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I publish my writing in a variety of ways. As Catherine Holm, I write creative fiction and nonfiction. As Ann Catanzaro, I write cat fantasy fiction.

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|

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 [...]

Are time-sucks derailing your dreams? Stop that!

There is a lot of distraction in our lives these days, and if we don't pay attention to it, it can end up pulling us in a bunch of different directions, leaving us frustrated. Nothing gets done -- at least nothing of importance. What really matters? How do we know, in the midst of all [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|Author|

A Good Producer

I was walking in our woods yesterday. After a long dry spell and what looked like muted foliage colors, the colors have finally "popped." It was a gorgeous, sunny fall day in the North Country of New England. Back fresh from a yoga teacher training/retreat, I was making a practice of walking slowly, breathing, doing [...]

By |October 9th, 2017|Author|

Creating a [false] culture of urgency

People are often in a hurry, but I suggest that people don't always need to be in such a hurry. Real life example from one of my jobs: Co-worker and I need information, in the moment, to continue to do our job. Boss is offsite. We approach boss assistant with our request for information. Boss [...]

By |September 26th, 2017|Author|