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.
I'm sitting outside at 7 o'clock in the morning, as I like to do, and the temperature has risen to 79° on its way to 88°. However, I am so acclimated to the hot humid weather in this part of Costa Rica that I find this 79° is cool enough to warrant a sweater. This of course means there is trouble ahead for me when I return to Washington State. The state has broken high temperature records lately, but when I arrive, the long range forecasts are predicting a high of 70° and a low of 53°. 53! This low might as well be 32° as far as I am concerned, as a woman who has spent two and a half years in t-shirts and shorts. [It's a wonderful thing, a life of t-shirts and shorts. I highly recommend it.] Some time ago I had vowed to never again subject the world to the sight of my scar-decorated [knee replacements], blindingly white legs. That vow was broken the first week I arrived in Uvita, and has remained broken ever since. The world simply has had to put up with them. I'm wondering now how long it will take to reacclimate back to Washington weather. At least the world will no longer be subjected to the legs, which will be happily ensconced in a pair of warm comfortable blue jeans. A small kindness to the world.