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Reading today's guest column made me cry. Such an honest and loving person, author Kristin von Kreisler reminded me of one of the things in life that's so important to me.
You'll enjoy her column. Don't miss it. It will make a difference in your day. Kristin has goodies for readers today, too: a guest column, a sample read from her new book An Unexpected Grace and she's giving away 20 copies of the book to readers. For a chance to win, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Be sure to include your mailing address in case you win.)
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Welcome Kristin von Kreisler...
Readers often ask why I write about animals, and the truth is that there's no way I could not write about them. I was born on October 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, and I have always been supremely sensitive to creatures. My father took me as a child to western movies; and when cowboys dug their spurs in horses' sides, I cried so hard that he had to take me to the lobby. During a drought in Texas, where I grew up, I worried the whole summer after third grade about the thirsty deer, raccoons, and squirrels. All my life I rescued dogs and kitties.
As an adult, I became a freelancer for magazines but never thought of writing about animals. Then I had an accident and injured four disks in my spine. Unable to work for months, I lay on my office sofa with Beatrice, my beloved beagle, loyally cuddled up beside me, and I didn't know if I'd ever be pain-free enough to write again.
When your career is hanging in the balance like that, you do some serious thinking. And I slowly realized that I'd been frittering away my life, writing about subjects that had meant nothing to me--and I'd left my heart behind in the dust. I wondered, what's the meaning of my life? Beatrice reminded me that, no matter our species, meaning comes by loving and helping others. One day it occurred to me that I had always loved animals more than anything--so I should write about them and try to improve their lives.
I vowed that if I were ever strong enough to work again, I'd align my heart with my career. And that's what I've done in articles, nonfiction books, and a novel. I've tried to show how worthy animals are, how important they can be to us, how much they have to teach. Every morning I get out of bed, knowing I'll work for something bigger than myself, and trying to give back to the world the love and kindness that animals have given me.
--Kristin von Kreisler
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More About Today's Guest Columnist:
Kristin von Kreisler writes bestselling books and a blog about animals. Her most recent book, An Unexpected Grace, is a novel about a woman and a golden retriever helping each other recover from violence and abuse. Before writing books, Kristin freelanced for magazines and newspapers. To get her stories, she followed a grizzly bear for a week, went hang gliding to see how an eagle felt soaring through the sky, and watched in awe as thousands of bats emerged from a cave like clouds of smoke. Her articles have appeared in anthologies and textbooks and in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Woman's Day, Family Circle, and Reader's Digest, where she was a staff writer. She lives on an island in Washington and watches eagles and seals from her desk.
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