I am a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals. I’m especially taken with the household cat, felis silvestris catus. I feel that humans can grow in compassion towards all when they have direct contact with nature and its creatures.
I was also a visual artist until I became ill with a rare chronic neuropathic disease 25-plus years ago. Because of the limitations of the illness, I write and update this blog at a slower than usual pace. This is also true of publishing and answering comments, and commenting on the the websites of others.
I’m slowly learning photography and photo editing late in life because I can no longer do painting and mixed media. I’m having lots of fun with it; I’m not very skilled but I’m always happy when anyone likes my pictures.
I live in Alabama with my husband, a cat, and a dog. There’s another cat in my life who has been missing since the 2011 tornadoes. We have kept up the search and the hope of finding him, but he would now be getting up in age.
I’m a lifelong wilderness advocate. I am liberal and progressive, and I live in a like-minded community. I only occasionally mention political matters on this website and generally try to stay away from politics, partly because my health is so fragile at this time. If you are a blogger who has stated politics that differ from mine, I will still support your politics-free posts if they are on topics I like.
The US southeast where I live is a place full of creative activity, with many artists, musicians, actors, and especially writers. I’ve written a book. My husband has written a book. My father-in-law wrote a book. Just about everyone I know is writing and/or creating something. The same goes for a zillion folks around here that I don’t know personally.
I’ve been using the screen name ‘catwoods’ since 2007, partly because it’s the literal translation of felis silvestris and partly because I live in a forest, with cats. Y’all come on out to my imaginary porch where the party never ends and the house cats are watching the screen, meowing at me to get their stories told!
May 14, 2019. Note about awards: The awards program among bloggers is very nice and represents good will; I am honored to have been nominated for a few. I’m sorry to have to say I can’t participate at this time due to the health issues that limit my activity level. Although earlier I had hoped that might change, I now have increasing health problems.