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Cats Can Be Friends Too!

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I just read another recent study that suggests dogs are more loyal than cats.  Of course, I know better.  I remember years ago when I had very painful dental surgery and the late great Roxie (the Japanese bobtail) would not leave my side as I rested on CCL’s sofa. While I slept she in fact laid on top of me. Most recently, Grace, a true diva, has provided a sense of comfort during the COVID crisis. She is also quite chatty too.

If there is any doubt that cats make good companions and are loyal to boot, read the story from Reader’s Digest of “Henry and Baloo.”  Owners of Henry, a rescue dog, found that their pup seemed to suffer separation anxiety, so they adopted Baloo to keep him company.  You can read the story here:  https://www.rd.com/article/henry-and-baloo/

 

Henry and Baloo

 

 

 

Cats Makes Quarantine Living Better

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Things simply go better with cats. At least according to a new survey.  You can read the survey here: 


https://people.com/pets/cat-quarantine-bonding-during-pandemic-survey/

 

A Place for Peace: Sitting In the Darkness With Prayers for Light

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Right now, my back yard is a source of sanctuary. Need the peace. 

 



Social Distancing – The Mental Kind

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We are all getting more acquainted with Social Distancing.  Health experts have warned us that this is what is needed to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  For our lives, sakes and the sakes of others’ lives and health, we have been asked to create physical space when shopping or visiting neighbors and friends.

Still, for some, that may not be enough.  There are a lot of people who need to “social distance” in their own homes.  Some of us also need to distance ourselves mentally from less than positive influences.  We need to practice  Social Distancing of the mental kind.

 

 

Social Distancing With Grace

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The Coronavirus or #COVID19  is highly contagious, spreading death, disease, and fear all over the world.  For all of us in some way, it has caused outright panic with grocery stores running out of toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and food stables.  There have been widespread cancellations, economic setbacks, extensive handwashing, and handwringing.  No movies, no concerts, and no parties.

Social distancing is the new normal.  Right now, we are all in our corners, waiting to see how things “shake out.”  Fear is trying to rule, but we are all looking for positive, peaceful ways to cope and to connect.  Prayer, meditation, and the emergence of spring have helped.

I am following the example of Grace, the tabby cat, I inherited from CCL.  She is content to do her morning meditation in my back yard.  She also joins me when I am seated on the living room sofa – “her spot.”

My church holds daily prayer calls, many religious institutions and fitness centers have moved to online support, and  Zoom “happy hours” are being held on a regular basis.

In my Brookland, Northeast Washington, DC  neighborhood, we are, as in most of the nation and the world,  practicing “social distancing,”  but folks on my block join in a daily “Dance Party” party.  One neighbor uses his Bluetooth speaker on his porch to blast music while and we all dance either on our porches or up and down the sidewalk of our street.  Today he played several songs from “Frozen” for the children and some Disco jams for the adults.

There is also the wonderful DJ D-Nice, who holds a daily jam on Instagram (@dnice).  The party has a strong celebrity presence, including Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Oprah, J-Lo, Lionel Richie,  Quincy Jones, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Demi Lovato, actor Donny Wahlberg, and Chuck D.

Music is a universal healer.

 

Grace the cat gets her groove on with DJ D-Nice too!