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 is photo is David Panama which I visited on my "Panama Run" two weeks ago. Ex pats must make these runs every 90 days until we are granted temporary residency, which may take years of bureaucracy to obtain. One doesn't have to go to Panama, of course, just out of the country. It rained the whole time I was there, which curiously I didn't mind. I needed a mental break and I lounged around the hotel and thoroughly enjoyed it. Then, as I have mentioned, I went home and fell off the bus, injuring my hip. In retrospect it is eerily as if the Fates gave me that respite to prepare me for the struggle it has been to manage by myself at my house in Costa Rica. I have been expecting crutches to arrive for several days now, coming via a friend. However, he is on Costa Rica time and I will see them when I see them. I think getting my weight off the hip will speed up its recovery. I sure hope so. To me, mobility is everything.