Cat Body Language: Tail Twitching And Chin Rubbing

As pet parents, we’re responsible for knowing our cats’ needs and wants, so we have to be able to know what they’re saying. Tail twitching and chin rubbing are two ways cats communicate with body language. Here’s what they might mean.
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Cat Body Language: Tail Twitching And Chin Rubbing

Cat Circles: Why Are So Many Cats Irresistibly Drawn To Circles?

You’ve probably heard of Crop Circles but have you heard of Cat Circles? Cats all over the world are being “trapped” by their owners with items placed in the form of a circle. Why? No one seems to be sure!
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Cat Circles: Why Are So Many Cats Irresistibly Drawn To Circles?

Less Harm

I grew up with guns. Who didn’t? We had Han Solo blasters and rifles that shot little copper pellets ducks would eat and die from. My dad kept an assortment of firearms, defense weapons, hunting rifles, a couple shotguns for when we went out for rabbit or quail. He never made a big deal out […] …

Less Harm

Redux: Dolphins–Largely Unexceptional

There is a hyper-intelligent mammal in the oceans with whom we might communicate if only we were a more empathetic and patient species. This is the unspoken assumption behind most coverage I see of dolphins. But since 2013, when I read the book reviewed below, I view those ideas in a completely different light. One […] …

Redux: Dolphins–Largely Unexceptional

Kittens & What To Expect: 5 Essential Tips For When You Adopt

Kittens are endlessly fun and impossibly cute, but it’s also important to know exactly what you’re getting into when you adopt. Here’s a checklist for when you bring home a new kitten, including essential play, biting and litter box tips.
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The End of Animal Farming? A Q&A with Jacy Reese

Jacy Reese wants to end animal farming. You can tell, because that is the title of his new book: The End of Animal Farming. Reese is a committed “effective altruist,” which means that he spends his time thinking about what actions will most efficiently help as many sentient creatures as possible and eliminate the most […] …

The End of Animal Farming? A Q&A with Jacy Reese

There are Two Kinds of People: Those Who Make Their Beds and Those Who Don’t

I was at the pharmacy the other day, waiting for my flu shot, when I spotted a book called Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World. It was written by a retired U.S. Navy Admiral. In his tongue in cheek synopsis of the book at the Guardian, John Crace […] …

There are Two Kinds of People: Those Who Make Their Beds and Those Who Don’t

Not About Voting But For the Love of God, Go Vote! Vote!

This post has nothing to do with voting.  I didn’t notice until I went to schedule it that it was on Voting Day.  Voting is more important than reading this. Please, if you like living in a democracy, go vote.  But if you’ve already voted, then here you go: When I was a kid, one […] …

Not About Voting But For the Love of God, Go Vote! Vote!

In which I talk myself–and you–into going for a walk

This week, you may have seen the following headline in your feeds: “Not exercising enough is worse for you than smoking and diabetes, study suggests.” For 122,000 patients at the Cleveland Clinic, better fitness—as demonstrated by better performance on a treadmill test–strongly predicted longer lives. Because there have been some questions about possible health risks […] …

In which I talk myself–and you–into going for a walk

Redux: A storyteller, a shooter

This piece originally ran a year ago, Sept 22, 2018. Right now I’m in the bowels of the Grand Canyon, sending up a flare of a redux. I often think back to this story, especially when violence swells in the world. This is one small antidote. I was with a group kayaking and camping on […] …

Redux: A storyteller, a shooter

I Don’t Like Parenting

I have a confession to make. I’m worried that I don’t like parenting. Don’t get me wrong, I like being a parent. And I definitely love my kid. I like hanging with my family, grilling dinner, listening to my son babble incoherently as my wife giggles and pretends to understand. But the actual work of […] …

I Don’t Like Parenting