Tag Archives: charity

Coming home.


  1. Found a great gift for our cat-sitter.
  2. Enjoyed chatting with our group as we whiled away the afternoon waiting for our ferry.
  3. Finished “A House in Sicily” by Daphne Phelps. Great book!
  4. Felt like I was “coming home” as we descended from Taormina down into Catania.
  5. Reunited with Maki and Panther!

The phrase “coming home” sparks feelings of warmth, security and compassion. Last night, these feelings surged as we descended the autostrada into Catania. Fortunately, my home has been a haven, including my childhood home, assorted apartments, and the friends and family at home. Because for many people home is a more complex destination, I often volunteer where I can offer comforts and compassion of “home.” Whether it is teen-crisis counseling, sexual assault survivor support, or a Hands-of-Help meal (love you, Chick!), opportunities to offer compassion and connect with people are bountiful, we need only open our eyes and our hearts.

And now, a few pictures from the ferry, as we left the Aeolian Islands (Isole Eolie). Vulcano is the island pictured below, it is quite near Lipari.

This is the ferry dock, so you can see a few cars. Vulcano and Lipari have a decent amount of cars on them. The other islands are almost exclusively mopeds and electric golf carts.

And, of course, every island has plenty of boat traffic!


Filed under 5-100, Kitties

Ridiculously Adorable Kittens.

Happy Birthday IBKC!

For those of you wondering, IBKC is the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee. The blogmistress Laurie is the woman who fostered Panther (and 126 other kittens in the past 4 years). She lovingly opens her home to kittens in need, and then she does all the work of finding them good homes. The past few years, she has even offered her blog as a major fundraiser for the local Humane Society. And she is a wonderful artist, check out her blog for more details including the chance to purchase Sparkle Balls for your kitty.

To celebrate her blog’s birthday, she compiled a list of her 50 favorite kitty pics.  Panther is in there, see if you can spot him!

“Peter” Panther, as he looked on adoption day.


Leave a comment

Filed under Kitties