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August 12, 2015
at 8:31 PM said:
I have just started reading your beautiful memoir. I am at the point where you first meet Bob Dylan. I cannot tell you how I wish I could give the little girl you were a big hug. It is heartbreaking reading about your childhood, but you write about it so beautifully. I can't wait to finish it. You are an AMAZING human being and i thank you for sharing your amazing story with the world.
June 4, 2015
at 8:08 PM said:
Finished reading your book, words cannot explain!!
Sending love from Sydney, Australia
Simon / Sam (Vienna)
November 8, 2013
at 1:12 PM said:
I was just wondering... The Rolling Stones wrote a song back in the 60s called 'Dandelion'. Was that about YOU? Is there any connection?
Simon / Sam (Vienna)
November 8, 2013
at 12:50 PM said:
We met in Wollzeile in Vienna, Austria, Thursday night last week in the little Greek ouzo bar. Such a pleasure! I'm the English singer and musician who was explaining my concept of 'British Country' music to you and what I hope to achieve with it. You were with a very androgenous man with reddish long hair (or was it a wig?). I will check out your book and, if you are planning on visiting Vienna regularly, maybe we shall meet again. I am sure you know many of the people I have met.
Please check me out on FaceBook and 'add' me!
Simon M Heathcote-Parker (aka Sam Hacker)
June 27, 2013
at 7:54 PM said:
One of the best books Ive read in a long time! Beautifully written! And Catherine you have lived a really interesting life! Couldn't put the book down! Thanks for sharing :)
April 11, 2013
at 4:51 PM said:
Hello, Miss Catherine,
It's been a long while. I'd been in touch w/ Ina but lost her number. We are starting a Thee Experience Group. Wanna play?
February 24, 2013
at 11:17 AM said:
I've just read your book and felt like dropping you a line. I've experienced a life similar to yours in many respects and feel akin to you for that reason.
Here's hoping that you have a contented settled life and are enjoying yourself. I was born in '49 and am so happy that I was out and about to truly live my younger years as I did since this time in my life leaves something to be desired. I sill wander to new places and with my 2 kids grown after raising them alone I feel it's my lot in life to continue this voyage I've been on no doubt til the end....
Stay well Catherine.
cat clark (mullen)
January 25, 2013
at 6:36 AM said:
omg i have been wondering where u had gone!! i was looking at michael des barres friends and found you! he's here in nyc tonite. i'm jusy getting over my last chemo treatment so i won't be there. will u? write me on FB if u want, cat clark, bloomfiled nj. i hope u do it's been a while!!!!!
love u, cat
August 14, 2012
at 12:13 PM said:
I'm not a big reader and it takes a good book to pull me in. "Dandelion" Memoir of a Free Spirit did it. You were a very brave young girl. Thank goodness it all worked out in the end. Thank You for the inspiration.
Mary Jane Royce
July 25, 2012
at 8:16 PM said:
Just re-read your memoir. I'd leant out my original copy to one of my daughters; it was misplaced. I bought another copy and read it again. Let me tell you dear Catherine, that I was greatly inspired by the initial article I read about you in Rolling Stone magazine. As a shy, plain 13 year-old, I looked at your picture and was, inexplicably, inspired by you. Although I could not hope to resemble you, I have the same color and type of hair and not a totally disimilar face-shape. I cut my own bangs immediately after I saw your picture, and have worn my hair as you do ever since. My childhood was sad, but not tragic. I cannot begin to relate to what you have been through. I just would like you to know that your photos in RS Magazine provided me with the inspiration to survive my adolescence . Again, I cannot explain it, but you were a wonderful inspiration to me. I could have not imagined the difficulty you faced as a child, nor the resilience, nor the innate intelligence, which helped you survive. What I really want you to know is how much good your story had engendered. Having stumbled upon the videos of you on the internet, I am delighted to find you the very sensitive, intelligent woman that your photos suggest you are. That seems to be rarely the case ( never meet your heroes, the old saying goes). You are that wonderful exception; you are outwardly beautiful, and, inwardly, one of the most luminescently beautiful spirits I have had the privilege to encounter ( albeit through the written word ). I wish you all good things for you and your son and grandson. Godspeed, you are forever in my prayers.
Mary Jane Royce
June 13, 2012
at 11:23 AM said:
Just finished reading your book for like the 5th time and it still inspires me. OXOXOXOX
March 12, 2012
at 2:00 AM said:
Wow you were with Jackson Browne? Lucky girl.He was/is so dreamy.I'm jealous.Wonder what it must have been like.Sigh...Haven't read the book--do you go into it in much depth? Hope so,would love to hear all the juicy details on that one---
Angel loving Mrs. Cole <3
February 17, 2012
at 5:59 AM said:
I am writing this to thank you for writing such an incredilbe memoir of your amazing life journey. Being a fan of Pamela Des Barres, and all things 1960-1979 (well...not ALL, but you know what I mean), I saw you on her amazing documentary and was excited to learn you have authored your own book.
Much to my surprise, I found some links between us. First of all, when my mother was pregnant with me in 1969 not knowing my gender, she chose the name Christian Damian if I had been a boy. I spent my whole life knowing and LOVING that had I been a boy, I would have had such a fabulous name. I actually liked it much, much more than my actual "girl" name that I ended up with. When I read your son's name, I now know where she got my "boy" name from, she just reversd the first and middle! Wow!
Another connection is that I had the clear realization of something that was right in front of my nose the whole time...I grew up in the "B movie" version of much of what you and Pamela Des Barres describe with a musician Father (who left when I was 9 mos old, a very young mother (just turned 18 two weeks prior to my birth), and beautiful, magical rock n' roll and it's characters all around...
And what we have most in common was unexpected for me...the strong spiritual life that helpfed you survive and thrive a hard, abusive childhood. I related so much to the many things you went through as a child with your mother and having a beautiful hearted, yet absentee Father. I have had many, many wounds as a result that I continue to work diligently to heal every single day of my life and have for 20+ years. My wish, hope, and desire is to release, transform and transcend those wounds. Reading your story, feeling your gentle yet incredibly strong energy through your words, I feel inspired and hopeful.
Angelic love, light, and gratitude to you and yours.
June 15, 2011
at 6:22 PM said:
I just finished, Dandelion (memoir of a free spirit) What an amazing book, I could not put it down! I could relate to many of your adventures, heartache and beauty as I myself am also a free-spirit and rebellious wild child of generation X. As a single-mother who is raising an independent, beautiful and loving daughter, you have inspired me even more to live the rest of my life with courage and determination. Here's to fighting the good fight! Cheers to you and God Bless! XO
May 5, 2011
at 10:55 PM said:
Oh my gosh, your book was so amazing! I don't know you but got the book after seeing "Let's spend the night together." I have two small children and my heart just breaks for you when I think about what you had to endure as a child. No one should have to go through that. Good for you for being a strong person and moving on. What an interesting life you are living! Good for you! This was a really really good read, very well written. Thank you for sharing!
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