Like her protagonist Shannon Kendricks, Cathy Parker is an attorney. She volunteered as a zoo keeper's aide for eight years and did have a very special beluga buddy, Mauyak, just as Shannon Kendricks has. As to encounters with alien children, as in the trilogy, she is not saying. She was also a radio and print journalist and once was the 'Jill of all trades' for a small satellite paper in Wyoming. She did everything from taking to the photos to writing the articles and op-ed pieces to helping with layout and hauling the newspapers through blizzards once a week. As a result, she saw lambs being born and went on a cattle drive and ate her first (and last) Rocky Mountain Oyster. She has seen mountain gorillas in the wild in Rwanda and orangutans in Borneo and even rocked an orphaned baby orangutan to sleep on her chest. She has volunteered with a chimpanzee sanctuary for former research subjects. So you can see where her heart lies. Currently she lives in Costa Rica with her black cat. All similarities between her cat and the trilogy's Narcissus are purely and probably coincidental.
This toucan has just awakened from sleep in the night in the rainforest of Monteverde. I see them down here in Uvita, on the southern coast of Costa Rica where I live as well. This beauty is a rainbow beaked toucan for obvious reasons. Toucans are simply neat, are they not? Something about those great beaks appeals to us. Is it the wonderous splash of color? The unexpected view of a beak so large on a not-so-large creature? If you cover up the beak with a couple of fingers, you can get a sense of the beak you expect to be located on that little head. In fact now that I look at his head, I wonder how he even holds up that huge beak. I saw this bird on a night tour. My guide knew where to bring us because the bird and a few of his buddies always return to these same trees to roost. I on the other hand am quite comfortable far from home so long as when I arise, I can go exploring. When I was in Hawaii just recently for the retirement party of a friend, a few of her relatives were anxious to get back home, being, they explained, homebodies at heart. Anxious to go home from Hawaii. I can't fathom it.