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  • We've all heard that Home Is Where the Heart Is.

    The home you love is where you want to be and, when you go away, the place you long to return to.

    And for many of us, the calm, patient, beating heart of our home has four paws.

    These are the cats and dogs who greet you at the door and snuggle with you on the couch. They want you to remember that home is the best getaway. Sit with them in your favorite chair, pet them, and (unless they object) rub their ears. And when you need a quick break from a busy day, take a deep breath and remember these quiet, peaceful moments at home.

image of part of a page from The White Cat and the Monk book

books and cats

I will readily admit that I often browse — and sometimes even buy from — the children’s and young-adult sections

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a sweet old man

We’d met once before, when I was walking down the sidewalk in front of his house. He looked at me a bit warily at

Olive the tabby cat, posing on a sofa

our cats’ modeling career

At first glance, our two young cats look very similar. When we first brought Olive home, in fact, we were a bit worried

upside-down kitten with green eyes

kittens on notecards

I’m not much of a shoe-shopper, and I rarely buy new clothes. But I cannot pass up a good bookstore … or a

Olive kitten loves stretching out and getting comfy.

a cat-adoption story, part 2

June is National Adopt a Cat Month. All three of our cats are rescues. Our dear Lila (Princess Lila Crankypants) was

a cat-adoption story, part 1

June is National Adopt a Cat Month. All three of our cats are rescues. Our dear Lila (Princess Lila Crankypants) was

porch life

I’ve said this before, and I will, no doubt, say it again: I adore porch season. Our front porch is where we sit to

gardening at home

As I wrote some time ago on the home page of this website: “We’ve all heard that Home Is Where the Heart Is. The

flowers in the house

In our house, we’re always referring to the “kitten contract.” Which clearly states, of course, that anything a

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