“It’s time to leave the city.” I never thought I would write or say these words, but here they are. We’re headed East, into the Deep Piney Woods of East Texas. As I’ve always said, “I’m from the Upper East Side. Oh, no silly—not New York, Texas!“
Last year we bought acres to build on, but with the supply chain in a mess, we were advised to wait to build, so we bought an existing home about a mile away in the same area. We will revisit building when things settle down.
The city has become too chaotic, busy, dense.
I worked with a Huna Shaman at the beginning of this century. In an interesting twist she told me in 2002, “A time will come when you will leave the city. It will become too dark. Your light cannot live in darkness. My advice, when that time arrives, is to not live directly on an ocean, but do live in nature with a close body of water.” And the time is here!
When we build, we will name the home, Murder Mittens Ridge.
Murder Mittens is cat-speak for cats with claws. Their paws are called Murder Mittens.
We live with six cats. So, for now, this home will be Murder Mittens Cottage.
A Photo Collage of the House and Yard
A Christmas Story on The Literary Catcast Podcast
This is the first chapter reading of Cleveland Amory’s 1977 rescue of a stray cat from a NYC alley on Christmas Eve. It’s from his famous book, The Cat Who Came for Christmas. If you don’t have time to listen to the whole chapter, at least listen to the opening introduction about Cleveland and how his ashes were distributed.
The link above is to Amazon. There are several versions of this book, so shop around.
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