The Year of the Cat

What a Nine Pound Feline Taught Me About Life

by Dan Doviddio

I’m sitting on a bench inside the Arboretum Animal Hospital. My black ‘I’ cap bill pulled low over my eyes as I lean over and study the floor. My neighbor, Jerry is sitting across from me concentrating on that chicken game so familiar these days. The only thought on my mind is that I hope my little buddy makes it. I think about how all this started, this friendship with a cat. I start at the beginning….

It is a typical late January in Wheaton, Illinois. It’s around the mid twenties with snow spotty on the ground. I peer outside our back windows and see a white and orange tiger striped cat soaking up what little rays the sun has to offer. He looks like the epitome of basking. He’s stretched out gathering all the heat he can. So content. I can feel this cat’s energy. Yes, very content.
Izzy winter laying out in sun
Another feral cat hanging out in the yard?
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Cut! Let's Do That Part Over

by Dan Doviddio

I’m walking up to a favorite store of mine. It’s on the street as opposed to a mall or shopping center. I open the door, the scent of new merchandise is reminder that I’ve been here before. I’m on a mission, I’m shopping for a new pillow. I walk the twenty feet inside and go up the four steps to the main store. I’ve been here many times and am more than familiar with its layout. The store consists of two long rooms side by side, separated by a common wall. I go through the first room, it’s the sundries room. Funny name sundries, but that’s what this room has. As I walk through I turn right to go into the second room that has the pillows in back where they always are. The door is closed. There seems to be a problem, but an employee soon gets it open. I survey the pillows. Nothing seems to fit what I’m looking for. I continue through to exit the store looking at the housewares in the second section.. Seems they are having a problem with another door. So I backtrack out to the street the way I came in.

Once back out on the street, I check out my surroundings. Everything is where it always is. A familiar street scene in my life. I notice a creek in the park across the street. Hmm, why haven’t I noticed that before? I guess I’m so focused, I sometimes miss things. Read More...
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Quality

by Frank Dobner

Forgiveness

Actually, what you are going to read about now is forgiveness. You might think that the above title “Quality” is misleading, but you will understand how quality relates to forgiveness within a few paragraphs. You might not understand what I mean by forgiveness if all you know is a “church” definition of forgiveness. The “church” tends to promote the concept that you CAN do wrong and tries to mitigate this by pardoning your offense once the guilty verdict is reached. This does not work.

You can’t be pardoned for a crime and be innocent any more. This never made sense to me as a boy and now I know why. As I have come to know now from “A Course In Miracles,” that you are actually incapable of ever doing anything such as a “sin” because the truth of who you are is spirit. Think about it…how or why would God ever create anything capable of “wrong.” It doesn’t even make sense. Drop it. Your body, the world and the universe don’t exist in God’s eyes. You made them up. Read More...
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There’s Nothing Out There

by Frank Dobner

A lot of people feel victimized by things or people. Things seem to be happening to you. One of the foundational beliefs that I have come to know is that there is nothing that can happen to you. The fact is that the world is happening, by you. I have always known this idea in the back of mind, some greater wisdom that never allowed me to believe there really was anyone to blame. I actually think that everyone knows this, if they just stop and get silent a bit. Read More...
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