Guest Star: Mitry the Once in a Lifetime Cat

Jo Ann’s story about Mitry is a real tear jerker. Mixed with Jo Ann’s description of his life with her – the devotion between them – makes for a beautiful love story. Thanks for this lovely story to start my day.

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Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post comes from Jo Ellen and is a heart breaking story of love and cats!:

IN REMEMBRANCE OF MITRY

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”    Gandhi.

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A dusty gold-tone frame contains 4 pictures that rested face down on the same shelf for years.  But they weren’t forgotten. Too hard to bear the waterfall of guilt they elicited.  For years, it was more than I could bear.

How excruciating does life have to be before you know it’s time to let go?

It’s been 15 years since he passed away and yet I still don’t know if taking Mitry to the vet for the final time was best for me or for Mitry.

When he screamed at the pain as the vet stuck the IV into his leg, he was fighting to stay alive.  Couldn’t the vet give him something for…

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Closing Thought–24Mar17

I think most people are not aware of the actions of our government that are occurring behind the scenes; namely, this time, opening up ALL of our private, sensitive information to major internet providers for the purpose of selling advertisements based on our internet habits.

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A Little Something For Your Mind To Consider

Remember a couple of years ago all the hoopla about our internet privacy….we all joined one defense site or another…..once that slid from the headlines we found other crap to rant about….

Then there are all those Obama haters that have blamed him for everything short of World War One….but he did try to protect us on the internet….then we elected this dude named Trump and some thought that sanity would return to government….Hahahaha…..how foolish can we be?

It looks like the Trump government has decided to say f*ck all those internet users………

The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted 50 to 48 to repeal regulations requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers’ privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc’s Google or Facebook Inc .

Under the rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission in October under then-President Barack Obama, internet…

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What Price The Wall?

In Saner Thought

WE all have heard the grand scheme to protect the homeland from the invasion of the “benefits” snatchers….that scheme would be that all impressive WALL.

The big question is where will we cough up the cash to pay for this monstrosity without raising taxes?  Or just how will this effect the security of the homeland?

According to the “fat man in the bathtub” this, the Wall, will go a long way to protecting the nation from the influx of those rabid bad guys waiting at the border to come flooding in to cause chaos and mayhem….

First, you mental midgets that think this is a good idea do realize that this country has water on 3 sides, right?

Personally, I think that the Wall is a dumb idea from the inception….great slogan but has little practical application.

Then I saw a report on one way being considered to help pay…

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ACLU ramping up for the future skirmishes

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U.S. civil liberties group ACLU seeks to tap anti-Trump energy

File photo: A member of the ACLU observes a polling station during voting in the 2016 presidential election at Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S November 8, 2016. REUTERS/David Becker

The American Civil Liberties Union is launching what it bills as the first grassroots mobilization effort in its nearly 100-year history, as it seeks to harness a surge of energy among left-leaning activists since the November election of Republican Donald Trump as U.S. president.

The campaign, known as PeoplePower, kicks off on Saturday with a town hall-style event in Miami featuring “resistance training” that will be streamed live at more than 2,300 local gatherings nationwide.

It will focus on free speech, reproductive rights and immigration and include presentations from legal experts, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero and “Top Chef” television star Padma Lakshmi.

Membership…

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Funtastic!

Some great photos of lovable cats enjoying their new toys.

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Christmas came early at the zoo the other day. Marc kindly asked if we wanted to test some of the 4cats toys and with ten cats at home, I jumped at the chance. The box arrived very quickly and the cats didn’t waste any time gathering around. I did have plans to take my camera to the local wildlife reserve, but as they were already ripping the cardboard to shreds, I decided to open it up and have a little photo shoot instead.

The first thing that I noticed was how well the toys were made. Safety has always been a big concern and yet I couldn’t fault any of the items. There was a good selection too. Large and small, all very colourful and the cats wasted no time piling in. Even Gremlin our Devon Rex, who normally wouldn’t get so close to the others. Then Merlin walked in…

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20th Anniversary Celebration of Osler’s Web

 

This 20th anniversary celebration of Hillary Johnson’s “Osler’s Web,” garnered dozens of media outlets’ coverage and comments by prominent people. Osler’s Web is Johnson’s documentary of the discovery of, and subsequent governmental treatment of, those terribly suffering patients with ME – myalgic encephalomyelitis, a multi-faceted symptom disease (also known as “chronic fatigue syndrome” (CFS) which is a misnomer and mistakenly gives the impression of a simple fatigue – which ME is not!). It is not an easy read but, to read it, will give you a real understanding about this greatly disabling disease and why it is so easily dismissed by those ignorant of, and unwilling to accept, its severity.

The following comment by a spokesman for the CDC (part of the NIH), government agency that is prominently mentioned in Osler’s Web), requires a looksee because it shows the historic illegal, harmful, negative and dismissive attitude of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention} :

“Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the CDC, said his agency has gotten numerous inquiries about the allegations raised in Ms. Johnson’s book but is neither investigating them nor commenting on them. ‘We have not reviewed her book, and will not comment on her book and are not going to,’ Skinner said.”
— Dave Parks, Birmingham News

From the New York Times Book Review:  “Ms. Johnson’s book describes an important piece of recent medical history that might never have been recorded if it weren’t for her efforts.  Her carefully researched tale leaves us pondering the progress of medicine.”

Michael Kenney, Boston Globe:  “…a compelling, valuable story that takes the reader into the petty, back-stabbing world of high-stakes medical research… In Johnson’s hands, (the) cast of doctors and researchers, heroes and villains, takes on distinct personalities, and it is the interaction among them that moves the story unflaggingly along.”

Sam Husseini, In These Times:  “Ultimately, Osler’s Web tells the story not of one particular ailment and the havoc it wreaks on the human immune system, but rather the defects in our national immune system—the CDC and the NIH—which the world looks to for leadership.”

There are many more reviews at “Osler’s Web.”

 

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A Foggy Morning in South Florida

 

I usually look out my bedroom window first thing after awakening.  Even though I live in the Sunshine State, there are quite a few times when it’s not “sunny.”

Much to my surprise, I saw fog. This is a rarity, for sure.  Had to capture it.

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Well, at least it wasn’t “smog.”

 

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Memories of Yosemite

Bob and I were newlyweds, and in our first full year, we planned a trip called, “The West,” which included some time in Yosemite.  It was beautiful.  That was in 1995.

I found these photos on an old memory card (has only 256mb). We stayed at the old AhWahNee Hotel.  It was very rustic, but elegant at the same time.  It doesn’t bear that name anymore; it’s known as the Majestic Yosemite Hotel.  The Ahwahnee was renamed the Majestic Yosemite Hotel on March 1, 2016, due to a legal dispute between the US Government, which owns the property, and the outgoing concessionaire, Delaware North, which claims rights to the trademarked name

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel was specifically designed to highlight its natural surroundings, featuring Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Glacier Point. The hotel holds a historic heritage as it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. The destination of queens and presidents alike, this distinctive Yosemite hotel offers a perfect balance of history, hospitality and elegance.

Good memories!

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El Capitan Falls

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Where’s My Food?

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The doctor said I gained a pound at my recent visit. I wasn’t too active because I wasn’t feeling too good, and just slept a lot.  That’s fixed now, but she tried to fix the weight problem.

So, Mom decided to starve me.  She took away “free feed.”

But, it didn’t last very long.  I persuaded her to go back on “free feed.”  Now, I’m happy again.

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Relaxing

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One of my favorite sports.  It’s so relaxing.

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