Monday, September 17, 2012


The best part of my week was meeting Mario Borrego and his service dog, Sierra. Mario, a Navy veteran who served two tours in Iraq, suffers from PTSD. I had the privilege of meeting Mario and Sierra at the Wilson Creek Winery which hosted the luau. Money from the event was donated to The Canine Support Team, an organization which raises and trains dogs for service and therapy  work.
The Canine Support Team awarded Sierra to Mario only five weeks ago and already Mario lauds the dog’s services and that he has been able to cut back on the medications he takes for his PTSD.

Mario and Sierra,..a veteran and his American Service Dog, a team for life..

Sierra, Mario Borrego's service dog, greets one of the youngest Luau participants.

This is Penolope, need I say more?

The Glen Avon Library in Jurupa Valley, Riverside County 
The Book Fair at the Glen Avon Library was well attended by local authors exhibiting their books as well as nearby residents who came to meet the authors. The Friends of the Library knew how to host an event. A lunch bag from Subway Sandwiches was a delightful surprise as well as many homemade goodies, cookies, carrot and lemon cakes served with coffee and iced tea. I was treated so well I offered to perform one of my workshops in the future.

Only one half of Kay Murphy can be seen. (Sorry Kay) Her books, TAINTED LEGACY and her newest, THE DOGS WHO SAVE ME  sold well at the fair. Kay and Lynne who sat on either side of me were teachers for the Jurupa Valley School District.

Terry Lee Marzell author of "Chalkboard Champions"  penned  stories that are inspiring and motivational of dedicated and gifted teachers working with disadvantaged students.
Lynne Spreen proudly presents her first book, Dakota Blues.

Vickie Hitt displays her art alongside her husband ,author, Jim Hitt.

This week is filled as well with a speaking engagement at the Lioness' Club meeting on Thursday night, Sept. 20th at 6pm. and a workshop on story structure at the Inland Empire California Writers Club meeting at the Ovitt Ontario Library in Ontario on Saturday at 10am Sept. 22. Everyone is welcome to attend whether you are a member or not.
Oh, yes and Sportster and I will be grooming dogs at the Canine Beauty Salon, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Have a great week!


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