I’d been intrigued with pelicans from the moment I watched them plunge into the ocean fishing for their meals in southern Oregon. My interest was rekindled during a trip to Mexico, watching the antics of the brown pelicans.
I began contemplating how I might pair up a pelican with a dachshund for a tall tale. Having dedicated my adult life and ministry (I served as a spiritual care provider before my retirement) to honoring people of all backgrounds, it occurred to me that the dog and bird would be unlikely friends. Could I create a tall tale that honored the uniqueness of each animal yet allowed them to become friends? I dedicated the book to the Interfaith Amigos: Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Sheikh Jamal Rahman — three local men from different traditions who came together after 9/11 to collaborate on ways to promote interfaith dialog. Their clear message, “We can like without being alike.”
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