Today I attended the Alley Cat Allies national conference, “Architects of Change for Cats.” Well, okay, it is a three-day conference and I only went to the one day, but it was a fascinating experience. I’ve written before about how I became involved with the care-taking of feral cats. It’s been over seven years since […]


When I found out, on May 8, that my younger cat Katie had developed aggressive lymphoma before she even turned four, I was staggered. Stunned, shocked, heartbroken. Always a finicky eater, in the week or so before I took her to the vet she’d stopped eating wet food entirely, though she still ate (some) dry […]

Ten years.

This weekend I went on retreat at a Trappist monastery in Berryville, VA. Never having done such a thing before, I was curious, filled mostly with interested anticipation but with a little trepidation. Would I go crazy, I wondered, with nearly 48 hours off the grid entirely, not just no internet, but no phone, no […]

Best laid plans, &c.

Another ponderous blog post was building up in my head. What would I discuss next? “Shortage of topics” was never a worry for me when I set this whole thing up. “Making sense” and “not dragging on and on” were worries. For tonight specifically, I had goals. There were ideas about professional sports. There were […]