First it was art, and then poetry. Now it is books for former Mishawaka resident Georgia Candoli. She now lives in San Clemente, Calif. “I loved poetry and art. I loved biology at Mishawaka High. I didn’t have time to write until I retired.”
She is writing like she is on fire. Her children’s book is “Cat in the Window and Other Stories: Charlie, Big Jay and Little Bird.”
The book is geared for elementary school children up to fourth grade. It is good for reading aloud or by independent readers. “It is about love, friendship, courage, respect and kindness,” she said.
It is published by Author House and is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Georgia was thrilled that “Cat in the Window” recently was evaluated by the library board in San Clemente and accepted. It will be on the library shelves very soon.
“I lived across the street from Battell Park in Mishawaka’s north side until age 6. I recall my aunt walking with me as we held hands to see the rock-walled fish ponds. It’s this memory coupled with my observations of children and their parents at Merrifield Park and other areas along the river that prompted my story ‘Indian Creek,’ ” she said.
Other sights and sounds in Mishawaka influenced her writing, as well. She moved when she was 21 but she has a good memory.
She is working on a novel called “Northern Adventure,” which is a coming-of-age book set in northern Wisconsin. And another novel called “Palm of My Hand,” which is about love that goes astray. All the stories have a lesson tied in somewhere, she said.
Georgia is juggling a lot right now but she is enjoying the ride.
South Bend and Mishawaka canine officers ran a fundraising effort last year for a training facility. They sold calendars and it was a big success.
So if you don’t have a calendar yet, or you’d like a doggie calendar, here’s your chance. The 2013 K9 Calendar is available at the 7-11 on Sample Street and Mayflower Road, South Bend Uniform on Mishawaka Avenue, McDaniel’s Harley-Davidson on Lincolnway, and Dr. Jeffrey Vogl, DVM, 310 E. University Drive.
The calendars are $10 each.
South Bend officers Sgt. Dan Demler, Patrolman Larry Sanchez and Patrolman Jeff Chamberlain were recently at IUSB for a K9 officer demonstration and talked about the calendar. Each of the officers and the dogs are featured on the calendar.
The dogs each have a brief biography to go with their photo display. For example, Sanchez’ dog Bacca, likes to watch “Scooby Doo,” while Demler’s dog, Cooper, likes the Food Channel and “Diners,
Drive-Ins and Dives.” And Chamberlain’s Dex likes reruns of “Chips.” He is more for classic television.
Go fetch a calendar.