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.
The photo on one side features the beautiful, soaring view above Christchurch in New Zealand. On the other side you see a road in New Zealand where the feeling, if you're behind them and need to be somewhere, is anything but soaring. As it happened, on this occasion I didn't need to be anywhere and I found this blockade delightful. However, on two fronts my life is more like the sheep blockade than the refreshing mountain heights. The matter of my house sale is stalled and I feel like one of those sheep, perhaps the only one looking back this way. Just a smattering of viewers have been through and no takers have materialized. The real estate agents who accompany these people all say, "What a lovely house; it's sure to sell." And yet it doesn't and it doesn't and it doesn't. Then there is my next book. I'm like that sheep looking back; not moving. Not writing my book. It's all this house stuff that's in my way right now. Will someone please get this crowd moving?
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