This message from my friend Donnie Kanter Winokur: About.com (a New York Times Company) has chosen our new book, Nuzzle - love between a boy and his service dog, about Chancer and Iyal, as one of the finalists in this year's Award for Favorite New Special Needs Children's Book. Please help us move our issue forward and have 2012 be the year that FASD is seen and heard as well as Autism. So many individuals living with FASD are also challenged by Autism...but they may never receive the appropriate supports and services if FASD is never considered as part of their experience. Right now, the autism books are "ahead" in the voting process. You can click on this link to vote for Nuzzle every day through March 21st. Your votes will also help our story remain the #1 most emailed article in The New York Times in the last 30 days which will promote the awareness of FASDs. By forwarding this to your friends and family, posting it on facebook - we can connect the dots between "The Wonder Dog" story and Nuzzle - which is written through Chancer's voice. Thanks in advance for your help. Donnie and family http://specialchildren.about.com/b/2012/02/22/vote-for-favorite-new-special-needs-childrens-book.htm
Monday morning, my brother, David Crook, friend Martha Retallick, and I, went to the Phoenix Zoo. We had a wonderful time. Retallick recently published a book, Bike-tography. "When I was in my early twenties," she says, "I set the goal of bicycling through all 50 of the United States. I accomplished this over a twelve-year period, traveling more than 15,000 miles in the United States, plus a bit of Mexico and Canada." These days she lives in Tucson, where bicycling is a huge culture, and she covers many events, bicycle and other, by using her bike as transportation. I'd hoped to show her the Komodo Dragons, but they weren't visible, so we went off to see what else we could find. We discovered lots of little creatures in the first part of our trip, since only one elephant was visible and it stayed near the shelter. We finally got to the area where the giraffes lived, which is always fun. Martha hiked around that area while David and I grabbed a hamburger. We stopped to enjoy the brilliant, beautiful koi, then headed back for Peoria.