jtrd cover for blog smallJust the Right Dose: Your Smart Guide to Prescription Drugs & How to Take Them Safely

  • What is the difference between a medicine you have to take every six hours and one you were told to take four times a day?
  • What are some ways to make swallowing a pill easier?
  • What is the difference between a generic drug and a brand name drug?
  • Should you keep suppositories in the fridge?
  • Can you eat grapefruit while taking your prescription medication?

Why do you have to wait two hours after eating to take your pill?

Visit JustTheRightDose.com to learn more about the book and for links to where to buy it.

Interview: Listen to why I wrote the book.

 


Marijke Vroomen-DurningFits, Starts & Matters of the Heart: 28 True Stories of Love, Loss and Everything in Between.

Fits, Starts & Matters of the Heart is an anthology of stories by professional writers across North America. I am one of only two Canadians featured in the book, with my essay: Moving On.

According to Amazon,

For anyone who has fallen in love, been betrayed, lost a parent or let a child fly from the nest, Fits, Starts & Matters of the Heart will resonate with your heart. A woman recalls her decision to lose her virginity at 17 – and the emotional roller coaster that ensues when her parents discover a secret stash of prophylactics. A mother comes to terms with her adopted daughter’s quest to find her birth mom. A black Labrador wreaks havoc on one woman’s idyllic relationship with her boyfriend- until she, too, falls in love with the beautiful canine. A pregnant woman discovers her husband’s affair – and realizes that the baby she’s carrying is her ticket to rebirth. A daughter learns that the way into her father’s heart is through her hair.

These are just a few of the essays in Fits, Starts & Matters of the Heart: 28 True Stories of Love, Loss & Everything in Between. In this compelling collection, a group of writers, who connected through a professional community called Freelance Success, share the joy and angst at the root of all relationships. Through stories of family and friends, lovers and exes, even pets and rock stars, these writers demonstrate the enduring power of relationships to drive, haunt, empower, and enrich us.

The book is available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Amazon.ca, and Chapters/Indigo.


Oscar’s Diaries, Life as a Retired Greyhound

img_1176122829_14533_1186377970_mod_132_111One project I’m happy to say is ready for its announcement: Oscar’s Diaries, Life as a Retired Greyhound has finally been published. Oscar is a five-year-old greyhound who came to live with us in June 2004. I visit a greyhound forum called greytalk.com and whenever anyone brings home a new hound, they love to see pictures and hear about how the new guy or gal is adjusting to life in their forever home. It can be bought here.

On November 27, Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell published an interview she did with me, about Oscar’s Diaries. You can find that interview on her website, K.C.’s Write for You.

When Oscar arrived, just for fun, I started a diary where he comments on how it is adjusting to a home life, with many photos included of course. Much to my surprise, the diary became very popular and I started to have requests to email installments to people around the world. Oscar now has fans in Australia, New Zealand, Austria, England, and across North America.

After much persuasion, I have agreed to publish some of his diaries and I hope to publish more if the demand is there. Volume 1 is available in both colour and black & white editions from lulu.com. If you click on the cover photo in the upper right hand corner, you should be brought to our storefront where you can buy the book. Or, just click here.

I’d like to emphasize that a portion of the sales (minimum 10%) will go to non-profit greyhound groups. The first group is the Greyhound Health and Wellness Program, run by Guillermo Couto, DVM, dip. ACVIM, at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.