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Cathy Strasser

I was born and raised on Long Island in New York. I lived in Huntington which is about an hour’s travel from New York City. When I was growing up (1960’s-70’s) Huntington was still far enough from NYC to retain a small town flavor and country feel. My house was right on Huntington Bay and swimming, sailing and water skiing were my recreations of choice.

I went to Utica College in New York, which is located between Albany and Syracuse. It was a small city that was struggling to change with the times, but the college was excellent. I majored in Occupational Therapy, a profession I still work in and enjoy, some 30 years later. After college I returned to NY and worked for six years in the Bronx, first at a city hospital, and then doing Home Care in the southeastern quadrant of the Bronx.  A year out of college I married John, one of the best decisions in my life.

In 1986 we moved to Davenport IA (Go Hawkeyes!) so that John could attend Chiropractic College and welcomed our daughter into our lives. We moved back to NY in 1987 and lived in Queens for two years then moved out to Long Island to celebrate the birth of our son. I continued working as an OT in schools, nursing homes and home care while John established his practice in Queens.

Life in NY was good but Long Island was growing and changing and eventually John and I decided we wanted a more “small town” lifestyle. So we packed up and moved to Sugar Hill, NH in 1993. Once there, we added hiking, skiing, hockey and bicycling (both road and mountain biking) to our hobby list. We also decided to fulfill a dream and build our own log home in the woods. More about that on my blog!

I kept working as an OT, starting in home care, then branching out to schools and nursing homes. As the kids got older and more independent I found I had more time to pursue another dream: writing. Now, ten years later, my first book, An Unquiet Grave will be published in August 2014 is by Oak Tree Press. All this along with a wonderful husband, two great kids, a couple of nutty dogs, the proverbial log house in the woods and a rewarding job that gives me summers off to write. Life is good!  

My short story “Afterward”, published in the Chrysalis Reader, was nominated for the 2007 Pushcart Prize – Best of Small Presses. I have had short stories published in the Mom Writer’s Literary Magazine, The Literary Bone, Touched By Wonder Anthology, r-kv-r-y quarterly, Under the Stairs Anthology, Writing From the Heart Anthology and was a finalist in the “Family Matters” competition of Glimmer Train Magazine.  Some of these stories are included in the Short Story section of my website and there are links to the rest there as well. 

Writing professionally as an Occupational Therapist, I have had weekly columns on improving children’s fine motor skills published in the Caledonian Record and the Bangor Daily News. 

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A stray hiker reports finding a partially decomposed body on Mt Lafayette in the “North Country” – the top third of New Hampshire around and the Franconia Notch – where the rugged terrain and sparse population provides the spa...
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