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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 [...]

Zorro’s Rescue Story to be Part of Rescued, Volume Two

My Rama was one of 12 cats who told their compelling stories of rescue in the award-winning Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes. FitCat Publishing is publishing Rescued Volume II, which will be live (print and e-book) in January 2017. Last week, Zorro and I learned that Zorro's story of rescue will [...]

RIP — Good Person

Yesterday I lost a person who had been special in my life. I rarely got to see her, but she made a huge impact in the small moments we spent together. One time, in a spontaneous and unexpected fashion, we stayed up until three in the morning, getting to know each other after many years [...]

By |December 22nd, 2015|Author, creative writing, Life, Writing|

Wicked Good Wednesday: Catherine gets a logo; Norton wants one, too.

Norton: Mama just got a "logo"!       Norton: What's a logo?   "Why can't I have a logo? I need this!"                     Chester: I dunno. Something humans use to tell the world about themselves.   Norton: I want a logo!   Chester: [...]

Mindful Cat Monday — Writing about Place

Those of you who know me know that I LOVE to write about place. I am fascinated with the way that different landscapes "feel," and how they impact our daily living. For instance, the Green Mountains are a big part of daily life here in northern Vermont. We drive them, we climb them daily. Even [...]

By |September 21st, 2015|Catherine Holm Author, creative writing, Place|

Wicked Good Wednesday: Rama Teaches Mama

Rama here! I'm doing just great! I'm pretty much back to normal now, running up and down stairs, even jumping! Still, Mama sometimes needs to be reminded of the nuances of healing. It doesn't happen all at once, you know! Just a few days ago, I thought Mama was going to have a sad-attack, just [...]

Wicked Good Wednesday — Rama Goes Back to the Vet

  Rama: Mama, are we going to take a long car ride? Cat: Yes, my handsome boy! Rama: Well, that's okay, because I will get YOU all to MYSELF for the whole day! I don't even mind riding in a car! Cat: I feel the same way! It will be a love fest! Rama: Love [...]

By |September 9th, 2015|Author, blogging, cat care, Catherine Holm Author, Life with cats|