About Me

I am a writer, musician, human-animal bond researcher, liberal, public servant, PhD candidate, animal lover, Christian, 12 stepper, White Sox and General Hospital (GH) fan.

My writing has appeared in the Chicago Sun Times and other venues. My creative nonfiction writing has appeared in Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, and r.kv.r.y. quarterly literary journal.

I am also currently working on a dissertation titled:  The Human-Animal Bond: A Phenomenological Study of People’s Attachment to Companion Animals

I hope you enjoy my “words.”

  1. Wow, do I need some advice about the human-animal bond, my 9 year old son has fish and his sister has a cat, he is obsessed with animals and can draw them like an adult, only reads books on animals and watches documentaries on animals (especially African animals). This week we are housesitting and he’s been watching Animal Planet and getting all tearful because he doesn’t have a dog. After beautiful interactions with animals he always gets tearful because he wants one so bad, which isn’t possible in our small upstairs apartment. He has this incredibly strong attachment to his fictitious animal, the root of all his suffering. He gets plenty of love but its true as he tells me, I don’t follow him around like a dog might. We are dog friend searching, that’s the only solution I can think of for now :)

  2. It is wonderful to have found you along this journey. Your messages are so true, because they are real…they are from you! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Congratulations! See the link http://bellableue.com/2012/03/25/versatile-blogger-award-2/ Blessings on your journey! Erin, Bella Bleue

  3. Thank you for liking my poems and following my blog.
    wishing you much happiness

  4. Thanks for visiting and following my blog “Reflections,” Michele. … Animals play a very important role in my life on so many levels so I get your fascination with the human-animal bond. I wish you well on your research. Have you heard of Equine-Assisted Therapy/Personal Development? Powerful stuff. Check out http://www.chrisirwin.com and his link to EAPD for his work in this area, if you’re interested. The bond between horse and human is among the strongest of all. It’s changed my life … Thanks again and be well. I’m following you too … Dorothy :-)

  5. Thank you so much for following me. I am going to be launching my website this year, hopefully sooner rather than later, and my business is directed entirely at helping women gain or regain self-confidence. Having read about you, I would be very grateful for any input or advice you would be prepared to offer. All the best.

  6. I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. I that I think your blog is inspiring. If you choose to accept the award, the guidelines are on my post: http://mysoulfulhealing.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/the-sunshine-award/

  7. I nominated you for Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award. Please check out my site to accept the award. Congrats!

    http://ladylovelyblogger.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/mrs-sparklys-ten-commandments-award/

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the follow. Have a great week

  9. If you need an case study for your dissertation, I have a dear friend you might be interested to interview. If you want me to Introduce you two, email me at pilialohaiokina@me.com.

    • Thank you so much! Although I’m not doing a case study, I will keep that in mind for any future research endeavours I may partake in. :)

      • Ok. She was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer a year ago and had been dealing with a laundry list of other health issues prior to the diagnosis. I’m pretty sure if she didn’t have her dogs to care for and to lavish with her love, she wouldn’t have made it this far. The bond she has with them is often disregarded and disparaged by those who don’t understand.

  10. Nice to meet you! I have done extensive animal advocacy for 7 years. I am very sensitive to the needs of animals, their emotions, even feel for little bugs struggling. Bless you for writing about the animals to increase awareness!

  11. I did alot of research in my state on animal shelter abuse. Very sad.

  12. Nice blog! Thanks for following my blog. :)

  13. Thanks for following my blog. I hope I can provide some interest and inspiration in much the same way as you have given me inspiration in your posts.
    Take care!
    Dwayne

  14. Hi, Michele, and welcome to The Sun Drips Honey family of readers. I’m very glad you’ve joined us. On my blog, I have three Friends’ Pages — Friends, for info about you and your blog; Friends’ Favorites, for poems you love or which have influenced your lives; and Friends’ Poetry, where my readers are welcome to submit their own poetry, if they so desire. I hope you’ll take part in these pages. Welcome — I look forward to hearing from you, and to reading your blog. 8-)

  15. Hello, thank you very much for following my blog. I love your “about”, your work seems so very interesting to me. I am very happy to meet you and send forward my love to you, Linda

  16. Thank you so much for following my blog, beautiful soul friend! :)

  17. I found you on BlogHer and I was amazed when I saw your name. My name is Whitney Michele, spelled the same way. Amazing, glad for the connection!

  18. Congratulations, Michele! I’ve nominated your lovely blog for a Liebster Award. Please click on this link for more details. … Be well, Dorothy :-) http://shakespearesgal2.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/two-award-nominations-thank-you/

  19. journeyofshe

    I really enjoy the content of your blog. Thanks for following! Also, I like your FB page from my personal page. It would mean a lot if you could return the favor. Thanks again!

  20. Hello Michele and Happy New Year!
    I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministries. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st because the “just shall live by his faith.” — Sebastian

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