Attack of the Catnip Banana

“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.” -Charles Schaefer- Gibbs the cat loves his catnip banana. Gibbs enjoys playing “attack of the catnip banana” with the human. The human obliges with a hint of mischief, a bit of delight, wary of the claws that don’t always land on the banana (if you know what I mean) (I mean skin piercing and blood could be involved if notRead more

Dog Days & Band-Aids

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. “The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. “It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsetsRead more

Winter’s Gift

The last breath of a red sky from Saturday night. Sailor’s delight? Nope, no sailing on Sunday. The sun has been bright, but the temps are very cold (again) as shoppers run home with their presents dressed in four layers. Which leads me to the title of this post. Winter weather in the northern hemisphere can be a gift of breathtaking beauty, suitable for a postcard or two. Winter gets everyone in the holiday mood and encourages us to singRead more