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November 25, 2016 in Author's Life | Tags: ABCs of Gratitude, CWA Muse Medallion, Dr. Holleman, Dr. Marc Weinberg, Finding Our Wings Anthology, Ingrid King, Omega Institute, Richard Blanco, Rumi, Tatianna Book, Wayne Dyer | Leave a comment
If you only say one prayer in a day, make it ‘thank you’.
In keeping with my annual Thanksgiving month tradition, here is my 2016 ABCs of Gratitude list. My list is a culmination of the year. But gratitude is a daily ritual. Before I get out of bed each morning, I acknowledge one blessing. I do the same at the end of the day. I’ve discovered that I can’t be in gratitude and be unhappy.
Wayne Dyer believed that if you get to a place of gratitude you will experience peace. Be in a state of gratitude for everything because there is something to learn in everything. Be grateful even for the pain because there are lessons to be learned from it. According to Ingrid King gratitude is a wonderful way to raise your vibration and shift your energy. The vibration of gratitude is a powerful force. It can shift your mood and your thoughts from a place of scarcity to a place of abundance.
Anthology Essay…Finding Our Wings
Country View…soothing and peaceful
DAR…8th year of membership
Felines…FL house & MO farm
Health Essay…state DAR winner
Inn…Veranda House at Rhinebeck
Joe…unwavering life partner
Kravis Center…Bridges of Madison County
Laundry Room Renovation… stackables
Muse Medallion…Lexie Lee poem
Ninth Anniversary…Tatianna book
Physical Therapist…Dr. Adam’s amazing results
Quincy Airport…easy peasy
Retreat Speaker…female veterans
Sweet Peas…blooming in MO in November
Tai Chi…class 2 minutes from house
Universe…providing healing energy and hope
Vacations…NY, AZ, OR & MO (3 times)
Zebra sweater…thrift store find
What are you thankful for–today and this year?
October 29, 2016 in Author's Life, Awards & Reviews, Human-Animal Bond | Tags: Cat Books, CatManDrew, Drew Strouble, Human-Animal Bond, Linda A. Mohr, Tatianna Book, Tatianna--Tales and Teachings of My Feline Friend, Watercolor Cat Portrait | 1 comment
Do 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.”
The Artful Extravaganza sponsored by the National League of American Pen Women was held on Saturday, March 1 at the Delray Beach Civic Center. I enjoyed exhibiting my creations and supporting the event.
My six-year-old Tatianna book cover still attracts visitors with her captivating eyes rendered by award-winning artist Drew Strouble. Two anthologies where I have an essay and poem published rounded out my book selections: Spirit, Peace and Joy and Women and Friendship.
I launched a photocard collection of some of my favorite cat and landscape pictures as well as a cat calendar. It was exciting to see which photos were conversation starters.
All in all–a fun day with a room full of talented writers, artists and crafters. If you are interested in learning more about Pen Women please contact me. I am a Letters member of the Boca Raton Branch.
March 31, 2012 in Author's Life, Cats, Human-Animal Bond | Tags: Barbara Bixon, Boca Raton American Pen Women, Bunny Shulman, Dara Viane, Delray Beach Public Library, Meet the Authors Series 2012, Tatianna Book | Leave a comment
The Boca Raton Branch, National League of American Pen Women were represented on an author book panel on Saturday, March 24 at the Delray Beach Public Library. I was in great company with other Pen Women including Dara Viane, author of No Greater Love; Bunny Shulman, author of Step by Step; and Barbara Bixon, author of If You Really Loved Me, You’d Take Out the Garbage.
I enjoyed keeping the spirit of Tatianna alive and meeting other book lovers. We had an interested audience with lots of questions. Many thanks to the library staff for including us in their Meet the Authors Series 2012.
A few excerpts from my introduction:
When I was sixteen, I wrote an essay and won a trip to Washington D.C. Shortly, after that I announced to my mother I would write a book someday.
I started my career as a college professor and developed an outline for a clothing and textiles book and even corresponded with a publisher. But I moved to Florida and started a one stop pet care business and the outline went into a box.
Next I wrote a column for a local newspaper with the hopes of getting the Bobbin’ Along sewing column syndicated. But women were going into the workplace by the thousands and sewing became obsolete. Two years of columns went into a box.
Then I taught cooking classes during the introduction of microwave ovens. I assembled my favorite recipes in hopes of publishing them. Eventually they went into my manuscript box.
However, I still believed I was destined to write and publish a book.
I did not set out to write a cat book. Here is how it happened……………….
A special thank you to friend and former colleague, Sami Cone for my guest appearance on her blog this week. Her mission is fostering growth, enhancing life and teaching freedom. Please spend some time exploring all that she has to offer at Sami Cone. I think you will be impressed.
If you would like an opportunity to win an autographed copy of Tatianna—Tales and Teachings of My Feline Friend, please visit Sami Cone Giveaway. Take a moment to enter a comment on Sami’s blog about why the book intrigues you or share an animal tale of your own by midnight, February 13. You may be the lucky recipient!
Another special thank you goes to Gloria Rejune Adams. She is the director at Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture located at 51 N. Swinton in Delray Beach, Florida. I am pleased to report that the Tatianna book is now available at the museum. If you are ever in this part of Florida, don’t miss touring the beautiful historic area and visiting with Gloria.
I am blessed to have each of you in my circle of life. One of the epigraphs in the Tatianna book is from Thomas Wolfe: “I am a part of all that I have touched and that has touched me.” Working together, we have the opportunity to make a heartfelt difference in the lives of people and pets around the world.
Tatianna appreciates everyone’s ongoing efforts, and new members are always welcome!
- Meowleaders who cheer us on with support
- Chatty Cats who talk about us any chance they get
- Feisty Felines who promote us with spirited courage
Two of my favorite vintage books were given to me for Christmas in 1958. I was eight-years-old and was thrilled to receive Black Beauty and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. What made them so special was that my Grandma Mohr signed them. Another special Christmas gift book, Cherry Ames Student Nurse, was signed by my seventh grade teacher, Mrs. Kice in 1962. Then there’s the book, Naughty Miss Bunny, given to my Grandma Barr for Christmas in 1902. She was eleven-years-old, and today it is a treasured keepsake. In fact, I get goose bumps just holding any of these books.
In our family, my mother always asked for our Christmas lists. I think she was secretly delighted if books showed up! I usually had at least one book on my list. In adult years, I’d ask for the latest Nicholas Sparks or Jan Karon book or a cat book. In fact, the last book I received from my mother was The Library Cat in 2008. My sister always wanted Richard Paul Evan’s newest release, and my brothers often requested sports books.
I think books are a terrific gift to consider. First of all books are unbreakable, easy to wrap and simple to ship. There are books on any imaginable topic to match your receiver’s interests. Of course, today you can conveniently shop online from the comfort of your home—no traffic jams or long lines! Books can be personalized on the inside cover by the giver and mark a significant year or event. Years later these remarks tell a little story.
So for the animal lovers on your gift list, may I recommend the award-winning memoir, Tatianna—Tales and Teachings of My Feline Friend? Along with your personal message and my author signed comment, the recipient will love the gift!
The easiest ways to order an author autographed book are as follows:
1. Go to my Website and click on buy book on the home page. When you purchase by PayPal, you can indicate special instructions regarding the autograph. You have a choice of hardcover at $23.95 and paperback at $13.95. Shipping is $5.00.
2. Or you can email me at email@example.com about your order and special instructions. I will follow up with you on the details of where to mail payment.
3. If you do not want an autographed copy, you can also order from Amazon.
Do you have a special book given to you by a special person? I’d love to hear your stories!
This week marks a milestone for Catnip Connection and for me. It is the two-year anniversary for the launch of this blog (January 20, 2008) as well as my birthday (January 18, 19??!). Numerous columns later here I am—still writing and loving every minute of it. I want to thank all who have taken the time to read Catnip Connection as well as those who have shared comments. One of the best parts about writing is connecting with my readers. I am also grateful to Tatianna’s Team of Meowleaders, Chatty Cats and Feisty Felines who helped with promotion throughout the year.
My anniversary/birthday present to you is to conduct a drawing for a complimentary copy of Tatianna—Tales and Teachings of My Feline Friend. All you need to do to enter the random drawing is comment on this blog posting by January 31, 2010. Tell me why you would like to win a copy. I will announce the book winner the first week in February. The autographed book will be mailed to you (or whoever you would like to receive the book).
From birthday to birthday, I am blessed to report one constant in a year punctuated with many changes. Just as I reported last year, I am grateful for my muse, dear sweet Lexie Lee. She is my source of inspiration day in and day out as she lounges across my lap, nestles along the left side of the computer or lies nearby on a window sill. She listens to me as I read my drafts out loud, and her meows tell me to keep writing about kitties! I intend to do just that! If you have any topics you would like to read about this year, please personally email me or leave a comment on this blog. I would love to hear from you.