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Memorial Day 2022

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To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. ― Thomas Campbell

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day when we honor the memory of the men and women who have died in military service. We also celebrate the arrival of summer, but because of the reason for the holiday, it never feels right to me to say “Happy Memorial Day,” so instead, I’m wishing you a day filled with love and beautiful memories.Continue Reading

Allegra and the Pint of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

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When it comes to ice cream, I don’t think there’s anything better than a pint of Ben & Jerry’s in your favorite flavor to satisfy your craving. I only like ice cream in the summer, and since it was super hot here last weekend, it was time for the first pint of the season. And I’d forgotten just how much Allegra loves Ben & Jerry’s, but not for the reason you might think. But why don’t I Iet her tell you yourself.Continue Reading

My Cat (Literally) Saved My Life

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Some cats change our lives.

James Bowen was a down on his luck British street musician who was busking the streets of London when a ginger cat walked into his life. Bowen and Bob caught the attention a literary agent, an encounter that would change the pair’s lives irrevocably. Bowen’s first book, A Street Cat Named Bob, became an international bestseller and was released as a major motion picture.Continue Reading

Happy Mother’s Day

My mom passed away 28 years ago, yet Mother’s Day still is a bit of a bittersweet day. The pain of missing her has faded after all these years, but I still feel some sadness when Mother’s Day cards start showing up in stores, friends make plans to spend time with their moms, and restaurants offer Mother’s Day specials. Continue Reading

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When Love Grows Slowly: How a Shy, Unassuming Cat Changed My World

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Falling in love with a cat is no different than falling in love with a person. Sometimes, it’s love at first sight. That’s what happened for me when I saw Buckley, the subject of my first book, Buckley’s Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher, in a cage in the back of the animal hospital I managed at the time. I fell in love instantly.

Other times, it’s a slower process. Continue Reading