Welcome! Start Here

Love reading and writing? Searching for intelligent writing that’s heartfelt (tails), 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 novels once they’re published — “Flamenco & the Sitting Cat” and its sequel, “Tango & the Sitting Cat”. I absolutely adore reading and they’re the sorts of books I love. They’re my one huge 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.

Before I became a novelist, I was a reporter for cable TV, radio, and print, as well 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 an Emmy.

My childhood was spent between U.S. coasts and parts of Spain while I corresponded with my grandmother in Argentina. My Iranian-American husband and I share a passion for world dance, cuisine, music, travel, and literature. The charming lab-mix dog in the photo keeps me from sitting too long at these keys.

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


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266 thoughts on “Welcome! Start Here

  1. da-AL, What a great website…you are about so much here! You book! Your dogs! And more!!! I can feel your energy here!!! I must look around more! I found you by your “Like” on my comment on JoytotheWorld!!! ….where I typed MY OWN website incorrectly! It is excuseusforliving.com “Try it! You’ll like it!” Phil

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    • Phil, you are so kind! Indeed, your site is wonderful — & you cover quite a lot there too. All the blogging advice I read says we should specialize, but it’s difficult to do when there are so many fun things to discuss!

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      • da-AL, Thanks for the nice reaction to my website! The advice to specialize our websites is a good general rule if the number of viewers/stats is our objective. However, when I started my website in January 2012 my objective was not to be pigeon-holed & to write about anything I wanted to. I very quickly realized that to write on political topics immediately alienated 50% of the population in the USA. So my political stuff is limited to public policy where my liberal Democratic viewpoint becomes no secret. And so in the right margin on my website at the bottom, the topics range from humor to books to history to economic policy to PASTA recipes & more!!! But from a post every two weeks, I went to every three weeks, to once a month & now once every other month. Each post, start to finish, takes me 12 hours. I now find it a burden in the balance of my life with other priorities. And yet it has been such a joy & I have learned so much & met so many people like you! Some amazing things have come out of it….editing two poetry books in English by a Dutch author & meeting her for lunch in 2016 with my wife in Amsterdam at the start of a Rhine river cruise. And it all started with my first post which was really a newspaper column/commentary that I wrote & was published in a New Jersey newspaper. I hope you found this interesting talk. Thanks for listening! And thanks for the “Like” on my “8th PastaPost” & your comment! Phil

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  2. You have a lovely smile! Thanks for visiting my blog recently. I go through life one day at a time with no guarantee that there will be another one coming. They are all gifts.

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