Dandelion Clocks

It’s nearly spring; my favourite time of year. I wrote this story after I had witnessed my precious cat Lucy being run over in front of me. I wanted to commemorate her in some way, and I also wanted to reflect on the immense power that throwaway words and small gestures can have, particularly when […]

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Be The One Who Stops

My precious cat Lucy was hit and killed by a car yesterday. I had just let her out of the garage, where she sleeps at night. Uncharacteristically, she ran down our long driveway towards the busy road. People drive far too fast along this road, despite the fact that there are three primary schools in […]

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Through the claws of the stars

You may have read my earlier post relating the survival story of our little tabby cat Lucy. In case you haven’t, it’s here. In it, I wrote about our other cat Samantha, who was 17 and in such surprisingly good health that she seemed virtually indestructible. I called her my cockroach cat because I was sure she […]

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One Down, Eight To Go

Nobody, not even the rain, has such small paws. Sorry E.E. Cummings, I have ever so slightly edited a line of your masterpiece (the wonderful poem “somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond”) in honour of my cat. I have two cats – Sam (who is always presumed to be a boy, but is in fact Samantha) […]

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Wrestling the Octopus

Note: This post contains the “F” word. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. At a certain point a novel-in-progress starts to get a tad unwieldy. When you begin you have a blank screen and the boundless enthusiasm of a puppy. After a few months you have a mountain of scrap paper scrawled with half-finished paragraphs and synopsis drafts, […]

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Jasper the despot cat

I love cats. I own two – Samantha and Lucy – and our neighbourhood is full of them. There is only one, however, of note: Jasper, the cat next door. He’s huge. He’s intimidating. He scares the living bejesus out of my two poor little girls. You always know when he’s coming because, incongruously, this huge boy wears […]

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