Entries Categorized as 'cats'

Happy New Year! (can I get a woot woot for 2011?)

December 31, 2010

I was thinking that putting a picture from The Poseidon Adventure on my New Year’s blog entry might be too foreboding but what the hell! I love the movie– you know, massive tidal wave flips over a cruise ship and survivors, including Shelley Winters, Red Buttons, and Pamela Sue Martin, have to climb their way […]

Hermia 1991-2010

September 30, 2010

Hermia, my cranky, crazy, neurotic, fuzzy, fat then skinny, chatty, wonderful, 19 years and 5 months old cat died this past Saturday. Did I mention she was over 19 years old? Most websites I found gave her human year equivalent as 93 years. That’s older than Betty White, but not older than Gloria Stuart (Titanic) […]

Cat Fancy

April 16, 2010

So I haven’t done anything with those window frames yet…BUT I WILL! MARK MY WORDS! Anyway, it was my cat Hermia’s 19th birthday yesterday, April 15. Yes, 19. Can you believe it? I can’t. I was never a cat person. We had them growing up, off and on. Names like Cinders, and Felix, and Truffle […]

Shelley, Also Known as Shirley

February 13, 2010

“To write well, to write passionately, to be less inhibited, to be warmer, to be more self-critical, to recognize the power of as well as the force of lust, to write, to love.” ———John Cheever (from The Journals of John Cheever) Been back from my residency in Vermont for two weeks now. Ooof, talk about […]

VSC: The Last Day

January 28, 2010

Wow. I can’t believe it’s over. My last day at Vermont Studio Center. So much to say but my head is utterly pounding and the thoughts in my brain a-jumble — anxiety about travel tomorrow, the strange ritual of packing up after 5 weeks away, theĀ  goodbyes to dozens of wonderful people. What is there […]

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2008

I’m hoping for a new year of creativity, much reading and more writing, a year of change, of equality, of compassion and respect, of peace, of prosperity. Jackophobia: The fear that somewhere, somehow, Jack is watching you Hope With Dick and Jane (postcard made by me, Nov. 2008) Me and Ted, July 2008 And finally, […]


October 7, 2008

Jackophobia: The fear that somewhere, somehow, Jack is watching you. (Inspired by Gary Larson’s Far Side Cartoon)

Mary Mary Quite Contrary…

August 9, 2008

…check out how much my garden has grown! I’ve got Cayenne Peppers ripening red. I’ve been researching (aka Googling) how to cook with Cayenne Peppers and came across some interesting ideas like this. But if anyone else has some good ideas for what to do with Fresh Grown Cayenne Peppers please let me know. Here […]

Sleeping with Cats

May 4, 2008

That’s the title of a memoir written by the incomparable Marge Piercy. Piercy spoke Friday night at the Literary Arts Festival at one of the colleges where I teach. She was great: cranky, funny, obnoxious, generous– and such an amazing poet. When asked by a student what advice she had for new writers she exclaimed: […]

Happy 78th Birthday Hermia! (my cat)

April 15, 2008

O. M. G. I totally forgot it was Hermia’s Birthday today. Two days of celebrations!She was born on April 15, 1991– which makes her 17 years old. But, according to this website , she’s really 78 years old (in the human equivalent). Here’s their chart: Here’s a look at Hermia through the years: 1. (first […]