Category Archives: Health, Wellness, Lifestyle

WHY I WRITE COZIES, AND WHY I READ THEM, TOO

This is a harsh world. The last nearly-two years have brought an even harsher layer to what already was. Pandemic, violence, civil unrest. In the face of this reality, I choose to see also the good, the beauty, the kindness, … Continue reading

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2022 DAY ONE-FINISHED MY MEMOIR!

  It’s the first day of a brand new year! I didn’t do it on purpose, but this morning I finished the second draft of my memoir, THERE’S A CAT HAIR IN MY MASK: How Cats Helped Me Through Unprecedented Times and … Continue reading

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IT WAS THE THIRD OF JUNE…

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. I’ve posted before about the enigmatic ballad sung by Bobbie Gentry back in the … Continue reading

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HOW WE GRIEVE

For Bear, Roman, Gracie, and all the others, gone too soon. It is in our nature as humans to dismiss death until it stands up and hits us in the face. Yet there is no escaping it. These past few … Continue reading

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PANDEMIC REFLECTIONS

Warning: Slightly political rant. PG for violence, but no sex or graphic language. I watch out the window. A couple pushing a stroller pass by. Child, cat, or dog—I can’t tell from here. Both people are both wearing masks. And … Continue reading

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Not All Mothers Have Human Babies

Happy Mother’s Day, no matter who your babies are. Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for a lot of people: those of us who have lost a mother, those who have lost a child, those who have not been … Continue reading

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

No, it’s not my day-of-birth but my day-of-rebirth, known in Alcoholics Anonymous as my Birthday. It’s been thirteen years since I took that last drink, one day at a time. I don’t know how much that adds up to in … Continue reading

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No. 4858

The following is an excerpt from a personal letter I wrote to a dear friend in Canada. I am very candid about my views. I’m not attempting to start a debate or initiate an argument. This is merely a moment … Continue reading

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POEM: SAD RAIN

Damn the rain.  Today it is too much.  God’s tears, yes,  Mingle with our own  As more death  Takes ones we love,  Leaving only a cold companion,  Grief.    Written originally for Leslie, Patty, and Patricia, who have recently lost … Continue reading

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VEGAN HUMAN-CARNIVOROUS CAT

I am an omnivore. In the past, I’ve been a vegan, a vegetarian, a pescatarian, and a macrobiotic, but at this point in my life, I’ve found it prudent to be flexible. Whether traveling in other countries or visiting people … Continue reading

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