Sunday, November 18, 2012

Courbet - a sad post

During my first year in Boston (1999), I adopted a kitten from friends of my neighbors.  I named him Courbet after the French painter.  He was a fluffy black and white cat who always remained just a little bit feral.  For example, one night he was startled by a noise outside.  He cornered my other cat (Baudelaire) on the top of the refrigerator for 3 days after.  When I moved in with S, Courbet would literally climb the walls.

In 2001, I moved to France to accept a year-long graduate assistantship.  S agreed to watch Baudelaire.  My grandmother took in Courbet.

My grandmother fell in love with Courbet.  I didn't ask to bring him back home when I returned to France. She lived alone and Courbet seemed important to her.  But then, my grandmother got cancer and died shortly after.  While she was sick, my aunt watched Courbet.  She became quite attached to him, I think in part, because of his connection to my grandmother.

I once joked that it was time for me to take him back to Boston.  She said there was no way in hell.  And so, Courbet lived for the past 10 years in Nazareth, Pa with my aunt. He probably lived a much richer life than Baudelaire who has always been confined to our tiny apartments.  To the contrary, Courbet accompanied my aunt every morning when she left the house to go on her morning walks.  He would wait for her in her beautiful garden, sometimes watching butterflies.

My mom just informed me that Courbet passed away this week.  He had a quick cancer and was dying quickly even at the moment they just discovered he was sick.  I'm so grateful to my aunt for caring for Courbet all of these years and for the wonderful little cat-life she provided to him.  It's amazing how we were all touched by that fluffy semi-feral cat.  


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday Inspiration - 11/11 - Sandy Relief and Election Results

The biggest source of inspiration this week is the work that Eddie Stern is doing to help the victims of Sandy in the Rockaways.  He's organizing volunteers and donations to help a neighborhood that was deeply affected by the storm.  Folks in the projects continue to be without power.  Eddie and his volunteers are getting much needed supplies to them. 


I can't help but add my second source of inspiration this week: the outcome of the presidential elections.  Obama for four more years!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sunday Inspiration 11/4/2012

This week the mid-Atlantic was hit the super-storm, Sandy.  Fortunately, most of Philadelphia was largely untouched.  But surrounding areas and New York City were devastated. 

Our friend Molly came down from NYC last weekend for a short visit.  She left on the last train out of Philly and probably made one of the last subways back to Queens for a while.  Thankfully, she's fine.

I have a lot of friends in NYC and businesses that I follow on Twitter and Facebook.  I'm amazed to read about what they're doing to help those in need.  One yoga studio is opening its doors for people to come in and get a hot shower.  A friend is volunteering at Food Not Bombs to make hot food for those who need it.  Of course, we've all seen the photo of the home where people put out power strips to share their power so that people without could charge their phones. 

We subscribe to an organic delivery service that delivers once a week out of Ottsville, PA.  On Thursday, we were notified that we would not be getting our delivery.  All food from the week was being rerouted to shelters that need it. 

This week I'm inspired by the outpouring of human kindness in the face of tragedy.  Namaste to each and everyone who is helping.  Shanti to all who are suffering and need help.