Like good food and good health, animal rescue is dear to my heart. I love volunteering for the wonderful folks at The Coachella Valley Horse Rescue, where they rehabilitate abused, neglected horses, and place them in loving forever homes. I’ve met all kinds of rescue animals, including Guapo, saved by the kindness of a stranger who soon became his best friend. But Guapo had a tough start, being different from the other animals and growing larger each day, it was his big heart and gentle nature that conquered all! It’s a story about diversity, friendship, love, and acceptance—one worthy for parents and others to share with and teach children. It was such a pleasure to write this story of Guapo with my friend, Wendy Perkins, with illustrations by the truly talented artist, Lara Calleja. I hope you’ll put it on your book list for the little ones.  A portion of the proceeds from book sales will benefit The Coachella Valley Horse Rescue. Currently available online at mascotbooks.com, barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com, or just order it below.

It was a real pleasure talking with psychotherapist, TV commentator, and author of ‘Your Best Age Is Now’, Dr. Robi Ludwig on her wonderful #TalkingLive Facebook podcast. We get into the inspiration behind my writing Guapo’s Giant Heart, a story about real animals learning to live together despite their differences. I hope you’ll listen as Dr. Ludwig shares her thoughtful perspective on why it’s important to give children the space through books to understand and work through their own emotions about feeling left out, or maybe not connecting in a way they would like to. I’m proud to have been a part in creating a learning tool that opens the door to talk with kids about important life lessons of diversity, acceptance, and kindness. Thanks again Dr. Robi for an invigorating, and hopeful conversation! LISTEN HERE.


A portion of book sales benefit the kind folks at Coachella Valley Horse Rescue.


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About Janet Zappala


Janet is a six-time Emmy award-winning television journalist. She has also garnered 14 Emmy nominations, a Golden Mike Award, and a first place Associated Press Award. Her career has taken her from Honolulu, to San Diego, to Denver, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Her love for journalism has never waned, so she also penned a cookbook for healthy eating.

My Italian Kitchen, Homestyle Recipes Made Lighter & Healthier serves up easy, delicious, good for you recipes that anyone can whip up!

In 2008, Janet became a certified nutritional consultant, studying at the Global College of Natural Medicine in Northern California. She also holds a second certification from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

Janet created Your Health Matters for television, and now hosts Good Food Matters, streaming 6:30 PM ET (3:30 PM PT) on dbandatelevision.tv and available via Roku TV, Amazon Fire, and other major platforms. NEW! Good Food Matters debuts on Eatthis.tv.  In this episode Janet enjoys kitchen time with Lauren Del Sarto, publisher of Desert Health News. They prepare two of Lauren’s favorite grain-, gluten- and guilt-free dishes: an incredible hearts of palm pasta with wild shrimp and pesto, in addition to a – would you believe? – chocolate avocado pudding! Watch it HERE!

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