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Linda Mohr and Vera Hirschhorn, Poetry Chair

My poem The Veil was awarded second place in the 2017 Poetry Contest sponsored by the Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.  Two other poems received honorable mention awards as follows:  First Honorable Mention–Angel at My Side and Third Honorable Mention–Morning Visitor.

I am honored to be a member of the National League of American Pen Women since 2012. The organization was founded in 1897 when women were barred from the Press Club in Washington D.C. The NLAPW mission is “to encourage, recognize, and promote the production of creative work of professional standard in Art, Letters, and Music.”

There are 81 branches in the country made up of artists, writers, poets, photographers, cartoonists, composers and arrangers “who believe in the power of words, art, and music to illuminate the human experience, fire the imagination, and nurture the soul.”

My membership eligibility is Letters based on Tatianna—Tales and Teachings of My Feline Friend. The Boca Raton Branch is the largest in Florida and one of the largest in the nation. It offers workshops, lectures, juried art exhibits and writing and music competitions. The organization is a wonderful way to connect with South Florida authors, artists, and musicians and to support their creations.

Famous members include Vinnie Ream, who created the sculpture of Abraham Lincoln, Pensive Lincoln, which stands in the Capitol Rotunda and United States Poet Laureate Kay Ryan. Many First Ladies are honorary members of the League including Barbara Bush, Rosalynn Carter, Hillary Clinton and Eleanor Roosevelt. Other famous women to belong are Erma Bombeck, Helen Keller, Georgia O’Keefe, Dale Evans Rogers, Helen Thomas and Eudora Welty.

For further information, visit American Pen Women or Boca Raton Branch

Blessings!
Linda

 

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tatianna_coverDo cat books have nine lives? What I know for sure is Tatianna–Tales and Teachings of My Feline Friend published on October 29, 2007 does! Does award-winning cover art showcasing the beautiful watercolor work of Drew Strouble continue to be appreciated? His website featuring Tatianna artwork as well as other incredible feline portraits speaks for itself!

If you are looking for a book for the cat enthusiast on your holiday shopping list, this autographed book is one to consider.  I love to give and receive books for Christmas and always have several titles on my wish list. I will autograph the Tatianna book and provide complimentary gift wrapping and shipping. Both hard and soft cover editions are available. Hardcover books are $23.95 and soft cover books are $13.95. Please email me at lindamohr7@bellsouth.net with questions or to arrange a purchase.

I want to thank all my readers and followers for their support, recommendations, reviews, and referrals the past nine years. Many specialty shops have kindly carried the book. I appreciate the bloggers and radio personalities who have interviewed me and the libraries who have invited me to speak.

The Tatianna book is the winner of the Merial Human-Animal Bond Award in 2008 plus six other awards. The Merial award is judged on the Cat Writers’ Association entry that best reflects and promotes the strengthening of the human-animal bond, highlighting the bond between a cat and owner, as well as their relationship with their veterinarian as another direct caregiver. Visit Linda Mohr for further information.

Tatianna continues to work her magic as evidenced by your support and generosity. As stated on Tatianna’s jacket cover, “I feel connected to the faithful Tatianna who has never left my side—she is simply in another dimension.”

Thank you.

Blessings!

 

Muse Medallion Poetry Category

  Copyright Jerry Thornton

As Labor Day weekend signals the winding down of summer, I reflect on special blessings. I attended the Cat Writers Write Stuff Conference in conjunction with BlogPaws at Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Chandler, Arizona. This AAA Four Diamond resort is an authentic representation of the Gila River Indian Community.

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Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

CWA’s 22nd Annual Awards Banquet was also part of the conference. Three of my online articles and one poem had received Certificates of Excellence awards and were in contention for MUSE Medallions. The MUSE Medallion is awarded to the entry in each category receiving the highest average score from three independent judges. To become eligible for a MUSE Medallion, each entry must receive an average score of at least 90 and been awarded a Certificate of Excellence. muse2

My poem “The Morning Visitor” was the MUSE Medallion winner in poetry category. This was a bittersweet moment as the poem is about Lexie Lee who bravely fought lymphoma. I felt her spirit as I stood on stage to accept “our” award from Dusty Rainbolt.

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Southwest Ceiling Mural at Wild Horse

 

 

The resort’s website promise that it “offers quiet serenity created by the Native American tribes who found haven here'” was certainly true for me as well. This was a trip to remember!

Blessings!

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September 1 was the publication day for the first serious poem I ever wrote. I was on the family farm in Missouri for vacation in 2012. A strange event happened while I was relaxing in a lounge chair. “The Rocking Chair” (about my mother) will appear in the anthology The Light Within–A Collection of Peace and Prose published by Spiritual Writers Network. A free digital version is available on Amazon for Kindle Unlimited through Monday, Sept. 5. If you are ever interested in an author signed copy, please contact me.

Blessings!

 

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Cat writers from around the world are meeting June 23 through June 25 for the Cat Writers’ 2016 Write Stuff Conference held in conjunction with BlogPaws Conference in Chandler, Arizona. Four of my entries in the CWA Communication Contest received a Certificate of Excellence Award and are competing  for top cat honors, the CWA Muse Medallion. Winners will be announced at a gala banquet on June 24 at the Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa.

As stated in congratulations letter: “The standards for winning a Certificate of Excellence are very high, and this award is recognition of your outstanding work.” In 2009 I was honored with a CWA Muse Medallion for my online article The Cat’s Mastery of the Present Moment. The first three entries listed below for the 2015 contest were created following Lexie Lee’s valiant fight with lymphoma. I know she is sending me warm purrs and five paws up. As I compose this blog, I close my eyes and see her on the office window sill as in yesteryear.

  • Morning Visitor–Poem
  • What my Terminally Ill Cat Taught Me–Online article-any other topic
  • Aftermath–Online article-any other topic
  • 5 Halloween Safety Tips for Cats–Online article-any other topic

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Visit Cat Writers’ Association for more information about the organization and contest winners.

Blessings!

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Gratitude is the heart’s memory.
—French Proverb

On October 29, 2007 Tatianna—Tales and Teachings of My Feline Friend was published. I want to thank all my readers and followers for their support, recommendations, reviews, and referrals the past seven years. Many specialty shops have kindly carried the book. I appreciate the bloggers and radio personalities who have interviewed me and the libraries who have allowed me to speak. Tatianna is honored to have a chapter in Candida Baker’s anthology The Amazing Life of Cats, and to be included on Look Inside on Amazon.

I am deeply grateful to Ingrid King for Conscious Cat interview and to T.J. Banks for Sketch People story. Ingrid’s book Buckley’s Story and T.J.’s book Catsong were winners of Merial Human-Animal Bond Award in 2009 and 2007 respectively. The Tatianna book won the award in 2008. This award is judged on the entry that best reflects and promotes the strengthening of the human-animal bond, highlighting the bond between a cat and owner, as well as their relationship with their veterinarian as another direct caregiver.

Ingrid King & Linda Mohr, Cat Writers' Conference 2009

Ingrid King & Linda Mohr, Cat Writers’ Conference 2009

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Tatianna continues to work her magic as evidenced by your support and generosity. As stated on Tatianna’s jacket cover, “I feel connected to the faithful Tatianna who has never left my side—she is simply in another dimension.” I can’t wait to see what the next seven years have in store. It’s bound to be good! Thank you.

Blessings!

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Cat writers from around the world are meeting October 30 through November 1 in Atlanta for the annual Cat Writers’ Conference. One of my cat poems received a Certificate of Excellence Award and is competing in the poem category for top cat honors, the CWA Muse Medallion. Winners will be announced Saturday night. Good luck to my fellow cat poets!

Visit Cat Writers’ Association for more information about the organization and contest winners.

Cat Confessions by Allia Zobel Nolan, Published 2010 by Harvest House Publishers, Features color photographs, $9.99, ISBN 978-0-7369-2711-6, 4 ½” x 4 ½”, 64 pages

The Cat Confessions red cover with a brown tabby sticking its head out of a partially opened suitcase is eye catching and provocative. What is this cat really up to? What confession is about to be revealed? The cat lover on your gift list will love this small, 64-page book.

The colorful photographs purr-fectly exemplify the naughty confessions. You will chuckle just looking at the cat pictures. Open the book up at any page and you will find a cat picture partnered with a short confession of a sentence or two. The format is instant entertainment.

Some kitties confess to messing around with Mom’s life such as scaring off her date or crashing the honeymoon. Food is the confession theme for other kitties in trouble like tenderizing the steak with the tongue, licking salt off potato chips at the party, and eating the shrimp in the kitchen!

Cat Confessions is a fun and light-hearted read that will not disappoint you. A great addition to my cat book collection!

About the Author: Allia Zobel Nolan is an internationally-published, award-winning author of seven cat books and over 150 children’s and adult trade titles with 2 1/2 million books in print. Her books reflect her two main passions, God and cats. Varied titles include Worrywart’s Prayer Book and Purr More, Hiss Less: Heavenly Lessons I Learned from My Cat. Visit Alliawrites for more information.

Bountiful Blessings!

Cat College graduation was held on March 25 at CatChannel.com for the Winter 2010 graduating class. Approximately 350 students earned C.A.T. degrees along with another 55 students graduating with top honors. I enjoyed participating in the first Cat College class and am pleased to graduate with top honors—Magna Felis Laude.

Actress Tippi Hedren and founder of Shambala Preserve, an exotic-feline sanctuary was the commencement speaker, and Dean Susan Logan, editor of CAT FANCY and CatChannel offered closing remarks. The valedictorian was Catherine Garrigus of Ashland, Ohio. She takes care of 50 rescue cats and hopes to incorporate as a nonprofit rescue center. She also manages two feral cat colonies. She is the winner of a year’s worth of Eukanuba cat food from Petco Bottomless Bowl.

An excerpt from Catherine’s graduation speech includes: “Tonight, we think of our kitties who benefit from our knowledge, and we keep close in our thoughts all kitties who are homeless, ill or abused and pray for their safety. We extend sincerest and most grateful thanks to those who work tirelessly to make this a better world for cats. What we have learned in Cat College will serve us well as we attend our kitties. Loving our cats means we endeavor every day to learn more about them. We know our cats communicate with us and love us. We know they look to us for safety and good health. We know they have a rich history alongside us bumbling humans. We know cats are loving beings who deserve the best we can give.”

The graduation ceremony complete with speeches can be found at Cat Channel

Bountiful Blessings!

Catnip, the newsletter for caring cat owners, is published by Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. The goal of Catnip is to present feline medical and behavioral information. Award-winning author Arden Moore is editor. Monthly topics include Feline Behavior, Feline Health, Feline Nutrition, Product Review, Dear Doctor and My Cat. Catniptips are featured throughout.

Two tips I like from the January 2010 issue are:
• Weigh your cat monthly—two extra pounds on an adult cat is like a 10-to20-pound gain in a person.
• If you love plants and cats, consider these cat-safe plants: begonia, lavender, spider plant and violets.

I am pleased to report that the January 2010 issue also features my byline in the My Cat section—Hurricane Cat…the friendship between a woman and a stray endures three hurricanes. Of course, the story is all about Lexie Lee!

For further information about this award-winning publication, visit Catnip

Bountiful Blessings!

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