Category Archives: Birds and Beasts

3×4

His name—to me—is Mr. Black.  Although he’s really more mahogany than black, and will very likely never answer to any name that I or any human could give him. He’s a reminder that cats, unlike dogs, are less symbionts than … Continue reading

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Sandy

It’s not very often that you can be sure, by almost 100%, that you gave someone everything they could possibly have wanted. That you made them happy. That you gave them a good life. That is what I’m telling myself, … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

I found this turtle while walking the dog.  The dog saw it first, and I thought at first that it had been hit by a car, since it was only a few inches from the asphalt we were walking on, … Continue reading

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Breath Space

The time you spend waiting for someone to die is its own unique pause in the continuum of daily life.  That is so even when the death in question is that of a tiny, ancient, nearly black tortoiseshell cat. She … Continue reading

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Fraidy Cat

Strictly speaking, the domestic  cat isn’t a domestic animal.  Individually, perhaps; a super-model skinny Siamese in a jeweled collar or any cat lounging like an Ingres odalisque looks and normally acts about as wild and crazy as the attendees at … Continue reading

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Fame

David Bowie handled being famous about as well as anyone can in a hyper-nosy and envious age. Staying ahead of his own curve probably had a lot to do with it; he never held still long enough for anyone to … Continue reading

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Being Naked

The word is—according to a certain ground hog—that spring will come early this year. But I live in Texas. And here, spring is official only when those wisest of trees, the mesquite and pecan, leaf out. Normally, this doesn’t happen … Continue reading

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Scary Monsters

He was born a springtime ago in Michigan. His mother took one look and decided not to bother raising him. The humans who took him in named him Dragon. The Darwinian demands of survival can be very harsh, especially if … Continue reading

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Happy Trails

Sometime before the end of winter, I’m likely to be out another dog. I don’t normally cry over such things; any life that has been long and well lived is not something to be mourned when it reaches its inevitable … Continue reading

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Wish List

According to my DVM, an excellent lady, October 31is a good day—and night—to keep a black cat inside. She knows as well as I do that the dark currents in human nature never require much summoning, and that the chariot … Continue reading

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