One in a Million . . .

. . . reasons I love cats is that they know what works for them. They accept no substitutes. They choose what works for them, over that which doesn’t, with a calm but insistent devotion.

Finding the right space for one’s self, as my cats remind me, makes even the most harrowing journey worth it.

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Sometimes (rarely) my cats end up in the same space.

A colleague blogs about the Feldenkrais Method®, the movement work we both practice. Recently she quoted the founder on the subject of our all-too-human willingness to sell ourselves out under pressure from the herd. Feldenkrais reportedly said (in English, one of six languages he spoke): “Would we know to be in Siberia and go to Cairo for warmth? We would have there a psychiatrist teaching us to adapt ourselves to Siberian cold and stay there. But millions and billions of birds go half the earth around to go to the places they like.”

To quote my favorite superhero:

I yam what I yam.


–Popeye the Sailor Man 

Art by Bud Sagendorf, fair use I hope

It’s August 7th, the third anniversary of the last day of Fang’s life. I’d like to remember him that way, instead of on the day of his death.  If you didn’t know Fang, please honor him by clicking on the widget with his picture in the right margin.

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Fang and Bugs then.

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Fang now.


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.
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5 Responses to One in a Million . . .

  1. Summer says:

    I never knew Fang, as he as gone long before I was even born. He sounds like a very special cat who had a way too short life. Purrs to you.

  2. ilona fried says:

    Thanks for linking to my blog! Cats are great teachers that way, aren’t they? Accepting no substitutes.

  3. I can’t believe it has been three years!! Fang’s memory will stay forever xx

  4. Love the little cat where Fang rests. Sending you soft purrs of remembrance…

  5. ashley47 says:

    I think it’s time for an update, please.

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