For all you cat lovers – a heartwarming book of tales from The Critter Room live kitten cam

The past 6 weeks have been so busy! It’s been worth every moment. I offered to become a part of a 5-person committee of dedicated cat lovers whose goal it was to get one very talented British author and illustrator published. We were on a quest to get her collection of stories printed and made available to the public.

Those of you familiar with The Critter Room and TinyKittens will know to whom I refer. Viewing live kitten cams along with thousands of other rabid fans from around the world, Jill Pickford began writing fanciful stories about individual cats and kittens that had captured her heart. In the midst of writing these tales she created a magical world that kept readers clamoring for more.

And thus was born Sing to the Moon: Tales from the Kitten Cam.

It’s been a long time since my reading experience has been truly visceral. While reading Sing to the Moon, I laughed out loud many times. I was also as quick to grab a tissue. There was something about these stories that truly touched my heart. And it’s not just because I am a self-confessed cat lady. Sure, I love cats (having 2 of my own) and I am as addicted to live kitten cams (and the daily reports on Facebook) as anyone. What really grabbed me about these stories was the world that unfolded before me as the book progressed. It was a place I thoroughly enjoyed visiting and was very sad to leave. When I finished the book I felt like I had gone on a long vacation in my head. And it was a really nice feeling.

Jill Pickford is not only a marvelous writer but a terrific illustrator. Several of the stories are graced with her simple drawings which embody the spirit of the book.

One aspect of Sing to the Moon that I appreciated was that “hoomins,” (aka, people) were portrayed as compassionate and caring. This is not always the case in animal stories. Pickford’s book reflects that aspect of the Live Kitten Cam community that I find so wonderful. Taking after the leaders (John Bartlett, aka “Foster Dad John” of The Critter Room and Shelly Roche of TinyKittens), this community is filled with people as generous and loving towards each other as they are towards cats and kittens.

It helps to know the backstory of these tales along with their very special language (including British colloquialisms). If you are unfamiliar with the world of live kitten cams or if you are rusty with kitten cam language, there is a glossary of terms on the Sing to the Moon Facebook page along with pictures of the many cats and kittens featured in Sing to the Moon.

Want to know more about what went on behind scenes of this quest to bring this book to print? Check out the blog post of our illustrious editor and proofreader, Mar Penner Griswold.

All the royalties from sales of this book support a wonderful no-kill cat shelter known as Purrfect Pals, located in Arlington, WA; this is the shelter that sponsors The Critter Room. Your purchase helps abandoned cats and kittens find good and loving homes.

Be sure and join the Sing to the Moon Facebook page where you can talk with the author and join a wonderful community of fans.

Nancy Freeman, the creator of our committee, had a dream to bring a collection of . Sing to the Moon will be a constant reminder to us that dreams really can come true!

I close with some more illustrations from the book.

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Reducing cat overpopulation through compassion–TinyKittens and their groundbreaking work

How many of you have seen this video-gone-viral of Cassidy, the #miraclekitten?

How did that video make you feel?

Source of inspiration

For many cat-loving people suffering from illnesses and physical challenges, Cassidy has become a source of inspiration. Despite his many challenges, he never gives up. (See previous post about Cassidy). Continue reading “Reducing cat overpopulation through compassion–TinyKittens and their groundbreaking work”

Spring means kitten season is in full swing! Catch up with The Critter Room and TinyKittens.

the_critter_room_note_cards_pk_of_10-horzGoodness, kitten season has kicked off in a big way as seen through the live cams of The Critter Room and TinyKittens.

“What are live kitten cams,” you say?

Foster Dad John Bartlett with Spock
Foster Dad John Bartlett with Spock

It’s a real world view of kittens being fostered by people dedicated to their welfare. The cams come complete with chat rooms so you can get to know your fellow cat lovers. It’s a great stress reliever, community builder and kitten classroom where viewers can learn all about the ups and downs of fostering kittens. Continue reading “Spring means kitten season is in full swing! Catch up with The Critter Room and TinyKittens.”

Broken dolls, injured kittens . . . Beth March, Cassidy the miracle kitten, and the message of Pope Francis

Last night as I watched Pope Francis speak with thousands at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia I was amazed at his energy. This 78-year-old man has been at break-neck speed all week, traveling first to Cuba, then to Washington, DC, onto New York and now Philadelphia. His schedule has been non-stop. He has given several long speeches in English which he has admitted, is a difficult language for him. Continue reading “Broken dolls, injured kittens . . . Beth March, Cassidy the miracle kitten, and the message of Pope Francis”

Fighting to live, daring to love: The odyssey of Cassidy, the kitten with two legs

When is it too much trouble to care for someone in need? For those in the habit of generous living, it is never too much. And their example lights a way that we can all follow.

Two hard luck kittens

Recently a woman named Shelly took in two nine-week old feral kittens. One of them was deformed. Cassidy had no back paws and one leg was shorter than the other. Yet somehow he managed to survive along with his brother Topper in the forest without any assistance. Their luck was about to change. Continue reading “Fighting to live, daring to love: The odyssey of Cassidy, the kitten with two legs”

From virtual to reality: how a live kitten cam saved a little life

I would like you to meet an as-yet unnamed two week-old kitten:

Continue reading “From virtual to reality: how a live kitten cam saved a little life”

Faced with denying your pet medical care because of the cost? Now help is available through Four Paws Lifeline

four-paws-and-31-talesUPDATE: Four Paws Lifeline has released a book of pet stories, told from the point of view of the pet. This lovely book will help raise funds for this organization which provides help for vet expenses. Four Paws and 31 Tales is available from Amazon for only $10 — pick up your copy today and support this wonderful organization.

My guilty pleasure is my love of cats. I have two that I spoil (Jenny and Rameses); I also spend time watching live kitten cams and chatting with other cat lovers. I grew up with dogs and love them too.

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Along with the pleasure of their company is the responsibility for their well-being. What happens when your beloved pet is struck with a catastrophic medical emergency? What do you do if the lifesaving procedure your pet needs costs more than you can afford? Continue reading “Faced with denying your pet medical care because of the cost? Now help is available through Four Paws Lifeline”

Welcome to Be as One 2.0!

I am so excited to share this wonderful new version of Be as One with you all! Allow me to give you a tour of the new home. Just click on the headline to go to the page.

Home page

Here I pose a simple question: How would your life change if you were connected to God? Clicking on that question will take you to a short video where I share how a renewed connection with God changed my life into one of adventure and exhilarating discoveries.

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About/Contact

On this page you can find out more about me, from my work and passions to my family and pets. There is contact information and a media kit in case you would like to bring me to your parish or group to speak. And, there is a video explaining the beginnings of the Be as One site and how we as a community can share in the blessings of making a firm connection to the Spirit of God within us.

Blog/Topics of Interest

I am particularly excited about this page! This is the home of all of my blog posts, organized in a way that will make them easier to find. You will see many topics listed in the main menu. I have many interests that I love sharing with you and I’d love to hear about yours!

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You will see two sliders (aka, slide shows) of blog posts: the one on the left highlights the latest posts while the one on the right highlights the most popular posts. You can advance the slide show yourself by clicking on the arrows; just click on the image to get to the blog post.

Resources

This page is a work in progress. I have just begun loading practical and prayerful exercises that you can do yourself called Flow Lessons. They are featured in my book, River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times (read more about my book here). They are designed to help make a connection between a common everyday experience and deeper spiritual truths. I hope you enjoy them!

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I have also loaded several videos that you can use for personal devotion. Currently there are videos on the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross, along with meditative videos with lovely scenes and peaceful music. I will be adding more in the future.

There are also videos highlighting my music and personal appearances.

Let me know what you think of these resources in the comments section below. Share them around with your friends. And thanks for visiting!

Books and Music

Here is where I display all my wares for sale including my book, River of Grace, my sung rosary, The Critter Room Memory Book for you cat lovers plus all of my CDs (with links to digital music). I even have an easy One-Stop Shopping link if you already know what you want to buy. Your purchases are the fuel keep my ministry engine running and I am so appreciative of your support!

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And last but not least …

Live Appearances

Here you can find out not only where I have been speaking but how you can invite me to your church, group or conference. I enjoy presenting at all kinds of venues from small and intimate groups to large auditoriums. Along with speaking I also provide live music!

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So, that’s it! I hope you have enjoyed the tour. Please share your impressions on the website and if there is something I can add that could help you, let me know.

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Latest Catholic Free Press Column – Lessons learned from crazy cat people

This is my latest monthly column for The Catholic Free Press.
I have now admitted in print that I am a crazy cat lady! 🙂

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I am a crazy cat lady. There, I said it.

While I have two cats of my own, that’s only the beginning. I also follow live kitten cams online and chat regularly with the many viewers. My main reason for visiting Facebook is to follow the lives of foster kittens after they have been adopted. Continue reading “Latest Catholic Free Press Column – Lessons learned from crazy cat people”

Fun Facts Friday: Nature from an app, powerful women, movie gotta-see, circus cats and more!

Ever wanted to bring the outdoors in, especially to your office?

USA, New York City, Central Park, Scenic waterfall
USA, New York City, Central Park, Scenic waterfall

Listening To Nature Sounds At Work Can Boost Your Mood And Productivity: Listening to the sound of crashing waves or a babbling brook isn’t just useful for helping you fall asleep — it may also help you to focus at work. Continue reading “Fun Facts Friday: Nature from an app, powerful women, movie gotta-see, circus cats and more!”