Author Archives: Maria Swan

  • La Postina

    Posted on October 3, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I added the zip code to a letter, paused to give thanks to whoever came up with the idea. Simplifies mail delivery, right? Especially in a big city like Phoenix. Not sure zip codes would matter in my little town in Italy. I don’t know how people in Novale receive mail these days; been gone too […]

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  • Morning delight?

    Posted on September 19, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Today is different, I have to take no-name-girl to the vet. At 9:30 a.m.. Not bad you’re thinking. By that time some people have already put in a few hours of hard work. Fair enough. Except, she’s a ferret. Experienced exotic animals vets are hard to find and in this case our chosen one is […]

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  • The things we can learn on Facebook

    Posted on September 5, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Is it just me? Am I that easy to impress? Seems like every time I get on Facebook I learn something new. For example, I’m very aware of superstitious people not wanting black cats, that’s why at times the shelter has special promotions for black kittens. But I had NO IDEA about people refusing to […]

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  • “La-la-la-la-la..”

    Posted on August 22, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Our dear no-name girl really likes one of the kids. When he comes to visit she sleeps in his bedroom, scratches on the door if it’s closed, even sits outside the bathroom while he’s in there. Lucky for him she can’t slide under the door. And she follows him around all the time. He’s been […]

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  • A mourning hawk?

    Posted on August 8, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I’m no Lady Hawk and have no explanation for what happened. The other day I drove up to the home where I had my close encounter with the friendly coyotes. This time I parked my car at the edge of the driveway. I walked around the back of the vehicle and this hawk came flying […]

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  • I’m back!!!!

    Posted on July 25, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I bet some of you didn’t notice my absence. True, I didn’t disappear, but I haven’t posted a blog since May—because of—technical difficulties. Technical difficulties, sounds sooo expertly professional, right? Simply put, my website was down and I wanted to hire the perfect person to bring it back to life. Fingers crossed I don’t have […]

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  • A Coca Cola Summer

    Posted on May 23, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    It’s 105 degrees in Phoenix and tomorrow will be about the same. My air conditioning died last night. It wasn’t totally unexpected, as a matter of fact the new one should have been installed days ago, but you know how that goes…unforeseen circumstances… When you sit and simmer, you try to think of pleasant, icy […]

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  • About Short People

    Posted on May 9, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I’ve been short all of my adult life. Not trying to be funny, but at ten I was the tallest kid in my classroom and my mother kept saying I’ll grow to be as tall as a model. Except, I never grew another inch and pretty soon all my schoolmates were taller than I was. […]

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  • He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.

    Posted on April 25, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    The Scott, a resort in Scottsdale, had a fund raiser for local animal rescue organizations. Home Fur Good, the no kill shelter where I volunteer was one of them and I offered to help. We only brought along two of our well behaved dogs because it’s hard to predict how even the sweetest mutt will […]

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  • Is it Easter yet?

    Posted on April 11, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I keep forgetting Easter is around the corner. Could be because I don’t have little ones looking for eggs or chocolate bunnies…And I can’t say I miss that part. I grew up in Italy where we didn’t have any hunt, at least not for Easter eggs… I remember my grandmother used to say; “Natale con […]

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