Saturday, December 24, 2011


To all of you from South Africa to Great Britain
to the far-flung states of the Northwest and California
to Canada and Florida,
the Southwest and the Midwest,
Boston and Cleveland,
and all the toasty homes in between,
I wish you a Chanukah filled to brimming with merriment,
a Christmas heart-deep in peace,
a Boxing Day sparkled with laughter,  
a Kwanzaa candlelit by joy,
and a year’s ending
that finds you content
with your life and its gifts.

Ellie, Maggie, and Matthew
have asked me to convey their gratitude to all of you.
Now that I’ve joined the family of bloggers,
I no longer disturb their naps with play.
For this, they give thanks
even as they hunker by the patio doors,
gnashing their teeth and chirruping
at winter birds and squirrels feasting on sunflower seeds.

Those three hoodlums,
one snoopy as a young sleuth,
join me in wishing you a new year filled
with possibilities for growth in the human spirit.

May you enter the new year merrily
and come to its end in good health,
your lives enriched with friendship
and your spirits enfolded
in the Holy Oneness of All Creation.

You and I,
the three felines observing me type,
and all your cherished animals
are part of that Oneness.
We are the essence of One.

Peace as ever and always.

I hope this photograph, from twenty-five years ago, conveys the joy I feel today from having met so many engaging bloggers this year. Thank you for your ongoing support, and thank you, too, for reading this blog so faithfully. Your comments and encouragement have lifted my spirits during a difficult year.        
           Finally, thank all of you who have ordered A Cat’s Life: Dulcy’s Story. Your meeting Dulcy for the first time is a great gift to me. Let there be, for all of us, joy in the morning.


  1. I might give myself the Christmas present of finished Dulcy's story on Christmas Day. It's so wonderful and I'm also very blessed to have discovered YOU during this past year. I wish you and your wonderful kitties a Merry Christmas and the best of New Years to come! :-)

  2. I love that picture :0)

    I hope you'll have such an amazing Christmas. I'm so glad to know you--what a blessing you are to everyone you meet.

  3. aww, this is so beautiful and lovely :)

    Merry Christmas :)

  4. What a thoughtful post and blessing. Love the photo! :):)
    So glad to have connected with you this year. I plan to start the book Christmas read. Very best to you and your three furbabies! love and hugs! :):)

  5. And happy holidays to you, too! I have so enjoyed your comments, and look forward to another year of writing together!

  6. DJan,
    I'm so happy that you are enjoying Dulcy's story. That's a gift you give to me.

    Thank you for your kind words.

    I'm so glad to receive a comment from you. This will send me back to your blog in the next few days. Thank you.

    I suspect that Dulcy and Karma have a lot in common.

    Thank you for your comment. I hope to get back to your blog in the next few days. Peace.

  7. I wish the happiest of holidays to you, lovely lady, & your furry family! I am so glad you are my friend!!!

  8. Whatever brings you joy, I hope you have it in abundance. ~Mary

  9. What a super post, Dee! Your joyfulness is truly infectious. That really is a wonderful picture of you from 25 years ago. May I please return your lovely, loving sentiments two fold? Sharing yourself so generously with all of us in far flung locations has been a gift, for which I thank you most sincerely. I finished reading Dulcy's Story this afternoon having loved every page. I ended with unloading a bucket of tears on my husband and, when I offered him your book to read (he loves animals!) he said, "No, thank you, you know I don't read anything that will make me sad!" I am really at a loss for words in describing all the emotions Dulcy's story aroused. It was told so incredibly beautifully and with such honesty. It really moved me deeply! I was left with an overwhelming sense of having read one of the greatest love stories of our time. And I know that from now on I will look even deeper into the souls of my own furry companions.
    Big hug xoxo

  10. Outstanding! Merry, Merry Christmas!


  11. Dear Dee,

    Thank you for your beautiful greetings! I love the photo, definitely pure joy in that face!

    It has been such a wonderful blessing to meet you through your blog and converse with you on so many different topics. I truly look forward to the exciting stories you still have to tell!

    Wishing you the peace you spread to others.

  12. Dear Dee: Your greeting brought special joy to my heart today. I'm so glad to have found your blog and am having a very happy, tearful time getting to know Dulcy. Thank you so much for making this holiday special! Wishing you joy and love and peace.

  13. Dee,
    I sure love the way you write! A beautiful message and a very special photo.

    Peace to you!

  14. I'm slowly catching up with blogs just as the second wave of family, the Minnesota contingency, arrives, Dee. What a nice greeting to see from you and your cats. Wow! I hope that your Christmas was lovely and full. Christmas Day was a busy as could be around here as I prepared dinner. We said our blessing, were sated with good food and company, then our niece and her family lit their menorah. Our daughter and husband are in the ministry and had to work Sunday, of course, so, we start our Christmas anew here. I'm blessed.

  15. Hello Woman! I hope you are starting to feel better by now (which you forgot to mention to your readers. Naughty woman.. Take care of yourself and know you are loved.

  16. What's this I hear about your having been under the weather and not having sent out an SOS to alert all of us??? I hope that whatever is ailing you gets the h@%$& out of your system fast, Dee. I am not pleased to know you're not well :(
    Take care and big hug xoxo

  17. Thank you for your lovely and loving greeting, Dee. Getting to know you and reading your blog and meeting Dulcy has made 2011 not such a bad year after all! That picture of you is wonderful and so are you...

  18. Thank you so much for the greeting and the lovely photo of you, Dee and I hope you had a wonderful holiday too. Sorry to be so late replying, but I'm only just home after nearly 3 weeks away with family. As others have said already, 2011 has been made more memorable by finding your blog.