{Guest Post with a Ginger Cat} “Home with Henry” by Anne Kaier

Anne Kaier, author of "Home with Henry," guests posts for RedWhiteandGrew.com

Today I’m delighted to guest host author Anne Kaier who has a new book out this summer. If you’d like to purchase a copy of her new book, you are invited to use my Amazon Affiliate link.

I started writing my memoir Home with Henry while my ginger cat Henry still quivered under my bed. He’d been a feral cat. I’d rescued him from sure death on a busy suburban road. As far as I knew, he had little experience of humans. I had no experience of untamed cats. How could I get him to trust me and come out from his hiding place? I kept a journal in small spiral notebooks, noting down each small step in his progress.

Every evening and often at work, I scrawled in a notebook, finding comfort in the physical act of pushing a pen across the lined paper. When I’d finished the daily entry, I’d sprint across the hall to share it with another copywriter, my coworker, Lynn. One morning after Henry had been with me for two weeks and still hid under the bed, I burst into Lynn’s office in our ad department. “Guess what Henry did last night,” I said. “Instead of arching his back, he rested his head on his paws and looked steadily at me.”

“That’s an intimidation technique,” Lynn explained, tapping a pencil against her stylish hairdo. “I don’t think you’re getting very far with this taming business.”

Our conversations went into my notebook, too. Although I don’t, as a rule, keep a journal, this project of taming Henry fascinated me. Perhaps I wanted to encourage myself. Keeping careful, exuberant notes helped. Eventually, my journal filled four spiral notebooks which lay in a drawer for several years. Then an editor at a small Philadelphia publisher offered to publish my tale. My journals, which had to be turned into a book, had the immediacy of a story unfolding since I didn’t know how the story would end as I was keeping the notes. Would Henry stay under the bed forever? Would he find it impossible to get used to human beings and just scuttle around in the spare room for years? When I worked on the book, I had the answers to these questions, but I decided to keep the journal entry format, so the reader would have as much excitement and apprehension as I did while I lived through the events my book described. It took me two rewrites to get the book into shape, to clarify the story line and check the details. But rereading my journal entries and working on the book brought the events of those days vividly to mind. I’d brought a small frightened feral cat home. Very gradually, he stopped hissing and spitting, learned to trust a human being, and revealed his deep and genuine sweetness.

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This post is the first spot on Anne’s tour for her book. Other stops in coming weeks include:

June 30:  https://storycirclenetwork.wordpress.com/

July 1:  http://judyalter.com/

July 2:  http://www.MochasMysteriesMeows.com

July 3:  http://consciouscat.net/

July 4:  http://www.bloodredpencil.com and http://www.marianallen.com

July 5:  http://joyceboatright.blogspot.com/

July 6:  http://maryannwrites.com/

July 7:  http://womensmemoirs.com/

 

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{KLRN Virtual Classroom} How to Use PBS Learning Media in a Homeschool Setting

PBS Learning Media is a great resource for homeschool families. Come learn more about it and the KLRN Virtual Classroom project, too.

As you may have read here and here, I’m helping out with a pilot project with KLRN San Antonio.

The gist?

We’re developing a prototype program (“KLRN Virtual Classroom” and #KLRNVirtual) that will better connect homeschoolers with PBS’s vast array of educational resources. (If you’d like to share your ideas on what we can do to serve homeschool families, you can participate in this survey, which closes on Monday, June 8, 2015.)

I’m working on the team as a Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF) board member. When I told some of my GHF blog friends about the project, vlogger Doresa Jen said she’d whip up a short YouTube video explaining how she uses PBS Learning Media with her homeschool kiddos. And that’s just what she did!

Take a look at Doresa’s video, share your thoughts in comments, and be sure to pass along her video link along to your homeschool friends.

P.S. For more on the #KLRNVirtual project, be sure to look for the hashtag on Twitter. (Look me up over there, too: @RedWhiteandGrew.)

P.P.S. Look for an announcement here soon about my new book, on bullying and gifted/2e families, due later this summer from GHF Press! (You’ll see Doresa’s name mentioned in it, too.)

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