When my friend Steve and I were dating back in the mid-nineties, we had a knack for finding strays — a coyote stuck in a storm drain, an injured seagull at the park, a mourning dove chick we nursed in a flowerpot hung from a branch. I suppose he and I were strays, too, in […]
Of all animals, the cat alone attains to the comtemplative life. (S)He regards the wheel of existence from without, like the Buddha. — Andrew Lang • • • ©2013, Photo by MaryAnne Siok
It’s easy, sometimes, to question our decisions. To wonder if we’re heading in the best direction, making the right choices. We look for signals or confirmation. A little fanfare. We want validation, maybe even a gold star — or an A+ written in red somewhere. But atta-girls don’t always come loudly. Sometimes they arrive softly…in […]
• • • Lola on the porch, photo ©2013, Jen Payne; title from an Emily Dickinson poem “The Sun Just Touched the Morning.”
Here name was Lola…and I first spotted her on the Pet Finder website. For days after, I heard Barry Manilow singing in my head and kinda knew then that Lola was coming home with me. I didn’t get to meet Lola in person until last Saturday, when I spent well over an hour visiting with […]
You don’t know, when you first meet each other, how this new relationship is going to unfold. You just know that your heart is open to it. Emily and I met 17 years ago. I opened the local paper one day and saw a classified ad that read Kittens! Kittens! Kittens! Free! Free! Free! An […]
“There are no ordinary cats.” ― Colette • • • ©2013, Jen Payne, Emily at 17.