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We added a new member to our little family last month! It’s my pleasure to introduce Rue.

This gal is such a ray of sunshine and impossibly sweet. We considered names like Pippa and Katniss but ultimately settled on Rue since she is small, gentle and excellent at hiding—just like her namesake from The Hunger Games.

In adopting Rue, we learned that Another Chance Cat Rescue (Kansas City, MO) houses 200+ kitties who have been rescued from the streets or off of other shelters’ “death row.” ACCR desperately needed help taking photos to post on Petfinder.com, so I volunteered. Spending a day with so many cats is overwhelming in such a good way; and the results didn’t turn out too shabby either 🙂
My 9 favorite shots are below; full album at my share site.

If you’re looking to adopt a feline friend in the Kansas City area, please visit
Another Chance Cat Rescue (Saturdays 11-2)
7205 Central Street
Kansas City, MO 64114 US

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Happy Pete Day!

It’s been two months and four days since my uncle Pete left behind the worries of this world.
Today would have been his 55th birthday.

Since Pete and Sherry married two months before I was born, I never knew Sherry without Pete or Pete without Sherry. They were truly two halves of an amazing whole. P&S

And the fantastic thing of it is that they still are!
In spite of the circumstances, Sherry carries on the joyful essence of their relationship and what it means to all of us. Even in her sorrow, she radiates the love and good humor that were once carried by two.

Sherry is stronger than she realizes and more inspiring than she’ll ever know.

Among countless other things, Pete and Sherry taught me how to imitate a richy-rich, snobby voice (imagine the Howells from Gilligan’s Island). Saying the most mundane things this way still reduces me to a pile of giggles.

From them, I learned to appreciate nice, long conversations held on the front porch or deck. Time is better spent outside, away from the television.

They instilled in me the therapeutic value of intermingling serious subjects and gut-busting funnies. The most beneficial laughter often accompanies tears.

Pete repeatedly demonstrated that even annoying commercials can be funny when irreverently taken out of context—he had a habit of hilariously singing and dancing like the guys in the old Nextel commercial or muddling through jingles like the McDonald’s Filet-o-Fish song.

Above all, they provided a glimpse at the beautiful result of spouses treating each other like respective kings and queens. They carried as much respect for one another as they did love.
That’s something that neither could have done without the other.

That’s something I will forever cherish.


3:35 of Pure Happy

Maybe you’re having a bad day or rough week. Or maybe you’re perfectly happy. Either way, you *need* to take a short 3.5-minute break to watch this video. It’s sure to bring a smile to your face.

And if it doesn’t, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore.

Please note, this video isn’t my property. I’m just sharing because it’s amazing!