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Hug Your Cat Day

Awakenings, catnip’s sister site, posts What’s Happenin’ on a fairly regular basis. Included are funny days, weird celebrations, wacky holidays and lots of food & chocolate. Often some appear that are actually ordinary and serve as a reminder. Since catnip is such a lover of our feline, fur-r-ry friend the cat it is only fitting to recognize here that today is…

Hug Your Cat Day


If you don’t own a cat, Hug Someone Else’s Cat! (Some celebrate Hug Your Cat Day on June 4th. Feel free to celebrate both.)


Sam-SuperkittyIn honor of Hug Your Cat Day, I would like to introduce you to Marion Lovato and her first published book, Sam, the Superkitty. Sam, aka Sammy, is the ‘superhero’ in the tale of a brave cat who is able to overcome obstacles and secure confidence in himself, and in others, by crusading as his alter ego, Sam, The Superkitty.

In the face of the many perils that go bump in the night, Sam, The Superkitty, proves himself a courageous force to be reckoned with. But, he must never let his family know that he is truly a superhero…

Meet the author…Marion-Lovato

After retiring from the fifth largest school district in the country, Marion Lovato decided to try her hand at writing children’s books. Sam, The Superkitty is the first in a series based on her youngest cat, Sammy. Combining some of his antics with her imagination, Marion has produced a book for all ages.  (Reading level is third grade.) She hopes to have the next book in the series out next year. You can visit Marion at her blog, Cats Rule.

You can also connect with Marion @ the following sites:

Google +     Pinterest     Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter


Snuggle with your favorite feline and read a kitty based story or visit your favorite kitty blogs.
Of course, keep you little kitty in your lap so he/she can enjoy the other fur-r-ry friends.

purr-r-r-r-r, purr-r-r-r-r, purr-r-r-r-r

jakeMy name is Jake. I am the Cat Prince. Visit me @RaaniYork

I Needz a HUG!


See What’s Happenin’ today @Awakenings!



When you look to the wrong sky–Skye

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ೋღ♥ ღೋ Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10

I have tried this dieting thing many times both as a non-Christian and a Christian. Each time I would lose the weight and feel great; but my eyes, throughout and after, were completely on self. I was so focused on Skye that I was not looking to the sky at all; I was definitely not praising God or seeking His help.  I wanted to look good for me and for all those that would be amazed and awed by ME, ME, ME!   Yuck.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

catnipoflife announces a new blog you need to visit. It is Faith, Food, and Friends by Skye. Skye is very adventurous with this being her third in the blogosphere! She is a very inspirational person, writer of poetry and excellent photographer. Visit her today and let her know catnip sent you! LOL!

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Awakenings: The Lost Spirits

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Today is a quiet day…a co-o-o-old day so definitely a day to stay inside simply enjoying the warmth of hearth and home. Just finished reading The 12-ft Teepee by +Marilyn Armstrong (featured below) and thought I would take some time to visit blogs I am following. How surprised I was upon coming across The Lost Spirits @A Misbehaved Woman.

What better topic to revisit than that of the American Indians?

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Featured author @Awakenings is Marilyn Armstrong and her book The 12-ft Teepee. Visit Marilyn @Serendipity where you can become lost in her words of wisdom, humor, photography, book reviews, author interviews, Americana, nature, pets, and so much more!

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After the candy is put away, the costumes removed, settle down and join It Matters Radio for a night of terror, shock and music. Eight Authors and one band share short stories, flash fiction, poetry and music.

Tune in 9PM EST, Oct 31st


It Matters Radio welcomes you to our 2013 Halloween Special! If you love things that go ‘bump in the night’, or tales that leave your spine tingling, have we the show for you!

We held an open call for the most frightening, spookiest, bone-chilling tales, poetry or music and the winners of the contest did not disappoint.

Listen, if you dare, as the winning entries are read live on-air by authors Sharla Shults, Simon Rogghe, Cynthia Ainsworthe, Phil Richardson, Ingrid Ringler, Danny P Barbare, Caleb Puckett and Micki Peluso. Joining us from the UK with the winning song will be Mark Handley of Mark Handley and the Bone Idols.

Call in to speak with the host

(213) 769-0952

It’s all about the spirit of the holiday and having fun! Be prepared for chills and thrills and a bit of humor as we look at the ‘dark side’ – 



Chicken Soup by Kenneth Weene | The Write Room Blog

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“What a pain in the ass.” Trudy put her iPhone back into her pocketbook.

It wasn’t much of an expletive or very loud, but coming from the lips of my wife it was enough to make me look up from my snack, a piece of Trudy’s latest chocolate-pecan pie, and ask, “What is, Dear?”

What happens next you can only read at The Write Room Blog! Do leave a comment 🙂

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Whoever thought trying to share how to make chicken soup could be so comical! Hilariously funny!

Kenneth Weene is a great writer with just the right twist to keep his readers reading with anticipation for an often unpredictable ending! Ken sees life as very much a laughing matter. You can find more of his writing at

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Basking in the Sunlight of Spirit at Sunset

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Counting my blessings There is no second guessing as sunset burrows inside me. It fills up my senses. Removes all my fences. Letting the wondrous glow in. It cleanses my spirit I can almost hear i…


As the evening closes,

The scent of roses

Caresses the  beams

as they shine.

My life is so full of blessings

As I sit and embrace

Thee divine.

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Who walks who?

Within the catnipoflife are animals of all kinds, shapes and sizes. Not all animals are good pets but those that find themselves at the top of the popularity list are dogs and cats. Then, of course, there are dog people and there are cat people, a topic of discussion all iMarilynts own.

Today, I am going to introduce you to a dog person. Her name is Marilyn and you can visit her @ Serendipity. Marilyn will not only enlighten you with her prolific writing but also her great photography. Her topics are very diverse and she will often take you on a journey back in time that makes you feel you were there. Here is a little tidbit about Marilyn in her own words: 

A friend told me she never knows what I’m going to write about, so it’s always a surprise. That makes at least two of us. Until my little lightbulb goes off, I don’t know what I’m going to say either. I have a lot of varied interests: history, photography, philosophy, religion, politics, ecology, technology. I’m a bit of a geek and I do enjoy my toys. Serendipity is appropriate, I guess. Grab bag would work too. Read MORE about Marilyn @The Me Page!

All I know is she is a terrific asset to the blogosphere and has become a wonderful friend!

Walking My Dog

Strolling in the sunshine
Or even in the rain
Time to walk together
Grows to be life’s champagne

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Early morning strolls
Through dew-dappled grass
Surpass therapy
Any doctor suggests

Breaths of clean, crisp air
Refreshed by a mild breeze
Energize critters
Scampering through the trees

Sight of a cat
Perhaps a squirrel or two
With lightning speed
He’s off into the blue

Stopping to sniff flowers
Scratching in Mother Earth
Running, barking, howling
Signal moments of mirth

Walking at his own speed
Happy as can be
I’m not walking him
He’s walking me!

©2013 catnipoflife©2013 catnipoflife
Sharla Lee Shults

“I took my dog for a walk… all the way from New York to Florida… I said to him “There now you’re done.”
—Steven Wright (American comedian, actor and writer, b. 1955)


For All Writers Out There …Rethink the haibun and haiku!

Penny @TheWhyAboutThis threw out a line this evening complete with bait and hook. I bit! She talks about A writer’s gift – yours! Then presents a challenge surrounding an image prompt. Thank you, Penny, for offering an opportunity to stretch even further wielding the mighty sword of the pen.


My view out the airplane window glimpses cotton candy clouds bringing about nostalgic thoughts when once a child. The fluffy white puffs glide effortlessly against a backdrop of clear blue sky. I see a puppy with its floppy ears and stubby tail much like my little Snookie who lived with us until old age. Hey, there’s Mickey Mouse. Can’t hide those ears, Mickey!

I smile and giggle inside not to disturb any of the other passengers. One lady glances my way with a sneering look that snarls “What are you smiling about?

I would like to tell her what I am smiling about! Life. Love. Laughter. Tears. Sorrow. Happiness in tomorrow. Everything that makes living worthwhile. Helping. Lending. Comforting. Mending.

I look her square in the eye and grin. A Cheshire grin! Then, turn back toward the cotton candy clouds of my imagination.

Clouds glide mid-air
Rippling motions, life emotions
Aping a lazy stream


Awakenings: Photograph In My Mind

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Awakenings welcomes Terry Shepherd into the spotlight. My communication with Terry is through her blog featuring, in her own words, “inspirational stories that touch your heart and soul.” I totally agree with her having visited her blogsite many, many times.

Terry’s featured poetry is the perfect prelude to Memorial Day!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

With Memorial Day to be celebrated this weekend, the timing for this introduction to Terry Shepherd has been perfect. As you move closer to the weekend and become involved in celebration planning, remain mindful of what this holiday truly represents. It is not just picnics and soda pops, cake and ice cream, beach ball and surf boards! It is a day of remembrance: the last Monday in May on which those who died in active military service are remembered.

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HeidiWhat was my favorite book as a child? That is a question which requires little to no pondering. The one which most impacted me is the story of Heidi written in 1880 by Swiss author Johanna Spyri. Now don’t get confused here…that does not mean I was a child in the late 1800s. Let’s see, that would make me 133 years old. Nah! Not yet ❤

If you are not familiar with Heidi, it is a story of a young girl who at five years old was placed under her grandfather’s care because of the early deaths of her parents. Suddenly she found herself living in the Swiss Alps in the clutches of an old man who really did not want to be bothered. Her grandfather was a reclusive. Events of the story, however, warmed the old geezer’s heart and his life forever changed. Heidi became a ray of sunshine and a breath of fresh air marking the end of a secluded life.

It has been a lo-o-o-ong time since I read this little story but it will always have a place in my heart. I think I was saddened from the beginning because of the loss of her parents. I could not understand what life would be like without parents since I was so close to my dad and mom. Then, of course, there was the imagery. I can still envision the beautiful mountains, the grassy hills as Heidi playfully ran, the goats and simply the essence of serenity. Even Heidi’s room is vividly planted in my mind with the tiny single window through which she viewed her wondrous new world.

Anyone reading this brief memory about Heidi is encouraged to find a copy for your child or perhaps grandchild. It teaches compassion within a simple life without any of the modern amenities of today. It is childlike innocence in its purest form. Having written this, I find myself wanting to read Heidi again, only now it will be as a grandmother reading it to my granddaughters.

I have always had an affinity for Switzerland and I attribute my feelings to reading this heart-rending story as a child. In the early 70s, I did get the opportunity to travel to Europe. During my travels, one of my most memorable sights was the Matterhorn. Perhaps sights of the Swiss Alps were calling me home to memories long ago established but never forgotten.

 What’s in a Book?


Pictures, stories, poems and more
A world opens up to explore
Animals, insects and frogs thrive
Visions of numbers come alive

Bedtime stories and fairy tales
Sugarplums and fairies cure all ails
Mystery and amazement to ponder
Imagination makes one wonder

Lessons to be learned, places to practice
Respect, charity, humility and justice
Love and honor, experiences to encounter
Emotions bring tears or laughter

Travel back in time, forward into the future
Much to explore about life and nature
So many questions, where to find answers
Turn the pages for new adventures

Watch the gleam in a child’s eyes
For a ‘novel’ idea, try this exercise
Find a book every chance you can
Place it right into a child’s hand


©Echoes 2004
Sharla Lee Shults

What was YOUR favorite book as a child? I would love to hear from you!


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