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Here Is Wonderful

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For  many  2016 was a tough year.  For some including me it was a time  to let go of some situations and people who were not conducive to personal or professional growth.  We’re here  now  -2017 has arrived.  The New Year brings us promise  and hope for positive change.   As I move in a new  direction  with a new year  in bloom, despite challenges, there is a  is a lot to be grateful for  and I am happy that I am present.    I learned to enjoy life without the need for prestige.   I have a wonderful group of friends I enjoy.   I  live in a wonderful neighborhood, Brookland, DC.  It has taken  me years to get to a place where I choose peace and I am still not an expert.   It helps that Koko is one of my “life coaches.”    Though she likes attention,  for Koko it’s often a  matter of finding the right box for a nap.

 

Koko takes a nap

Koko takes a nap

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Visitors

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It has been more than a month since Jean Claude slipped out the house for a pack of cigarettes or mouse treats maybe.   CCL and I are hopeful he will return.  Koko seems to be getting used to life without JC.  She has a variety of toys to play with and regularly visits me in my home office.  She also interacts with my friends when they visit.  This morning two squirrels played in my back yard as she and I  watched from the window and a Cardinal also swept down from the sky and walked the back yard for a bit before flying off.   Earlier a bird perched on the window seal just outside my bedroom.

 

The Bird on the Window- Sill (Right)

The Bird on the Window- Sill (Right)

 

 

 

The Kindness of Cats

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I am increasingly convinced that there are people that are born with a hole in their soul.  We all know  them – people   who are convinced of their own greatness.  They lack empathy for others and are not only totally self-involved but devoid of anything resembling compassion. They treat others like toys to be manipulated.  The spotlight must be on them at all time .  Pettiness is their tour de force.

 

Until recently cats were often characterized as  resembling these selfish,  unfeeling souls.  Recent evidence such as  Tara the rescue cat who saved her four-year old charge from a dog  indicates otherwise.   Thanks to digital and social media there are the numerous examples of cats as heroes, singers, gate keepers and cats in nursing homes who offer comfort to those in pain or who are dying.   I’m reminded of the kindness of cats when Koko comes to cuddle and watch Netflix with me or Jean Claude, sensing I’m  feeling down, comes to play or rub again me.   Cats can be kind and  can serve as an example for us human beings  as well.

 

 

Peace

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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

Dancing in the Streets

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A charming musician get an audience of kittens in Malaysia

4 Music-Loving Kitties Come To Listen To Street Singer Everyone Else Ignored