Again the lovely Brainpickings blog links to a home run—go Maria Popova!
This one is about a book by Caroline Paul, illustrated by her partner Wendy MacNaughton, called Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology.
Caroline's story begins with an accident that involved a shattered ankle, a new love, and two older tabby cats—one of which, after rejoicing in Caroline being home again, goes AWOL.
An Amazon reviewer, P. Mann, summed up the factual parts nicely, "Ultimately, 'Lost Cat' is four things: (1) A story of a woman devoted to her cats, (2) a piece of funny writing with lots of funny illustrations, (3) a serious investigation into a cat's meanderings around a neighborhood, and (4) a glimpse at some of the stranger parts of San Francisco, complete with pet detectives, pet psychics, and a 'scientist' who teaches people how to communicate with their pets. There is a small section of sadness in this story, so be ready for it, but mostly this is a humorous piece, a sort-of Dave Barry light."
Being a cat person myself—although currently catless after 18 years with the best of cats—I get her story. I understand the panic, dread, confusion, and anger you feel when your cat disappears. I bet my pal Julie gets it too.
But the best part of this book is this little pearl of wisdom:
“You can never know anyone as completely as you want.
Yep. That's the shizzle, right there. Seek love — harmony and trust and joy can't help but follow.
Thanks for reading,
Good juju-spreader, storyteller, graphic designer. I'd love to hear from you!