Edith Wharton had a vivid imagination. As a child, she loved to play a game she called “Making up” which involved inventing stories as, book in hand, she walked around feverishly chanting as if in a trance. This caused her parents much consternation. When friends came to play, she asked her mother to entertain them … More Edith’s Vivid Imagination
I’ve been informed by WordPress that it is the two-year anniversary of my blog Around ZuZu’s Barn and it brought back many memories from the early days when I was even more clueless about this social media stuff than I am today. If it wasn’t for my Rhode Island friends, Rob Bentley and Peg Goter, … More Anniversaries and Friends
Well, Talk Like a Pirate Day 2016 is over and we are getting back to some semblance of normalcy, i.e. using a commonly understood dialect and not AAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHTICULATING in the little-used (no mystery why), limited pirate vocabulary that comes out every September 19th around this house. I tried to give myself a break and recycle … More “The Pacas are Coming!” – National Alpaca Farm Days
Hi, it’s Roxie and I’m still here. Now, some of you probably thought I’d died or worse, that I’d run out of things to say. Rest assured, I’m full of things to say. I just haven’t been able to get any computer time around this place. Mom and Dad have been in and out for … More Roxie D. aka “The Other Cat” Feeling the Burn
Charley and I spent the last few days in the Berkshires marketing my latest book, The Pacas Are Coming! ZuZu and the Crias and delivering more copies of A Berkshire Tale to the vendors. The Berkshire Botanical Garden is one of those lovely places which carries my books and it is the setting in A Berkshire Tale for the … More Daylilies
“I was raised to be charming, not sincere,” This is one of my favorite quotes from Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods. It’s Prince Charming’s rational explanation to Cinderella when she finds out he’s a cad. Ah, the fairy tales of my youth! So many subtle messages sent to guide me on my way through life; through … More On Expecting Princes To Be Charming
I’m a late bloomer. Very late! At age 65, I wrote a story featuring a tabby kitten named ZuZu, born in a barn at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. I liked it so much I wrote more stories set in the Berkshires and added in lots of farm animals and an … More Claremary P. Sweeney, RI’s Late-Blooming Author
Meow! Roxie here. Before you continue, Gentle Reader, I need to warn you: this post is not for everyone. If you have an uncontrollable gag reflex, if you’re squeamish, if you tend to get queasy easily, I strongly suggest you wait to read this on an empty stomach. What I have to tell you is … More My Little Sister Eats Bugs!
Within the ten stories of A Berkshire Tale, ZuZu is constantly amazed by the world around her. During her first year, the tiny tabby encounters many new people on her adventures with her buddy, Nick. Sometimes, she can be a bit overwhelmed and can’t seem to decide if it’s the worst day or the best … More Worst Day, Best Day Ever!
Having written A Berkshire Tale with a kitten, ZuZu, as the main character (ZuZu is my own little tabby I rescued from under a barn.), I’ve found whenever I write a post with a feline tag, cat lovers tune in. They are a loyal audience. So, today I’m writing just for them. Often, people who know … More The Other Cat
Today I was sitting waiting to have some X-rays done and the only other person in the room began a conversation with me. Come to find out, she worked with computers and was a blogger. I told her about Blogging 101 and my problem of publishing the first assignment on the Commons Page and she … More Blogging 101- On Screwing up the First Assignment
In early June, Charley and I traveled to Stockbridge to continue marketing A Berkshire Tale. Nestled in a white, wicker, rocking chair on the front porch of the Red Lion Inn was ZuZu’s friend, Simon. I stopped for a moment to give my regards. He blinked an eye to show that he appreciated the head rub … More Simon, The Dalai Lama of Cats