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Tail Wagging the Cat, Fargo’s Manesis Has Poetic Feline Tales

Retired 20 years after working in internal medicine and a diagnostic radiologist, in Fargo – the one in Wisconsin, not North Dakota – John Manesis has put the time to good use in writing books including about baseball, medicine, and his Greek-American heritage.

His tenth work though is about his love for cats, a poetic work called Tails & Tales and designed for the many cat lovers out there who think of them as their children and can't live without them even if the cats can.

In a feature, the Brainerd Dispatch wrote of his motivation which was pretty simple. “We've had cats in our house for 55 years, and we've had a lot of interesting experiences with cats," he said.

He said while his wife and two daughters are the cat fanatics he's an “independent observer,” cat-a-loguing the story in poems over 128 pages, some of the works shorter than a tale about a tail.

There's a three-pager about driving a Siamese cat named Zorba back from the Navy when he was discharged and went to Wisconsin. "He did not like it at all," he said.

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