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About shana

Shana Mahaffey lives in San Francisco, California, in part of an Edwardian compound that she shares with an informal cooperative of family, friends, and five cats. She’s a survivor of catechism and cat scratch fever, and is a member of the Sanchez Grotto Annex, a writers’ co-op. She welcomes all visitors to her website and is happy to meet with book groups in-person or in cyberspace (phone/webcam/the works).

SFO and Air New Zealand Responds

It looks like justice is imminent for my dog friends. SFO responded first offering profuse apologies but saying all they could do is contact Air New Zealand and ask them to deal with the problem. Next came a note to … Continue reading

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Higgons, Brissie, Molly, and Doug’s Tail of Travel

Folks, I know it might come as a surprise that I, Howard Hawks, feline extraordinaire would post about the travails of dogs. However, what happened to my three four-legged friends and their Can Openers at the hands of Air New … Continue reading

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News Junkie Post likes Sounds Like Crazy

Another great review for the Can Opener’s book. Sounds Like Crazy’: Mahaffey’s Darkly Comic Novel Kicks Up Emotional Sand Howard out!

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Brief thoughts on “The End”

LOST Did they die in the plane crash? Did their island life happen? Are you satisfied? Are you peeved? I think the one thing everyone can agree about is the Lost finale is polarizing.  Beyond that, I will let all … Continue reading

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One True Thing Interviews Shana Mahaffey

The Can Opener is interviewed by Jennifer Haupt, author of the Psychology Today Blog One True Thing. You can read it here. The best part? The interview is chose as an “Essential Read” by the Psychology Today editors. Nice! Howard … Continue reading

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Something smells in my hallway

Today I want to talk about global problems illustrated on the local level. It starts with a smell in the hallway between our front door and the great beyond (great beyond in feline terms equals that which lies beyond the … Continue reading

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Blog Tours

The Can Opener was Reviewed! Awesome reviews by a bunch of awesome reviewers. They do this in their own time for the love of reading. It just makes me happy to know people are still reading! Check out the reviews … Continue reading

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I grow old … I grow old …

“Old rockin’ chair’s got me/ Cane by my side/ Fetch me that gin, son/ ‘Fore I tan your hide.”* Old age my friends. If I wore pants, the bottoms would be rolled. Old age–your hearing goes, your lift off goes, … Continue reading

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Earth Hour Tonight

Join the world in celebrating Earth Hour tonight. Turn off your lights from 8:30-9:30 PM, your time zone. Can Opener is unplugging all the stuff before she departs for a liberal location where the lights will be off. Me? I … Continue reading

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Frederick, MD inhabitants come on down!

My can opener left me to do book things on the East Coast (I don’t travel!). Not to worry, I am in excellent hands. Now those of you in and around the Frederick, MD area (near DC, Baltimore, etc.) come … Continue reading

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