closeup of da-AL kissing her youngest black lab mix


If you enjoy the ideas and sensibility here and on the Happiness Between Tails Podcast, you’ll love my novels once they’re published — “Flamenco and the Sitting Cat” and its sequel, “Tango and the Sitting Cat.” They’re my love letters to all who worry that they’re too odd or old, too damaged or young or whatever, to find happiness alone or with a partner.

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About Me

da-AL with Emmy
My Emmy statuette.

Hi there! I’m da-AL, and since I learned to hold a pencil, I’ve been a writer. My journalism awards include an Emmy (click here for more about that and to watch the documentary) and various cable TV ones. An earlier video was nominated for an Emmy.

One of my short stories was printed in Verdad. Twice I’ve been granted the honor of attending Literary Women Festival of Authors as an “Emerging Author.” Some of my visual artist was featured in “New Directions in Altered Books,” by Gabe Cyr and California State Long Beach’s literary journal, Rip Rap. (Click here to see some of my art.) As a visual artist, some of my art is featured in “New Directions in Altered Books,” by Gabe Cyr and California State Long Beach’s literary journal, Rip Rap.)

Childhood was nomadic, ranging from cities in Spain, to ones across the United States. Throughout, I cherished corresponding with my grandmothers in Buenos Aires and Barcelona, as well as with friends I made along the way.

My Iranian-American husband and I share a passion for world dance, cuisine, music, travel, animals, and literature. My dear lab-mix doggie, with either a toy in her mouth or her chin on my knee, rescues me from brooding over commas for too long.

da-Al with youngest black lab mix
The baby of the family..


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328 thoughts on “Welcome!”

  1. Un petit message pour te souhaiter une bonne journée

    Pour te mettre dans la bonne humeur

    Allez réveille-toi si tu ne l’es encore pas

    En ce jour est l’espoir que quelque chose de merveilleux se produira

    Que ta journée soit belle est ensoleillée

    Pour toi

    Bise Amicale Bernard

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