Vigilant Duo

Whatever is hiding behind the cement step does not have a chance! Boots and Rosebud are quite patient. I see determination in Boot’s eyes. What attracted me to this shot is the contrast of textures–soft cat fur, stiff whiskers, a cracked step, sprawling plants and algae. The cats exhibit stillness, yet there is a feeling that at any moment there will be pouncing action.

The soft subdued colors of the algae growth allows the vividness of the cats’ coloring to stand out.

Blessings!

Linda

Photo Credit:  Linda A. Mohr

This photo first appeared in Linda Mohr’s 2019 cat calendar.

L to R, cousin Eloise, Linda, Mother, childhood friend Mary

A memory from the archives

Ten years ago in June I was honored to be interviewed by Ingrid King, founder of Conscious Cat. Since that time, she has written five fabulous cat books.

One of the questions she asked was:

Linda, “Tatianna” is your first book.  How did you become a writer?

When I was in high school, I entered an essay contest sponsored by Rural Electric Area Cooperative. Winning writers won an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.  I still have the essay and a photo album full of memories! In my mid-twenties, I worked on a college text on the psychology of clothing, but the publisher decided against it. I taught microwave cooking classes in Palm Beach County, and I have unpublished chapters of a microwave cookbook. I wrote Bobbin’ Along sewing column for a local newspaper during that decade as well.

So I have dabbled in writing for a long time. My mother recalls me announcing when I was younger that someday I would write a book. Decades later, Tatianna was placed in my life to finally help me accomplish that goal. The best part is that my mother sat next to me at my book signings!

If you would like to read the whole interview, please visit here

Bountiful Blessings!

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Grace and Chauncey

 

Grace Photo Taken 1-25-19

 

Chauncey Photo Taken 3-6-19

A Little History

 

On August 29, 2010, the three of us flew from St. Louis to West Palm Beach. These two kittens were part of a litter of six adorable fur babies that Rose delivered on June 13, 2010. The nameless kitties were itty bitty and fit in one small carrier. What an adventurous journey we have had the past nine years! Grace and Chauncey bring Joe and me incredible joy and make us laugh everyday. They are inseparable. When they are not lazing about in the pink guest bedroom tormenting Maggie Mae, my tortie stray, they are in my office playing their Muse role.

I know my brother is giving their sister Rosebud and brothers Angus, Tigger and Bootsie extra special treats today. We miss all of you and Mom Rose bunches.

Bountiful Blessings!
Linda

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Among The Bunnies

Chauncey, Grace, Maggie Mae and I wish you a Happy Easter. We hope you enjoy this antique Raphael Tuck & Sons postcard printed in England.

Blessings!
Linda

 

 

 

Chauncey, Grace, and Maggie Mae at Catnip Connection wish you a Happy 2019. They helped me pick out this vintage 1904 Raphael Tuck & Sons postcard designed in England and chromographed in Germany,

Blessings!

Linda

Missouri Cotton Candy Sunset

If you only say one prayer in a day, make it ‘Thank You’Rumi

In 2010, I created my first ABCs of Gratitude list.  I now look forward to this project every November. The simple yet thought-provoking exercise is a unique way to reflect on the year. Grab a sheet of paper and label it A through Z. Fill in with your blessings. If you get stuck on a letter, a dictionary is permitted!

Wayne Dyer believed that if you get to a place of gratitude you will experience peace. Be in a state of gratitude for everything because there is something to learn in everything. Be grateful even for the pain because there are lessons to be learned from it. According to Ingrid King gratitude is a wonderful way to raise your vibration and shift your energy. The vibration of gratitude is a powerful force. It can shift your mood and your thoughts from a place of scarcity to a place of abundance.

In keeping with my annual Thanksgiving month tradition, my 2018 ABCs of Gratitude list is listed below. I find it interesting to compare my list to prior years. Looking back, some years had more ups, and other years had more downs. But in the end, I always found 26 blessings. This year is no different. Most of my days have ended with awe inspiring sunsets such as the one taken from my brother’s backyard deck in the country.

Angels on Duty Anthology…Angel by My Side poem

Angels on Duty

Board Director…DAR Seminole Chapter

Creative Genius Anthology…My Parkinson’s Muse essay

Creative Genius

Dineen…stress buster housekeeper

eBay Seller Plus…1000+ reviews

Fennelly State Poet Laureate…workshop leader

God…providing healing and hope for Judy

Highland Park Anthology…Power Struggle poem

Highland Park Anthology

Invigorate…Dr. Sarah King Parkinson’s exercises

Joe…my love, my rock, my partner

Kitties’ 8th Birthday…Grace, Chauncey, Rosebud, Tigger, Boots, Angus

6 Kitties, 4 weeks old

All Grown Up! Rosebud, Angus, Boots & Tigger

Grace & Chauncey

Lake Yellowstone Hotel…mountains and lake room view

Peacefulness–What a View!

Marsha at Perry Consulting…PD website diva

Nieto…compassionate doctor

Okun…internationally known movement disorder specialist

Parkinson’s My Way…website and blog launch

Quietude…meditative nature walks

Lane to Family House

Reunion…50 year high school class ‘68

School Teacher Mrs. Kice…special visit

June Kice. my 7th & 8th Grade Teacher

Ten Year Anniversary…member Daughters of the American Revolution

Uncles (great) Carl and Rupert…honor sacrifice 100 year WW

Honoring Rupert’s Place of Death, Naix, France

Vinnie Ream Award Finalist…Voice Within poetry collection

Wood Stairs…Nic’s skillful renovation

X-rays…caring Active Health Center 

Yellowstone National Park…trip with Joe for memory bank

pastel stone, water

Yellowstone Canyon

Zeal for Exercise…keeping Parkinson’s at bay

Blessings!

Linda

 

 

 

In September following Hurricane Irma’s knock out punch at my house, I sat in the dark dripping with perspiration and wrote a poem. Later I discovered “Electricity” was one of the categories in the Highland Park Poetry Challenge.

I am pleased to receive an Honorable Mention Award for my Adult Non-Resident entry Power Struggle. The poem is displayed at Highland Park Poetry through the end of April for National Poetry Month. Then it will be archived. You will find the poem as you stroll through a few pages of electricity poems.

The poem is also included in 2018 Poetry Challenge publication available at my Author Page on Amazon

A special thanks to Jennifer Dotson for all she is doing at Highland Park Poetry to promote and share poetry.

Blessings!

Emerald Eyes

This pose of Grace is featured in my annual cat calendar for February 2018.

No Vacancy

Each year I create a cat photo calendar from my favorite annual shots of the cats at my home or at the farm. Here is from left to right, Rosebud, Angus, Boots and Tigger. As you can see, all love to be in this favorite bed at the same time–especially in January.

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I am thrilled and honored to be accepted to attend the 14th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Delray Beach as a workshop participant January 15-20. I will be in Sound, Syntax, Stanza, Magic, Nuts and Bolts for six days led by Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi and poetry professor at the University of Mississippi.

This intensive, interactive workshop will combine craft classes with generative prompts, in-class writing, and workshopping. Our goal will be to leave our time together with four new drafts, one of which will be workshopped, and four poems written prior to the festival being brought to the table. When not in class, there will be opportunities to attend a variety of events including poetry readings that are open to the public.

This week I am preparing for the workshop by selecting four poems that I have written and making copies for class participants. Although not required, I have read several books by Beth Ann Fennelly. I am looking forward to meeting our leader and the twelve workshop participants as well as enjoying a mini vacation in historic downtown Delray Beach!

Blessings!

 

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