|There can't be anything more rewarding than doing something you love to do, and making other people happy in the process. To
everyone who has written in and those who continue to do so, thank you so much for making my day, and making it possible for
me to continue to share that which we have in common; a love of life and humor,
and those things that make us different ... and the same.
|I grew up in Wauchula and moved to Bradenton after a divorce 23 years ago. My father still lives there and gets the Herald
Advocate every week. One reason I continue to bring them home is your column. Animals have always provided amusing
memories. Ours have sometimes overlapped. I also bottle fed a sickly black and white calf who had the most beautiful Bette
Davis eyes. Of course I named her Bette Davis.
The beaches of Manatee and Sarasota are the best in the world. They are very comforting and beautiful. Now that I have your web
site I don't have to wait for the Herald.
Thanks for the memories,
Wenjea Turner Fischer
|Have to write to say "Thanks!" for being human and
hesitating because you don't know what to say in one of
THOSE situations. And "Thanks!" for listening with
your heart and responding when the time was right. In
upstate New York, the Herald-Advocate arrives about two
weeks after I could have picked it up in front of
the publication's office in Wauchula, FL. So here I am in 10
degree F. Newtonville, NY, (Albany area) reading your
column. And, your web site is now in my "Favorites" list so I
can go there later. My sisters and I grew up in Hardee
County and my
parents still live there. We're scattered now but "Home is
where the heart is".
Margaret Hodges Blanco/Newtonville, NY
|My name is Kathy Grant and I'm
also a correspondent, occasional
columnist and former News-Sun
lifestyle editor back from the Stone
Ages. I justed wanted to let you
know how much I loved your
column on the kitten. It was
excellent I don't think I could do any
I'm a kitten-lover, too.
I read your article today "Another Warm Body", what a
great article. I have read several of your articles and
enjoyed them, mostly the ones
involving animals, especially since I am an animal
lover too. Just wanted you to know that I enjoy
reading your articles, please keep them coming.
KE House/Sebring, FL
|On the bright side, I would like to give
multiple kudos on behalf of C.J. Mouser.
She is very talented. Her writings are so
fluid and interesting. I love seeing her
stories. Hopefully one day she will write a
book of them like Jan Merop has done.
Yours truly, Judith Hinkle/Sebring, FL
|For what it's worth, I have enjoyed your
stories for many years and hope to read
many more in the years to come.
|I've been greatly privileged to read your
writings for the last 4 years or so. Your stories
of farm life ring true -- give a great picture of
family interaction and the difficulties of
balancing home, pets, farm animals, an
orange crop, and a job, heaven help you!
Humor and a good fund of common sense
make your stories highly readable, leaving one
with a good feeling and, sometimes, sore sides
from laughing at
the family foibles.
Carole Ervin/Buna, TX
|I have been reading you for several years. You
always touch a nerve in your writing whether one
is from rural or urban backgrounds. We have all
been faced with similar situations whether sad or
hilarious that you so ably share with us. Your
stories paint pictures that are forever etched on
our minds. We can see your son chasing behind
his dogs while hunting hogs or see your teenage
daughter grow through her awkwardness into a
mature young lady. You make us be there with
you when you spin your stories.
Steve Carmack/Ripley, TN 38063
|CJ, I found your work somewhere here on the web and have followed
through 3 or 4 sites from Florida to Texas and back, and look forward to
reading anything you write. You are a great storyteller and will (soon I
hope) have a column in many papers and web sites. Good Luck.
Lynn Camp/Onalaska Texas
|I just read your story “Billy Bows Up.”
That was great. I could just picture
the events as they happened, felt like I
was right there with you. Very good
job, looking forward to reading more
of your stories.
Jo Ann Brown
|I happened upon a country web
site because I was looking for
advice concerning canning jars. I
saw one of your stories and found
it to be full of poignant, warm
memories that anyone could relate
to whether city or country bred. I
am always amazed by how you can
stop that moment in time, amplify
it, examine it, and inject it with
your personal emotions and
thoughts. Your writing entertains,
educates and illuminates. We are
all in your debt. Thank you.
Rita Shaefer/DuPont, WA
|I've followed your works for a while now. Your stories of life
experiences and observations of the world around you have elicited a
range of emotions from this jaded old man ranging from gut bustin'
belly laughs to tears of compassion. Truly gifted, you have the ability to
place others there in the situation and let us experience your inner
feelings as you write. A tip of the Stetson and a big "Thank You!" for
hours of enjoyment.
|I have always found great inspiration,
along with a good amount of humor in
your stories. You have a unique style
that makes people want more!
|I have been a religious reader of your
columns for over three years. You have the
unique ability to make a reader feel like
they're experiencing your words, and not just
reading them. You can make me laugh one
minute and cry the next minute, while I
absorb, and not just read your work. Reading
a CJ Mouser story is a treat to be anticipated
and then savored.
Wampecack Creek Farm
Cambridge, New York
|Reading one of your stories is like eating something
delicious. I know it will end, so I savor it. And, like any good
chef, you toss in a bit of this and a dash of that to
contribute to the finished product. When the story is
finished, my appetite has been satisfied, but I wish for
George "Alias" Putnam
|I have followed your writings for the past three years and
revel in your storytelling abilities. There is no subject,
event or occurrence that passes before your eyes that
you cannot make into a memorable experience for your
readers. I have finished many of your stories to say
"been there - done that" or, "wish I was there to see that
when it happened". I look forward to your next writings
Don Williamson / Omaha, Nebraska
|I started reading your words when I found
them by accident. I have tried to follow
your writing as much as possible as I enjoy
your writing. Great sense of the world and
what is happening around you. I am
envious of your talent and would love to be
able to write instead of just read.
Thank you and keep up the good work.
Robert L Boatman
|Dear C.J. -
Many times I have wanted to e-mail you about
your stories that are published in the Sebring
News-Sun and how much I enjoy them. Today,
with tropical storm Ernesto at our door my copy of
the newspaper was soaked! Even so I HAD to look
for your article, the one about the scaredy boar,
and again was entertained with a good read. Your
articles are funny, sad, timely, interesting, (and if
I had a good thesaurus I could add some more
words of description) and always entertaining.
Please keep up the excellent writing and know
that you are very special. By the way I have added
your web site to my list of "favorites".
Peggy - Sebring, FL
|I have been following your writing for
quite some time, you have a way with
words only a hand full of people ever
come close to. Your stories are vivid
and your ability to write them the way
you do is absolutely remarkable.
Keep up the good work, C.J.
Robert Williams, Jr
you for bringing
some sanity to an
Paul Giroux -
|Dear Ms. Mouser,
I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy your columns, everyday I pass by or graze
most, but I can't wait until yours come along because they always make me smile and snicker.
I love your stories and look forward to reading them. I wanted you to know how much you're
appreciated. Keep them coming.
Colleen -Avon Park, FL
|Hello CJ - After reading all the articles about Sgt Nick Sottile and the
animal that shot and killed him, I turned the pages to find your article
and was sooo glad I did. I try to read all of your "stories" but today it
was such a lift to read about "normal" life after all the horrible news
that, for me, it tempered the really bad things that happen. Please
keep on writing because I know there a many others that REALLY
enjoy your articles. Thanks for the uplift today.
Sincerely, Peggy Alexander
|I want to thank you and let you know
how much I enjoy your news articles
in the Wednesday News-Sun. I look
forward to reading them every week.
With all of the sad bad and upsetting
articles it is a delight to read about
your family and animals. You have a
talent that you are sharing that
brightens the life of many people.
Carole Connely/Sebring, FL