Precious Kittens Available for Adoption

131285024_10220043135377426_6464418113523009967_nAs many of you know, my husband and I look after a colony of community cats. One of the biggest challenges during the pandemic is that the “feral fix” trap/neuter/return projects were shut down. So, many community cats had kittens. One of them was Penelope, a tiny tortoiseshell in our colony. She had a litter last summer, all three of whom were adopted by a friend. She had a second litter in April and, as with the last batch, because she had them in our yard, we were able to socialize them from day one.

Well, those kittens are now eight weeks old, and are available for adoption from San Jose Animal Care & Services. I am not going to lie; there were a lot of tears.

131341647_10220043133297374_2737409650803215012_nI became especially attached to the smallest kitten, Tigger, and vice versa. Tigger is aptly named; he is bold and bouncy and, despite his tiny size, was the ringleader. At the same time, he is gentle and affectionate. He was the first to figure out every new skill and show his sisters how to do it.

I cried as I put every kitten into the crate to transport them, but I bawled my eyes out over Tigger — even as I knew that it was the right thing to do. We have five indoor cats, two of whom are seniors with health issues. On top of that, I’ll be starting back to the office at least a couple of days a week, and it would be unfair to both the precious, playful baby and the staid adults to put them through that.

As of today, the kittens are available for adoption. Orange polydactyl girl Tammy Twelve-Toes, torbie girl Tibbs, torbie girl Teddi-Anne, and orange boy Tigger may be just right for you or someone you know.

(Photo of Penelope and the four kittens, and Tigger with his “arm” around Tibbs by Jeff Cathcart.)

Sixty Sensational Online Historical Archive Collections — Paper Lantern Writers

The difference between libraries and archives is very simple. Libraries hold published books, ebooks, audiobooks, and films which people can take home to enjoy. Archives hold primary sources: letters, diaries, photographs, pamphlets, etc. If you want to use these materials to write a book, make a movie, search for ancestors, or write a school paper, you can only handle them in the archive itself. Luckily, most archives have digitizing programs so they can share their materials online with more users and researchers. All of these pieces of history are unique and irreplaceable, and making them available digitally helps preserve the originals.

Sixty Sensational Online Historical Archive Collections — Paper Lantern Writers

The Unsavory Side of Authenticity | DIY MFA Blog | Pamela Taylor

I recall being struck by a comment Bernard Cornwell made in an online interview. I’ll have to paraphrase because I can’t find the video at the moment. He defined historical fiction as “the small story told against the backdrop of the large story.” It’s a very helpful way to think about strategies for dealing with elements of the past that don’t pass muster in today’s world.

Not every historical novel has to be an epic saga or have well-known historical characters on stage. More intimate stories are just as compelling if they draw us deeply into the life experiences of the characters. Think of photographs taken with a zoom lens. The subject of the photo is in focus and crystal clear. But the background is blurred—it’s still there, but in far less detail.

The Unsavory Side of Authenticity | DIY MFA Blog | Pamela Taylor

Click through for an outstanding look at making your historical fiction feel authentic while dealing with the very real unpleasantness that went on.

An Ever Narrowing Stage

An eloquent look at a world I was part of for many years. As noted in a previous post, I will not return until it is a safe place for *all* who wish to “play Fair(e).”

BART Station Bard

A Family Outing To Renaissance Faire 1968
A Family Goes to Pleasure Faire, 1968

I unearthed a lot of photos last weekend. The long look back over forty-plus years of Faire was useful. It gave me perspective on the current situation. I had forgotten just how big Faire used to be. I’m not just talking about size, though there was a lot more space, and there were a lot more of us. No, the quality of the spell we cast collectively created an energetic container that we filled with a place that never was, and always will be. Back then we were a community, trusted to play our part in the act of creation. There were fewer rules and more magic.

I was told by a dear friend “If you’re not having fun, it’s on you.” It was meant well, more the Zen master with the rod than Bill Sykes with a bludgeon, and I did try…

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Nice 4-Star Review of “Hugs and Hisses”

Many thanks to Ronel Janse van Vuuren for this lovely review on GoodReads:

smartmockups_kheynjzcAn emotional rollercoaster of the author’s time with rescue cats. From Gigi who died far too young, to Tint who found his forever home at a senior age, and the Mama cat and her kittens who were rescued, this is one sweet real life story. I loved the short pieces about different cats and how they all found their forever homes. And then there’s the story of the woman who so cruelly starved a dog. People like that should be shot and then shot again just to make sure they’re feeling the pain they’ve dealt. “Animal cruelty is not something you do, it’s who you are.” I absolutely agree with that. The stories of loss had me in tears – mainly as it reminded me of all the furbabies I’ve lost myself. The resources page is a great addition to this memoir.

Want your own copy of Hugs and Hisses? Here are the blurb and purchase links:

Award-winning author, animal communicator, and Reiki practitioner Sharon E. Cathcart shares tales from her humane education work in this new memoir. Sharing stories of both happiness and heartbreak, Cathcart brings us into the challenging world of animal rescue. All proceeds from the book will benefit Humane Society Silicon Valley.

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