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 twenty years ago. Because of the limitations of the illness, I will have to write and update this blog at a slower than usual pace. This will also be true of publishing and answering comments.
I live in Alabama with my husband, a cat, and a dog. There’s a another cat in my life we expect to find, who has been missing since the 2011 tornadoes. I’m a lifelong wilderness advocate. I am liberal and progressive, and I live in a like-minded community. It is also 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. When I think about the number of people I know who are writing something, have had something published, and/or who actually have a book out, I lose count. That doesn’t even include those writers around town I know of, but 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!
December 16, 2013 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. I hope to see change in the future so I can remove this notice!