About: Privacy + Podcast + Engage

Tales of Writing + Books + Compassion + Culture + Wagging Tails = Happiness Between Tails blog & podcast!


Searching for intelligent heartfelt posts about writing, arts, and love by a novelist (tales) that’s fun (happiness) and animal-loving (tails)?

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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My Wedding Henna + The Henna Artist's Bighearted Alka Joshi on Saris Happiness Between Tails

#Authors #Writing #India #Pro-Choice #WomensRights #DressCodes “The Henna Artist,” by Alka Joshi is as big-hearted as the novelist! Here Alka discusses how today’s professional women of India handle dress codes. Are dress codes unbiased where you work? Got questions, thoughts, and/or experiences to share about writing and publishing? Record them on my Anchor by Spotify page — or comment at HappinessBetweenTails.com — or email me. Like what you hear? Buy me a coffee. buymeacoffee.com/SupportHBT Time Stamps (where segments begin): HBT introduction Today’s topic and about today’s guest 1:05 Alka Joshi discusses the wearing of saris in India My question for you and episode outro HBT outro Links used for the HBT blog post of this episode: Original blog post for this episode. Alka Joshi's website and Youtube channel. About the books I'm writing. Chris Miller, the super-talented photographer and her Instagram. Photos available at the HBT post for this show: Book cover of “The Henna Artist,” by Alka Joshi. Photos of me, da-AL, with henna tattoos for my wedding. Alka’s photos from Ansal University, just outside of New Delhi: Gurgaon's news bulletin board, students, architecture staff. Alka’s photo of an architect wearing a sari. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/depe9/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/depe9/support

About Me: da-AL

da-AL with Emmy
My Emmy statuette.

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.”

Since I learned to hold a pencil, I’ve been a writer. My journalism awards include an Emmy (more about that and the video h-e-r-e) and various cable TV ones.

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. (See some of my art h-e-r-e.)

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.)

Some of my childhood was spent in parts of Spain, much of my school years between U.S. coasts. Throughout, I was thrilled to exchange letters with my grandmothers in Argentina and Spain, as well as penpals from the schools I left behind.

My Iranian-American husband and I share a passion for world dance, cuisine, music, travel, animals, and literature. The charming lab-mix dog in the photo keeps me from sitting too long and brooding over commas.

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


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317 thoughts on “About: Privacy + Podcast + Engage

  1. ryinger77 October 24, 2022 / 6:55 am

    I’ve “seen” you at Annie’s. I’m looking forward to some exploration. Did you ever wonder at the 3D picture a dog’s nose paints in it’s brain?

    Liked by 1 person

    • da-AL October 27, 2022 / 9:43 am

      hi there, ryinger77 🙂 definitely dogs have superpowers that we humans don’t fully appreciate. I lost much of my sense of taste & smell for about a year after I got covid, just before vax came out — to be able to smell is truly a gift


  2. bluebutterfliesandme May 19, 2022 / 5:33 am

    You are very accomplished. I also have a writing blog but I have let it suffer since I started teaching 4 years ago. Thank you for visiting my blog, and I look forward to exploring more of yours.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. molekulka October 21, 2021 / 11:52 am

    Veo que amas mucho a los animales, y los animales son como niños que nos enseñan el amor incondicional y la alegría de vivir. Por eso me permito enviarles mi antiguo pero siempre válido poema, soy un aficionado que escribe sencillos poemas de rima, pero me dan mucha alegría y fluyen directamente de mi corazón. Los he estado escribiendo durante 20 años. y todavía me dan mucha alegría, espero que a ti también esta simple rima te dé un poco de alegría.
    Saludos, Molekułka :)) molekulka Bez kategorii 16 września, 2013 1 Minute


    „Ciesz się jak dziecko”

    Przestań się spieszyć

    Zacznij żyć i życiem się cieszyć

    Ciesz się jak dziecko

    Każdą drobnostką każdą chwileczką

    Bo dziecko najlepiej wie

    Jak każą chwilą życia cieszyć się

    Dzieci są prawdziwe autentyczne

    I właśnie dlatego są takie śliczne

    Niczego nie udają

    Jeszcze żadnych ról nie grają

    Nie oszukują i każde kłamstwo wyczują

    Dorastajmy i bądźmy jak dzieci

    A będziemy najszczęśliwsi na świecie

    I świat szczęśliwy będzie z nami

    Jeżeli dokonać tego zdołamy



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    • da-AL October 10, 2021 / 2:09 pm

      thank you, Jorge 🙂


  4. Mother Wintermoon September 29, 2021 / 6:20 pm

    Keep on living your best life and sharing your adventures with us! Best wishes to you, MW 🙏

    Liked by 1 person

  5. bernard25 January 3, 2021 / 1:10 am


    Que l’année nouvelle soit comme une caresse
    Illuminée par les sourires de ceux que vous aimez
    Que leur gentillesse vous couvre de tendresse
    Année de joie et de plaisirs chaque jour partagés

    Bisous Bernard

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    • da-AL January 3, 2021 / 6:51 pm

      thank you for the kind, poetic wishes, Bernard. wishing same for you & yours 🙂


  6. Jorge Medico January 2, 2021 / 2:33 pm

    You’ve certainly led an interesting life. You have my best wishes in all your writing endeavors. If you ever write a memoir, I would be interested in reading it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • da-AL January 2, 2021 / 4:55 pm

      you are so kind, Jorge — much appreciate the encouragement 🙂


  7. gabychops November 30, 2020 / 11:57 am

    You and your blog are such truly nice ‘happenings’.And your blog makes me feel better after I had read it.

    Thank you.


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