At last! A job for the cat

Everyday I visit the Free Kibble website (www.freekibble.com) where they have an amusing trivia question about cats and dogs. Play the game and 10 pieces of Kibble are donated to rescue animals.  You don’t even have to get the right answer and 10 Kibble bits are donated.  What have you got to lose?

My cat - Rainbow.

My cat – Rainbow.

In today’s FreekibbleKat question I learned that for a year, a cat named Orlando chose stocks by throwing a toy at stock choices… and made more profit than the pros! Perhaps that explains the recent upturn in the market. The pros have stepped aside for the paws.

Now, all I have to do is teach  Rainbow, my cat, how to throw her toys… or I could keep buying the lottery tickets.

Spring in Florida … in January!

Well, some say the jury is still out on the Global Warming issue but here in Florida it is warm and it is spring.  January is not yet gone and the azaleas in my subdivision are in bloom … about six weeks earlier than usual.  I saw a report on the news the other evening about a small, seaside town in New Jersey that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  The mayor is lobbying for regulations that will force all new buildings to be built about 10 feet off the ground. She has plenty of data to show that the seashore is eroding and any future storms will wreak the same havoc as Sandy so by her reckoning if people want to rebuild they should do so in a realistic manner.  Could we please send this mayor to Congress?

Sir David Attenborough proclaimed recently that humans are a plague on the earth.  I couldn’t agree more.  There are too many of us and global warming is one result.  It’s easy to get depressed about it all but that doesn’t help. I really don’t know what does help but for me it is hiking the beautiful land at Myakka River State Park.  I find things, like this Century Oak tree.  Well, I call it a Century Oak but that’s only because it looks like another oak that someone told me was a Century Oak.  Perhaps we should just call it a Magnificent Oak and leave it at that.

Century Oak (1)

Do you like the AIDS Quilt?

Of course you like the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Now you demonstrate that with a simple click of the mouse.  Read on …

In October 1992 The Names Project brought the AIDs Quilt to the Washington Mall.  Panels of love and remembrance for those who had died from AIDS covered the hill that holds the majestic Washington Monument and then stretched westward down the Mall to the sobering Lincoln Memorial.

The AIDS Quilt on the Washington Mall, October 1992.

The AIDS Quilt on the Washington Mall, October 1992.

It was estimated that more than 200,000 people visited the Mall that weekend!  Robert and I, along with a handful of volunteers, manned an exhibit table for our group MARS (Marijuana AIDS Research Service).  All of us came away changed.  I don’t know that I will ever be in a place again where there was so much love.  It was almost palpable.

It was the third time I had seen the Quilt and each time it rocked me to my  soul. It is a brilliantly conceived work of art.  Part remembrance, part protest, totally love.

I recently had occasion to visit The Names Project website.  They maintain the Quilt which, at last count,  has 48,000 panels.

As I scrolled through the website I encountered the ubiquitous “Like” button for Facebook.  I was shocked to see only 3, 440 had taken the time to “Like” the Quilt.  Can we improve on this folks?  Please?  It doesn’t take much time and it doesn’t cost a cent.  The good folks at The Names Project deserve better than this.  AIDS may have faded from the spotlight but it is still out there and The Quilt helps keep that fact present in our hearts and minds.

Here is the link:  http://www.aidsquilt.org.  Just click on the link and you’ll go to the Names Project website.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Like” button.  And then please ask a friend to do the same.

Thanks.