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Happy Mother’s Day to My Mom!

Today is Mother’s Day and I am not available to celebrate with my mom. Instead I will be assessing if children are safe in their mother’s care. My mother raised 3 kids alone during a time when it was still taboo to be a single mother. She worked crappy jobs and put up with a lot … Continue reading

Lessons Learned from Homeless Cats

When Rumpy and I are out for walks, the homeless cats remain still until we pass by.    It’s a smart strategy. When afraid, most animals either fight or flee. But being still throws a predator off guard. “Hmmm…. not afraid? Maybe I should keep looking.” When I’m afraid, I tend to start running my … Continue reading

Message to Michael

I often talk of the things Rumpy and I see while on our walks. Today we saw this: There’s no similar sign posted anywhere else that I’ve seen. This is the only one. So who is Michael, and why does he need our prayers? I first thought of this song recorded by Dionne Warwick: But … Continue reading

How a Curmudgeon Learns to Be Positive

She was a petite cream-color kitty with black facial markings and striking blue eyes. I often noticed her seated in the upstairs window of the apartment building Rumpy and I passed by on our morning walks. And then a week ago we spotted her outside. She was fearful of Rumpy, though he was across the … Continue reading

Of Pets and Power Suits

First thing this morning I had to appear in court. WAIT! No, this is NOT a post about work, I promise! But it’s important to tell you that I had to put on my best game face today, and we women know all too well that wearing that power suit makes you look and feel more confident. … Continue reading

Springing Forward!

Soon the time will change. And my schedule with change. Again. Different time for walkies. Different time for meals. It’s all so confusing. Why do you humans keep doing this? I don’t know. Lucky for me, I’m a go-with-the-flow kinda dog. I will embrace the earlier walks that will bring with them the warmer days. … Continue reading

How NOT to Sell a Car to a Woman

I know I write about sexism and gender bias more than some of you want to read, but I have to tell you this story, because I still can’t believe it’s true. And yet, I know it is, because it happened to me earlier today. As I mentioned before, I’ve been mulling over whether to trade in … Continue reading

What We Call Family

I looked up the definition of family at Merriam-Webster online. There are many definitions, but the first one was: a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head.  I think that fits the grouping that lives in my home. True, to others it may seem as a single woman living with her pets, … Continue reading

The Fear of Pain and Suffering

I recently read a paper published in 2010 by Oscar Horta University of Santiago de Compostela entitled, “Debunking the Idyllic View of Natural Processes: Population Dynamics and Suffering in the Wild.” (accessed through Faunalytics.org) Horta mentions that we have some romantic idea of what it must be like for animals to live in the wild and do … Continue reading

A Death in the Family

There are  a handful of people who, by my knowing them, have made life so much sweeter. My 7th grade language arts teacher, challenged me to reach beyond my abilities and compete in the school spelling bee. A former boss who gave me not one but two breaks in the work world. Friends who taught me … Continue reading

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