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It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day. I was out choppin’ cotton and my brother was balin’ hay… Today is June third, and when an online friend posted those lyrics on Facebook, the enigmatic … Continue reading →
****Warning: This is not a happy post. Art by Qakie I’ve been off the grid. You may have noticed, but probably not. That’s okay. If you’re anything like me, social media is a constant, incoming tide of information, ideas, … Continue reading →
I’m looking at a picture of my parents. My father in a plaid shirt and turtleneck, standing arms across his chest, smiling. My mother sitting, outside somewhere, the green of grass for background. Legs crossed ladylike, cigarette in hand. … Continue reading →
TINKERBELLE REMEMBERS: A series about Tinkerbelle, Registered Pet Partner Therapy Cat (retired) and our journey together 1. Before. When I took the scraggly, emaciated, sickly old cat into foster from the shelter, I knew right away there was something different … Continue reading →
Do cats dream? Do old cats leap and play as in their kitten days? Do crippled cats run the hills on unfettered legs? Do indoor cats prowl the jungle wilds? In their dreams, are sick cats whole again? … Continue reading →
People usually come out of the loss of a beloved pet with 1 of 3 basic thoughts: I never want to feel that pain again! Some cat moms and dads swear off adoption because they literally cannot bear the idea … Continue reading →
It still comes With the surprise of a cut finger Sliced by a sharp knife, Deep and acute; Or slashed by a dull blade, Ragged and hurting, The memory of loss.
A home is never so empty as when one has lost a beloved cat. Even if there are other pets still present, chances are they feel the loss as well. If kitty went peacefully, there will be empty beds, forsaken … Continue reading →
I will be dedicating my new Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery, Cat’s Paw, (launch November 10th) to all those beloved, precious, wonderful kitties who are no longer with us. I personally have had 2 recent losses and know of several others. I am … Continue reading →
On Friday, I lost my dear cat Big Red to cancer. This poem is morbid, maudlin, and incomplete but I needed to write it, needed to share it, and hope it resonates with others who have lost beloved pets. Because … Continue reading →