/Mindful Cat Blog/


My mother gave me a huge gift for Christmas. I called her on Christmas day as I walked outside on a quiet dirt road. Against a stark blue northern Minnesota sky, jagged swamp spruce punctuated the horizon. The sound of my hiking boots on a dry layer of snow, plowed almost to the gravel, was [...]

By |December 27th, 2020|Author|

Masks, Beliefs, and the “American Spirit”

My mother sent my brothers and me an angry email today. In the email, she lamented the loss of the "American Spirit." Mom grew up during WW II and recalls how the country pulled together at that time. She has fresh and real memories of people working together -- dealing with food rationing, planting gardens, [...]

By |November 30th, 2020|Author|

Gratitude Post

Gratitude feels good and it always centers me.   I'm grateful for a profession that I love, and great people to work with who work well together. I'm grateful that I can help a person feel good or give them some relief during these times, or any times. I'm grateful that I can walk down [...]

By |November 25th, 2020|Author|

Why Healers Need to Take Care of Themselves

These days are stressful and interesting times. As a massage therapist, I "feel" this daily when I work on the clients on my table. Some of these clients name the stress out loud -- stress on the job, other life stress, pandemic stress, or unidentified stress that they prefer not to get specific about. It [...]

By |October 18th, 2020|Author|

3-Way Cat Convo

Jamie: Hey Quimby, or BuffPuff, or Puffy Paws, or whatever your name is. Why do you hang your paws over every edge imaginable? Quimby!   Quimby: Because Ma thinks it's cute!   Jamie: What's so cute about it? I'll show you cute. (rolls around, waving paws) Jamie napping.   Quimby: Well, [...]

By |October 14th, 2020|Author|

Meet Cooper!

I have a hard time knowing what to blog about. I am not good at creating an internet "persona" to portray. I don't have anything to "sell" at the moment. What is me, is me. But lately, the genuine happy news at our house is the arrival, and incorporation, of our newest (young) cat -- [...]

By |October 12th, 2020|Author|

The Cat Who Learned to Look Out Windows

Sometimes it takes years with a cat to fully figure out their personality, or underlying oddities about their personality. In the case of Keiran, our (suspected) Turkish Van cat, I now have some hypotheses about why he is the way he is. We rescued Keiran in 2007 by the side of our house, on a [...]

By |May 25th, 2020|cat care, cat welfare, Life with cats|

In Memory of Chester, sweet orange manager cat

It's hard for me to go public with my grief, but perhaps someone can learn something from this story. Almost two months ago, I very abruptly lost my sweet orange cat Chester. Here is Chester's story. Years ago, I volunteered at the Mesabi Humane Society in Virginia, MN. A friendly and sweet orange cat caught [...]

By |June 26th, 2018|Author|

Musings on a Checkered Employment Past

I think that creative people have always had to be super resourceful when it comes to making a living. Some of us don't fit in well to traditional employment settings, no matter how hard we try. Some (many) cannot make a living from the creative work that we do. I'd love a Patron, so I [...]

By |April 19th, 2018|Author, Catherine Holm Author, creative writing|

Do Your Stories Keep You Stuck?

Doors are opening. Doors are closing. Three of my books are going out of print. A long time freelance job is going away. I'm seeing 11:11, 1111, 111, and 11 all over the place, many times daily. Woo hoo! (Or, as my teachers said in life coaching training, "taa daa!" It's a way to fearlessly [...]