Serenah McKay

Serenah McKay is a freelance writer and editor who has more than 20 years of experience working for newspapers in California, Texas and Arkansas. With a bachelor's degree in communication, she has written for both print and online media, including the Los Angeles Daily News, Medical News of Arkansas, and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. She writes on a wide range of topics, and her areas of expertise include genealogy, cats, and small pets.

Genealogy

Serenah is an expert genealogist, working in the field since her early teens. Besides continuing to trace her own family lines, she does consulting work for other families building their family trees. She combines personal history interviews with online and archival research to create well-rounded and authoritative family histories. She created and maintains a family history website on one of her ancestral lines. She is a member of the Association of Personal Historians, the Oral History Association, and the Society of American Archivists. She keeps her skills up-to-date by attending genealogy conferences and seminars.

Cats

Serenah can't remember a time when cats weren't a part of her life. All of her cats are rescues, including some tiny kittens so young they needed bottle-feeding and round-the-clock care. She has also nursed many elderly and special-needs kitties with problems such as kidney failure, chronic urinary tract infections, blindness, and epilepsy. She is an ardent advocate for cat welfare, promoting low-cost spay, neuter and vaccination services for pets and TNR (trap/neuter/release) for feral cats. She served for three years as the website editor for Best Friends Animal Society's Arkansas chapter. She created and maintains a website with information on caring for senior cats.

Small Pets

Serenah's passion for animals isn't limited to cats. She's also owned mice, dogs, and birds. She trained in wildlife rehabilitation through the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, learning skills such as tube feeding, administering injections, conducting physical exams, and wrapping injured wings and limbs. She has worked mostly with birds and rabbits.

Dance

A former professional dancer, Serenah earned a master's degree in dance at UCLA, focusing on dance therapy and choreography. She began ballet lessons at age 6, and soon added tap and jazz. At 16, she was accepted into a civic ballet company. That same year, she auditioned for and was invited to attend the San Francisco Ballet School's summer academy. In her college years, her interest shifted to modern dance and choreography. She danced with local professional companies, and after college pursued dance full time. She also has taught ballet, modern, jazz, and tap to dancers from age 4 to adult. Later discovering a passion for musical theater, she portrayed Lola in "Damn Yankees," and choreographed the musicals "Baby" and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."

 

Most Recent Contributions by Serenah McKay

Famous Women Dancers

Every genre of dance has its female stars. Whether one looks to the prima ballerinas floating across the ballet stage or the light-footed ba ... Read More

Joffrey Ballet School

The Joffrey Ballet has delighted audiences since its founding in 1956. Its classically trained dancers perform a repertoire of traditional b ... Read More

Kitten Names

Naming kittens is a highly personal matter between pets and their human companions. Kitten names ought to have some personal meaning, or rel ... Read More

Mormon Genealogy Sites

The Mormon faith emphasizes the bonds of family. Members of the Mormon church believe relationships, especially family ties, will continue i ... Read More

When Did Heraldry Start

You may have found your family crest or coat of arms as part of your family history research. Heraldry is often defined as the adoption and ... Read More

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