By Cal Orey I just watched "Nomadland." I dedicate this real-life blog post to a sad person who labeled me as a nondescript "cookbook writer." Little did this individual know that my home library (in the living room, dining room, and study) is filled to the brim with thousands and thousands of my published articles (countless ones were cover stories) in past and present major magazines, which were penned over 30 years. Also, I am the versatile author of more than 20 books (different editions; translated in more than 30 languages; in hundreds of libraries worldwide); and two dozen small books (mini mags to digests)...
Also, in the Healing Powers series, travelogues are in all nine "cookbooks" infused with lots of complexity and empathy -- and lively legends to anecdotes. And for the record, I write and have written about health, science, Earth changes, pets, relationships, romance and sex stories, and travel -- and so much more. And yes, I, too, was a nomad along with man's best friend. I do wonder why in the film that the protagonist didn't adopt the sweet, abandoned canine. To me, despite this film being award-winning, I feel both the character and dog lost and didn't win. Here's why.“
|On the road in my 20s I always traveled with a|
canine companion -- across America and
Today, I viewed an article about the rise of homelessness around our country during a pandemic. It brought me back to the past when I was a journalist hired by a publication to go out into the field and interview homeless pets and their people on the streets of San Francisco. The men and women I met left a "paw print" on my spirit and heart for years to come. After all, back in the Seventies, I was a hippie hitchhiker--but in reality a homeless girl with her dog-- roaming across America and Canada. And this topic is timeless around the globe.
Statistics prove pets and their people who are homeless, ill or financially destitute are far too common on the streets of San Francisco today. In the Bay Area, there were an estimated 46,000 homeless in 1988. How many own pets? No one knows for sure. But you can bet it’s a lot.