Daisy! The dog run opened this week and she's looking for her friends. But so far only two big doggie strangers came and they were so big they remained strangers. Daisy is the the Havanese of my friend Alison who was the inspiration and who helped me write LOVEY'S TRAVELS! Such a sweet playful and joyful young dog. She likes to chew things however. She found a yummy pair of glasses in my purse. Ah well...it was worth the visit.
Here's Julian and Colby - Julian's mom Sara was the mastermind for this website. Sara went to care for her dad in the midwest and fell in love and got married. Julian is her 3 year old son. He's picture here with his new rescue dog, Colby. colby is a 7 year old Pit/Lab mix. Colby's original owner past away and was lucky to be rescued. He is now part of the family. Mac the cat is very hospitable too. How lucky for everyone in Sara's family!
Well it's a small world: Marilyn Michaels (genius) put me in touch with her friend Marcia Kulick who conected me with her daughter Alexandra who lives and works in Seattle where I grew up!
As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Alexandra helps people to make mindful and nutritious choices for themselves and their families, so they can feel better and live happy and healthy lives. She also read Jazzie's Dream to her nieces who loved it and the message that it imparts.
She says: "It is important that we understand how our food gets to our homes and our plates, and not just fruits and vegetables. If more people really understood how animals are treated and the process of getting meat into supermarkets and restaurants, I think we'd have more plant-based eaters, and fewer sick people!"
If you'd like to know more about how Alexandra helps people, check out her website, HealthywithAlex.com.
To read Jazzie's Dream, here's the Amazon link!
The picture is of my friend, Winky. He is a rescue dog and having a wonderful life with his guardian Fusako. They live here in New York City. Winky is sitting in Riverside Park in the picture. He and Fusako go out everyday to be in the wonders of nature. It helps keep their health and spirit up especially now in the time of COVID-19. Fusako had some very nice things to say about the book JAZZIE'S DREAM I did with my school chum, Joel Anne Jessen who is JAZZIE'S guardian and the illustrations were by Marc Chalvin.
"i really love the story of JAZZIE'S DREAM.
i always love marc’s illustrations, so lively, whimsical, and love-filled expressions, and perfect match with the story.
The story is wonderfully touching and the intension clearly and well received."
FUSAKO MIYAJI - violinist in the UN Orchestra and retired secretary at UN and she makes the most wonderous healthy soups and bread! i'm a lucky neighbor for sure!!
I don’t use poison for fear it may affect my cats. Instead I use a paper towel or my bare hand. The other day I came down hard with my hand only to see its little legs frantically waving in the air towards life. I came down hard again and hated myself. Now I yell “You’re not welcome here.” If that doesn’t send them running, I yell again “Go! Go! Go!” I’ll buy some baking soda and try that.
What a wonderful title "We Are The Weather" by Jonathan Safran Foer. Although the book came out last fall I just became aware of it today. The premise of course is that eating meat is detrimental to the planet and our health and threatens our survival. Could it be that we're all wearing masks to bear the stench of violence incurred in killing 150 billion innocent beings world-wide for our table?
As an actress in my college years I overdid the Stanislavsky method. I would sit in a dark corner for at least 15 minutes and "get into character" for a run-on part as Mme. Claude in the Miser. As time went on rather than psyching myself in dark corners I would prepare for a role by going to dance class as in the Horsegirl for the Actor's Workshop's production of The Balcony or do voice exercises and physical exercises before going on stage. Helen Hayes didn't do any of that - she would be talking to a fellow actor backstage and when her cue came she went on stage and proceeded with the play. All this reminiscing brings me to the present where Marc Chalvin the Parisian artist who I have worked with in almost all of my books surprised me yesterday. He said he had to find the character of so in so - I didn't know artists of the painting and drawing kind did that. How absolutely wonderful. So there is an essence of the character in his mind a sort of a special energy place just for that character, from which he draws the character in all kinds of situations. No wonder he's so good and everyone who reads my books always praises the images...Maybe I should try "getting in character" again when I write...Can't wait to see the characters of MAX and Eric.for the new book coming out...In the meantime, if you haven't seen the latest of Marc's work and a wonderful story taken from my longtime friend Joel Anne Jessen and her pet, JAZZIE check our JAZZIE'S DREAM on amazon.
When I pulled back the curtain to see how the hamburger got to my plate via the slaughter house,
a veil was lifted on other obfuscations. Thickness of understanding laws of cause and effect protected me from seeing and sympathizing with my mother’s pain. For what are factory farms but violence and mockery of the feminine in nature. And if I condoned and ingested products from factory farms how quickly the same
dynamic infected my perspective of human kind and my loved ones. A thickness of empathy.
Yesterday the super, Kieran and the handyman, Dennis dug up the bathroom floor. We're in the middle of repairing 100-year-old pipes with holes in them. But now the kitchen sink works. It's such a joy to have water going down the drain. Makes me realize that resentments and negative thoughts must go down the drain as well.
[Siri Siqveland is a 15 year old, 9th grade Honors English student at Meadowdale High School in Edmonds, WA. She read Jazzie’s Dream on May 12, 2020]
Siri’s critique of “Jazzie’s Dream”:
After hearing that the story was about ‘going vegan/vegetarian’—which my best friend since third grade has recently done—and protecting farm animals, I wondered how the author would approach this topic in a way that would be safe for children.
I was concerned that it would be too scary when I reached the part in the story where Jazzie approaches Backward Land, a place where animals are farmed in different ways for humans to eat (like here and now). However, the darkest part of the story, with the mother pig and her piglets, was handled delicately enough that it could be viewed by small children. The illustrations are well-done and gentle and the story is definitely child-appropriate.
My favorite part of the story is when Jazzie first met dream Bizzy and their first interactions. I think little kids would enjoy the story and the illustrations and it would help older figures in their lives to breach the topic of animal-cruelty, sustainability, as well as other life-style choices people can make.
As a kid, I remember my papa reading, Beatrix Potter’s “Rolly Polly Pudding” and being worried (in a suspenseful way) when the rats roll Tom Kitten up in a pastry to make him into their dinner. Though, “Jazzie’s Dream” did not make me feel worried for Jazzie and Bizzy in the way that I did for Tom Kitten. All in all, I feel this book could be used to help children understand some choices people make about their life styles. “Jazzie’s Dream” is a story about making choices that could lead to a better future for farm animals for sure, and possibly a better future for people too.