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I have been racking my brain to come up with a recipe I haven’t already written up in the newsletter, but nothing I can think of feels inspired. So, what I’d like to do in leu of this month’s recipe … Read More
Adventures in Animal Communication (And also, how characters are created.)
Most of the time, when I communicate telepathically with a client’s animal, I use a method called “remote communication.” In other words, I’m not in the same place (or even the same zip code, usually) with the animal. I ask … Read More
What Cats and Dogs Teach Us about Love
Memes and myths abound about the differences in dogs and cats: Dogs are faithful companions; cats are aloof. Dogs have masters; cats have servants. Dogs are forgiving; cats hold a grudge forever. While some trends may hold true within a … Read More
Decision Making with Spirit Guides
Have you ever been STUCK, afraid to make decisions because they might end up being the wrong ones? I’ve been there. If you haven’t, you’re lucky, because it’s easier than you might think to slip into a perpetual state of … Read More
Why Dogs Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions
Animals are great at leading by example. They listen to their bodies, follow the natural rhythms of the earth and its seasons, and don’t apologize for being themselves. When they’re tired, they nap. When they feel energized, they get the … Read More
Quick Easy Scones
In New Zealand, scones are a thing. (Actually, scones withcoffee or tea are a thing here.) I haven’t tried this recipe, because wehaven’t been anywhere that had the facilities to cook them. Give it a try andlet me know … Read More
A Few of My Favorite Things (Holiday Gift Ideas)
I haven’t done one scrap of holiday shopping yet, and it’s so unlike me! I’m usually finished by now. But we’ve been so busy, there hasn’t been time. If you’re in the same boat and could use a few good … Read More
Conversation with a Cute Critter (of Some Sort)
On a road trip in which I’m the passenger, I can be blind to a cool car, a tall building, or a sign the size of a barn. But if there’s a critter of any sort on the side of … Read More
Miss Shelley’s Famous Key Lime Pie
Hans and I have been traveling quite a bit lately, and that includes lots of time sitting next to each other in the car. On one of these trips, we were sparring as we sometimes do, and he said … Read More
Howling in Harmony
Whenever we leave the house—or come back after being away—our dogs serenade us with the most beautiful howls you’ve ever heard. Fred sings bass with his mournful-sounding howls, and Jed and provides percussion with his rhythmic woof, woof, woof, woof. … Read More
Giving up on Perfection (or at least, trying to)
I don’t know if y’all noticed, but in last month’s newsletter, some unnecessary commas snuck in. I knew it. I saw them. I even told my newsletter/website guru who formats and posts these things for me that I’d found a … Read More
Dogs and Rats Disagree about Time Management
Whenever anyone asks how I’m doing these days, my answer is always, “I’m as busy as a rat.” Let’s contrast that to a similar statement that I never use: “I’m working like a dog.” Rats are always busy. Whether it’s … Read More
Conversation with an Alligator
One reason it’s important for writers to do more than write, is that going out into the world gives us ideas. Fodder. Grist for the mill. And you never know when off time will lead to inspiration. This is one … Read More
Energy Healer Spotlight – Roxanne Perillo
Roxanne Perillo Shamanic Practitioner and Reiki Master I regularly do energy healing for my clients (both animal and human). But in the same way that the cobbler and their kids often go barefoot, energy healers are liable to neglect their … Read More
Apple, Carrot, and Raisin Salad
My mom used to make this all the time; it’s a familiar comfort food from my childhood. (She never told me what a healthy food it was!) It’s so easy to make. Here’s all you need: 4 or five medium-sized … Read More
Conversation with a Chicken-Chasing Dog
When Hans and I were out of town recently, the dogs’ schedules were disrupted because while we had house-sitting help, it wasn’t possible for the dogs to go in-and-out-and-in-and-out quite as often as they were used to doing. This meant … Read More
It’s Not You, It’s Me – or, Some Animals Just Want to be Left Alone
I’ve always been an animal lover, and along with that came a certain amount of do-gooder mentality. Before I accepted my animal communication abilities, I felt compelled to pick up every stray I saw and help them get back home. … Read More
Conversation with a Big-City Raccoon
Hans and I went to Canada recently. The first morning in Toronto, we had coffee in the Chelsea Hotel’s courtyard. The area was very urban, so imagine my surprise when a raccoon strolled across the courtyard like he owned the … Read More
I’ve been making my own Kombucha for years, and it’s usually better than any you can buy in a store. Plus, the store-bought Kombucha is expensive while mine’s close-to free. Kombucha scobys multiply, and I always keep a scoby hotel … Read More
Conversation with a Lost Snake Who Just Wanted to Go Home
It’s been raining a lot here. Gully-washers pour down for hours just about every day. The snakes that live in the swamp between our neighborhood and the railroad tracks get flooded out of their homes and move uphill, finding themselves … Read More
Conversation with a Big Little Mynah Bird
The other two birds who live on Natalie’s lanai are the pigeons she is raising. I asked what he thought of them. “They’re my friends. They want me to be with them. They love me.” A couple of doves come … Read More
Conversation with Two Baby Pigeons
Our daughter Natalie brought two orphaned baby pigeons home to her apartment. They hardly had any feathers at first, but after a lot of hand-feeding and a little TLC, they finally began to look like themselves. One’s all white, and … Read More
Why Do Dogs Chew on Things?
As an animal communicator, I get this question on a regular basis: Q: My dog chews on things. It seems almost neurotic. She is showing me an image of her tearing up a T-shirt. Her primary emotions when she does … Read More
Animal Communicator Spotlight – Shannon Cutts
A few weeks ago, I met a new friend who’s an animal communicator, blogger, and vlogger (a new word I’ve had to learn). She contacted me to see if I’d like to be a guest on her blog/vlog, and when … Read More
Conversation with a Firefly
Every summer evening when I was a kid, fireflies made our backyard sparkle like Christmas twinkle-lights against the black velvet darkness. As magical as faeries flitting through the humid night sky, the fireflies brought the stars above within reach, tying … Read More
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What to Do When They Just Won’t Stop
A while back, I was contacted by a client who had brought a new cat into her home, and it wasn’t long before all of her cats started peeing everywhere. Unfortunately, sometimes that’s all it takes. One cat becomes the … Read More
Does Peeing Always = Pissed-Off?
Cats are notorious for peeing outside the litter box. It’s the number one reason I’m asked to talk with someone’s cats. To us humans, it seems like such a deliberately spiteful act. We give them a litter box, we keep … Read More
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Babette’s animal communication abilities and love of romance writing come full circle in a new series from Sourcebooks, Welcome to Magnolia Bay: a romance series with an animal communication twist. Her debut novel, Angel Falls, won the Aspen Gold Reader’s Choice Award, the New England Reader’s Choice Award, and the Vixen Award for the best love scene.
Telepathic animal communicator, increasing understanding between humans and their animal companions, and helping to achieve harmony in a multi-species household. Animal communication, counseling, and healing sessions are available.
Reiki Master, Body Talk Practitioner, trained in Matrix Energetics, and more. Energy healing for animals and humans can make anything better, whether the problem is physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or situational.
Animal communicator, romance author, teacher of animal communication, fiction writing, and more.
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