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Ebook versions available

I am very excited to tell you that The Comet's Tale has just been released as an ebook. This is a novel about Sojourner Truth, first published in 2003.

Also, my other two books are now available as ebooks.
My daughter and her family are moving to China for two years and she just purchased  Read More 
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WHERE CATS PREVAIL

Pedro the Cat
We have a new cat in our neighborhood and he’s teaching us all a few new tricks. Pedro is a young tabby and he is determined to make friends with everyone. He quickly won over my two cats with his golly gee attitude and they all sit under my broad-leafed plants in happy  Read More 
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ANNOUNCEMENT: OFF TO THE RANCH

I have terrific news. I’ve been given a fellowship to Jentel Arts in Banner, Wyoming for one month in the fall. For a writer or a visual artist, this is like winning the lottery. It is a pure gift of time, room & board. Take a look, Jentel. Jentel Arts is located  Read More 
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Cie Simurro

Cie and Thunder
A reddish gold corona rimmed the top of the mountains outside my bedroom window at 7:00 a.m. that January morning. I didn't awaken to it; I had been up every hour during the night. By 7:30, the light in the room was bright gold. "Look Thunder", I said as I kissed his head. "It's a  Read More 
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Suzanne Strempek Shea

Bisquick was the runt of the litter, only five pounds and eight weeks of age when my husband and I adopted him in the fall of 2007. A shockingly high heart rate detected on his first trip to the vet meant a referral to a doggie cardiologist who put the English setter on human heart  Read More 
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Women Reading Aloud

I just returned from a weekend writing retreat in Sea Girt, New Jersey where the director of Women Reading Aloud, Julie Maloney, invited me to assist her in offering writing workshops to women. This is the third time that we have collaborated and this year, we fully got our groove on. There is something  Read More 
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Dogs and Blogs

Ever since I wrote Lost & Found, I’ve heard from hundreds of readers who have told me stories about close relationships with dogs. The stories are remarkable and they almost invariably tribute a dog who healed a reader from a broken spirit. How do dogs do this? By their loyalty, their unrelenting affection, and  Read More 
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A Chihuahua’s point of view, a guest blog by writer Marianne Banks

Click on Marianne's photo to go to her publisher's website and look at her new book, Growing Up Delicious.

A river of humanity flows by my backyard. Walkers, roller-bladers, runners and cyclists use the bike path from first light to dusk. From my spot weeding a flowerbed I heard a woman say to her companion, ‘I just don’t know what it all means’, as they strode past.
“Did you hear that, Nuala?”  Read More 
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Dear Winter,

You and I started out with such passion, such hope. Your first flakes thrilled me with their romance. You seduced me with visions of evenings by the fireplace. I said good bye to autumn, let it go without a backward glance. But now it seems that our relationship has run its course. You were  Read More 
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Nelson and Snow

Here is my good dog buddy, Nelson, at the Bromley Estate in Jamaica . I was there in 2009 and 2010, but this winter, I am betrothed to my snow shovel in Western Massachusetts , where we are scheduled for more snow tonight. Nelson has never seen snow, although his breed is extremely fond of rolling in the  Read More 
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