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Be Yourself and Don’t Worry about The Rest of the World

Be yourself and don't worry about the rest of the world. Easy to say. Sounds so simple! And so easy to forget, or be pulled away from. No, I don't mean go out and harm, or do any crazy thing. I mean bring your best benefit to the world. Your talents, your gifts, the things [...]

I Win a Best-of-the-Best Award for My Short Story “Sideways”

On June 24, at the joint BlogPaws and Cat Writers' Association (CWA) conference in Phoenix, AZ, I won the CWA President's Award for my short story “Sideways.” I also got a reminder about my direction. Awards for the short story "Sideways" -- the Muse Medallion is awarded to the best entry in a category (the [...]

By |July 11th, 2016|Author|

Norton, VT author Catherine Holm Wins Coveted President’s Award From The Cat Writers’ Association

PRESS RELEASE: Norton, VT author Catherine Holm Wins Coveted President's Award From The Cat Writers' Association Norton, VT author Catherine Holm won the coveted Cat Writers' Association President's Award, on Friday, June 24, at the CWA's annual conference in Phoenix, AZ. Holm won the award for her short story "Sideways," which is the story of [...]

By |June 29th, 2016|Author|

Blowing through Limitations and Going with the Flow

Last weekend I went to Cape Cod. I've only been there twice in my life, about 20 years ago. I really wanted to go back. For some reason (knowingly or unknowingly), I'd incorporated the belief that it would be really difficult to ever get there again. I envisioned throngs of traffic, barely moving. I dreaded [...]

By |May 19th, 2016|Author|

Make the Time to Create

If you're wired to create (no matter what form it takes), you know that you need to find time to create. Writing, painting, weaving, whatever you do. It can be tough, and it requires a TON of discipline. Still, if I can find 30 minutes or so per day for yoga and meditation, I can [...]

By |March 18th, 2016|Catherine Holm Author, creative writing, Writing|

Work in Progress — A Love Letter to Minnesota and Vermont

I'm putting together a new book full of my observations about Place -- both in Vermont and Minnesota. Here is a very short excerpt I read last Sunday at the Derby Line First Universalist Parish:   I go to register my car and get my Vermont driver’s license at the DMV in Newport, Vermont. The [...]

Book Review: Purr Prints of the Heart, by Deborah Barnes

Those of us who are fortunate to share a life with loved animal companions know that there comes a time when we have to say goodbye to these loved ones. Generally, we outlive them. This subject is covered in Deborah Barnes' Purr Prints of the Heart: A Cat's Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond.   [...]

By |March 3rd, 2016|Author, book review, cat care, cat welfare, creative writing|

Mindful Cat Monday — Meeting Resistance with Ease

I'm realizing that I've been resisting a creative writing project close to my heart. I want to write this, but I fear that something may be so painful or unearthing about it, that I am resisting it. Resistance just creates more resistance. It takes courage to meet difficulty, or resistance, with ease. It's the same [...]

Blame it on Pittsburgh — The Hills are in My Blood

I started life out in a small town near Pittsburgh, PA. (I understand that I was born on a farm, which might have something to do with why I seem to be the most outdoorsy person in my family.) We left PA (for MN) when I was ten, and I really don't remember much about [...]

Up at Catster.com: Cat Bloggers Talk: Does Writing About Cats “Overexpose” You?

As an author and a cat blogger, I am very intrigued with the line between what we give to the world and what remains private. I'm a pretty private person, myself, though I'm sure my personality leaks through in my writing and blogging. Cats are, for us in the cat world, very personal, and a [...]