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Reconsidering the purpose of my Be As One blog: from Me to You

Reconsidering the purpose of my Be As One blog: from Me to You

Eighteen months ago I started Be As One with the idea of chronicling my life in my attempt to pull all the various pieces together and live as a whole and integrated person. It has occurred to me that I used a flawed approach. As a result what I see is a random collection of […]

The rich legacy of a deceased 4-day old kitten, and the foster dad who tried to save him

The rich legacy of a deceased 4-day old kitten, and the foster dad who tried to save him

I never realized how powerful a virtual community can be. Thousands of strangers pulling together because of a single passion. I never dreamed that one person’s willingness to be generous with his gifts could have such an impact. This weekend I was privy to something extraordinary which made me proud to be a part of […]

Happy Birthday, Seven Kittens!

Happy Birthday, Seven Kittens!

The litter that started it all! I can’t tell you how much pleasure it has given me to watch kitty cams on the web. It sounds like a silly waste of time but the wonderful stories of love, caring and creativity have been inspiring (resulting in beautiful quilts, drawings, paintings and T-shirts). The seven kittens […]

Dreaming of Africa as a child, and remembering the TV show “Daktari”

Dreaming of Africa as a child, and remembering the TV show “Daktari”

As you know I have a love for the outdoors, especially for birds. And I love cats. Back in the 1960s I had a favorite TV show that had me dreaming of living in Africa taking care of wild animals, especially the big cats. I idolized the lead female character, wishing I could live as […]

Farewell to Ripley’s Kittens – a video by Cherry Martini

Farewell to Ripley’s Kittens – a video by Cherry Martini

For the many thousands of you who have followed the lives and antics of this mother tuxedo cat and her five kittens online, you know that today is bittersweet. As one chat member dubbed it, it’s “Graduation Day.” Ripley and her kittens will be adopted out to their forever (aka “furever”) homes bringing joy into […]

A day of many goodbyes

A day of many goodbyes

Today marks a day of many goodbyes. One is a goodbye and good luck to new friends that I met just a few short weeks ago. Six furry friends who gathered around them a community of thousands, wishing them well. Cared for by a man and his son, who bring laughter, comfort and meaning to […]

What’s it like to foster kittens? Here’s an interview foster dad John from The Critter Room (reblog)

What’s it like to foster kittens? Here’s an interview foster dad John from The Critter Room (reblog)

I admit it, I am totally hooked on watching live kitty cams. It is tremendous, harmless fun. Often the comments from fellow chatters is more entertaining than even the kittens. It all started rather innocently with a text message from my son whose girlfriend alerted him to Noodles and her seven kittens. A beautiful and […]

“Peter” Parker, Spider Cat! (from the adventures of Ripley’s Kittens)

“Peter” Parker, Spider Cat! (from the adventures of Ripley’s Kittens)

“I gotta get outta here!” The black, grey and brown four week old tabby surveyed every rung of the white cage, eyeing the top tier with eager anticipation. “Mama goes up there all the time! I wanna see!” “Cheeerupp!” Mama Ripley flopped down on her side. It was time for a visit the milk bar. […]

A woman, a cat, and a global family (Ripley’s Kittens from The Critter Room)

A woman, a cat, and a global family (Ripley’s Kittens from The Critter Room)

For the last week or so, I have been glued to the latest foster family cared for by a generous man named John and Purrfect Pals in Arlington, WA. I became addicted to kitten cams after Noodles and her seven kittens (see previous post). I have since watched the Scientist Kittens and the Spice Kittens, […]

Pictures, kitties and toys to fuel the imagination

Pictures, kitties and toys to fuel the imagination

What happens when technology leaves you with an unexpected gift? You grab it and go! This morning my two cats, Jenny and Rameses, started playing with toys that my mother-in-law had put in our Christmas stocking for them. Tootsie’s toys never fail to please! I watched as they inspected the toys, taking pictures with my […]

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