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Local author book signing event set for Six Mile Run

Local author Jeanne Sheeder Steele will be holding a book signing at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the pavilion at the Six Mile Run Church of God, Main Street, Six Mile Run for her book “Pets That Have Touched My Life.”

The book is a compilation of stories that Steele tells in her own words of pets and wild animals that she’s come to know and love over 89 years.

From the story of how her grandfather’s horse would pick up 6-year-old Steele by her overall straps when he didn’t want to be ridden and dangle her until someone came to her rescue, to the times the coal miners would call upon Steele and her horse to round up mining mules that escaped from their paddock, to the black snake that for several years would greet her every time she went to the barn by rubbing against the cuff of her pants, to the dozens of horses, dogs, cats, chickens and a managerie of wild animals including chipmunks, birds, rabbits, ladybugs, spiders and more that found comfort in Jeanne’s company.

Steele was an animal whisperer long before the phrase became popular. She connects with animals in a way few others do. Meet Steele and read her stories of how animals impacted her life before the Great Depression, during World War II, with her husband of 42 years, her children, neighbors and friends.

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