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About Linda Bittle
Linda Bittle grew up (mostly) in rural Missouri where she developed a love of nature, books, and history. Being a responsible adult, she's held jobs as diverse as nurse's aide, hospital storeroom clerk, hospital nutrition services clerk, craft store salesperson, bookkeeper and business manager for several small businesses and a nationally known non-profit outdoor education school, daycare cook, and elementary school custodian.
Finding herself divorced in midlife, she decided to pursue her passions. She's a 2007 graduate of the Anake Program at Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, Washington, and a 2009 graduate of their Wildlife Tracking Intensive. Her class project on domestic dog tracks led to an opportunity to speak at the 2011 International Society of Professional Trackers conference. In 2013, she earned a Level III certification in Track & Sign from CyberTracker Conservation. She is beginning to share that journey on her blog, This Is Not Where I Thought I Was Going. You can read it at https://lindabittle.com/
Linda is a Pro Staff member at ReelCamo Girl (https://reelcamogirl.com/), a Street Team member at The Grow Network (https://thegrownetwork.com/), and an Associate Member of Western Writers of America (https://westernwriters.org/).
She is a past board member and officer of the Duvall, WA Friends of the Library, and a former board member of the Council Valley Heritage Festival. She volunteers with women’s outdoor events and with youth programs at churches and other programs.
After living in western Washington and rural Idaho for 15 years, Linda has returned to her home state of Missouri to be near family. She shares her home in the Ozarks with 2 formerly stray cats – one of which moved with her from Idaho.
For fun she tracks animals, hikes on local trails, gardens, creates crafty things, practices kitchen table herbalism, writes, and reads at least 2 books a week. She teaches short classes on gratitude journaling, pine needle basket making, embroidery and sewing, making fruit cordials, making friends with the Instant Pot, and - of course - wildlife tracking.
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Maybe you should even do a news cleanse for a few days! Hide under the covers and read these stories instead. Or read a chapter a day, or a story a day for 101 days. These pages contain the antidote to whatever is troubling you. They will definitely put you in a good mood.
No one is safe from our writers— from spouses to parents to children to colleagues and friends. And of course the funniest of all are the stories they tell about their own mishaps and those “most embarrassing moments.” There’s no holding anything back in these pages, so prepare for lots of good, clean (and not so clean) fun.
The gifts of gratitude described inside include the subjects of children, pets, nature, travel and, in one case, mushrooms. We also list our favorite causes we support.
And we are pleased to share the results with you in this book celebrating gratitude: the inspirational essays, narratives and insights. The intention of this book is to empower and uplift you, too, to notice what's around you and give appreciation.
Thank you for reading—and celebrating—gratitude!
Contributors include Martin Salama, Holly R. Fitzpatrick, Rich Liotta, Crystal Rector, LaVerne M. Byrd, Katherine Cobb, Carol Brusegar, Irena Kay, Rick Binder, Rebecca Brown, Patti Smith, Jen DG, Linda Bittle, Shona Battersby, Ruth McGarry, Uranchimeg (Urna) Belanger, Roberta Gold, Bill McCarthy, Kerri McManus, and Asha Khalil.
Also Judi G. Reid, Gwyn Goodrow, Joe Raab, Veronica Hollingsworth, Nikki Brown, Anne M. Skinner, Susan P. Sloan, Daphne Bach Greer, Fiona-Louise, Grace Kusta Nasralla, Merwyn Evans, Lisa S. Campbell, Dr. Ola B. Madsen, Carol Trant Dean, Connie Ragen Green, and Heidi Miller-Ford.
Also Marcelle della Faille, Carol Stockall, Michelle Francik, Michelle Barrial, Mary Anne Strange, Paula S. Webb, Norma Bonner Elmore, Ruben J. Rocha, Linda Faulk, Leasha West, Maxiann Forbes, Shari-Jayne Boda, Ellen Watts, Diana Bianchi, and Lorrie M. Nixon.
Also Charlisa E. Delancy-Cash, Carol Caffey, Barbara Watson, Nancy J. Haberstich, Mary Duggan, Rachel A. Kowalski, Joel Bloom, Carla Parvin, LC Plaunt, Steve Sponseller, Diane Kurzava, Holly Pitas, Corynne Stickley, Tara Kachaturoff, Mary Choo, Letitia Hicks, Karen Hannon, Susan Hayes, Debbie Bolton, Metka Lebar, Rocky Henriques, Donna Mogan, Bonita Bandaries, and Maria E Davis.
Also Gregory Hoffmaster, La Wanna G. Parker, Alberta Fredricksen, Dawn Rafferty, Margy Lang, Robyn MacKillop, Audrey Berry, Caroline Ravelo, Brenda Lanigan, Taeko Hayatsu, Clay Morgan, Ingrid Cook, Peggy Lee Hanson, Donna Burgher, LuWanda Ford, Tonia Sample, Julaina Kleist-Corwin, Kit Rosato, and Cherry-Ann Carew.
Also Adrienne Dupree, Anne Domagala, Warren L. Henderson, Jr., Ruth Strebe, Katie De Souza, Gabby De Souza, Suzanne Cousins, Melissa Ellen Penn, J. Russell Burck, Louise Lavergne, and Katrina Oko-Odoi.
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We are pleased to share the results with you in this book celebrating love: the inspirational essays, narratives and insights. The pieces range from the hilarious to the poignant. If you have loved a pet, you're sure to love this book.
Thank you for reading—and celebrating—our pets!
Contributing authors include Gregory Paul Hoffmaster, Teresa A. Castleman, Jewelle Colwell Boldt, Patti Bakewell, Bridget McQueen, Diana Bianchi, Joy Harris, Rich Liotta, Ph.D., Donna Burgher, Darlene Frank, Beth Munro, Mary Alice Long and Nancy J. Haberstich.
Also Tina Nies, Teresa Christian, Barbara A. Johnson, Robyn MacKillop, Don Wall, Dona C. Murphy, Lauren A. Ebbecke, Kathryn Jingling, Chineme Noke, Holly Pitas, Mary Choo, Susan J Walklate, Sarah-Jane Watson, Carol Anne Cooper, Laura Ostrem, Nikki Brown, Donna L Martin, Morgine Jurdan, Lorrie M. Nixon, Maria Falcon, Crystal Rector, Ron Forte, Dragana Dj. Jeremic, John Goodrow, Joe Raab, Elicia Jenson, Angela Boothroyd, Lizbeth Thomas, Mari Kennedy, and Georgia R. Day.
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Take them in and think about this question, too: What does independence mean to you?
Thank you to our contributing authors, listed below:
Paula S. Webb
Ruben J. Rocha
Carol Anne Cooper
Marcelle della Faille
John A. Williams
Cody Dakota Wooten
Donna L. Martin
Jason Wright Downs
Connie Ragen Green
Harold K. Thompkins
Marie A. Levy
Melissa Ellen Penn
Tara Alexandra Kachaturoff
Irena Kay, MD
Christine L. Cunningham
Holly R. Fitzpatrick
Angela I Schutz
Lorrie M. Nixon
Carol Stockall MD
Lori R. Winslow
Dixie L. Thompson
Michael Bimbo Ojelabi
Warren L. Henderson, Jr.
Cheryl A Major
Norma Bonner Elmore
Daphne Bach Greer
Susan J Walklate
Judi G. Reid
Shirley J. Noah
Melanie G. Robinson
Sharon G Teed
Eszter Molnar Mills
Nancy Lee Bentley
Charlisa E. Delancy
Melisse L Campbell
Joanna Lynn Faulk
Peggy Lee Hanson
Phillip D. Woolfolk
Katie De Souza
Mary Alice Long
Michael E. Bourland