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Sunday
May112014

The Mom and Me Post

Rincon, Puerto RicoThis being Mother's Day, I find myself thinking back on all the adventures my Mom and I have shared together. If I had to venture a guess, I'd have to say we've been on more than most. Always together, we've hiked right into  the middle of things feeling fairly fearless. We've traveled to something like twelve countries, not to mention all over the USA. We've seen and done some seriously amazing things, like climbing the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, and climbing the mountains of Morelia, Mexico to witness the monarch migration. We've been in the wine caves of France and the olive groves of Tuscany, the rainforest of Costa Rica, and the Mayan ruins of Tulum. We've had rides in limos, and cruised the Caribbean, been bear watching in North Carolina, and whale watching in Maine. We've performed folk dancing at Kennedy Center, danced for governors, presidents, and a queen. We've seen the tattoo in Scotland and street performers in Paris and New York. And through it all, we've been together. So thanks Mom, for sharing the world with me. It's been a grand adventure. I wouldn't trade it for anything. Here are just a few of the pictures. Now, I'm off to go find the ones that need to be scanned, so I can digitally preserve them. It seems like a good mother's day project while I wait for my Mom to return home for our celebration tonight. Happy Mother's Day to all of you. I wish for you a mother as wonderful as mine.

Limo ride with the Mom and Me Gang
Under the Tuscan Sun

Mayan Ruins of Tulum

The Moulin Rouge

Dining Caribbean Cruise Line Style

Del Rosario Monarch Sanctuary. Those are pine trees, peeps.

Casino Time for the Mom and Me Gang

Sunset Cruise in Bar Harbor, Maine

Hawk Migration in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Home

Enjoying the Virginia Coast

 

 

 

Wednesday
Apr022014

Cougar Kittens Brave a New World

Spring at the NC Zoo is always a busy time. But, this year I miss the busy quite a bit. That's probably because  I keep getting all these amazing baby videos and photos. Who can resist Cougar cubs? Check out the videos below. The first is their most recent, their first exploration of their new exhibit, and the second is an earlier group of clips of them playing in their quarantine housing, where all arrivals at the zoo stay when they first enter the animal collection until they have been deemed healthy and disease free. Since they are now on exhibit, we can assume the kittens are all in good health. Yay! They will be making brief outings into their exhibit over the next few weeks until their keepers feel they are ready to brave the public and their new home on a regular basis. Happy housewarming and best of luck, kitties! 

 

 

Saturday
Mar222014

Baby Otter's First Swim

After years of trying, the NC Zoo finally has an otter pup. This little girl is eight weeks old and apparently, Mom got tired of waiting for her to get in the water. Check out the video footage that was sent to me courtesy of my friends at the zoo. I love how the mother just pushes her into the water. It's time, little lady. Having helped the zoo raise a reluctant swimmer named Amy many years ago, by wading her into the nearby pond and having her literally try to climb inside my clothes to avoid the swim, I can get behind mother otter's technique here. Amy eventually learned to swim as all otter's should. But, since this little girl, who is not yet named, seems to be born to it, perhaps we could have been a little less timid with Amy. Ah, well. Live and learn.

 

 

 

 The pup, who was born on January 15th, now has access to her exhibit with mom, so if you are lucky, you might just see them in person at the NC Zoo.

For those who cannot visit Asheboro in person, you can get regular updates by joining the NC Zoo's facebook page, or by going directly to their website. All the best to baby otter, her parents, and her keepers. 

Saturday
Feb082014

Season Five Has Officially Started.

The Ravens Crossing is celebrating it's two years anniversary in style. We have just released the anthology of Season Four. Click the book cover image for the link. This year, we have formatted the stories a bit differently with three stand alone stories by three authors that take place in the same universe. There are lots of cameos and cross over among all the characters, but each story can be read separately in it's entirety. 

Season Five of the stories started Monday with Wildwood Knights by Andi Lea. Wednesdays are Wildwood Dreams by West Thornhill, and my story, Wildwood Tides, posts every Friday. So head on over to www.theravenscrossing.org to read free YA LGBTQA stories every week. Check out my Books page above for links to the previous seasons and catch up on The Thirteen and all the fun in Wildwood at The Ravens Crossing!

Coming soon, three prequel stories, one of each of the current TRC stories showing how our main characters met. Stay tuned...

Thursday
Jan302014

Celebrating with Books, Books, and More Books!

Our new cover designs for TRC's upcoming books are spectacular, thanks to Andi Lea and Poet Rae, our cover designers. Below are the covers for The Ravens Crossing Season 4 Anthology, plus three Season Four Prequel stories that are slated for release very soon. It's our two year anniversary. What better way to celebrate than by releasing a few good books to read?

Stay tuned for links to the books so you can tell your friends!!

Season Five of The Ravens Crossing begins on this coming Monday. There is never a dull moment in Wildwood!