December 14, 2018

Volunteer to Help Animals

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If you love animals but are not able to care for one, or live in a facility which won’t allow you to own one, consider volunteering at an animal shelter. I work in the cat adoption room at Chicago Animal Care and Control and I get to play with and pet some very lovely cats, which they say lowers blood pressure. If you are a dog person, you can take dogs out for walks and play with them outside, or teach them basic commands like sit, stay and heel, which will make it easier for them to be adopted. 

I have heard and/or read that grandparents like the fact that they are able to interact with their grandchildren but don’t have to live with them and working with animals at a shelter would be similar. You get the benefit being with them provides both of you, but the animal does not have to come home with you.

If you can have animals, but don’t want to commit to one for a lifetime, (theirs or yours) please think of fostering. While it may be hard to say good-bye to those you become attached to, you will prepare them to be better housemates and can provide potential adopters with valuable information about the animal’s personality and behavior.


December 9, 2018

GeNarrations 2019

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I have signed up again for the GeNarrations writing workshop. Beginning January 15, I will be writing on a theme assigned by our Goodman writing coach/instructor on a theme from the play How to Catch Creation. That is the production the Goodman will be presenting during the weeks of our class.

If anyone think they would be interested in joining, classes that meet at the Alice Center at the Goodman Theater there are 3 options:

Tuesday mornings from 10-12;  Thursday afternoon from 1:30-3:30 or Thursday late afternoon from 3:30 to 6:30.

Contact Julie Ganey at

If you are in another part of the city, go online and look up the program or contact your local Chicago Department of Aging center to see if they offer the class or where they have one  nearest to your location. It is free and a great way for seniors to jog their memories and meet new friends. I will be blogging more about this later and keep you updated on my progress through the classes.

This was me at one our our first readings.


December 5, 2018


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I finally received two contributor copies of The Clarion Call No. 4 Fairy Tale Riot. My poem story The Road is in it. That is a revision of the one in my eBook THE HUNTER AND THE DEER. More such poem stories are in my second book THE SALTY PRINCE. They can be bought on Book Rix or Amazon. TYLER AND THE ATOMIC COLD is a picture book sold only through Amazon on their Kindle Direct Publishing program.

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