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 do mention political matters on occasion but my health is too fragile to discuss them in depth. I will still “like” the posts of any bloggers who post about cats and other topics of interest to me even if they have also stated political and/or environmental views that differ from mine, so long as those particular posts are politics-free. Though I’m here for cats and nature and art, I’ll sometimes “like” posts on politics and environment that I agree with.
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.
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. Now it’s also the name of my cat book, which can be purchased through amazon and many other online sources (see upper right hand corner). 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!
My book, Catwoods: Stories and Studies of Our Feline Companions is now out after many years of work! It’s available on Amazon (see clickable cover at upper right), Barnes and Noble, Ernest and Hadley Booksellers, and many other online venues. Here are the links: