Welcome to the website for What Oliver Taught Me.  I am so excited to share this memoir with you!

Maybe you know me from one of the several Pop Culture blogs I’ve written in the past. Or, maybe you know me through the seven years I was the owner and editor (and music reviews writer, band interviewer, marketing and promo coordinator) of Revolt Music Magazine. We might have become buddies via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Or maybe we met at a fundraiser to help support bulldogs in-need. However our paths crossed– whether in-person or via social media, if you know me then you also know Oliver, my bulldog. In case you’re not sure if you have the right Oliver, let me break it down for you:

  • Oliver, of ABC7’s “Big Dog Sunday” fame (Fame is subjective. He was on three times. Throw us a bone. HarHarHar. Get it? Ahem.)
  • #oliverthemoonwalkingbulldog on Instagram.
  • Oliver, (in)famous for Puke Fest 2012 at the Bullypalooza fundraiser for MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ.
  • Oliver, famous for his puppy blog, Adventures with Oliver.
  • Oliver, the best butt wiggler in the world.

This face!

After being shaken to the core by a scary anaphylactic reaction that in the moment I casually brushed off as “no big deal” when I quite literally could have died, I took some time to think about life and how we muddle up everything with bullshit. We make our lives so much more difficult than they need to be. Don’t roll your eyes at me. As humans, we totally screw up our lives and complicate them way beyond the way we were intended to live. It wasn’t until I explored my life more in-depth that I realized there is always room to be a better human being. And it wasn’t until I looked back on the past six years that I learned I could easily have been a better human, if I would have looked at how Oliver lived his life.

Yes, you read that right. I know, it sounds weird. My bulldog has shown me how to be a better human.

So, why are you here reading this blog? Well, I sure could use your help. See that little box over there on the right side that says “Sign up for the newsletter”– go ahead and look for it. I’ll wait. Did you find it? Awesome! If you throw your email address in there and sign up for the newsletter, I can keep you up-to-date as this book transitions from my brain into something physical you can hold in your hands. It’s coming along in a BIG way and I want you to know all about it so you can get a copy when it is published. Also, if you sign up for the newsletter you might just get a couple of early release chapters to read, which will surely entice you to want the whole book! I promise to never spam you. Ever. And the best part of all of this book stuff? A portion of royalties from this book will help bulldogs in-need. Pretty cool, right?

Oh hey, could you also do me a solid and follow What Oliver Taught Me on Instagram, Twitter and “like” the Facebook page? Since 99% of our time* is spent on social media, I know that’s not asking too much, right? Besides, the more support you show this book, the quicker Oliver’s story will be told and the faster we can help some bulldogs in-need.

Thank you so much for your support!


*I totally made that percentage up.

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