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Climbing to New Heights

So recently, Koko has been back to climbing trees. I love it. She started off as a climber as kitten. She would climb anything and everything without fear. I was able to catch video of her out on a limb. She was perfectly happy but started freaking out when she heard me calling her because she couldn’t get down. But I knew exactly what to do.

I left her alone to figure it out.

Sometimes, we mean well, but the best way to offer support is to walk away. Sometimes giving the people we love the space to figure it out on their own is the best.

And sure enough, I went back into the house. Not too long after Koko came in for her hugs and well deserved accolades.

You can see the video here


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The last the two weeks have been full of adventure in terms of my professional career with some travel and a lot of catching up with old friends and making new friends.   I also along with CCL got a sneak peak at something very exciting.  During such stressful business activity, it is wonderful to have friends and family and of  Jean Claude and Koko who provide endless entertainment when I am home.  I am still struck by those who by virtue of their being, despite fame and fortune, who invite loneliness by their behavior – their constant need for attention, demands.  Others and other people’s time don’t matter in their world.  They are selfish to the point of claiming ownership over others time, they stalk people through Social Media and other means, never grasping that their oneness is something that they have created.  In times like these prayer is the answer.


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Right now KoKo the domestic shorthair and Jean Claude the black Bombay are at my house. They want to be rubbed and petted. Sometimes KoKo constantly.  Humans are like that as well.  Oprah, the mega mega media mogul and interviewer was asked what was common among the throngs of famous folks she interviewed “They all, after the interview she replied,”wanted to know if they did all right. ”   From Mother Theresa to President Obama, we all need know if we are “ok” and if we did “ok.”   The need  for validation is something we all share.  Certain political figures and entertainers need it  more than most but make no mistake – we all want it in some form.   The applause ,the  polling numbers , the Tony the Oscar, the Gold Medal- the job, the second date, the hello or the smile. We all seek the pat on the head, the OK that we are ok.  Actor George Saunders character in the the 1951 Classic, ” All About Eve” said “We are all born equipped with little horns – to announce our presence.”   As humans we want to know we are valued, admired.    Hatred in its shallow and most visceral form invalidates us with messages that we are  somehow not ok whether if it’s  because of the color of our skin or who we worship or who we love.

Recent events worldwide show us we must go back to the Source.  Hate invalidates us all – God loves us all the same.


Jean Claude and Koko

Jean Claude and Koko


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Yes, all good things must come to an end.  The last several weeks with Jean Claude, the black Bombay, and Koko, the domestic short-hair have been wonderful.  They love my house in Brookland DC with its unique hiding places and views.  Alas, they are now at CCL’s residence where they are exploring the “hood.”  

Koko will no doubt miss peeking out the custom blinds at my house.


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There are some who seek drama and excitement at every turn.  Life for them is reality TV – anything but real – never peaceful.

The soul  needs the subtle nuturing  that only a moment of quiet  and peace can bring – ok maybe in Brookland DC birds are still  chirping.   Try a quiet prayer, look up, a yoga pose – but a moment

Regardless of religious belief or practice, there are ways to find a moment for soul renewal – even if it’s just to sit in one’s backyard with a good book for five minutes.image