Category Archives: Animals

Resurrecting the Dead

The strip between the parking lots of the post office and the warehouse was barren. It constited of a long lump of dry beige soil and a few struggling sweet gum trees. A landscaping company came by once a month … Continue reading

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Holiday Strays

The rain was miserable. It was gray and misty in between bursts of heavy downpours. It got into every crevice. I was just as grumpy as the weather. My coat was wet. I was overloaded with stuff to do. I … Continue reading

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Lessons from My Inner Dog

Cats dominate my life. They grossly outnumber the human family members in my house. I don’t remember searching for a cat to add to my life for many years and yet, here they are. They lounge on couches, have food … Continue reading

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Time Heals All Cat Wounds

Our cat, Isis, used to hate me. She spent the first 15 years of her life giving me a suspicious eye that clearly indicated that without her ever vigilant nature, I would have cooked and eaten her by now. She … Continue reading

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Yowling Time

Every year I do the unthinkable. I bath my cats. Usually, it is at the end of summer when the flea population rises to an all time high. This year, the flea comb was enough to stem the tide through … Continue reading

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The Little Red Hen – Coyote Approved Version

I used to love the this story as a child but it always seemed to be missing a little something. In honor of coyote energy I have updated this tale for my own satisfaction. Once upon a time, a little … Continue reading

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The Inner Superhero

My youngest son is secretly a superhero. I used to think of him as being a ornery, teen version of Clark Kent with a video game obsession. He has worked hard to convince us that his only interests in life … Continue reading

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Alice Meek and Mild

I have had chickens in my life for many years. Consequently, I have become the person that people call when they are having trouble with their own backyard hens. I get calls about thin shells, torn combs, molting hens … … Continue reading

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Saving Amelia

Amelia was groggy. She sat under the grape arbor like a chicken-shaped brick. If she was a cat, I wouldn’t worry. Cats will sit with their legs folded under them for hours and brag about it later. Amelia, like most … Continue reading

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One for the Birds

I love Thanksgiving. Beyond the talk of pilgrims and turkey and football, I just love the good, old-fashioned sense of indulgence. It is the supreme feast of the year. The focus is not on a tree or a bunny or … Continue reading

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