The International Cat Writers’ Association honored top writers, photographers and editors in print, broadcast and online media on November 20 at the Crowne Plaza White Plains Hotel.

My article, The Cat’s Mastery of the Present Moment, competed in the online category and received the CWA Muse Medallion. Each category is scored independently by three CWA member judges whose three scores are averaged by the contest committee. Individuals must score an average of 90 or better to become finalists and earn certificates of excellence. The top scorer in each category is awarded a Muse Medallion. Judges’ comments: “This was best from a group of very fine articles.”

Some excerpts:

Cats are masters of the present moment. Have you ever seen your cat wringing her paws over what to do about a problem or sprinting around the house multi-tasking?…..

Cats are not enamored with the past—“Wasn’t that a tasty mouse I had last week?” They certainly are not focused on the future—“When are they going to board me again?” They do not know they are not going to live forever. Cats do not worry about when the next medical breakthrough will help them or save them. They do not know the warning signs of their deteriorating heath like you do and do not flop restlessly about during the night agonizing about what will happen next…..

Brian Narelle’s theory is humans live our lives in horizontal time. “This is a plan upon which our lives are stretched out like railroad tracks running across the Great Plains. As I walk along, I often stop to look back and remember events and things that happened to me. These events serve to fuel my paranoia when I again face my future, projecting these memories onto other imagined events to come.” Animals live on vertical time and teach us to stand, to be, to breathe, in this very moment…..

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Bountiful Blessings!