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Cat writers from around the world are meeting June 23 through June 25 for the Cat Writers’ 2016 Write Stuff Conference held in conjunction with BlogPaws Conference in Chandler, Arizona. Four of my entries in the CWA Communication Contest received a Certificate of Excellence Award and are competing  for top cat honors, the CWA Muse Medallion. Winners will be announced at a gala banquet on June 24 at the Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa.

As stated in congratulations letter: “The standards for winning a Certificate of Excellence are very high, and this award is recognition of your outstanding work.” In 2009 I was honored with a CWA Muse Medallion for my online article The Cat’s Mastery of the Present Moment. The first three entries listed below for the 2015 contest were created following Lexie Lee’s valiant fight with lymphoma. I know she is sending me warm purrs and five paws up. As I compose this blog, I close my eyes and see her on the office window sill as in yesteryear.

  • Morning Visitor–Poem
  • What my Terminally Ill Cat Taught Me–Online article-any other topic
  • Aftermath–Online article-any other topic
  • 5 Halloween Safety Tips for Cats–Online article-any other topic


Visit Cat Writers’ Association for more information about the organization and contest winners.


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!

I just returned from the terrific Cat Writers’ Conference held in White Plains, New York. The experience was pawsitively a five paws affair! For three days I was surrounded by writers and journalists who are the voices for cats. I reconnected with many friends made at last year’s conference. I also met several new people including Ingrid King, author of Buckley’s Story, Carol Frischmann, author of Pets and the Planet and Rosie Sorenson, author of They Had Me at Meow. I look forward to writing more about these talented authors and their messages in future blogs.

This year’s conference was held in conjunction with the Westchester Cat Show. Saturday afternoon I signed Tatianna books along with other cat authors at the CWA book booth. I also observed some of the judging and walked around and talked to competitors and admired all their awesome cats. I adored all of them, but particularly enjoyed seeing the Maine Coon and Norwegian Forest cats.

My suitcase is filled with all kinds of kitty goodies from conference sponsors and a few items I just could not resist from the cat show! Last count I have eight new catnip mouse toys. I hope that will be plenty to get back in the good graces of Lexie Lee—who has been boarded during my trip!

Bountiful Blessings!

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