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Good News-Flash

This morning I awoke to the usual routine: my cat yawn-stretching his way off the bed and onto the rug so he could receive his morning back-scratching session. For some reason, KitKat purred louder than I’ve ever heard him purr before, and this inspired me to sit on the floor and spend time with the […]

Auto-Pilot Optimism

  So many times recently, I’ve found myself railing against something. Standing in opposition. Fed up with the ways of the world. Shouting at the anchor on the evening news, “How can these things happen?” as if the stiff guy in a grey suit actually controls the events of our day. I felt I was […]

This is the Day

Well, by now you may think that I’ve crossed over into crazy-cat-lady-dom with yet another post about my catpanion, KitKat. And, yep, you may well be right. But, you know, I’ve really come to admire his absolute autonomy. He doesn’t: Wear a watch Punch a clock Perform on cue Pay taxes Wake up with bed-head […]

Pet Peeves

Isn’t it obnoxious when people talk about their kids and pets all the time? As if theirs are the cutest. When my son is obviously the most wonderful young man ever to walk the planet and my cat is nothing short of a furry phenom! ☺ Okay, I realize I’m always mentioning KitKat in my […]

Wisdom from Whiskers

Looking at my cat, sleeping peacefully this afternoon, I was in awe of his amazing ability to sleep deeply within seconds of climbing onto the couch. That’s a great skill to have, I thought. Stretch/yawn. Curl up. Down for the count! I’d love to be able to unplug and decompress like that. The other thing […]

Screening out the Static

My son and I ordered Chinese food last week, and the fortune cookie read, “That thing you did recently was a big mistake. Now what will you do?!?” I realized later the big mistake was ordering the chow mein. Ba-dum-bum! The horoscope for my sign yesterday said, “Well, you may as well just pull up […]

Talking Without Words

1I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of his glories and grace. 2 I will boast of all his kindness to me. Let all who are discouraged take heart. 3 Let us praise the Lord together and exalt his name. Psalm 34:1-3 (The Living Bible) When my son was younger, I’d sit with […]

Like Napoleon’s Hat

Suddenly in the middle of the kitchen, there was a speedbump. I hadn’t put it there, mind you; it was in the shape of a perfectly life-like feline, sitting serenely as I prepared my coffee. It was my cat, looking at me, waiting for some scrap of sustenance in a dog-eat-dog world! I hadn’t expected […]

Cats Don’t “Do” Fetch

My formerly-stray cat has gotten a lot more comfortable being a member of our household, but no matter how many times I say to KitKat, “Fetch the ball!” he’s just going to look at me, both bemused and bored. It’s like his face is saying, I’m not a dog. Cats don’t “do” fetch.  We sit. […]

The Persnickety Hard Case

“Ms. Williams, I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but…With this test result, we think the most humane option would be to put him down,” the vet said to me over the phone last week. I suppose I didn’t even realize that this really was my cat until I heard these words.  After […]