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To: Dad (Cat)

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Madeline drew this for me… we’re not sure when, maybe a few years ago, but we just found it in a stack of papers, and she asked me to “save it” so I told her I would save a digital copy of it. So here it is. (P.S. It’s a cat.)


Here for your enjoyment (or not) is the sound of a lonely kitten meowing.

It was recorded with a Zoom H2 Handy Portable Stereo Recorder.

You are free to use the file under the Creative Commons Attribution License. You can find it at or, or download it directly.



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Believe it or not, this drawing was inspired by this tweet from jdavid. I like drawing cats, almost as much as I like drawing owls. I’m pretty sure I refined my owl drawing skills back in the 6th grade. Maybe next time I’ll draw an owl.



This is one of the saddest photos ever. This is Paddy, our friend’s cat. Paddy went blind in one eye, and then had it removed. Paddy then went blind in the other eye, and had that one removed.

While this photo makes me sad, it’s also a great photo, which makes me happy. I alternate between happy and sad. It’s such an awesome photo, but such a terrible thing…

I’ve shared this sentiment with Paddy’s owner, and it’s all good. So find sadness, but also find happiness.

Good Luck Paddy… Hang in There!


Tinkerbell has skin cancer

My cat Tinkerbell has skin cancer. She is just a few months shy of being 5 years old. I adopted her after she was found wandering around a parking lot in 2003. She’s a good cat, and by that I mean that she is very loving, but like any cat, she can annoy the crap out of you…

Dana first noticed a lump on Tinkerbell’s side a while back, and I finally got around to calling a vet and asking about it. We took her in to have it removed, and after it was tested, they revealed that she had skin cancer. So right now, we need to watch her, and see if she develops any more lumps. They said she could within a few months, or years, and if it gets bad, we could get chemotherapy for her.

If money was no object, I’d consider it, but as it is, we can’t even afford to have the humans in the house see a doctor, so sadly, Tinkerbell is not going to be getting chemotherapy, and if she needs surgery in the future to remove another lump, that might not happen either. It’s a sad state of affairs, but it’s the reality we live in.

I’m hoping she pulls some “miracle cat” magic on us (nine lives and all that) and lives for many years with no more problems, but I’m not counting on it.

Just to add some fun into the mix, she managed to remove all her stitches on her own. We had the vet check it, and she didn’t manage to infect it. (That’s the “miracle cat” magic I’m talking about!) So now she has to wear the cone, which is always funny on TV, but it real life it’s just sort of sad.

When I was a kid, my family had a cat name Licorice, and that cat lived to be over 20 years old. I grew up with Licorice, and I honestly thought my kids would grow up with Tinkerbell, but like so much that is planned in life, things go awry and you just deal with it the best you can.

Note: Just a quick update, it’s January 2017, and she’s still alive.

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