The Stray Trust of a Small Friend

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 […]

Be the Buddha, Lola

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

When You Know It’s Right

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 Kisses

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 […]

Cat Lessons

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 […]