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A new and satisfying commitment

It suddenly occurred to me about six weeks ago. I was - as usual - missing my cat MaChree, who died last November. I was equally sure that I didn't want to get another cat. Somehow it came to my attention that there is a cat sancturay in Minden for feral cats, and that volunteers were sorely needed. So I called Katherine Kidd, who oversees the Minden Cat Angels - and here I am now, volunteering once a week for two hours or so.

What a satisfying task! The man who built the sanctuary on his farm has many other projects, and is overly grateful for those of us who turn up - usually once a week - to clean the litter boxes and refill food and water bowls. What is even more satisfying is that they are becoming more and more accustomed to human presence and some no longer run away as quickly or stay away as long. If you go too close, they hiss, which makes me laugh. But they are not wild or violent, and have never fought among themselves, though there are 17 cats there presently, and not in individual cages. I would not be able to stand that.

Sometimes, when I go alone and when the cleaning is finished, I will sit inside the cage and read aloud whatever book I am reading on Kindle, so they can get used to a human voice. Slowly, they all creep out, as if listening!

These cats are spayed and given shots when they are captured. They are beautiful and healthy and engaging...reports are that once they are tamed, they become the most affectionate presences, as if they are grateful to their owners beyond measure. Anyone interested?

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10.09 | 21:59

Hearing you! MB

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As someone journeying with people receiving palliative care, I read the article on liminal spaces with much appreciation and resonance. Thank you!

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01.04 | 20:45

Thanks, Mary Beth...that is how it felt in that moment. And still says with me. Thanks for commenting...

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Have only peeked into your poeming on Easter Sunday...and lo....feel the paschal mystery, soul'd mystery proclaims Exultet...in a very interior manner! Thanks s

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