• Books

    A Dog Who Follows Gladly

    “A beautiful Stoic fable that every dog lover should have on their bookshelf.”

    — Tanner Campbell, Practical Philosophy

    Every dog is graced with spirit of enduring optimism and joy that perfectly embodies the Stoic concept of Amor Fati: learning to truly love our fate.

    “We’re free to choose how we feel about it, aren’t we?” the old dog said as he sat and watched the children run in the ranch yard. “There are chains on our collars, but no chains on our spirits. We can still decide to be happy — even tethered to a post.”

    A Dog Who Follows Gladly

    In this touching rendition of an ancient Stoic parable, a wise old ranch dog teaches an inexperienced newcomer how to see the best in every situation. A Dog Who Follows Gladly is an elegant collection of vignettes that celebrate the art of embracing what we can’t control — and being grateful for every moment of our lives.

    “Do you miss running in the valley?” the young dog asked one day while visiting him on the porch.

    The old dog thought for a moment. “I do miss it,” he answered. “But I can be just as happy laying here on the porch. It’s nice to think that the valley will keep on being the valley — even if I’m not running in it.”

    A Dog Who Follows Gladly

    A Dog Who Follows Gladly is a Stoic fable for life-lovers of all ages, and it’s a perfect gift for both children and adults.

    This much-loved classic from author Phil Van Treuren and Stoic Simple Press has been purchased and enjoyed by thousands of happy readers!

    The parable of the dog and the cart is a famous lesson of Stoicism that was first taught by Stoic philosopher Chrysippus more than 2,000 years ago. The parable is used to illustrate how we can live happier, more fulfilling lives if we learn to accept — and even embrace — the circumstances we have no control over.

    A Dog Who Follows Gladly is a modern re-imagining of this ancient Stoic parable. The book presents a series of beautifully illustrated vignettes in which a wise old ranch dog teaches a new friend about the art of embracing the fate that’s ultimately in store for us.

    If we’re going to end up going where the cart of life is taking us anyway, we might as well follow along gladly and enjoy the journey. If we refuse to accept our fate and pull at the rope, we’ll just make ourselves miserable — and still get dragged along with the cart, regardless.

    The Fables of Eudaimonia Book Series

    A Dog Who Follows Gladly is the second volume of Stoic Simple’s Fables of Eudaimonia book series, which introduces the most basic, life-changing concepts of Stoicism to a modern audience with charming stories and captivating artwork. The first book in the series, The Stock Horse and the Stable Cat, was published in late 2022.

    Each fable in the series focuses on a fundamental principle of Stoic teaching with rich, delightful illustrations that will be loved by adults and children alike.

  • New York

    Pawlacio Pets Presents The 2nd Annual Rockaway Dog Parade on Sunday September 24th at 11am

    Pawlacio Pets Presents The 2nd Annual Rockaway Dog Parade

    WHEN: Sunday September 24th, 2023 at 11am.

    Parade route:

    Start at 108th St & boardwalk (near the grass by the Hockey Rink)

    End at 95th St & boardwalk for after paw-ty (near the new amphitheater).


    Prizes for top 3 dogs:

    • Overall best dressed
    • Funniest dog
    • Best matching

    Charity Partner: ARF ARF

    Judges. Prizes. Dogs. Costumes. Tricks. Water. Treats.

    Four-leggeds are welcome, owners must be leashed.

    This year’s judges include:

    1. Bobbi Mitchell from Pups on the Runway

    2. Samantha Cintron from Nurture U Wellness

    3. Captain Rockaway Rizzo a local pet sitter

    4. Bettina

    5. Jody


    Learn more about PAWLACIO PETS our title sponsor at https://pawlaciopets.com/

    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pawlacio-pets-presents-the-2nd-annual-rockaway-dog-parade-tickets-675430389477?aff=oddtdtcreator

  • Books,  Children's Books

    Children’s Series Aims to Eliminate Stigma Around Disabled

    Dr. Owlkin and The H.O.M.E Team, a series of children‘s books by Dr. Terri Howard-Hughes & Clint Hughes, has a mission set to change the world by eliminating the stigma around disabled children.

    Based in Hopeville, The H.O.M.E (Help Or Motivate Everybody) Team celebrates characters’ differences or disabilities and promotes acceptance and inclusion for children aged 3-8. This series is devoted to raising the self-esteem and confidence of children with special needs and teaching other children acceptance of those with “differences.” Even though others may be “different,” we find that inside, everybody just wants to be loved, encouraged, accepted, appreciated and included. Dr. Owlkin is quick to remind readers, “It’s WHOOOOOO you are on the inside that matters most!”

    Dr. Owlkin and the H.O.M.E Team directly benefit St. Jude & Scottish Rite’s Children‘s Hospitals and are currently working toward developing relationships with other children’s charities. Book 5 is set to release this fall, 2023.

    The mission of the Doctor Owlkin book series is to raise the self- esteem and confidence of children with special needs, disabilities, or differences and teach other children acceptance and inclusion of those with differences or disabilities. When children look past their differences, they find that inside everyone wants to be accepted, appreciated, included, and encouraged! Doctor Owlkin, the members of The H.O.M.E. Team (Help Or Motivate Everybody), and the characters in the books become the heroes who find a way to make their diversity and differences an attribute or advantage. The stories encourage those with differences to be their best!

    The H.O.M.E. Team is led by wise old Doctor Owlkin and loving Nurse Sharky, who bring together their helpers. The first four books in the series tell the amazing stories of each of the helpers. The H.O.M.E. Team includes Trouble, a Bloodhound who was born with extraordinarily long and useful ears; King Tux, a tiny cat who has a BIG personality and smarts; Pirate, a lop-eared rabbit with only one eye who sees the world in a unique way; and Goldie, a Golden Retriever, who was born with 3 1⁄2 legs, but doesn’t let that stop her from being a hero. Each of these characters has adapted and developed special skills – their superpowers – that allow them to uplift and encourage others. Each book addresses a new difference to teach children why that character is special.

    As Doctor Owlkin always reminds the team,

    “It’s WHOOOOOO you are on the inside that matters most!”

  • Art

    Buffalo akg art museum launches national council

    With Eleven Founding Members, National Council Is Dedicated to Sharing the Buffalo AKG with Global Contemporary Art Community

    The Buffalo AKG Art Museum formally launched the National Council, a new group that will bring together the voices and viewpoints of individuals from across the country, at a special celebration in Buffalo last weekend. The Council’s members are united in their passion for contemporary art and dedication to advancing the museum’s mission to flourish as an exceptional hub of artistic and creative energies that enriches and transforms people’s lives in and beyond Western New York. The launch of the National Council comes on the heels of the opening of the Buffalo AKG’s new campus, designed by OMA/Shohei Shigematsu in collaboration with Cooper Robertson. The culmination of an unprecedented $230 million capital campaign and three-and-a-half years of construction, the Buffalo AKG comprises more than 50,000 square feet of prime exhibition space; five state-of-the-art studio classrooms; major site-specific art installations; and more than half an acre of new public green space.

    “With this summer’s opening of the new Buffalo AKG, we are reintroducing this 161-year-old museum on the global stage,” said Janne Sirén, Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director. “Though the Buffalo AKG has played a significant and often decisive role in many of the most important developments in the art world, the establishment of the National Council is the first time that we have formally convened a North American group of collectors, supporters, and lovers of art who will guide and advance the mission of the renewed and revitalized museum. This is a transformative moment in our history and the launch of the National Council is a fitting capstone to the opening season of the Buffalo AKG.”

    Advised by Amy Cappellazzo, a native of Buffalo and member of the Buffalo AKG Art Museum’s Board of Directors, the National Council is composed of visionary collectors and civic leaders who share the Buffalo AKG’s passion for discovery, learning, and community engagement. The National Council’s eleven founding members are:

    1. Cynthia van Eck (co-chair), Rye, NY
    2. Antonio Valverde (co-chair) and Anna Valverde, New York, NY
    3. Abby and Doug Bennett, Rochester, NY
    4. Jane DiRenzo Pigott, Park City, UT
    5. Mark Giambrone, Dallas, TX
    6. Michael and Abby Gregory, Dallas, TX
    7. Charlotte Grey Jackson, Santa Fe, NM
    8. Deborah Ronnen, Rochester, NY
    9. Matthew P. Schaab, Miami, FL
    10. Richard Stamberger, Washington, DC
    11. Amy Blum Houston (New York, NY) and Nancy Houston (Nova Scotia, Canada)

    The National Council will have up to thirty-five members and will meet twice annually. As a geographically dispersed group, council members serve as the museum’s ambassadors in communities across the United States. The National Council will provide intellectual guidance and feedback related to artistic and cultural phenomena, as well as other relevant topics, to the museum’s Board of Directors and staff in Buffalo. Together, the council members will decide how their membership dues are collectively designated to support upcoming Buffalo AKG exhibitions.

    The launch of the National Council is the Buffalo AKG’s latest move in its systematic effort to advance sustainable partnerships and collaborations beyond Western New York. In 2012, the museum founded the Canadian Friends of the Buffalo AKG Art Museum with supporters in Canada. In 2021, the museum launched the AKG Nordic Art and Culture Initiative, whose seventy-two Founding Patrons supported the creation of a new transatlantic platform for art and artists working in or associated with the Nordic Region.


    About the Buffalo AKG Art Museum

    Founded in 1862, the Buffalo AKG Art Museum (formerly the Albright- Knox Art Gallery) is the sixth oldest public art institution in the United States. For more than 160 years, the Buffalo AKG has collected, conserved, and exhibited the art of its time, often working directly with living artists. This tradition has given rise to one of the world’s most extraordinary collections of modern and contemporary art.

    In June 2023, following the completion of the most significant campus development and expansion project in its history, the Buffalo AKG opened anew to the public. The project is funded by a $230 million capital campaign, the largest such campaign for a cultural institution in the history of Western New York, including $195 million raised for construction and $35 million in additional operating endowment funds.

  • Art

    Cambria Announces Six Depth Defying New Designs

    Groundbreaking Designs on Display at Three Twin Cities Gallery Locations

    Cambria, The Finest Countertop Makers in the World™, introduces six new additions to its iconic quartz design palette. The groundbreaking new designs are fueled by Cambria’s proprietary technology and techniques, and transcend the existing palette to further expand its innovative quartz surface collection.

    The new designs can be viewed in full slab format at Cambria’s three Gallery locations in the Twin Cities, Cambria Gallery on 7th, Cambria Gallery at IMS and the Cambria Gallery in Plymouth.

    The three new WINDSOR™ designs include Windsor Brass™, Windsor Steel Satin Ridge™ and Windsor Brass Satin Ridge™.

    WINDSOR BRASS:  This new addition to the Alloy Collection™ is high gloss with chocolate brown streams that converge along a cool white backdrop. Its translucence and movement are punctuated by hints of brilliant brass. The Windsor Brass alloy accent lightly traces the peaks and valleys of this flowing landscape for visual depth with a glint of glamor.

    WINDSOR STEEL SATIN RIDGE™: Bold movement and balanced texture are hallmarks of the steel-toned colorways of Windsor Steel Satin Ridge which ebb and flow like waves against warm honey sand. The steel alloy traces each crest like gleaming sunlight, while cool charcoal contrasts the warm-white debossed Inverness™ veins.

    WINDSOR BRASS SATIN RIDGE: Chocolate brown hues and warm honey shading play against delicate debossed Inverness veins. Radiant brass complements this stony canvas with subtle warmth and smooth movement with unmatched sheen in Windsor Brass Satin Ridge.

    Windsor Brass Satin Ridge, Credit: Cambria

    “Cambria’s new Windsor designs unveil a realm of design that transcends ordinary, a symphony of textures and visuals entwined in a harmonious embrace.” said Summer Kath, EVP of Design for Cambria. “These one-of-a-kind creations are poised to steal the spotlight, leaving an indelible mark on the world of design.”

    In addition to the new Windsor designs, three new Inverness™ designs have been added: Inverness Swansea™, Inverness Everleigh™ and Inverness Bristol Bay™.

    Inverness Swansea™ Credit: Cambria


    INVERNESS SWANSEA: The colorway guides into a tonal white, marbled design. The merging of neutral tones, debossed Inverness™ veins and smooth textures creates an artfully combined, warm-meets-cool design.

    INVERNESS EVERLEIGH: Statement meets subtle in this movement-rich design that features cool gray and warm, sand-honey tonalities, combining the best of bold patterns and soft, tone-on-tone design with delicate debossed Inverness™ veins.

    INVERNESS BRISTOL BAY: Stormy-blue waves surge against the cool white backdrop of this striking design, cloaking its translucent gray colorways with soft ripples and pronounced spires of saturated cobalt, paired with debossed Inverness™ veins, adding subtle texture.

    “The Inverness designs are a testament to Cambria technology reaching unparalleled pinnacles, meticulous craftsmanship and innovation that elevates aesthetics to unprecedented levels, with a touch of texture. These masterpiece designs will cater to diverse project aspirations,” said Kath.

    All six of the new Cambria designs are available immediately and come in 2cm and 3cm thicknesses and are available in jumbo slab size of 65.5″ x 132 (60 sq ft).

    Cambria has the most extensive palette of designs in the world with over 170 bold designs. These state-of-the-art designs can be viewed in full slabs at CAMBRIA’S GALLERIES AND SHOWROOMS across the country. Design launch events are scheduled throughout the nation in Cambria Gallery, Sales and Distribution Center Showrooms in over 25 major US cities and metropolitan areas across the country. Samples can be ordered online at CambriaUSA.com.

    About Cambria

    Cambria is the leading producer of American-made quartz surfaces and is a family-owned company. Cambria’s innovative quartz designs are stain resistant, nonabsorbent, durable, safe, maintenance free, easy to care for, and backed by a transferable FULL LIFETIME WARRANTY. Cambria is sold through an exclusive network of premium, independent specialty retail and trade partners that can be found in the DEALER LOCATOR at CambriaUSA.com.

  • Travel

    Glen Ivy Hot Springs Adds New Events To Evenings Lineup- Evening Meditations

    Connect to your cosmic essence this season during two new evening meditation classes that follow the cycles of the moon.

    Image courtesy of Glen Ivy Hot Springs.


    Glen Ivy Hot Springs is adding two free meditation events for guests enjoying Evenings at Glen Ivy. Each night of Evenings features a wide variety of entertainment, including new classes, live music, dinner, themed nights and more.

    The meditation series, Vibrate The Cosmos — An Evening Meditation Ceremony, consists of two different classes following the cycles of the moon. The first class, Harvest Full Moon on Friday, September 29, will be used as a time to release what holds you back. The goal of the following class, Libra New Moon Solar Eclipse on Saturday, October 14, will be to set intentions that you wish to fulfill. Both classes in the meditation series will consist of gentle breath work, chanting mantras and rhythmic movement. These simple and engaging meditation sets are designed to nourish the nervous system, increase cellular radiance and amplify energetic frequency.

    The classes are FREE for guests enjoying Evenings at Glen Ivy. Evenings Admission Only is available for $55. Guests enjoying Glen Ivy amenities for the day can also book an extension for only $25 to continue their wellness getaway. Evenings at Glen Ivy runs Friday through Sunday from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. through October 22, 2023.


    Friday, September 29 | 8 – 9 p.m. – HARVEST FULL MOON

    Saturday, October 14 | 8 – 9 p.m. – LIBRA NEW MOON SOLAR ECLIPSE

    Glen Ivy Hot Springs

    25000 Glen Ivy Rd, Corona, CA 92883


    Liz Clayton will be leading the meditation series. She has been immersed in the world of wellness for more than two decades, recognized as a trailblazer for curating soul-stirring experiences and award-winning international retreats. Clayton has spent the past 10 years living abroad, traveling across Asia and the Middle East exploring the ancient teachings of yoga and meditation. Today, Liz is back in California sharing her love of slow wellness, holistic beauty and spirituality blended with her unique and fun approach to meditation.


    To make a reservation for Evenings please visit GlenIvy.com/event or call (888) 453-6489. For more information please visit GlenIvy.com.

    About Glen Ivy Hot Springs:

    A wellness destination like no other, Glen Ivy Hot Springs lies sheltered across 14.5 lush acres in the Temescal Valley of Corona, California. Natural mineral spring water flows from deep in the earth to 19 therapeutic pools and healing mineral baths, bringing guests relaxation, renewal and a deep sense of well-being. With an idyllic year-round temperate climate, Glen Ivy Hot Springs attracts over 200,000 annual visitors who seek the benefits of nature, water, and transformative body, skincare, and nail care treatments. An internationally recognized spa, Glen Ivy Hot Springs is operated by GOCO Hospitality, which plans to expand their wellness arm in the Temescal Valley with a holistic resort and community in harmony with Glen Ivy Hot Springs’ luxurious natural surroundings.