Dreams Come True (For Dogs and Women With Chutzpah)

It seems that when I drop in to my old timeline (and I’m not talking about Facebook!) I’m always apologizing because it’s been too long since I’ve checked in.  Heavenly time is measured differently than Earth time, and in the wag of a tail, weeks have passed since I’ve communicated with my earthbound pack.

No excuses…just a different pawspective…

As always, I’ve been delighting in watching over my family.  Timmy Elijah is growing so quickly and he is

Timmy E brings laughter & smiles wherever he goes!

a constant source of laughs.  His gangly legs and puppy exuberance are an uncoordinated sight to see!  I’m beyond elated that Timmy E has been such a healing presence for mama and has restored her smile.

Wilbur is happier than ever with new energy in the house, although he still misses his big brother.  And Bella is…. well, her dog-like kitty self even as she’s gone through cancer surgery and recovery.

I continue to be inspired by the strength and accomplishments of my family and friends.  For the past couple of months, mama has been helping promote a new documentary, Sexy Baby, co-directed by two extraordinary and inspirational women, Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus.  These ex-journalists had a nugget of an idea for a feature documentary, although neither had made a movie before.

Jill and Ronna with Tribeca Film Festival co-creators, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal

Through their drive, spunk and tenacity, Jill and Ronna attracted executive producer Abigail Disney (yes, of the famed Disney family) and created a documentary that has the film festival circuit buzzing.  Sexy Baby premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and Jane Rosenthal, co-creator of TFF, introduced the film.  Three screenings were planned, but they sold out so quickly that a 4th was added.  And, my personal hero, Michael Moore — icon to all documentarians — attended the final Tribeca screening.

I am deeply inspired by Jill and Ronna.  Their motivation and chutzpah , plus a hefty dose of perkiness, aided in getting their dream realized.  As my loyal readers know, I dig perkiness and spunk and these ladies have confirmed that going for your dreams with abandon makes them come true.  My philosophy has always been that wagginess (sister to spunkiness and perkiness) is a huge asset in life and in business.

Look for my review of Sexy Baby later this week. (Spoiler alert: it’s an absolute must-see film for our times!)

Who’s inspiring you this week?



  1. Donna McCord says:

    Wow, Atticus, I believe that you must be sprinkling your Mom with angel blessings and inspiration and a healthy dose of that chutzpah, too! Having Timmy and Wilbur and Bella to love and sustain her is definitely a Heavenly thing! I understand why you are so proud of the amazing ladies that have made such an impact using what seems to be mostly their passion and perseverance, and I wonder if these women know they have your Mama spreading the word and sharing their success with everyone she knows? I hope they do know and realize who they have as such a strong supporter! As always it is a joy to hear from you, Atti! So happy to know you are staying busy and happy and watching out over your loved ones!

  2. Atticus says:

    Donna, we Love you!! Your support has been unwavering since the beginning of this blog and we hold so much gratitude for you and your kind, generous heart!

    We so appreciate that you took time out of your busy writing schedule to comment — many wags :) To answer your question, yes, the girls are very appreciative of mama’s work on their behalf. In addition to compensation, mama received her first ever film credit (pretty cool!). Maybe she should have an imbd profile account — lol!

    Can’t wait for your book to be published!! You know we’ll be first in line to purchase (hoping for a signed copy… :) ) xxxooo, wags & peace ~

  3. chrislwagner says:

    Yes, to have spunkiness in the face of obstacles is a feat indeed. I didn’t even recognize Robert DeNiro. He looks like that actor in Alphas. I can’t remember his name. I can’t wait to see sexy baby. From what you told me it sounds very relevant for our times.

  4. Jane Ruudy says:

    Really awesome blog. I am so inspired by reading it. Thanks for sharing.
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  5. It is always good to have friends in high places! You
    would know, Atti. Nice post my friend.

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  6. Edgar Reginald says:

    The photograph of smiling timmy is so sweet. I wish he will grown up very soon.
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  7. Jacob says:

    I am very happy for you. Dogs are really man’s best friend. They brighten up our day. How old is Timmy E? Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful insight.
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  8. Charles Hayden says:

    It’s an excellent post which described about a nice topic with a sexy baby . I have enjoyed it Thanks.
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  9. Paul says:

    Very nice and lovely post !
    It has always made me feel good when your friends are at a good places. Thanks for sharing…
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  10. Trish says:

    I’ve been out of touch, Heidi, but want to congratulate you on your work on promoting this movie. I haven’t seen it yet but if you are inspired by it, that’s enough of a reason to see it for me!

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  11. Atticus says:

    Thanks Trish. We’re hoping for wide theatrical release… details to come soon. It’s a really important film that needs to be seen.

  12. Oh Atticus it’s so lovely to hear your voice again. I almost met your mama in person a while back but circumstances menat it didn’t happen. Will be traveling back to the Bay area in July so hope to meet her then :) Now i’m off to read that review!
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