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.
In the short quote opposite, Pip, a female dragonpanther, is opining on the difference between males and females on her world. We could all take Pip's view to heart to include the future in our thinking and not limit ourselves to the moment. But this week I'm having trouble with that perspective. I'm dazed by the pandemic, the unwarranted deaths, the protests, the riots, the unwarranted responses, the beautiful responses. In many places, officials have managed their return to normalcy from the pandemic very well. The future should look good. Yet my eye is riveted on those death numbers that keep rising. The protesters are being heard. The future should be filled with hope. Yet my eye is riveted on the backlash to those protests, just now becoming visible. I'm still afraid to look too closely at the future. But I'm tired, too tired to look too hard at moment.
“We include the future in our thinking and do not limit our view to the moment,”
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