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Tanya Sousa

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Tanya grew up in Northern Vermont and spent her childhood searching for partridge eggs, catching frogs, and taking sojourns with the family dog. She turned nearly every school assignment into a chance to write a story and had to be pulled away from reading time – the books of course being animal-related tales.
She holds a BFA in Writing and was a licensed Guidance Counselor for years; most of her career has officially been in human services, community development, and counseling children, but everything she does involves writing and animals whenever possible. For instance, she worked with therapy dogs in the school setting and then wrote a book about it, donating close to a thousand copies across Vermont and then the country.
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Tanya Sousa I honestly don't have a favorite. I adore starlings for their pluck and intelligence. The way they succeed despite any odds is almost human-like (whic…moreI honestly don't have a favorite. I adore starlings for their pluck and intelligence. The way they succeed despite any odds is almost human-like (which is probably why so many humans dislike them, ironically!). I love the mourning doves for their zen-like attitudes and their deep connections to each other. I adore the American robin because they are so no-nonsense and lively too. Cedar waxwings are so apart from humans unlike the others I list. They are ghost-like in a sense - coming in a quick mass to pick a berry bush clean and then disappearing from view. For years, growing up, I didn't even know there were such things as cedar waxwings as they were so shy and didn't come to feeders. Crows are magnificent - as are all corvids… Oh, I could go on and on. The birds I liked least for years were the raptors everyone else seems so crazy about. Then one day I came to the aide of an osprey wounded by a cruel person's gun. I waded into the swamp to retrieve him, and after an initial struggle to get away, he relaxed and gazed into my eyes with his own - those deep golden eyes - and I felt like my soul was searched in a way I'd never experienced before. He didn't stare, his eyes moved across mine and really "searched". Looking for my intentions? I don't know, but it changed my feeling towards raptors overall. Long answer to a short question! Ha-ha-ha!(less)
Tanya Sousa Sometimes I just have to wait it out and do some other things. I find if I don't push it and indulge in other things that relax and revitalize me, my …moreSometimes I just have to wait it out and do some other things. I find if I don't push it and indulge in other things that relax and revitalize me, my brain and creativity loosen up again on their own.(less)
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The Starling God

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The Miracle of Dogs Story

A quick announcement that I have a story in another Chicken Soup for the Soul book! I haven't spoken of it here on Goodreads before, I don't think, but I've published in a number of their anthologies: Chicken Soup For the Preteen Soul, For the Kids' Soul 2, Miraculous Messages from Heaven, The Dog did What?, and Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injuries.

My newest story is on page 45 of "The Magic Read more of this blog post »
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Marianne Williamson
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"

Helen Keller
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
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“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
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“Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”
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