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Cold Snap

Vikings, Victory, and Vices Author: Codi Schneider Before I recount this tale, an introduction. You may call me Bijou. Though Brynhild or Freydis would be more fitting because, despite my French name, I’m 100 percent Norwegian Forest cat. Possibly 99 percent. I know this because I have beautiful long fur. And the strength of ten bears. Also, I’ve earned exactly 103 tabby stripes of bravery. My ancestors, dear reader, were Viking cats. Rapturous specimens and decorated longship mousers possessed with the Ancient Bloat of Respect. That bloat now resides on me. Some might say I’m overweight, but I know better. This [...]

2023-01-22T12:31:36-07:00January 20th, 2023|Tags: , , , , , , |

Ghost Story

The Most Hyped, Worst Story Author: Peter Straub The experience of reading Ghost Story reminds me of the old saying: be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. When one of my horror book clubs opened voting for a ghostly book, I immediately picked Peter Straub’s Ghost Story. For one thing: it’s famous. Second, despite my horror obsession and numerous Straub books resting in various bookshelves and stacks across my house, I had never actually read anything by the author. Third, I had a super vague memory of liking the movie. The novel opens oppressively. We have a [...]

2022-07-26T09:14:15-07:00April 24th, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

Tiny But Mighty

How to Advocate for and Help a Vulnerable Cat Population Author: Hannah Shaw I’ve always loved cats, and when my husband and I finally had the space we decided to introduce some feline companions into our lives. We got four cats: two from a breeder, two from a shelter. It was an eye-opening experience, and I enjoyed adopting cats from a shelter so much that I decided to foster cats as well. When we moved to a new house we started caring for the neighborhood’s feral cats, welcoming a special feral (Garfield) with medical needs into our home. Between my fostering [...]

2022-07-26T08:50:25-07:00March 25th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , |