Monday, September 9, 2013

A Church, A Cupcake, And A Dog

Mom's essay "A Church, A Cupcake, And A Dog" has been published in the current issue of Under the Sun! The dog in the title is my fur-brother Truffle, who spent a whole fall looking for America with Mom.

Here's an excerpt from the essay:
If I eat basil, I make a noise like a dachshund with an itch in her throat. Or a lab whose owner pulled the choke collar too hard. Or my hound Truffle after he’s dug a hole and caught a pocket gopher and chomped down. Pick your dog. Pick your herb. Parsley can also be used as an alternate for salsa when cilantro doesn’t suit. Cilantro makes me make my noise. It’s a kind of Mongolian throat singing, my noise. I sound like a Pug using an inhaler. Again. Pick your dog. Pick your herb. Praise Jesus!

You can read the whole essay here. Under the Sun has been published in print for many years. I'd be so grateful if you would click on through to support this wonderful journal's first online issue. Thanks!


  1. Oh very cool, sounds like an interesting read.

  2. Interesting. :)And what a handsome brother!

  3. What a lovely guy. I am very sorry that I cant attend your reading, we actually live in Jersey City so that is about an hour outside of Manhattan. Unfortunately since I have to come home and take care of the dogs after work I really cant go back into the city. Sorry it would have been great to meet

    urban hounds

    1. Tootsie's mom here. Thanks so much for your lovely note! Not to worry. I totally understand!

  4. How cool, sounds great!

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  5. That is a terrific read.Thanks for telling us about it. Hope you have a great day.

  6. Well Hellooooo ~ Thanks for stopping by my hood! I see we have some friends in common. I know Flea. Looks like you are sun tanning in a nice spot.
    Sweet William The Scot

  7. Hello Renée,
    I would like to read the whole essay "A Church, A Cupcake, And A Dog". I click on Here, but I did not had success to see the essay. Please, may you help me to find the essay? Thank you!


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