Charlie Forever

Dear Son–Charlie, We could not even see you at first. You were curled up in the back of the cage, behind the other really cute cat that everyone wanted. After he was pulled out, your first human Mom and I peered in, seeing you looking so helpless, eyesight obscured by redness. You looked so sick….

Next Steps…

Finding myself yet again at a “turning point”–hear that, history students of mine?–I must decide how to move forward.   [see recent posts, including What the F–k is Wrong With Me?!”] Life is indeed short. Way too short to be stuck in a job you don’t have passion for. Way too short to spend all…

“He’s the Best Cat We’ve Ever Had. “

—-at least 2 groomers, including Nicole  herself, at Nicole’s Grooming. Today, in Bardstown, Kentucky.  I am so very proud of my son! He has not been letting me clip his nails these past few weeks, so I had to bring him in to a groomer for the first time in his 9 years, but I’m…

Curated Photo IV

Fourth in my series of ten favorite photos of summer, thus far… Inari In Kyoto, Japan, I was hiking back down sacred and spiritually powerful Mount Inari when I came across a vending machine (yes…only in Japan).  A group of young feral cats, uninhibited, came out from behind the machine to greet me. I took…

Debris

It’s where we watched United 93 last night and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off a few nights before. It’s a coffee table in disarray. My old flip phone lies alarm-ready near a glass of water from the night before. Stacks of reading materials, so normal for us. Pop’s shower soap, releasing its last drops.  An apartment…

Is This a Dream?

No…it’s SUMMER BREAK! An academic year of trials, tribulations, heartache and, oh, some heartwarming moments with kooky kids has come to a close. My 11th year of teaching has concluded! And I vow to each one of you to document at least something from each day of my liberation. How can I begin with anything…