Dog Days (& Interviews)


Dog Days: an old, old term, coined by someone in antiquity who thought that light from the “dog star” Sirius increased the ambient temperatures of late summer. A long forgotten theory, though the term remains.

I acknowledge Dog Days myself, every August, when our setters begin to dig cool earth nests on the north side of our house, or when they loll in the shade, their tongues long. I follow suit my own way, nesting in a hammock under our aspens, book or writing pad in hand, catching mist from a sprinkler dousing thirsty maples and cedars.

Then, when the day wanes and the heat softens, the dogs and I pick blackberries. Mine accumulate; theirs don’t.


This year, August’s Dog Days rhythm has an additional beat: interviews. Bloggers and hosts have been asking me about everything they can think of related to Sugar Birds: my inspiration, learning curve, and writing process . . . my childhood and life experiences . . . the book’s themes . . . the natural world, the PNW, faith . . .

While not as relaxing as a hammock, they’re fun exchanges. I’ve even surprised myself with stuff I’ve never articulated before. A clarifying practice, and good for me, I think.

And I hope enlightening for you. Below are links to several interviews, each with slants as distinctive as the wonderful interviewers inquiring.



Host Dillon Honcoop, The Farming Show, KGMI:


Host Meg Nocero, Manifesting with Meg: Conversations with Extraordinary People


PBS/NPR Affiliate Shelly Irwin at WGVU:


The Culture Buzz with John Busbee at


Jean Book Nerd:


Dead Darlings:


Women Writers Women’s Books, Author Interviewing Characters Series:

Book blogger Deborah Kalb:


Authors Answer:


The Indie View:


The Julie Chan Show – Beyond the Book with Julie:

(We had trouble connecting for this one, so skip ahead. Our interview begins at minute 3:50.)

Sarahlyn Bruck:


And now the week in pics, as posted elsewhere on SM:


Two of my reasons. 🧡



Canada, airborne.

“O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.”

—Joel 1:19



Winter soup.

“We must carry out the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.”

—John 9:4



Brush strokes.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart…”

—Ecclesiastes 3:11


So glad you stopped by, friends. Thanks for joining me.

Watching Nature, Seeing Life: Through His Creation, God Speaks

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Love the outdoors? I can take you there. Rural & wild PNW posts and photos from a naturalist, faith writer, and author of three books, including the award-winning novel Sugar Birds. Member of Redbud Writers Guild.

2 thoughts on “Dog Days (& Interviews)

  1. Good morning Cheryl!

    I listened to Dillon interviewing you and thought it was super. I was struck how layered the book is for Whatcom County and particularly enlightened by your comment on how Aggie and her mom projected what the community might be thinking of them internally. Right now a family I love is going through a divorce and the daughter (whom I baptized) battles depression. I think I’m going to give her a copy of Sugar Birds hoping it would show her there is a path out of calamity. By taking that path regardless of what her mom and dad do, she’s being courageous.

    Way to go, my friend, and may our amazing Father use Sugar Birds in ways no one, including its author, would ever see coming.



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