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Make a Fabulous Cat Toy:

Cats don’t need fancy, expensive toys to play with. We’ve all seen them batting around the twist-ties from the bread or that little plastic doohickey that comes off the lid of a jug of milk. What matters to the cat is that it moves and catches their eye. This is an inexpensive and simple toy that you can make for your kitty that they will enjoy playing with just as much as that jingly ball... read more...

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Tim Furst: Being a Flying Karamazov Brother

Tim Furst is easily recognized as one of the well known and world-renowned juggling troupe The Flying Karamazov Brothers. While he is not a current member of the troupe, he has a long history with them nearly from their inception, and has performed as part of the group as recently as 2010. Tim first came to my attention when I saw him on PBS as Shakespeare in The Comedy of Errors live at Lincoln Center...

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Ronon Dex, kitten fighter

We had three cats—a full house—when my friend Meghan called me one night. “I found a kitten,” she began. Her own cats were not friendly enough for her to keep it even temporarily to find it a home, and she wanted to know if we could foster him and find a home for him. I agreed to it as long as she took him to the vet and had him checked for diseases. He...

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Indigo, a too-brief friendship

When Dan lived in his top-floor apartment in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, the downstairs neighbors were feeding a local stray cat. The cat was friendly and would come over to get pet when he saw you. When I moved up to Ohio and Dan and I moved into a house in Independence, Dan’s downstairs neighbors were also moving out. Actually, they’d moved out a few days before. We were back getting the last few boxes of...

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Pretty Little Pixie

Pixie was an addition to a house of three existing cats. We already had Ding, Cory, and the stray we’d taken in the year before, Indigo. However one day when we were shopping at Petsmart for some food and other supplies, their animal adoption corner was full of kittens and I just had to look. In looking, one of them just cried out to me spiritually. Or maybe not spiritually but I felt a...

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Cory the Cat

This is the story of Cory, one of our cats. I figured it was time to immortalize the kitties in word. I’m not sure how old Cory is because he was a stray when I acquired him. I was moving out of an apartment in Marietta, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta) into a house in Acworth (another suburb of Atlanta) and my ex-husband still had custody of my cat, Ding, and my son, Dominic, both of...

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"String Theory" of Thought

Many years ago I got to thinking… how is it that we are capable of speaking? If you break it down logically, it shouldn’t work. When I start speaking a sentence, I don’t know what the words at the end will be. I haven’t planned the whole thing out word by word. And yet I’m able to construct it in such a way that the word choices at the beginning of the sentence work with...

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On Cats and Trust

As I find myself closer and closer to the inevitable time when my cat, Ding, will die, and the possibility that I may have to have her put to sleep, I find myself repeating an inner argument about the nature of trust. I got Ding as an 8 week old kitten in the spring of 1990, when I was 18 years old. She was a skittish and nervous kitten. Nervous to the point of being...

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The Nature of "God"

I’m going to open this can of worms. Politics and religion are the two topics you’re never supposed to bring up because it’s too easy to offend somebody or get into big arguments, but I’m going to do it anyway. I generally refer to myself as “pagan” for simplicity’s sake, but my actual beliefs are more philosophical and vague than that, in reality. One thing I do not believe in is a god (I will be...

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Is Free Will Compatible with Determinism?

The question of whether or not individuals have free will is one that has been debated for thousands of years. One argument claims that we cannot have free will because our actions are by necessity caused by their circumstances and therefore are predetermined. That is to say, “if our brain states determine our mental states, and the external environment plus the laws determine our brain states, it seems to follow that our mental states are...

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Adam and Eve and the Argument from Evil

One of the primary arguments against the existence of an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-benevolent god1 is the existence of evil in the world. How could such a god allow horrible things to happen to innocent people? If this god loves humanity, how can he let children die of cancer, or hundreds of thousands of people die in the wake of a tsunami? One of the answers sometimes given to this question lies in the idea that...

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College for Dummies

Returning to college has been an interesting experience in many ways, but one of the things that has been a constant source of bewilderment for me is how some of the other students manage to do so poorly in what are, by my estimation, fairly easy classes. I understand the completely unmotivated party kids who never show up for class—well, no I don’t understand them but I understand why they are getting Ds and Fs....

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Kitties: Kaia

My (now ex-)husband and I got Kaia from the Humane Society when she was a tiny kitten, back in about 1992. Her cage was labeled with the reason that she’d been brought to the pound: “too aggressive; doesn’t get along with family dog.” Naturally, we wondered what sort of candy-ass wussy dog these people had that was intimidated by this tea-cup sized kitten. She truly was very small, and really did fit in a coffee...

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Vegetarianism: the why, the wherefore

“I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men. “ – Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519 Most people’s relationship with the cow, the pig, etc. is a predator/prey relationship. This page is my explanation for why mine isn’t. I am a vegetarian, and have been since 1986. I eat...

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Computer Kids

I am the mother of a wonderful little boy who will be 4 years old in a couple of weeks. Raising a child these days is such a different process than it was in my parents’ time. The biggest difference is the presence of computers. For better or for worse, computers are here. They are there. They are nearly everywhere, from the library to the school to McDonald’s to the DMV. As fairly hardcore computer...

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