My "writer's purpose" is to spread love and joy through the world, which is why I chose the name I did for this blog. One of the non-writing ways I accomplish this is by sharing my little Yorkie, Richie, with the world, both face to face and through his Facebook page, Richie the Love Bug. At the hospital at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, we visit patients regularly, but I especially enjoy our time with the staff there. They are the stereotypical "overworked and underpaid" and many of them face multiple crises in the course of each day. Walking through the clinics with Richie is better than bringing a big pot of coffee around in the middle of the afternoon. I can feel the energy he brings and see the joy on every face. Richie will be a regular feature on this blog, and I look forward to sharing his stories with you.