A Christmas Story

It had been a dark year. There was no joy found in the streets. The glowing white lights hung low and swinging, casting no warmth but instead speckled cold brightness onto the streets laced with ice. Soft, white, fluffy snow had failed to fall. The winter had been mostly freezing rain accompanied by sharp winds, … More A Christmas Story

Dear Kitten

Dearest Cleopatra, Welcome to the Hayes family, little one. You came to us during a very difficult time and I wanted to share with you just why I may squeeze you too tight and worry after every little thing you do. We had a cat named Oliver who we lost right before we met you. … More Dear Kitten

Pulling a Britta

Dear New Friends and People First Meeting Me, I’ve become aware of how much of a Britta I’ve been pulling when New York City comes up in conversation and for that I apologize. Let me explain. First of all, for those of you who don’t know what ‘pulling a Britta’ means, it comes from the … More Pulling a Britta

“It is important to fight and fight again, and keep fighting…”

Even in this small city and state, the tragedy that happened at Pulse in Orlando has spread over everyone here like a dark cloud. You can feel it when you ask how people are. They respond with the usual “fine” but then you lock eyes with them and without speaking, you both know that fine … More “It is important to fight and fight again, and keep fighting…”

How I Know I’m Not Ready For Kids: A Story of Two Cats

A week ago, we opened our home and hearts to a new cat we named Daenerys Targaryen (formerly Bella) because she had been rescued from a house fire. She is the Unburnt and the sweetest little survivor there ever was. She also breathes like a dragon when she sniffs things. She is supposedly three years old and … More How I Know I’m Not Ready For Kids: A Story of Two Cats