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About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.

The Long and Short of It

Long . . . . . . and Short.

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Learning, Cats, Bedbugs, Cilantro. Connected, Really.

“Neuroplasticity” is an umbrella term for the revolutionary discovery that the brain has, in the words of psychiatrist Norman Doidge, “the ability to change its own structure and learn to replace lost functions.”  The brain is resilient, in other words. … Continue reading

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Help Please For Maximus

Excellent readers, my dear friend’s cat Maximus has just been diagnosed with anemia and feline leukemia. Can anybody help? Here’s Max around two years ago, at six months. Here is what I wrote about him then. Here’s what my friend … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth, Light and Shade

Well, that was a change! Ordinarily I prefer to spend the Fourth of July hunkered down with the air conditioner on high, doing my best to comfort the cats while mentally snarling at the yahoos all around with their pointless … Continue reading

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Stewie Is Better

Friends, I’m so happy to tell you that my friend Kim’s cat Stewie continues to improve. Vitamin B-12 seems to have done the trick, thanks to our reader Mel’s recommendation. Kim believes the B-12 has been the decisive factor (along … Continue reading

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But Only If We Feel Like It

Turns out we need to love our cats not just for their beauty, grace, and affection. Cats are also brainier than they’re often given credit for. Their cerebral cortex is comparable to ours. The cortex is the seat of reasoning, … Continue reading

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Over A Quarter-Million Strong

That’s how many people have signed the Animal Bill of Rights. The veteran animal-law advocates Animal Legal Defense Fund want to collect one million signatures, to present to the United States Congress to lobby for federal legislation to protect animals. … Continue reading

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Domestication: A Good Idea Within Limits

I came across an interesting idea in David Grimm’s Citizen Canine. I guess Grimm went for cute by titling his book like that [geddit? -- Citizen Kane], even though the book’s about dogs and cats and the word is that … Continue reading

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Quality of Life

I am so happy to report that my dear friend Kim’s cat Stewie is improving. In response to what I first wrote, commenter Mel’s recommendation of Vitamin B-12 shots seems to have made a significant difference. Kim says Stewie’s personality is … Continue reading

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Bugs Connects With His Inner Pan

Here is Bugs, resting up after licking a defunct goatskin drumhead into submission.  You can just see the edge of the old skin under his neck.  Apparently defunct goatskin drumheads are even better than catnip. Goatskin was all that stood … Continue reading

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