A handful of rustic, folk-y clay figures form the center of our Christmas decorations every year.
You know the players. Mary and Joseph. The baby Jesus, also known in our family as the Beeji-weeji.
A cow. Some shepherds and kings. An angel. And, in this particular collection of witnesses, a Puli dog from an artist with a sense of humor, somewhere in a village called Szentendre, in Hungary.
Sure signs of Love for my heart.
Love will save the world. Ultimately, if not by tomorrow.
Art will help save the world. It’s ancient wisdom that feels true to me.
Art as a way of carrying Love through the ages.
Today, we’re not talking about modern artists in Hungary or Gothic and Renaissance masters. At least not primarily. Today we’re talking about a story of Love and a 10-year-old kid with a big heart and some colored pencils.
Today, we’re talking a really big dog named Otis and all the things he learned at his first Christmas.
And a chance for you to be part of the Love.
It’s easy! Just click on the pretty book title and get your copy of the Kindle book called Otis and the Great Christmas Adventure!
I learned this story from a friend who loves Newfoundland dogs too, and wants them all to be loved.
Then, as is the way with stories, I told it to Kenzie, my older granddaughter.
Kenzie made some amazing pictures.
Leisa pushed some buttons.
A whole lot of other people added their help and encouragement.
And, today, there is a book! An electronic book, to be specific.
And a great story for helping kids learn about making and being friends. About being kind and helpful. About having a whole lot of fun along the way.
Sarah and Phoebe and Luther are hoping you’ll want one of the fancy electronic books today. It costs just $2.99 and a little more than half of that goes to help Newfies in need, just like they once were. (And your dog can’t chew it up!)
There are a lot of amazing dogs who need this kind of help.
There are also a lot of kids who need help learning to be kind and confident. Learning what it means to have empathy.
Newfies are really good at teaching about that!
And, it’s easy to give one of these books as a gift. Just click the title link, above, and then click the link on Amazon that says “give as a gift.”
When I was a kid, my family had this unwritten rule about stocking presents for Christmas. They should cost less than $5.00.
Just think! You can almost get two whole books for $5.00 and help more huge, hairy, kind dogs!
And, since we know each other pretty well, may I say that it would be a big help if you clinked that link today and got your book…books? It would!
It’s a complicated thing which winds up meaning that the more books that find homes today, the more people there will be who know about Otis and his story. And more dogs will be helped.
Then, while we’re helping people, go get some art supplies for the kids you love. Encourage them to be who they are and, when they’ve practiced a bit, encourage them to make pictures of Love.
It may take a while, but it’s bound to save the world!
Thanks for being here!
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And Kenzie will be pretty excited, too!
Much Love, sue
p.s. New to e-books? No Kindle reader? No problem! Just ask the nice folks at Amazon to send yours to your laptop. Or your grandkids!