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 at my blog and on the Happiness Between Tails Podcast, you’ll love my 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 love letters to all who worry that they’re too odd, too damaged, too old, 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.

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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I do my best to publish something new around the middle 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 is surely an oversight.

313 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. 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


    Ciesz się jak dziecko

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    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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