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Travels with Cats now available in paperback

My memoir of the 4,700-mile road trip I took with Sauks and Andy in 2016 is now available on Amazon, both in paperback and on Kindle. If you buy the paperback, the Kindle version is included for free. It includes dozens of maps and photographs, which are in color in the ebook. Travels with Cats…
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Life at the lodge

By Anne Leonard | Dec 13, 2018

Andy and Sauks have been trapped in a single room since Wednesday of last week. This coincides with nine straight days of cooking and cleaning on my part, with one more to go. Andy is getting fat and Sauks and I are getting fatter. That’s the bad news. The good news is I’ve gotten a…

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My first (and hopefully not last) book signing

By Anne Leonard | Dec 2, 2018

Okay, I was nervous. But the ice broke when I stepped outside to take a photo of my name on the venue and talked a couple walking by into buying my book. I sold some books. Saw many photos of other people’s cats. Heard more than a few lovely cat stories, some sad, some uplifting.…

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Gearing up toward that book signing

By Anne Leonard | Nov 29, 2018

I am back in Albuquerque, getting ready to head out for a short hike. Toward that purpose, I booked an Airbnb on the eastern edge of the city. Today, I check into the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town. Took a short walk last night to watch the sun set. Also, fittingly enough given I’m here…

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Holidays in the South

By Anne Leonard | Nov 25, 2018

I’m sitting outside at a Starbucks in Sugar Land, remembering that there are reasons I still love the flat, swampy Texas Gulf Coast, namely its balmy winter weather. After more than four months in the dry, dry Southwest, the humidity — which is unbearable in the summer — feels quite nice. I’m preparing for the…

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Back to the lodge

By Anne Leonard | Nov 18, 2018

How did this happen? How is it duck hunting season already? My landing at Grey Duck was a bit rough. I didn’t get out of Houston until nearly noon, so drove in well after dark. While I learned to drive on unpaved country roads, that was many decades ago and the last four miles were…

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White sand and changeable weather

By Anne Leonard | Oct 26, 2018

When we planned this trip in July we had no idea we would be dodging one of the most intense hurricanes to ever make landfall in the Continental US by no more than a few dozen miles. But we were lucky. Grayton Beach and nearby Seaside were unscathed even though we can see the high…

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Halloween in NOLA

By Anne Leonard | Oct 24, 2018

Our arrival in New Orleans was perfectly planned: A Saturday evening when the city was in full Halloween mode. My sister, friend and I quickly shook off the effects of a long day of travel and hit the town. Dinner at Muriel’s was memorable as always. We followed a wedding party through the quarter and…

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My nomadic life

By Anne Leonard | Oct 22, 2018

Within the past week and a half, I’ve been in Big Bend National Park, visited friends who retired in the Texas Hill County, returned to Houston, visited friends in Waco and returned to Houston again. Now I am on a girls trip. We’ve spent the weekend in New Orleans and are leaving for the Florida…

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Back in Texas — briefly

By Anne Leonard | Oct 7, 2018

I crossed the Texas state line for the first time in four months yesterday, barring a quick two-day flight back in July. I am taking the long road home, staying in Carlsbad but visiting the caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Park. I didn’t plan on going underground and even if I had, the crowds at…

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