Sherry Kast, APR, Fellow PRSA, to Speak at AWC Meeting Nov. 6th
By Kevan Goff-Parker AWC Board Member 405-514-3972
Sherry Kast, an Accredited Public Relations practitioner and
Fellow PRSA, will share how “Landing on Your Feet: How to Succeed Amid
Challenge and Change” has been essential during her nearly 30-year journey as
one of Oklahoma’s top PR superstars during a meeting of the Association of
Women in Communications from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Dunlap Codding, 609
W. Sheridan Ave. in Oklahoma City.
Formerly a vice president with True Sky Credit Union, Kast
has navigated a constantly changing communications industry – learning
invaluable insights along the way. As a female entrepreneur with Cherokee
heritage, she understands the struggles faced by women and minorities trying to
make a difference in today’s world. Although her journey hasn’t been without
obstacles, Kast is known for her ability to land on her feet, no matter how
high the hurdle.
Recognized for her
collaborative leadership style and dedication to her craft, Kast has earned her
more than 75 awards for her work in writing, marketing, communications and PR –
making her a walking trophy case of
success. She was also inducted into the PRSA College of Fellows in 2016.
Kast is also the president of Kast Publishing, LLC, which
she established in September 2009. Dedicated to supporting her community and
honoring her Native American heritage, the publishing company also raises money
for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, among other charities.
Today, Kast is the author of “A Soldier’s Silent Prayer,”
the survival story of World War II Veteran Philip Coon and has published
“Warrior Forgotten,” “Incredible Images,” “Hope Survives” and will release
“Scenes from Cherokee Country” next month.
The event is free for AWC members and $10 for nonmembers.
Sponsored by Moore Laundry, a baked potato bar will be offered along with
drinks and desserts. To register: https://bit.ly/35CS5Qc.
Spend special attention creating rituals with your kitty after it is weaned, plus consider adopting a sibling or two for your kitties
I suggest rescue cats of all ages. Provide regular cuddle time. Cats only vocalize with humans, so they are trying to communicate with you. Learn their body language, from slow eye blinks for “I love you” to twitchy tails.
Establish time for daily play to be rewarded by treats for good behavior and just for fun. I suggest supervised walks with your kitty on a harness or allow supervised time in a well-protected outside area where they cannot escape.
Of course, occasional baths help with daily brushing, plus regular vet visits, teeth cleaning and shots, but get your pet fixed as per suggestion of your vet.
Make sure you feed your cats a high quality wet or dry food. We use both. Never give your cats salted food and be aware that some human foods or plants are poisonous to kitties.
Cats will get sick and can have kidney and bladder challenges. Be sure to monitor how much each one eats and drinks. Make sure that the cats get along and don’t have hurtful fights. Kitty nip also can relax your little buddies.
I’m sure there are a zillion more tips, but do read as much as you can, ask questions and enjoy your faithful feline friends! We adore our three!
Kevan Goff-Parker, Kevan Goff-Parker Communications Owner at Kevan Goff-Parker Communications (2009-present) Answered Aug 14
Absolutely! My husband and I have raised numerous kittens from various ages into senior citizens, and we can assure you that all cats are unique and have as many different personalities as people do.
Cats have been known to stay in areas where their owners last stayed for years in hopes they’ll return. Some have travelled hundreds to thousands of miles to return to their owners’ homes, just to be with those they love.
We actually have a very loving 15-year-old male tuxedo cat named Pilgrim, since we adopted him from a shelter around Thanksgiving in 2005.
When we moved to the Greater Seattle area from OKC in 2006, he was fine with his older adopted kitty brother with him, but when we left the Pacific NW and moved to Texas in 2009, he became very withdrawn.
Mind you, our cats are only let out with supervision in the backyard, but Pilgrim hid, lost weight, and mourned for our former home and some of the fosters we cared and found homes for.
I took him to a local vet who examined him and said he was healthy, but depressed and suggested that some deep tissue massage would help.
We began immediately and his anxiety and fear seemed to be eased. Today, he’s a bit anxious if I go to another part of the house, but knows I’ll return, and he always feels better and reassured with his massages.
I recently lost my dad and Pilgrim puts his paw on my arm if I’m in tears and never leaves my side.
Cats see us as their big cat parents. They love us and often bring presents, their toys and such, when they want to play or express their love.
We are blessed by our three rescues’ incredible capacity to love!
Here are his adopted brothers. I feel very loved by our three little boys!
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Many people dream of becoming a writer, but I idealized poets. My journey started out simple enough. My English teacher at Hoover Middle School, Mrs. Ash, encouraged me to write a poem that was later printed in a school anthology. I remember nervously giving a knee-knocking reading during a school assembly.
I was a somewhat shy and skinny little girl at 12 who sought solace by becoming obsessive reader. I’d stay up all night devouring books and still go to school the next day. I loved all my literary adventures, but I had another important reason to learn. I was determined to be more independent and resilient.
It was because I was emotionally separating from my identical twin sister, Heather. I didn’t want to, but because she was maturing faster than me physically, she wanted her own space, her own friends and activities. All I wanted was Heather. We’d always been so close and comforted each other throughout our childhood, so this split hurt like hell. I felt incredibly alone.
I read everything I could on Native American tribes, all the Tarzan books and survival stories. I even bought “weight-on pills” with my allowance, but to no avail. Eventually, my work paid off. Sadly, twins do sometimes fight physically. Heather was bigger and stronger and I usually got the worst of it, but I finally learned to hit her harder and end the tussle sooner.
Before high school started, I’d gained more confidence and started (Thank God!) to bloom. Another special English teacher that I adored, Kathy Osbourn, encouraged me to write poetry. She kept pushing me to write a total of seven poems.
She also kept copies of them. Unbeknownst to me, she paid my entry fee and submitted my work to the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, where I was one of 15 young aspiring poets accepted into the program. I was also accepted the next year and studied under some very accomplished poets.
Poetry changed the course of my life and has enriched it beyond my wildest dreams. At 15, I was idealistic enough to think I could major in Professional Writing in Journalism at O.U. Better yet, Heather and I became best friends again just prior to our 18th birthday.
What I value most there is what my mentor, Dr. Elizabeth Yamashita, taught me. I wasn’t trying very hard when writing a media release in her public relations class. I wanted to be poet and write fine literature. She took me aside and said, “Kevan, a good writer can write anything!”
Challenged, I decided she was right. On my next assignment, I covered an event at O.U. in a creative way and she loved it. She even read it to the class. That led to my working at The OU Daily newspaper and my lifelong love of exploration and telling people’s stories.
Just prior to earning my degree, I was hired by The Oklahoman as a staff writer (they even let me finish my classes, too).
Today, I’ve helped several Fortune 100 companies and others to improve their internal and external communications and marketing. I’d love to do it for you. Just give me call me at 405-514-3972.