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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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Eating Indian in London

By Anne Leonard | Dec 18, 2012

“I just don’t want anything with too much curry.” Susan and I had been on the road together for ten days with nary a single cross word, but she wasn’t amused when I joked, perhaps a bit harshly, “Oh, just get over it.” Nonetheless, she did in the end “get over it,” declaring all the…

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Time to start blogging

By Anne Leonard | Dec 5, 2012

Okay, way past time to get serious about this blog. Last week I walked into one of my homes away from home, Twin Gables ( in Calgary, where old-friend Henry urged me to do so. His wife Deirdre had kept my return after more than a year’s absence a secret and he was stunned to…

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Not Raining in Dublin

By Anne Leonard | Jul 5, 2012

July 5, 2012. Ward, Arkansas. Ah, summer in the South. One hundred and five degrees and counting. Huddled indoors in AC. Niece Ariel is Skyping with her Irish boyfriend. Seems it’s not raining in Dublin today. This is the most relaxed I’ve been in a long time as I know that I don’t have to…

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June in Houston

By Anne Leonard | Jun 21, 2012

June 21. This most divine month in northern climates is perhaps my least favorite here. While July and August are hotter, June tends to be steamier. In addition, I’m not yet used to the heat and there’s no end in sight. That said, this June has been rainy, keeping the temperature down some. Today I…

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April 30, 2012: Vanderpool

By Anne Leonard | Apr 30, 2012

How quickly my little corner of paradise has turned into a chamber of horrors, and this coming from someone who grew up on a farm and loves to camp. In fact, the only reason I’m not camping is because this holiday is devoted to finishing up the book. I’m actually somewhere between Vanderpool and Leakey.…

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April 19, 2012

By Anne Leonard | Apr 20, 2012

Last night I picked up The New York Times Magazine, which had been sitting on my kitchen table since Sunday. I planned on reading the cover piece on LBJ biographer Robert Caro, but instead stumbled across a more titillating Texas-related article on the upcoming movie “Bernie.” I had forgotten that my 1997 visit to Carthage…

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April 13, 2012

By Anne Leonard | Apr 13, 2012

  Friday the 13th musings. I’m not terribly superstitious. This is perhaps best illustrated in that it occurs to me just now that not only did 2009 have two Fridays the 13th, but we lost Sammy on the first one, which put Mike into a deadly downward spiral; he was gone by the second. This…

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April 10

By Anne Leonard | Apr 10, 2012

When I am on the road, as I frequently am, I never wake up lost and confused. Rather, this happens to me only when I get back home. Maybe that’s because I finally go to sleep without consciously taking note of my surroundings first. Anyway, last night I awoke thinking I was still at the…

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April 6, 2012

By Anne Leonard | Apr 6, 2012

Back home in Houston at long last. Hard to believe it was just a week ago today I was in Amboseli National Park at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. Other than the mountain hovering like a bank of thunderclouds, my first impression of the park was the dust devils, which begin to rise in the…

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