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.
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! They don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Costa Rica, of course, so I am on my own. For some reason, in my neck of the woods--I mean in my neck of the beaches--they are also not fond of pie, which is one of my favorite parts of the Thanksgiving dinner. Why don't I make my own, you may well ask. Well because when the workers took out my old cabinets last week because of termite damage, they somehow triggered a very unfortunate noise in my stove top. So the stove is disconnected. The plumbing under the sink is also leaking since their visit so I am washing my dishes in the bathroom sink, which is not working exceedingly well. They were due back on Saturday and didn't come, then they were due back today, Monday, and haven't come yet. Maybe after lunch. Maybe not. This is rather the Costa Rican way around my area. Assuming they aren't promising to come on Thursday instead, I'll just go out and have a nice non-Thanksgiving meal. And I will still be thankful for the two years I have enjoyed here in Uvita.