Tales of Writing + Books + Compassion + Culture + Wagging Tails

Love reading and writing? Searching for intelligent writing that’s heartfelt (tales), fun, and often animal-loving (happiness and tails)? You’re in the right place!

If you enjoy the ideas and sensibility here, you’ll love my podcasts and novels once they’re published — “Flamenco & the Sitting Cat” and its sequel, “Tango & the Sitting Cat.” I adore reading, and they’re the kinds of stories that I seek out. They’re my colossal love letter to all who worry that they’re too old, too damaged, or too whatever to find love and happiness with or without a partner.

About da-AL

da-AL with Emmy
My Emmy statuette.

One of my short stories was printed in Verdad, a literary magazine of Long Beach City College. When I took a short story class there and one at Golden West College (both in California), twice I was granted the honor of attending Literary Women Festival of Authors as each college’s “Emerging Author.”

My journalism awards include an Emmy, plus various cable TV ones. I’ve always been a writer, starting as a reporter for TV, radio, and print.

In the role of visual artist, I’ve been featured in “New Directions in Altered Books,” by Gabe Cyr and California State Long Beach’s literary journal, Rip Rap.

Before becoming a novelist and blogger, I was a reporter for TV, radio, and print. 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.) My journalism awards include several for cable TV and an Emmy.

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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I do my best to publish something new around the middle-ish of every week. Your comments are dear to me, so if I haven’t replied to you within a week, my apologies in advance for what’s surely an oversight.

304 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Hi there, I had read some of your posts and I pretty much liked the way you express through your writing. Well, I also started some writing work myself, I am not a traveler, I am just a guy who collects facts, cover stories, and try to deliver an article using them. So please support me and show some love.
    Here it is:- https://heregrab.blogspot.com/
    Check it out you won’t regret it, till now I had covered some crazy topics.


  2. Thank you for visiting My Blog and Following me , You have a beautiful blog and great life i wish you all the great things to happen with you in the future !!!


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    • You are sweet to hunt long enough to find it as well as to ask about my book. It isn’t published yet – I’m gathering a following of folks I hope will be interested in it while I finish editing it — will keep everyone posted. 🙂

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    Chaque jour quelque soit l’heure
    J’allume mon ordinateur
    Ce n’est qu’une petite boîte rectangulaire
    Parfois elle me fais râlé
    Parce qu’elle me fait attendre
    Pourtant elle a le cœur tendre
    Elle t’envoie mes courriers
    Sans jamais se fatiguer
    Elle affiche mes mots
    Sans jamais me dire si c’est trop
    Elle transporte mes images
    Qu’elle affiche sur tes pages

    Maintenant encore
    Elle t’envoie un bisou de ma part
    Te souhaite une très très belle journée
    Profite bien

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