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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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Sunset at the lodge

By Anne Leonard | Jan 24, 2018

Just a photo essay on watching the sunset at the lodge. The hunters were so close, we not only heard the gunfire but saw ducks fall out of the sky followed by a splash. ‘Cover photo’ is Sauks watching the action.

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My life as a cook

By Anne Leonard | Jan 20, 2018

We are now into our final 10-day stretch of hunters at Grey Duck Landing. I have started a half dozen blogs only to quit at a loss to say anything interesting. Perhaps the most grist for storytelling was some sort of plague that swept through the lodge weekend before that, but I really doubted anyone…

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A New Year Full Moon

By Anne Leonard | Jan 1, 2018

And according to the Internet, it is a super moon and will be the largest of 2018. I’m guessing it will also be the coldest. A week ago I was sunning on the beach in Florida, three days ago packing up my summer clothes for a few months, two days ago taking down the Christmas…

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My kind of White Christmas

By Anne Leonard | Dec 22, 2017

I have no idea what happened to that kid growing up in Nebraska, let alone the woman living in Colorado, who prayed for snow every Christmas. This is my ninth Christmas on the Florida Gulf Coast and the fifth on Anna Maria Island specifically. White sand, stunning sunsets, fresh fish and white wine at the…

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Flying with Dogs

By Anne Leonard | Dec 15, 2017

Made my way back and forth between the hunting lodge and home this week via United Airlines. On the way to Houston on Sunday, I was upgraded to business class. The woman next to me had the most adorable little dog, Max. When we landed, she zipped up his backpack and walked up the jetway…

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A cat’s tail

By Anne Leonard | Dec 8, 2017

Well, just when I think I’ve seen it all when it comes to prying a cat out of a hotel room, I have a new adventure. Yesterday morning, Sauks crawled up into the box springs of my lovely four-poster bed. The muslin covering provided a pretty nice hammock and he knew damn well I wouldn’t…

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Christmas in Houston

By Anne Leonard | Dec 3, 2017

All the windows are open in my house, with the scent and sound of a warm soft rain drifting in. I’ve been back in Sugar Land for nearly a week and now remember why I still call the greater Houston area home. Yes, it is a buggy swamp with some of the worst weather imaginable…

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Flying to Stuttgart

By Anne Leonard | Nov 20, 2017

Okay, that’s Stuttgart, Arkansas, not the city in Germany. But it was a lovely flight (all 10 minutes or so) and I got a duck’s eye view of the lodge. It was my reward for driving our hunters’ private pilots to the Brinkley airstrip so they could fly to Stuttgart to refuel. It was a…

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Wings and White Trash

By Anne Leonard | Nov 18, 2017

Sitting on the porch of Grey Duck Landing, a smoker at my back handling the stuffed pork loin, the one in the front the chicken wings. More hunters and dogs here than I count, and they are a hungry crowd. The wings have become a favorite, but even more anticipated is the Oreo Cookie Dessert.…

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