Archives for June 9, 2019

Author Guest Post: Karen Beaumont, author of PRETTY KITTY!

As I release my seventeenth children’s book, PRETTY KITTY, with its

pet adoption theme, my heart is flooded with sweet memories of the many

“pretty kitties” I have rescued through the years.  Some I found.  Others

found me.  And though I loved them all, there was one with whom I shared

a bond like no other.  I wrote PRETTY KITTY in honor of that special bond,

in memory of my beloved cat, Jake.

        Jake was the embodiment of pure Love, wrapped in thick, soft,

beautiful creamy white fur.  He definitely felt more like a baby in a fur suit

than a pet!  Half barn cat, half Manx, he had a stubby little pom-pom tail

that, from the rear, made him look like a bunny!  From the moment my

daughters found him in a barn with three other kittens, to the day he

went to Kitty Heaven eighteen and a half years later, it was a love story that

continues to this day.  As I write this, my entire body is covered with chills,

tears streaming down my face, remembering the purity of the Love we shared.

        The excuses offered by the protagonist to avoid adopting the kitties in the story are amongst the ones I resorted to when my younger daughter, cradling that tiny fur ball in her arms, asked innocently, “Mommy, can I keep him?”  I was a recently divorced mother of two young girls and couldn’t

imagine taking on more responsibility or expense.  We already had two dogs

and two cats.  I was working three or four part-time jobs while trying to

develop a career as a children’s author, and maintain a sense of stability in

my children’s lives.  I didn’t want to clean another litter box, buy more cat food, pay another vet bill, or sweep up more cat hair.  I was already

stretched to the limit on my meager earnings.

        However, my older daughter was on a competition dance team, which I didn’t think I could afford either.  But somehow I made it work.  It helped

her stay positively focused through a difficult time, and my heart told me this tiny kitten would do the same for my younger daughter.  I looked into her pleading eyes and felt powerless to deny the prompting of my heart over my head.  I am so thankful, to this day, for her persistence!  Jake brought

immeasurable love and joy into our family, and provided great comfort

through the many challenges that followed.    

        Perhaps this essay, or PRETTY KITTY, will inspire some readers to

begin their own pet adoption love story.  Others may choose to support their local S.P.C.A. or Humane Society by volunteering or donating.  All that really matters is that we all do what we can to ensure that every animal is given the best possible chance to experience a loving home.

        Thank you for your compassion, and for teaching your children to treat

animals with the love and kindness they deserve.

Credit: Karen Beaumont, author of PRETTY KITTY

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Returns To Staples Center With First-Ever SoCal Arena Truck Back Flip Stunt

**Ultimate Showdown of Eight Extreme Monster Jam Teams
Going Head-to-Head in Seven Endurance Competitions
Driving Three Different Vehicles: Monster Jam Trucks, Speedsters & ATVs**

After packed-crowd season of Monster Jam stadium events at Angel Stadium earlier this year, Monster Jam Triple Threat Series™ will be revving through Downtown Los Angeles with another action-packed weekend of indoor arena events at STAPLES Center that will keep motorsport fans on the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family!  New this year as a special fan bonus during Freestyle driving segments, one Monster Jam truck/driver will be attempting SoCal’s FIRST-EVER Monster Jam indoor arena-based truck back flip stunt!

Unlike other Monster Jam events seen in SoCal/Anaheim before, the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series features eight of the most intense Monster Jam athletes in a fierce battle for the championship that tests the versatility and endurance of the athletes as they go head-to-head in a points-based format with seven different competitions driving three customized high-powered vehicles:  the larger-than-life 12,000 lb. Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs.  These extreme athletes battle for points in challenging Racing and Freestyle events that push themselves and their machines to the limit – delivering what fans want to see the most… more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action!

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series world-class athletes vying to become champions will be:

  • Grave Digger® driven by Tyler Menninga  (2017 Triple Threat East Series champ)
  • Max-D® driven by Colton Eichelberger
  • El Toro Loco® driven by Armando Castro  (local Whittier hometown driver)
  • Soldier Fortune Black Ops driven by Tony Ochs
  • Scooby-Doo driven by Myranda Cozad
  • Megalodon® driven by Austin Minton
  • Zombie™ driven by Bari Musawwir
  • Monster Mutt® driven by Tanner Root (2019 season rookie)

Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world. Now across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones. 

WHEN:           Friday, July 12, 2019            

  • Event Time – 7:30 PM

Saturday, July 13, 2019

  • Event Times – 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, July 14, 2019

  • Event Times – 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE:         STAPLES Center – 1111 S. Figueroa Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90011

TICKETS:      Tickets are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at just $25 each*

Tickets are now available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or visit the venue Box Office.                  *ticket prices subject to change – additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

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Credit: Feld Entertainment.