The Significance of Icy’s Animal Companions

Larry Friend June 13, 2018

How friendship helped Icy on his personal journey to growth


No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

—John Donne



Since we’re a social species by nature, it’s normal for us humans to want to feel a . . .

How I Came Up with Snowy’s Life before His Time with Us

Larry Friend June 5, 2018

After all these years, we still don’t know where Snowy came from. Since then, I wanted to write his story and make others aware that once in our life, a one-of-a-kind dove came to shower my family with wonderful memories. I write my new book in honor of Snowy. This book is divided into two parts—the first part narrates Snowy’s life before we found him in the backyard, and the second part . . .

My Favorite Story of Snowy

Larry Friend May 29, 2018

My favorite story about Snowy was the incident where Nancy placed Snowy in her glass of water and, while drinking, Snowy fell headfirst into the glass, and nobody noticed what just had happened to Snowy. A couple of seconds later, my wife Nancy exclaimed, “Oh no!” then she hurriedly jumped up and pulled Snowy’s head out of the glass.

Silence filled the room because we were so nervous . . .

Why Snowy Was with Us for 28 Year

Larry Friend May 22, 2018

There should have been a great reason why Snowy left his former owner and stayed with us instead. Maybe it’s due to his owner’s upbringing, which made me wonder the type of affection Snowy felt before.

Was he given enough food or a comfortable cage? Was he ever given a bath before? Did he experience the kind of freedom we gave him? Or did his previous owner hold and caress him the way m . . .

Why I Started Writing a Book about Snowy

Larry Friend May 15, 2018

About 35 years ago in Chicago, a stunning blessing landed on our backyard in the form of a dove. My children saw the bird first, and they thought that it was homeless, so they picked it up and brought it in our house. The children asked Nancy if they could name the bird Snowy because they think it was pretty and its feathers also were white as snow, which my wife gladly agreed.

We are very . . .

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Larry Friend (author) and Sidney “Mindy” Makis (illustrator) are creative siblings. Icy the Iceberg is their first p... read more

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