How many hundreds of us would never had met without Catster? How different our lives would now be if we had never connected through the world's first cat social network, the brainchild of Ted Rheingold, who has lost his battle with Stage-4 Metastatic Carcinoma. Ted was brilliant, funny, down-to-earth, and a loving and lovely soul. Skeezix and I worked for him, and I got a video of him giving Skeezix his purrformance review.
Skeezix kinda had a boycrush on him, and he even dressed up as DGTR one Halloween. Ted loved it so much that he used it as his twitter avatar for months afterward. Ted kept a blog covering his illness, and one of his last posts really hit home for me, as I'm sure it will for anyone who's had cancer (I'm a two-timer). READ IT. It's about cancer etiquette, focusing on what you should not say to a cancer patient, and how you can best help them out. Two points in particular had me pumping my arm and hissing YES! The first was not to regurgitate a litany of everyone you know who's had the same thing. That's just not something we really want to hear. There was a time at church when a clueless couple we knew came up to me to talk about my recent cancer diagnosis. They asked me about the surgery and radiation treatment, then shared several horror stories of people who'd had the same thing and for whom things didn't turn out so well. Years later I can still play that conversation in my head and I've avoided that couple ever since. (It may have just been what I used as my own excuse to avoid them because they were kinda peculiar people anyway.) The second point was that fight-speak sucks. Avoid it. Fight-speak is when you say things to the patient like, You're a fighter! You're gonna beat it! Kick cancer in the ass! Avoid it because it leaves the patient feeling even worse later on. If their condition deteriorates, they'll wonder. am I not fighting hard enough? We aren't really fighting, anyway. We're just doing what the doctors hope will save our lives. Telling us we're gonna beat it? Not something you tell someone with Stage 4 cancer. Another postaddressed mortality and implores us not to waste a day. Ted left a profound mark on my life. It is a tragedy he's gone so soon, a well-lived life caught short. My only solace is that Skeezix (and a whole lot of other dogs and cats) was probably really happy to be reunited with him at The Bridge. Ted was 46 years old. The post Da Grate Ted Rheingold: Good bye, dear friend appeared first on Mousebreath Magazine.
Man United win again Are Manchester United going to win the 2017-18 Premier League? It's all looking good right now following Saturday's 2-0 home win overLeicester. Goals from Marcus Rashford andMarouane Fellaini sowed up the three points against the Foxes after Romelu Lukaku earlier missed a penalty. After back to back 4-0 wins over West Ham and Swansea, United have maximum points in the EPL without having conceded a goal. And that's before considering how good Jose Mourinho usually performs in his second season at a club. In his second seasons at Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan and Real Madrid, Mourinho won the title. So will he do that again at Old Trafford this season.
Horror stat for Man United While most of the arrows are currently pointing upwards for Man United, there is one horror stat fans should be aware of. In only one of the previous five Premier League seasons in which Man United won their opening three fixtures, they went on to be champions. That was back in 2006-7. Last season, lest we forget, Man United beat Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull in their opening three matches. As we know, the Red Devils ended up finishing in sixth. After the international break, Man United will look to continue their winning streak going away at Stoke in the Premier League. Also see: Paul Pogba admits he was 'scared' against Leicester (Video).
Artist Sandy Mastronidraws from the heart, with her cat, Buddy, snoopervising and giving her pointers. It is a purrfect pairing, enabling Mastroni to create weird and whimsical cat art that can best be described as Grandma Moses goes to Twin Peaks. Mastroni says, I've always drawn people , and funny odd characters. These drawings become art dolls or paintings or wood cut outs. I've spent the last 40 years as a professional artist doing everything from selling through gift shops and catalogs , book cover art to galleries .
I am in my studio every day , painting or sewing , surrounded by too many books , fabric and drawings spilling out of bureau drawers, or I might be in the basement at my scroll saw. My cat Buddy is with me , keeping me company. $48 $50 NFS
She sells via her Etsy Shop where you can see her entire weirdly wonderful collection!