Me with Lacey on left and Madison on right
Ernest Kurtz was my husband and the author of six books including Not God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous, The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning (with Katherine Kettcham), Shame and Guilt, The Collected Ernie Kurtz, and AA: The Story, and Experiencing Spirituality (with Katherine Ketcham). See Ernie’s new book at http://www.experiencingspirituality.com Ernie died on Jan. 19, 2015. See his memorial page.
Sammy was our dog and the subject of my memoir: Training Sammy. This picture of him was taken by a professional photographer, Nina Hauser, in 2006. We never knew how old Sammy was, but he must have been about 13 when he died. We got him on Thanksgiving Day 2004 from a rescue group called Animal Rescue Connection headed by Sharon Carlisle and Chuck Krapf. Sammy died on May 27, 2014 from liver failure. His owners were heartbroken. See his memorial page.
Since Ernie passed away, my family includes a Chow-Collie mix named Lacey (left), and a Chow-Lab mix named Madison (right)..