Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In Tough Times, Inspiration is Near

by Christine Michaels

During this election season, we are often reminded of tough economic times  in terms of job loss, struggles to pay bills, affording medical care...

As a victim of corporate layoffs more than once, the rollercoaster was no joyride, especially as a single female I never depended on anyone to survive. Like the Miami summers, I had periods of sun and prosperity followed by dark clouds and difficult times  Thankfully I have the most incredible mother who taught me that hard work, faith and appreciating the simple things in life, will lead you to greater things-- accomplishments you may not have imagined.

It's often those things which we take for granted or don't fully understand or appreciate that give us the strength and power to overcome obstacles. It happened for me and others.

What does this have to do with cats, you wonder? Good question. True stories of despair turned triumphant motivate and inspire us.  Therefore, I would like to recommend to pick up a special book  The Chronicles of Zee and Zoey.

This is the story of one woman, Deb Barnes, who lost her job. But her hardships were a string of them that started years before.  However, Deb found the silver lining in this dark period that propelled her to where she is today that she  is now a highly respected author and blogger.  It's just a matter of time before talk show giants like Ellen DeGeneres are knocking on her door.  Would this have happened had she not lost her job? Perhaps not. Her inspiration--her cats Zee and Zoey! Who would have thought!

Erma Bombeck meets Seinfeld Show

 The story itself is an inspirational and heartfelt account of  Deb's life with her furry felines, the invaluable lessons they taught her, and the love story between Zee and Zoey. Deb writes with the humorous style of the late Erma Bombeck, combined with the uncanny ability of Seinfeld Show – turning the everyday nothing’s of life into an incredible story about something! Discussing  real topics as divorce, moving, home renovations, and unemployment, anyone can relate to her trials and tribulation. 

Not to mention, the book comes beautifully wrapped with leopard tissue paper and a gorgeous bookmark that makes a great gift for any cat lover in your life.

 I highly recommend this book! And if you say you're not a cat person, you will love this book even more! Deb also had many dogs and you'll follow her journey from dog owner to Cat Woman! You will smile, cry and laugh and laugh some more. 

To order your copy of Zee and Zoey, click her. Enjoy!


  1. Being a Brit who loved Erma Bombeck when no one else over here had heard of her, I really appreciated Deb’s style of writing showing brilliant observations and humour in the minutiae of daily life with Zee & Zoey and the brood! Heartwarming and beautifully produced.

    Wonderful review, Christine :)

  2. I am so glad I found your blog and will follow it faithfully. There is much to learn about the less fortunate kitties out there. Great review for Zee and Zoey - it will be the next book I order.

  3. And that's a lovely review.
    Amazingly enough, my human was just today thinking about ordering it. And we found your review! Must be a sign!

  4. Thank you for this wonderful review, Christine. Zee and Zoey and all my cats continue to inspire me and to look for the silver lining that each and every day brings to us... xoxox

  5. We are just getting started reading and enjoying this wonderful book! It is as gorgeous as it is inspirational.
    Katie & Glogirly

    We'd love to be entered in the necklace giveaway. : )

  6. Deb is a wonderful woman, I've been lucky enough to get to chat online with her. I haven't read the book yet because money has been tight-but it's on my 'to read' list! Raine Dawson buzzyngabe(at)