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Don’t Wake a Man Out of His Sleep

Azeena mentioned this before, but when I went to her house to get the cats I stayed for a bit. I like to do this to give them a chance to “forgive” me for leaving them. Well last time I was there and got caught up in an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent so I was there for a while. So long that Jean-Claude who was awake when I walked in was under Azeena’s bed asleep.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time then you can tell that Roxie is the one who is prissy and JC just goes with the flow. But this time it was different. Jean-Claude was so upset that he ran and hid, presumably to go back to sleep. So if you try to find a black cat in all of the crevices of a house you can imagine my frustration. So I just took Roxie and went back later to fetch le chat noir. And sure enough on the next go round he was eager to hop in the crate.

My male friends immediately jumped to JC’s defense and reminded me – never wake a man out of his sleep. I guess for JC the process of dealing with all of the females in his life he needs his downtime. As you can see he is not the same wonderful happy JC when you wake him up!

So my lesson was regardless of species, let that man sleep and you’ll have a much happier household!



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Jean Claude Looking Out CCL's Window The Day After Hurricane Irene Hit Our Town

Today one day  after Hurricane Irene hit the region where I live , it was  a beautiful day, perfect almost .  There are  a lot about sayings a  such as the “darkest day before the dawn”, “storms will come and so will sunshine and flowers”  etc, etc.    Hurricane Irene led to death and destruction for sure on a broad scale.  Still, there is a lot of truth to all those sayings.  This was also the week we celebrated the opening of a memorial dedicated to  Martin Luther King Jr., a man who left us a legacy of hope to build and to dream.

Preparing for the Storm

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A hurricane approaches the East Coast. Folks have been out buying supplies, bread, food, wood, liquor, preparing for the worst or for the storm. I, too, took steps to prepare, made a mushroom lasagna, stopped at my favorite Mexican chicken place and ordered an extra meal.    I also took a way around my wonderful neighborhood and stopped by my daughter CCL’s house to visit with Jean Claude and Roxie.  Only Roxie ventured out to greet me, after I turned the television on and began watching “Leverage,” a TNT show she likes.   I presume Jean Claude was still sleeping – you know how guys are.

You know it’s so funny, we know the steps to prepare for the worse, buy bread, buy milk, buy batteries but what about routine steps to prepare for the best for the time that comes after the storm, the wind, the rain.  We should start making rituals for that time too:  cleaning the debris, replanting the flower bed, fixing the roof or nourishing our souls.


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Washington, DC and several other locales got a wakeup call yesterday in the form of an earthquake.  There has been a lot of chaos in Washington lately over some major, and some very minor, things.  I was out-of-town during the quake.  CCL in another major city.  The cats, Roxie and Jean Claude, at my house this week, had to fend for themselves.  Still, when I arrived home, they seemed calm.  For them the chaos and excitement was but a moment.

The Wikipedia description starts as follows “An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor or temblor) is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth’s crust that creates seismic waves. The seismicity or seismic activity of an area refers to the frequency, type and size of earthquakes experienced over a period of time. Earthquakes are measured using observations from seismometers. The moment magnitude is the most common scale on which earthquakes larger than approximately 5 are reported for the entire globe.”

So the moment magnitude of an earthquake impacts structures and people’s lives within seconds. There are other things that cause such phenomena: a smile,  that  quick wink between friends, a touch from a loved one –  all things done in  a moment that leave a lasting and powerful impression.  Also there’s  love, the moment we feel it for a romantic partner, that first blissful peaceful moment in the morning – or the morning after.


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During my time at my mom’s house, my play aunt Gloria came to call. “Aunt” Gloria and her daughter Kim have always been a source of inspiration for me and for my family. They look just alike, both are energetic and successful: Aunt Gloria as an educator, sorority maven and member of the National Council of Negro Women and Kim as a corporate executive, mom and now consultant. Seems during her Bermuda childhood Aunt Gloria played with Elizabeth soon to be future Queen of England. She and HER mother also had two private audiences with the Queen. Everyday I think of the marvelous women friends, sistah girls of all races and creeds I’ve helped or who have helped me along the way and feel truly blessed. Of course as many of you know CCL is also royalty as are Jean Claude and Roxie – the other queen.