thought was “yikes” as it is not my favorite place to visit. But I quickly did some research and saw that Cher was ending her spring residency at the Park Theater (part of the Park MGM complex on The Strip) the very night I arrived. Game on! Now I was excited to make the trip and catch a classic Las Vegas show. Well, I am here to report that Cher, now in her 70s, is still putting on a spectacular show with all the great hits, an amazing set, and of course dozens of costume changes.

Cher will be back for another residency at the Park Theater in the fall. But if you are up for it, she will be doing a short residency at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Washington, DC this summer, before a swing through Australia in the fall (can you say bucket list trip?).

Check out Cher’s concert schedule here.

See what shows are coming to the Park Theater here.

The big story out here in Las Vegas right now is the playoff run of the Golden Knights, the city’s hockey team. It is a big deal because the Knights are an NHL expansion team in their very first season – so making it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals is incredible. It is clear that the city is behind the team 100 percent. Here is a shot I took of the replica of the Statue of Liberty (which stands outside the New York, New York hotel and casino complex) dressed up in a Golden Knights jersey.

 

I am off to Las Vegas for a few days to attend a conference. Not sure what I will “find” out there, but keep an eye out.

A good place to reach the way too many kids who live in poverty in this country is in school. The fine folks at Communities in Schools are helping kids in need to stay in school and succeed in life.

About Communities in Schools:

“Across the country, approximately 1 in 5 children under 18 live in poverty. These are disproportionately children of color who already struggle with issues of access and equity. Without community support, they are more at risk for missing school, dropping out and failing to earn a high school diploma. By helping our most vulnerable students stay in school and succeed in life, we are building stronger, healthier and more economically stable communities where every person is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential.”

Learn more about Communities in Schools and how you can help here.

FF: The Mint Crocodile Leather File Folder from Graphic Image

If you are like me, you have a few shabby manila folders with very important documents in them. Like seriously, I have had some of these folders for years. What I really need is a fancy folder, like the Mint Crocodile Embossed Leather Carlo File Folder I found from the fine folks at Graphic Image.

About the Mint Crocodile Embossed Leather Carlo File Folder from Graphic Image:

“Anything but manila! Organize your workspace and give important documents the attention they deserve. Handcrafted in crocodile embossed leather. Personalize it and make it your own with your specific saying or initials on the tab.”

Find the Mint Crocodile Embossed Leather Carlo File Folder from Graphic Image here.

See all the fine product from Graphic Image here.

FF: The Alligator Sport Money Clips from B.D. Jeffries

Meanwhile, the fine folks at B.D. Jeffries have a nice line of Alligator Sport Money Clips.

About the Alligator Sport Money Clips from B.D. Jeffries:

“Genuine alligator sport money clip features a clip for bills on the outside and room for credit cards on the inside. It’s compact enough to fit in a front pocket. The alligators used to produce our belts, wallets, and handbags are indigenous to the southern United States. Alligator skins vary in tile shapes and sizes. However, the majority of them have more square tiles taken from the belly and tail of the alligator. We are able to use the entire alligator skin when producing belts and wallets accounting for a larger variation in tiles.”

Find the Alligator Sport Money Clips from B.D. Jeffries here.

See all the fine products from B.D. Jeffries here.

I am still looking for the perfect charcuterie board, and I am glad I have kept looking, as I think I have found the perfect one – the No. 2 Serving Board from the fine folks at De Jong & Co.

About the Serving Boards from De Jong & Co.:

“Our serving boards are elegantly shaped with a soft feel. Handles are ideally sized for the palm and include a leather bootlace hanging loop. Half-moon cutouts serve as a second handle or to direct chopped fare. Each board is shaped, seasoned, and finished by hand in our Los Angeles studio.”

Find the No. 2 Serving Board from De Jong & Co. here.

Learn more about De Jong & Co. here.

I have mentioned before that I have had many ideas for great books featuring photos of dogs, but I lack both the talent and the ambition to make one of them happen. Thankfully there are many others out there who produce excellent books like Upside-Down Dogs by Serena Hodson.

About Upside-Down Dogs by Serena Hodson:

“Celebrated pet photographer Serena Hodson’s silly, drooly, whimsical, and fun Upside-Down Dogs is sure to bring a smile to every dog lover’s face. Her unique perspective brings these sweet, full color photos to life on the page. Hodson takes beautiful color photographs of man’s best friend…but her furry subjects are always upside down. The results are stunning, charming, and laugh out loud adorable. No matter the breed, no matter the background, Hodson is able to capture the sweet personality of each dog she works with. There’s no better book to help someone turn their frown upside down.”

Ms. Hodson’s photographs are entertaining and provide a nice diversion for any dog lover.

Upside-Down Dogs by Serena Hodson is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

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