I’m wearing my big girl writer pants now! 2

I’m super excited today, for a couple reasons. One is that it looks like I might have landed a little freelance writing work to supplement my income going in to grad school, so I’m all wound up and nervous about that. But even more so, I’ve published my first ever short story in a pro ...

In which I owe Isaac, big time

You may or may not know this about me, but I have a soft spot that is actually larger than my entire body for cats. And a soft spot only slightly smaller for dogs. If there is a dog or a cat looking sad or sounding pitiful, I will be there, and I will quite ...

With apologies to Mr. Shakespeare

Is this a kitten I see before meHis belly toward my hand? Come, let me pet thee.I touch thee not, yet long to stillArt thou not, adorable vision, purringTo invite my hand? Or art thou butA kitten of the mind, a belly trapProceeding from the cute-oppressed brain?I see thee yet, in form as palpableAs the ...

Return of DeathCat 2

Doctor casts new light on cat that can predict death. Oy. For the most part, it sounds like the doctor is trying to focus on the comfort that the cat can provide terminal patients. Which is good. I’m a big believer in the wonders of a fluffy, purring, shredding machine. But this? When Oscar was ...

Cats are manipulative little brats. 2

But we already knew this. Cats ‘exploit’ humans by purring; apparently there is a particular sort of purr – or tone that can be put in a purr – that motivates humans to get moving and fill the food bowl because it’s just that annoying. It’s plausible, considering the “soliciting purr” does have similarities in ...