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27 Things People With Dissociative Identity Disorder Really Want You To Know

27 Things People With Dissociative Identity Disorder Really Want You To Know

Share On facebook Share On facebook Share Share On vk Share On vk Share Share On pinterest Share On pinterest Share On pinterest Share On pinterest Pin Share On lineapp Share On lineapp Share On twitter Share On twitter Share Share On email Share On email Email Share On sms Share On sms Share On whatsapp Share On whatsapp Share On more Share On more More Share On tumblr Share On tumblr Share On link Share On link Share On copy Share On copy Copy Link Dissociative identity disorder (DID) — previously known as multiple personality disorder — includes trouble with memory, emotion, perception, sense of self, and behavior, and can potentially disrupt every area of mental functioning. ibreakstock / Via Shutterstock Recently, we asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share their experiences with dissociative identity disorder.
Here, we’ve included their anonymous experiences as well as input from Dr. Roberto Lewis-Fernández , professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Together, this should give you a better picture of what life is really like with dissociative identity disorder.
1. DID is an often misunderstood disorder that causes people to behave and feel as if they have more than one “identity.” Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Jenny Chang / Via buzzfeed.com
“For people with DID, aspects of cognitive function that are normally unified/integrated, like personality, identity, and memory, are fragmented and can become their own separate identities,” Lewis-Fernández tells BuzzFeed Health.
People with DID will feel like they’re alternating between those multiple identities (each with their own personality traits and memories), which causes them to feel like a coherent, consistent sense of self is missing, he explains. They may feel like there are multiple voices trying to take control in their head, and when a separate identity is present and in control — aka “out” — the person functions with that identity’s memories and personality traits.
DID was known as multiple personality disorder until 1994 , when it was changed to represent a better understanding of the condition — which is that DID is more of a fragmentation of one’s identity, than the development of several random, separate identities . It’s under a category in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ( DSM-5 ) that also includes depersonalization disorder and dissociative identity disorder.
2. People of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds can have DID , but the biggest risk factor for developing the disorder is experiencing physical or sexual trauma during childhood. Kubkoo / Via Getty Images The general understanding of DID, is that it typically starts in childhood, as people’s cognitive functions, sense of identity, and personality are naturally forming, Lewis-Fernández says. The fragmentation symptoms of DID supposedly function as a coping mechanism for serious traumatic experiences that the person was subjected to, like being physically beaten, verbally abused, or sexually assaulted.
“I wish people knew that DID is caused by child abuse and childhood trauma. People always assume we’re dangerous and potential murderers, but don’t realize that we are all, on the inside, traumatized children. We, as a child, couldn’t properly process or handle the horrific things that were happening to us. So we developed different ‘parts’ to be able to contain those memories of abuse or the strong emotions experienced in reaction to the trauma.”
—23/Male
3. People with DID often refer to their other identities as personality states, alters, parts, etc. and sometimes use the pronouns we, us, and our. Haejin Park / Via buzzfeed.com “I have gone by a name for 15 years that is more of a group identity. Because they are all me, and I am all of my selves (my alters). “
—30/Female
“We do not care for the term alter. So I say ‘parts’ because they are indeed a part of me. When referring to myself as ‘we,’ or when I reference ‘them,’ it sometimes makes people feel uncomfortable. Unfortunately, that’s not my problem. That’s something they need to sort out. People always fear what they don’t understand.”
—30/Female
4. Different identities can have different genders, sexualities, skills, voices, personality traits, and even their own handwriting. Jenny Chang / Via buzzfeed.com ” Some of my alters have abilities that others don’t. Some can sing, play guitar, or draw, and the others can’t. Some have the same likes and dislikes; some have wildly different ones. They all have a full range of emotions. Lots of people like to say I’m just moody or ‘bipolar,’ but every alter is a full person with their own emotions and reactions to things. They all have different handwriting, and some have different voices or ways of speaking. No, they are not just my different moods. DID is different from bipolar disorder. “
—30/Female
5. Those differences can be incredibly confusing, making people with DID feel detached from themselves — not knowing who they truly are. Alida Barden / Via buzzfeed.com “I experience pretty disturbing symptoms when I switch to an alter that’s like a version of my ‘younger self.’ I usually only experience the younger self when I am processing traumatic events in therapy, but it really scares me and makes me feel out of control. When I’m in a younger-self state, I have trouble getting my words out and I’ll talk like a child, even though I am still myself and have my adult thoughts. Whatever I’m processing at the time has triggered a need for my younger self to speak and work through things; it’s hard to experience.”
—21/Female
6. DID can be incredibly misunderstood, and therefore, very isolating — sometimes that makes symptoms worse. instagram.com / Via Instagram: @bymariandrew There’s a lot that’s unknown or not yet understood about DID, in part because it’s not the main area of study for most psychiatrists, Lewis-Fernández says. Still, there is a small but dedicated group of researchers who are involved in studying it, and through them, new information is coming out all the time.
“I wish for a better general understanding of the disorder, both medically and generally. I’ve had DID all my life, but only discovered what was wrong with me five years ago. It’s hard to open up about having DID because we tend to get a lot more disbelief, accusations, and shaming, than when people with more ‘socially acceptable’ disorders talk about their experiences. There should be more awareness on this topic and the medical community needs to wake up and understand that there are thousands of us out there who need help.”
—52/Female
7. Most people don’t realize they have DID until later in life, and it can be pretty scary figuring out what’s going on. NBC / Via thebusinessweave.tumblr.com It’s hard to diagnose DID because it involves hidden internal symptoms, Lewis-Fernández says. The person has to be able to explain their memory loss and how they understand themselves, which can be hard in general for children, but especially hard when some identities don’t know the others exist.
” Having a condition that you’re unaware of, and having nobody believe you or try to help you, is pretty damaging. It can be messy, stressful, and terrifying if you’re not aware that you live with DID. I went to countless doctors trying to figure out what the hell was happening to me. I would ‘wake up’ in random places and states (yes, geographically different states hundreds of miles away). I fully expected a doctor to one day tell me I had some inoperable brain tumor and had a certain amount of time left to live. Instead, I was diagnosed with DID.”
—43/Female
8. And that’s because a lot of times, they are misdiagnosed and treated for the wrong mental illnesses. jessicahtam / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: jessicatam ” Because DID is not as researched as other psychiatric disorders, it’s not the first mental illness on a doctor’s mind when a patient comes in for diagnosis ,” Lewis-Fernández says. “In many cases, not only are the symptoms subtle, but there’s usually amnesia involved so people don’t always remember their symptoms.”
Also, a lot of the symptoms can be attributed to other mental illnesses, such as stress, anxiety, depression, he says. And as for hearing internal voices, he explains that those can be attributed to schizophrenia or a psychotic disorder. It’s a hard diagnosis to make, and that’s why so many people with DID will have up to seven or eight misdiagnoses before getting the accurate one, he says.
“I’ve been through a lot of diagnoses; schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar I, and more. Some professionals don’t even agree that this condition exists. This has made my recovery even longer and more meandering.”
—23/Female
9. And one identity does not have to be inherently violent, like movies portray. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Universal Pictures / Via tenor.com
“Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat: It’s defintiely not like the movies. People with DID are not inherently more violent than anyone else. We aren’t just going to snap and kill you! There are more possibilities than ‘the nice one’ and ‘the evil one’. As a person diagnosed with DID, I am a victim. I’m not a perpetrator, a murderer, or a potential criminal.”
—23/Male
The violent identities you see in the media are very rare , Lewis-Fernández says, but they’re used because they make for dramatic story plots. More often than not, people with DID experience very subtle shifts in personality. They may not even be aware that it’s happened, he explains.
10. Memory gaps can happen when switching between certain identities, so not all identities are aware that the others exist. Jenny Chang / Via buzzfeed.com “According to the DSM , in order to be diagnosed with DID, the patient has to experience the element of amnesia,” Lewis-Fernández says. “At least one identity must not be aware of the other identities, or that identity experiences memory loss when they aren’t the identity that’s ‘out,’ or in control.”
” I spent years waking up in places I didn’t remember. I’d get on the bus home and end up halfway across the city. Most people in my life just think I have a poor memory and do not know I actually disassociate throughout the day. I begged and pleaded with doctors to tell me why I couldn’t remember what seemed like half my life.”
—25/Female
“I was transitioning uncontrollably in my youth, so I barely have any memories of that time. It’s incredibly uncomfortable to see a family photo of your body having a wonderful time in some situation (theme park, first day of school, etc.) that you have absolutely no recollection of ever happening. My mother particularly struggles with why I don’t want to look at family photos with her, I don’t know how to explain it in a way she’ll understand.”
—25/Male
11. When some identities take control, people feel like they’re watching their body from afar, as if they’re having an out-of-body experience. Haejin Park “The closest thing I can relate it to is an out-of-body experience. I don’t feel anything, I don’t react correctly. It’s like I’m watching a version of myself. Watching a video where someone is acting, and they’re playing a part of me. It’s not me. It’s just my body on autopilot. “
—19/Female
“We often explain to people that it’s like you’re driving a car, and then without any warning your seat swivels to the back and someone else’s shifts to the front, controlling the car — the car being your body in this analogy. Sometimes it feels like you’re in the back seat; sometimes it feels like you’re tossed all the way in the trunk.”
—30/Female
12. There’s not always one identity in charge, sometimes there are multiple identities fighting for dominance all at once. Jenny Chang / Via buzzfeed.com “Sometimes, several will be present, either fighting for dominance, or discussing how to handle the situation at hand. You may hear three contradictory sentences come out of my/our mouth, one after the other, because three of my alters had three different opinions. It’s annoying, embarrassing, and very hard to control.”
—30/Female
13. Sometimes, identities are pretty good about working together to tackle the problems presented in everyday life. Haejin Park / Via buzzfeed.com “One really bubbly alter actually takes control for most of the week since I can’t really handle working full time. She even takes care of public speaking stuff because she loves it so much. My more ~aggressive alter~ is actually the most patient and would never hurt anyone. He developed due to some horrific things that happened to us over a few years, and actually only pops out to snap at people and put a foot down when they violate my boundaries or those of a loved one. The other two are ~the chill ones~ who can handle stressful situations with no issues. And then there’s the one that cries over anything and everything, who isn’t quite good at much. But we love her anyway.
They’re actually all very interesting and lovely, and 99% of the time no one can tell who is out. It can be hectic when full swaps happen, and we all have slightly different hobbies, so sometimes it’s hard to keep up with everything. But all in all it’s not too bad.”
—23/Male
14. But other times, they’re the opposite and really don’t get along, which can make things incredibly difficult. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Paramount Pictures / Via giphy.com
“Most of my separate identities are aware of each other’s existence. I have a totally different set of friends and a separate social life for each of them. One of my identities is a conservative and one is a liberal, so their views often clash, forcing me to often face an internal struggle over my actions. I lost my virginity as one, and the other one can’t come to grips with it and always prays for my forgiveness. My illness has led me to make permanent decisions I can’t take back or fix. The struggle is real.”
—27/Female
15. There are certain triggers that cause people with DID to switch identities. commons.wikimedia.org “DID is trauma related, so like with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), I have to be prepared to handle triggers. Small things can cause a ‘switch’ in alters — a man catcalling me, my boyfriend hugging me when I wasn’t prepared, giving a speech in class, having a difficult customer at work, etc.”
—23/Female
16. But it’s hard because even if you know what your triggers are, it doesn’t mean you can avoid them. Jenny Chang / Via buzzfeed.com “The worst part about living with DID is that I know exactly what triggers me, but in trying to live a normal life, I can’t avoid them. For instance, I have to go into work every day wondering if today is the day I get fired. If someone uses the wrong phrase to greet me, or they touch me in the wrong way, or they look, sound, or smell even remotely like one of my abusers, then I can dissociate and switch to my 4-year-old alter for hours , wandering into the streets, shoplifting from stores, etc. I failed out of school and lost my last job because of this, and now I work in fast food, where I see and speak to hundreds of people a day. So we’ll see how long that lasts.”
—20/Female
17. There are times where a change in identities is so subtle that the people around them won’t realize there was a switch. NBC / Via giphy.com “DID is meant to be a hidden disorder — and it is for a majority of diagnosed individuals — that’s developed to help protect you from the source of the trauma you experienced. It’s not always obvious when a switch occurs. Some alters won’t announce a switch unless they’re comfortable around the person they’re with. A lot of the time, part of an alter’s ~job~ is to pass as the host, answering to their name, attempting to be as much like them as they can to avoid detection.”
—27/Female
18. Living with DID can cause other mental conditions like depression or anxiety to develop. instagram.com / Via Instagram: @staceymacnevin Many patients with DID may develop conditions associated with trauma, as well as trauma-based conditions, such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and borderline personality disorder (BPD), Lewis-Fernández says.
” I suffered from alcoholism, self-harm, eating disorders, and drug abuse as ways to cope with the confusion and stress brought on by DID . I even spent a month in residential treatment for dissociation, eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS), and opiate addiction. I still have severe depression and anxiety, which affects my everyday life.”
—23/Female
19. There’s no specific medication for DID, but there are some that treat the mental health symptoms associated with it. Flo Perry / Via buzzfeed.com “There is no medication strictly for DID and the switching between alters. However, medications like antidepressants, antipsychotics, and tranquilizers, are useful when it comes to treating the anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, etc. that we can experience.”
—52/Female
20. The primary treatment for DID is long-term psychotherapy, which can get really expensive. Chris Ritter / Via buzzfeed.com “I’ve been in therapy for eight years; working on dialectical behavioral therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. I’ve also been opiate free for almost five years. It’s hard work and ridiculously expensive, but it’s all worth it!”
—23/Female
21. And the main goal of therapy isn’t always to fuse all the identities into one, but to work towards a cooperative co-consciousness. dierk schaefer / creative commons / Via Flickr: dierkschaefer “Therapy for DID is a long haul and the main goal isn’t always the ‘integration or fusion of all alters into one person.’ A lot of the time, people opt for working toward a place where all their alters can function harmoniously together — a place where all the alters aren’t constantly fighting for control.”
—27/Female
22. People with DID feel pressure to lead a life that makes all their identities happy and fulfilled, not just one. Angry Birds / Via giphy.com “Every day is an adventure. It’s a disorder that makes you feel isolated and confused. Different alters like different things and they want different things. They have different talents and passions. We have to work to find a happy medium, something that makes the entire system happy, instead of just focusing on one person’s hopes and dreams in life.”
—24/Nonconforming
23. Living with the stigma of DID can sometimes be worse than living with the symptoms. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF BuzzFeed Video / Via buzzfeed.com
“I am not dangerous. In fact, instead of us hurting others, people with DID are much more commonly abused and taken advantage of because we have DID . Being diagnosed with such a stigmatized and demonized disorder made me wish I had never gone to see a psychiatrist in the first place. I learned over time how to manage it and how to understand and recognize switches. I’m still scared to tell people that I have DID, but I’m learning how to help myself live with it and survive with it.”
—21/Male
24. In fact, some people with DID are thankful for the disorder, because it helped get them through brutally traumatizing times. instagram.com / Via instagram.com “My DID was an automatic response to trauma. It saved me. It doesn’t make me dangerous. My parts are useful, and I don’t want to get rid of them — just work with them. Trying to understand me, as well as the complex nature of DID, is impossible, and I don’t expect you to. But believing me, and accepting that what’s going on is real, is key.”
—33/Female
25. Having DID is NOT the same as changing the way you act around certain people or in specific situations. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF reactiongifs.com
“A big pet peeve is when people think DID is the same as when people knowingly and willingly change how they behave in different social situations. It’s not the same. As a child, trauma interrupts our development and we’re unable to form a cohesive and whole self. We’re not voluntarily acting a little different in certain situations because it’s in our own interest.”
—27/Female
26. DID, like any other serious illness, does not define you. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Alida Barden / Via buzzfeed.com
“It’s terrifying, it’s stressful, and some people with DID call it a burden. But it’s a part of our lives, and despite all the fear and anxiety we have, you don’t have to walk on eggshells around us. You don’t have to treat us like we’re special and deserve a certain treatment. We can get in control of our lives and we can become better people because of our disorder. Who we are is not determined by these episodes. Our disorders are only one part of us.”
—19/Female
27. And last but not least, it is possible to live a happy, successful life with DID. Instagram: @diamondsxdelusions / Via Instagram: @diamondsxdelusions “I’ve had the same awesome job for three years, an incredible group of helpful friends who love and understand me, and an amazing, supportive partner who has learned to love my alters. I’m able to notice my triggers and deal with the effects of a switch, and all of my alter states are on the same page of completing my goals and getting through the day safely. “
—23/Female
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And if you need to talk to someone immediately, you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. Suicide helplines outside the US can be found here .
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The truth behind the Kardashians’ millions – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption (l-r)Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, North West, Caitlyn Jenner and Kylie Jenner Reality TV series Keeping up with the Kardashians has just returned for its 16th season, meaning the family’s fights and blatant plugs for their product lines are once again on full display.
The series has now been running for just over a decade, with the family’s fortunes growing in tandem with it.
Kylie Jenner – who when the series started was just nine-years-old – is now 21 and a billionaire.
With an estimated fortune of $1bn (£760m), according to Forbes magazine, the make-up mogul is by far the wealthiest member of the ubiquitous Kardashian clan, which is led by matriarch and “momager” Kris Jenner.
However, the rest of her siblings aren’t exactly scrabbling around the back of the sofa for loose change.
Kim Kardashian West is a multi-millionaire thanks to her own beauty line, perfumes and her “kimojis”; Kendall Jenner is an international fashion model; Khloe Kardashian has her own jeans business Good American and eldest sister Kourtney Kardashian has benefitted from product endorsements and collaborations with fashion retailers.
Kylie Jenner becomes world’s youngest billionaire Kylie Jenner: Is she really a ‘self-made’ billionaire? Instagram egg: Kylie Jenner’s most-liked record beaten Blurring the personal and the professional coupled with their astonishing reach on social media platforms has proved lucrative. The sisters’ combined following totals 537 million, allowing them to squeeze millions of dollars from exploiting pop culture.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kylie Jenner has made a fortune from her cosmetics line Alexander McKelvie, professor of entrepreneurship at Syracuse University, also believes the show is carefully scripted.
“If you were to analyse the show, you would think it is very spontaneous,” he said.
“But it is most likely scripted and planned and very curated to provide a clear and compelling message about what the producers and the Kardashian family want to have revealed about them.”
How have the Kardashians made their millions? This season of Keeping up with the Kardashians is focused squarely on a “scandal” involving Khloe Kardashian, her former partner Tristan Thompson and an alleged “hook-up” with Kylie Jenner’s best friend, Jordyn Woods.
In the show, Khloe laments: “It just sucks it had to be so public. I’m not just a TV show. Like, this is my life.”
Around the time the alleged tryst emerged, the price of the Jordy Lip Kit, which was a liquid lipstick and lip pencil that was part of a wider collaboration between Kylie and Jordyn, was discounted by 50%.
It soon sold out.
In an interview with The New York Times, Kylie Jenner said she didn’t know the price has been cut, adding: “I would never do something like that”.
But the fact is, the scandal shifted units.
“Essentially, their entire lives are on display the entire time and I think that it does make them appear more relatable to certain consumers,” said Alison Gaither, beauty analyst at market research company Mintel.
In that first episode, audiences also see Khloe at a photo shoot for her jeans company, Kim and Kylie discussing a perfume collaboration and Kim’s husband, the rapper Kanye West, getting in on the act by talking about his own projects.
Coinciding with all this was the launch of Kourtney Kardashian’s own lifestyle blog Poosh – a bit like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop website but with considerably more flesh on display.
Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kourtney Kardashian, seen here with Kim Kardashian West, has launched a lifestyle blog Like most things Kardashian, Poosh was announced via Kourtney’s Instagram account, as was Khloe’s jeans business last year, and the social media platform was central to the success of Kylie’s cosmetics business.
Ms Gaither said: “What they’ve done the best is really leverage their social media following to create a brand that their followers actually want, especially when we think of Kylie Jenner.”
When Kylie first launched her lip kits back in November 2015, she was able to market to millions of fans directly through her Instagram account which meant she was able to dispense with the cost of marketing and get an instant reaction on what people did or didn’t like.
Lewis Sheats, assistant vice provost of entrepreneurship at North Carolina State University, said: “If you think 20 years ago for an entrepreneur to get feedback from 20 customers they might actually have to invite them in or build a product and get it in their hands or stand on a street corner and survey them.
“On a social media platform, they can reach hundreds of thousands of people within seconds and get feedback on a concept.”
Have the Kardashians always made money? Some of the deals that the family struck in the early days of their fame, in particular involving older siblings Kourtney, Kim and Khloe, haven’t always been smooth-sailing.
The sisters became the faces of a make-up brand called Khroma Beauty through a licensing agreement. But after launching in 2012, the line was soon pulled from stores amid copyright infringement claims.
It rebranded as Kardashian Beauty, but even then the legal problems continued. It was only very recently that the family was able to extricate itself from the situation.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Among the family’s earlier business deals was the Kardashian Kollection clothing line They also launched the Kardashian Kard, a pre-paid credit card aimed at teenagers and parents who wanted to track their spending.
It was soon scrapped, however, after Connecticut’s former attorney general Richard Blumenthal said he was “deeply disturbed” by the card’s high fees “combined with its appeal to financially unsophisticated young adults”.
Even now, not everything they touch turns to gold.
Kendall Jenner’s stint as the face of Pepsi collapsed in a storm of anger after she starred in an advert that some claimed trivialised the Black Lives Matter movement.
Pepsi pulled the advert the day after it aired.
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Mum of three (soon to be four) Kim Kardashian West provoked the ire of the US Food and Drug Administration when she promoted an anti-morning sickness medicine.
And members of the family have garnered significant backlash for taking money to promote weight loss products.
Ex-Radio 1 presenter Jameela Jamil, who has a campaign around body positivity, described Kim Kardashian West as a “terrible and toxic influence on young girls”.
Where next for the family? The family’s current television contract runs until this year and at this stage it isn’t clear if the series will continue.
Viewing figures for the last season of the show waned as the 1.3 million who tuned in for the premiere dropped to 851,000 by the end of its run.
Image copyright Reuters Image caption Actor, activist and television presenter Jameela Jamil has criticised the Kardashians for promoting weight loss products If the programme is nearing its end, would the family still have the same degree of success without it?
“They would certainly not get as much free advertising,” said Professor McKelvie.
“But they’ve been successful in finding other ways to remain in the media by creating fake conflicts, whether they are self-made or not, that is free advertising.”

Easter school holidays 2019: things to do with the family across Greater Manchester during the break

Share Comments By Emma Gill 09:45, 6 APR 2019 Updated 09:48, 6 APR 2019 What’s On Martin Mere Get the biggest What’s On It's the time again – the Easter holidays are here and that means keeping the kids busy and happy for two weeks.
It's quite a task for parents – but never fear, help is at hand.
We've been scouring the area for some of the best Easter events and attractions open to all the family over the holiday period and brought them together below.
There are duck races, farm visits and everything in between. We've tried to choose mainly long-running activities taking place across the holidays, but there are some one-off events and some running across the long Easter weekend too.
Oh and don't forget to check out our A-Z of family days out for even more inspiration.
As well as our guides to the best parks , playgrounds , family walks , crazy golf , wild days out , farms and petting zoo , castles , trampoline centres , water parks with slides and roller rinks . Phew, that should have you covered.
If not, here's our full round-up of family events in and around Greater Manchester…
Treetop Easter Trail, Heaton Park The Treetop Easter Trail is back at Treetop Nets this Easter promising families 'an egg hunt like no other'.
The Treetop Nets play park features giant treetop trampolines suitable for everyone aged three and up.
On arrival, kids will receive a free activity sheet challenging them to find a series of eggs hidden high in the nets and trees and solve the puzzle.
The trail will run from April 13 to 22 for anyone visiting Treetop Nets. Just book your tickets for any session as normal – adults and children aged five plus £20 each, supervisors and under fives £13 each.
To find out more and to check opening times, visit the website or call 01539 447 186 .
Treetop Trek and Nets, St Margaret's Road, Manchester, M25 2GT.
Easter Funfair at Manchester Central A massive indoor Easter Funfair is coming to Manchester and running throughout the school holidays.
It's taking over the Central Hall at Manchester Central and everything will be indoors so you can keep dry whatever the weather.
Organisers are promising rides for kids of all ages, with traditional ones like the carousel and the dodgems to bigger, thrill rides.
There will also be features such as a play centre and inflatables for younger children.
As well as the rides, there'll be a range of funfair games and stalls, including those selling food and drinks.
Sessions will run twice a day, from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, with doors opening 15 minutes before each sessions begins.
Read More Extra Easter tickets released for Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's 'magical worlds' exhibition in Manchester The 10-day event starts on April 13 and finishes on Easter Monday, April 22.
Tickets cost £15, or £54 for a family, and include unlimited goes on all the rides. Under threes go free. Stalls and refreshments are not included in the ticket price.
To find out more, or to book, visit the website here .
Manchester Central Convention Complex Ltd, Petersfield, M2 3GX.
Dunham Massey, Altrincham Percy the Park Keeper’s spring trail is running at Dunham Massey.
Based on the new book, One Springy Day by Nick Butterworth, it's running daily from 10.30am to 4pm.
Families can pick up a free trail from the garden kiosk (normal admission fees apply) and complete the trail around the garden to collect a sticker.
During the Easter holidays, March 30 to April 28, there will be a £2.50 charge per trail as it becomes part of the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt with a chocolate prize.
There'll be storytelling sessions on various dates too.
Gardens are open 10.30am to 5pm. Visit the website for more details.
Dunham Massey, Altrincham, WA14 4SJ.
Giant Easter Duck Trail, Martin Mere, Lancashire If you fancy a wild day out then the Giant Easter Duck Trail is back at Martin Mere over the holidays.
A total of 25 giant ducks have been hidden around the grounds and your help is needed to find them all.
The event's running from April 6 to 22 and as well as the trail, families can also get creative in the craft room.
The new Pond Zone at Martin Mere Buy a rubber duck, colour it in and then take it back to the centre on the bank holiday, Monday, May 6, to enter it into the annual duck race.
Easter marks the opening of the brand new Pond Zone at the wetland centre.
The new attraction has everything you need to get pond dipping and uncover incredible underwater life. There are nets, trays, magnifying glasses, identity charts, and the friendly Learning Team are on-hand to help.
The duck trail is 50p to enter on top of usual ticket fees. These are £6.25 for children (under fours free), £11.70 for adults, or £30.51 for a family and can be booked online .
WWT Martin Mere, Fish Lane, Burscough, Lancashire, L40 0TA.
Beauty and the Beast pantomime, Albert Halls, Bolton There's an Easter pantomime on in Bolton again this year – oh yes there is!
Families are invited to 'Be our guest' for Beauty and the Beast, which is running from April 15 to 22.
Joseph Purdy Productions are bringing the show to the Albert Halls and promising 'a truly magical Easter adventure with glittering sets, sparkling costumes and a laugh a minute script'.
Tickets, costing from £5, can be booked online .
Albert Halls, Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1RU.
GMP Museum open days, Manchester Always a popular choice with families, the free GMP Museum open days are back this Easter.
Founded in 1981, the GMP Police Museum is itself located in a former police station and hosts regular open days during school holidays on Tuesdays and Thursdays – falling on April 9, 11, 16 and 18.
It collects and preserves relevant archive material and acts as an important resource for community engagement.
Open days run from 10.30am to 3.30pm and focus on different units within the police force from the North West Underwater Search and Recovery Unit to the Tactical Dog Unit and the North West Ambulance Service. Private tours can also be arranged.
GMP Museum, 57A Newton Street, Manchester, M1 1ET.
Legoland Discovery Centre, Trafford Legoland is the ultimate indoor Lego playground for kids and it's currently celebrating Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.
Fans of Emmet, Wyldstyle, MetalBeard, Unikitty and Benny can enjoy movie themed days with regular character appearances throughout the day and the chance to help Emmet find his friends in the Miniland scavenger hunt.
They can also build an alien invaders escape vehicle and race it down a zip line and direct their own stop motion movie.
Legoland offers three fun rides, 10 build and play zones, a 4D cinema and much more.
A Ninjago City Adventure opened after a £1m refurbishment, offering kids a 'whole ninja experience', with a special ninja training camp and a three-tiered play temple.
Play features include a climbing wall, Ninjago character challenges, crisscross maze and vertical rope climb, a spiral slide of lights, crawl through tunnel, ball pool, sky wheels, bash bags, lightening buzzer bars, Spinjitzu tornado and more.
Lego Movie Days are included in the standard admission price, with online tickets from £11.95. Book at manchester.legolanddiscoverycentre.co.uk .
Legoland Discovery Centre, intu Trafford Centre, Barton Square Bridge, Trafford, M17 8AS.
Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Salford There are loads of free and cheap events at the museum and art gallery over Easter.
Salford schools break up sooner than most so the fun starts earlier.
Museum Explorers runs throughout the opening hours between April 2 and 12 when children can get to know the museum and its collection by buying one of the gallery trails for £2 each. You also receive a pack of colouring pencils and a sticker.
There are other events on too, like Toys Through Time, where children can have a go with traditional toys from the past and take home a make-it-yourself toy kit.
Sessions are 10am – 12pm and 1 – 3pm on Tuesdays April 2 and 9 and cost £1.50.
Washday Wednesday is on April 3 and 10 when families can head along to Lark Hill Place for a chat and a demonstration about how the residents of Lark Hill Place would have done their laundry in Victorian times. These are free and running at 11am and 2pm on both days.
Also at Lark Hill Place is the traditional Mr Tomlinson’s Sweet Shop and it's open for business every Friday in the school holidays – April 5 and 12.
For more details and to see what else is on in the holidays, visit the website here .
Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WU.
Easter Wonderland, Cockfields Farm, Ashton There's fun at the farm over the holidays as Cockfields hosts its Easter Wonderland event.
Running from April 6 to 22, there'll be Easter entertainment shows, egg hunts, bottle feeding goats and cuddling the baby chicks.
Children will be able to decorate a chocolate egg and the usual activities will be running too, including rabbit grooming, tortoise bathing, meet the reptiles and more.
All the play areas will be open at the farm, including the indoor climbing frame, slide and beach area and indoor role play area if the weather is wet.
The big jumping pillow will be available outside too.
Tickets cost £9.95 for children and £7.95 for adults.
The farm's open 10am to 4.30pm, closing at 4pm on Sundays. Visit the website .
Cockfields Farm, Ashton, OL6 8AR.
Easter Bunny Trail and more at Ordsall Hall, Salford Ordsall Hall is a large former manor house in Ordsall, Salford, and there are loads of events going on over the holidays.
From April 1 to 21 families can have a go at the Easter Bunny Trail. Find the rabbits hidden around Ordsall Hall and gardens and answer their riddles to get a reward at the end. The trail costs £2, no booking required.
Other events include decorating ceramic baskets and egg cups, Tudor playtime and Tudor toiletries where children can make a soap ball to take home.
The big Orsdall Hall Egg Hunt event takes place on Thursday, April 21
Find spring related clues hidden in the garden and gather up golden eggs for extra points to win a range of chocolaty treats.
The event costs £4.50 per child and is running from 1-1.30pm and 2.30-3pm. Tickets can be booked online .
Visit the website for more details and specific dates and times for events.
Ordsall Hall, 322 Ordsall Lane, Salford, M5 3AN.
Wizard Academy, East Lancashire Railway There's plenty of adventure at East Lancs Railway over the Easter break.
The action packed timetable includes the Harry Potter inspired Wizard Academy on April 11, where trainee wizards can realise their dreams of boarding a train and steaming off to magic school.
On the journey they will get to take part in an interactive adventure to help teachers at the Grand Old School of Wizardry rescue an artefact from the clutches of villainous warlocks. All while travelling through the Irwell Valley on one of England’s best steam railways.
On April 18 it's time for the Dinky Dinosaur Adventure, where families will join some cute dinky dinosaurs on board a heritage steam train – taking part in activities and games whilst learning about prehistoric history.
For those who want something a little more traditional, pay a visit to the Bury Transport Museum Spring Fete on April 19 and 20, to enjoy lots of fun and games as well as special guest appearances from the East Lancashire Railway’s Buffer the Cat.
From April 19 to 22 it's the main East Lancashire Railway Easter weekend when little ones can hunt for easter eggs in the Irwell Valley, meet real life owls and get creative with a sand art workshop.
For more information about upcoming events and to book tickets visit www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk/
East Lancashire Railway, Bolton Street, Bury, BL9 0EY.
Lambing week, Tatton Park, Knutsford If you're hoping for the chance to see some cute little lambs this Easter then you can't go wrong with Tatton Park.
It's lambing week at the farm from April 6 to 14, when, with the exception of April 8, it opens daily from 12pm to 5pm.
Say hello to new-born lambs and learn lots about lambing at the regular ‘meet the sheep’ talks. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of lambs being born.
The play area at Tatton Park A special secrets of the lambing shed event is running on April 11, from 10am until noon.
Families can join the resident sheep expert Elly Edwards to discover the secrets of a successful lambing period and the signs of early labour in sheep.
It's a rare chance to meet the ewes and lambs and help out during one of the busiest times on the farm. Tickets cost £15 and need be booked via 01625 374435.
Usual farm admission fees apply – children £5, adults £7, or £19 for a family.
Visit the website for more details.
Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN.
Emily's Paint A Pot, Next, Arndale, Manchester There are loads of Easter themed events happening at Emily's Paint A Pot inside the Arndale's Next store over the school break.
Children can get a golden ticket posted to them for its Willy Wonka Extravaganza, which costs £6 per child.
They each get a candy bar with sweet trees and treats, there are selfie opportunities and taste test games and, for a separate charge, they choose a pot they’d like to paint.
There's also a Peter Rabbit Picnic, Paint and Treasure Hunt planned, £20 pet ticket. This includes a Peter themed lunch, including edible mud, cotton tails, strawberry cabbages and rabbit droppings.
Families go on a hunt for Peter's friends across Next, then return to paint Peter or Flopsy.
Other events include a Mad Hatters tea party and a PJ Mask session where kids can make their own PJ Mask slime.
All of the events are on over the next three weeks and can booked on the website .
Emily's Paint A Pot, Next Arndale Centre, 100 Corporation St, Manchester, M4 3AJ.
Go Karting at Three Sisters Circuit, Wigan There's Easter fun planned at the Three Sisters Circuit in Wigan over the school break.
Arrive ’n’ Drive Karting sessions for kids aged eight to 15 are running and cost £20 for 20 minutes.
The Bill Sisley Kart School for ages 8-11 and 12-15 years are also running, as well as the popular Bambino Sisley Kart School for ages 6-7 years on selected dates.
Visit the website for more details and to book.
Three Sisters Circuit, Three Sisters Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, WN4 8DD.
Treetop Adventure Golf, The Printworks, Manchester Not far from the Arndale, at the neighbouring Printworks, there's free face painting and free crafts for families enjoying adventure golf at Treetop Adventure Golf.
These will run daily between 12pm and 4pm from April 8 to 22.
Treetop Adventure Golf offers two 18-hole courses, Ancient Explorer and Tropical Trail.
Whichever route you choose, there’s a chance to challenge the monkey gods and brave the bonus 19th hole and win a free round of golf, plus over the long Easter weekend guests can also win an Easter surprise as part of Treetop’s Easter Weekend 19th Hole Challenge.
With the Family Saver Deal running across the holidays, tribes of four can play 18-holes of mini golf for £31.50 or 36-holes for £48. Groups of four must have at least one child aged 12 or under to qualify.
Visit the website for more details and opening times.
Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS.
Easter Weekend, The Refuge, Manchester There promises to be loads of fun for the family at this event planned at The Refuge over the Easter weekend.
On Good Friday there'll be a workshop hosted Evie Waxman, from Raw Bake Station, a brand she created from her mother’s kitchen three years ago.
Evie will guide you in a 90-minute hands-on raw baking workshop, taking you step by step through her favourite raw and vegan dessert recipes. Tickets are £15 per person.
There'll be lots more across the weekend and on Easter Monday, including activities with Our Kids Social, circus skills class, face painting and a collaboration with The Hallé, who will be holding a free singing meet-up.
The event, in collaboration with the Bluedot festival, will also be celebrating the Lunar Landings anniversary with walkabout alien and spacemen performers, science experiments and more.
Visit the website for more details and to book.
The Refuge, Oxford St, Manchester, M60 7HA.
Jawsome Sharks, Sea Life, Trafford An immersive in-tank trail exploring a variety of sharks is on at the centre until May.
Little ones are tasked with helping Professor Finn locate the large Play-Doh model shark teeth in the tanks.
Along the way, guests will discover facts about the different species of sharks and will have the chance to learn more about Sea Life's sharks and rays.
At the end of the trail Professor Finn will greet the new Jawsome Rangers and share some of his expert knowledge of the fascinating sharks.
Kids can get hands on with some shark related items including models of shark teeth, create their own shark models from Play-Doh and get a Play-Doh gift to take home.
The event is running until May 6, with tickets costing from £11.95. You can book online .
Sea Life, Barton Square Bridge, Stretford, M17 8AS.
Chill Factore, Beyond, Trafford Winter might be over but that doesn't mean you can't find some snow to play in this Easter.
Families can enjoy some fun in the white stuff at Chill Factore's Snow Park, with its Downhill Donuts, Luge Slip ’n’ Slide and Sledge-O-Mania rides.
For younger ones, aged three and under, they can have a play in the snow in Mini Moose Land and enjoy sensory play, lights, textures, music and more.
One-hour Snow Park passes cost £15 or £55 for families of 4 (two adults and two children) and can be booked online .
If you fancy something even more challenging them skiing and snowboarding taster lessons have been reduced to £25, or £85 for a family of four.
Chill Factore, Beyond, Trafford Way, Trafford, M41 7JA.
Madagascar and Lego Big Cats at Chester Zoo, Chester Let's face it, the zoo is a great day out whatever time of year, but there's more reason than ever to visit Chester Zoo this Easter.
Not only is its Lego: Big Cats event still running – featuring 12 life-sized animals created from Lego – but a new Madagascar habitat is opening just in time for the school holidays too.
It will feature the attraction's first ever 'walk-though' primate experience – giving visitors the chance to see lemurs jumping across the path in front of them or swinging in the trees above them.
As well as being home to four rare species of lemur, it will also include Madagascar’s top predator and largest carnivore, the fossa.
Read More Your big guide to Chester Zoo – cheapest tickets, opening times and all you need to know Madagascar opens on Saturday, March 30. There'll be a programme of activities running throughout the Easter holidays including storytelling, dance, music and art.
Lego Big Cats is on until April 30. Both are included in the usual ticket prices – adults £23.63, children £19.09 – which can be booked online . Find out more here .
Chester Zoo, Chester, CH2 1LH.
New Madagascar habitat to open at Chester Zoo – with a 'walk-though' lemur experience Group photo of lemurs is Getty. The rest from Chester Zoo Right To Play event, Quarry Bank, Wilmslow Families can take guided tours of the Apprentice House at Quarry Bank, where child workers lived and were given food and board in exchange for their labour.
A 'right to play' event is running in the Easter holidays from April 8 to 18 between 11am and 4pm.
Focusing on the fact that children there didn’t always have the right to play, families are invited to go along, play in the great outdoors, and find out why play matters.
At the Apprentice House you can see what the children ate and the dormitories, where they slept two to a bed.
You can explore the working kitchen garden and orchard next door, where apprentice children once worked after their shift in the mill.
Normal admission charges apply – children £10, adults £20.25, families £50.50. See the website for more details.
The Apprentice House is open 10.30am to 4pm and Quarry Bank House until 5pm.
Quarry Bank, Styal Rd, Styal, Wilmslow, SK9 4LA.
Play Factore, Trafford Underneath the slope of Chill Factore you'll find Europe's largest play frame inside Play Factore.
As well as a giant four-lane slide, the venue is also home to a zip wire, a laser tag, go karts and a separate toddler area for under fives and recently launched a new VR experience where children 1.25 metres or above can choose between the Star Defence, Clock Tower and Alien Invasion games.
Read More The VR attraction is open on weekends, bank holidays and during school holidays and costs £5 on top of the general £12.95 admission fee.
Alternatively you can pay £18.95 for the Ultimate All-Inclusive package, which includes admission for once child, a run on the zip-wire and one VR experience.
Visit the website for more details.
Beyond, Trafford City, 7 Trafford Way, Manchester, M41 7JA.
Air Raid Shelters, Stockport Stockport's intriguing network of underground tunnels get even more exciting in the school holidays by letting families visit after dark.
You can learn about the experiences of local people during the war as the tunnels offer an unparalleled insight into life in wartime Britain in the 1940s.
In the holidays children can book on explorer tours to brave the darkened tunnels between 6.45pm and 8.15pm and go back in time to experience the life of a child during the war. These are suitable for ages seven and above and cost £4 for children and £3 for adults.
The usual self guided tours – costing £5 for adults, accompanying under 16s free – are Tuesday to Thursday 1pm to 4pm, Saturdays 10am to 4pm, or Sundays 11am to 4pm.
To book call 0161 474 1940 or email airraid.shelters@stockport.gov.uk . Visit the website for more details.
Air Raid Shelters, 61 Chestergate, Stockport, SK1 1NE.
Manchester Duck Race, Salford One event that always pulls in the crowds is the Manchester Duck Race and it's back this Good Friday.
This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the race at New Bailey and will feature music and entertainment, fairground rides, food stalls, stilt walkers and of course the famous giant dressed ducks such as Count Duckula, Tim Beake and many more.
Event sponsors Bathroom Takeawa y will be filling their bath tubs with gooey slime for children to take part in free slime challenges throughout the day.
Thousands of families are expected to go along to the free event from 11am to 4pm and stand on the banks of the River Irwell at New Bailey cheering the rubber ducks as they waddle their way to the finishing line.
All proceeds from the event will go to the children's charity Brainwave , which helps children with disabilities reach their potential.
Visit the website to buy your own £1 duck to join the race.
New Bailey, Salford, M3 5JL.
Children's Multi-Activity Fun Day, Didsbury The first of three fun days planned at Parrs Wood High takes place this Easter Monday.
It's the 45th children's multi-activity fun day from Redmox Leisure and will feature electric go karts, body zorbing, Battlefield Live, disc golf, a walk about magician, indoor and outdoor sporting activities and lots more.
Tickets cost £9.50 per child and adults (16+) and under threes go free.
All activities are included in the entry price and families can stay as long as they want and have as many turns as they like. The event runs from 10am to 5pm.
Visit the website for more details.
Parrs Wood High School, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 5PG.
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30 Renowned Authors Inspired By Cats

Share On facebook Share On facebook Share Share On vk Share On vk Share Share On pinterest Share On pinterest Share On pinterest Share On pinterest Pin Share On lineapp Share On lineapp Share On twitter Share On twitter Share Share On email Share On email Email Share On sms Share On sms Share On whatsapp Share On whatsapp Share On more Share On more More Share On tumblr Share On tumblr Share On link Share On link Share On copy Share On copy Copy Link Jean Cocteau writersandkitties.tumblr.com French poet, novelist, and filmmaker (as well as playwright, designer, and artist) Jean Cocteau is most famous for his novel Les Enfants terribles (The Holy Terrors) and his films, including Blood of a Poet , Beauty and the Beast , and Orpheus . He was also famous for being part of elite social circle that included Pablo Picasso, Kenneth Anger, Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich, and Édith Piaf.
Cocteau was additionally a cat devotee who helped to found a club in Paris called the “Cat Friends Club” that had a membership pin and sponsored cat shows. Conclusion: Jean Cocteau would have been my ideal friend when I was twelve years old (and also now).
Via anamontielblog.blogspot.com The Cat Friends Club membership pin designed by Jean Cocteau.
“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”
– Jean Cocteau
catladiesproject.blogspot.com Jean Cocteau and artist Tsuguharu Foujita with an award winning cat, at a cat show sponsored by the “Cat Friends” Club of Paris
Stephen King Via writersandkitties.tumblr.com Horror, fantasy, and science-fiction author Stephen King has written 49 novels, nine collections of short stories, and five non-fiction books. He is also well-known for the many films based on his work, including The Shining , Stand By Me , and Pet Semetary . Despite once writing in a short story that “it might be that the biggest division in the world isn’t men and women but folks who like cats and folks who like dogs,” it seems that the King family does in fact keep both cats and dogs as pets. Note that the cat in these (awesome) photos is wearing a name tag that reads “Clovis,” the name used in King’s screenplay Sleepwalkers for a cat who [spoilers] saves the day.
Via writersandkitties.tumblr.com “Cats were the gangsters of the animal world, living outside the law and often dying there. There were a great many of them who never grew old by the fire.”
– Stephen King, Pet Semetary
Neil Gaiman writersandkitties.tumblr.com Neil Gaiman, author of novels, short fiction, graphic novels, and more, is perhaps most well-known for his comic book series The Sandman , his young adult novel Coraline , his novel American Gods , and for being a total badass and a god among the best of nerds.
Neil Gaiman also really, really, really loves cats. He has multiple cats and often chronicles their adventures on his blog . The cats he’s had recently include Coconut, Hermione, Pod, Zoe, and the imitable Princess, who Gaiman describes thusly:
“I’ve grown so used to having a bad-tempered but beautiful cat that I need to warn visitors about. She’s outlasted all the cats I loved and all the cats I bonded with.
And I think she’s grown very used to me.
When Zoe died, it was really easy to explain to people how much you could miss a sweet, gentle cat who was nothing but a ball of utter love. I’m going to have a much harder time one day, months or even years from now, explaining why I miss the meanest, grumpiest and most dangerous cat I’ve ever encountered.”
Via journal.neilgaiman.com Neil with Zoe, who recently passed away.
Via journal.neilgaiman.com Neil on Zoe: “And I’m wondering what it is about this small blind cat that inspires such behaviour — mine, Olga’s, Lorraine’s…. I’ve had cats in this house for 18 years, and there are cat-graves down by gazebo. Two cats died of old age last year. It wasn’t like this. I think it may be the love. Hers, once given, was yours, unconditionally and utterly.”
Jean Paul Sartre writersandkitties.tumblr.com Existentialist philosopher and author Jean Paul Sartre was a key figure in Marxism and 20th century french philosophy whose main thrust was that humans are “condemned to be free.” He did not believe that humans had a creator, and thought that we were fully responsible for our actions – “we are left alone, without excuse.”
Although Sartre’s relationship with cats isn’t well-documented, he is seen above holding a very handsome feline while at work. Sartre was also one of the obvious inspirations for Henri, the existential cat, and it is thought possible that all cats are, by nature, existentialists.
View this video on YouTube youtube.com Jack Kerouac Via posterrevolution.com Jack Kerouac, author of On The Road , was a poet and novelist who was a pioneer of the “beat generation” and was famous for his spontaneous, free-flowing style and autobiographical honesty. He was an underground celebrity during his tragically short life (he died at age 47 of internal bleeding due to alcohol abuse), and has been a hero to teenagers and iconoclasts ever since.
writersandkitties.tumblr.com Jack also loved cats, especially his cat Tyke, whose unfortunate passing he wrote about in loving detail in his memoir Big Sur .
“The next sign is in Frisco itself where after a night of perfect sleep in an old skid row hotel room I go to see Monsanto at his City Lights bookstore and he’s smiling and glad to see me, says ‘We were coming out to see you next weekend you should have waited,’ but there something else in his expression — When we’re alone he says, ‘Your mother wrote and said your cat is dead.’
Ordinarily the death of a cat means little to most men, a lot to fewer men, but to me, and that cat, it was exactly and no lie and sincerely like the death of my little brother — I loved Tyke with all my heart, he was my baby who as a kitten just slept in the palm of my hand and with his little head hanging down, or just purring for hours, just as long as I held him that way, walking or sitting — He was like a floppy fur wrap around my wrist, I just twist him around my wrist or drape him and he just purred and purred and even when he got big I still held him that way, I could even hold that big cat in both hands with my arms outstretched right over my head and he’d just purr, he had complete confidence in me — and when I’d left New York to come to my retreat in the woods I’d carefully kissed him and instructed him to wait for me ‘Attends pour mue kitigingoo’ — But my mother said in the letter he had died the NIGHT AFTER I LEFT.”
Via drfitzmonster.tumblr.com “Holding up my
purring cat to the moon
I sighed.”
– Jack Kerouac, American Haiku , 1959
Edward Gorey writersandkitties.tumblr.com Edward Gorey, known for his macabre, gothic illustrated books including The Gashlycrumb Tinies and The Doubtful Guest , as well as for illustrating for others’ books such as T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats .
Gorey’s personal diaries were feline-focused from a young age; one which dates back to March 20, 1938, reads “Kittens OK! Kittens 11 days old. Tiger kitten has one eye open. Awful cute.”
“It would be wrong to say that cats weren’t his first love,” said Ken Morton, Gorey’s cousin. “[Edward] said a few times that he liked cats more than people. He considered them his family.”
full-stop.net “Books. Cats. Life is good.”
– Edward Gorey
Ernest Hemingway Via brainpickings.org American author Ernest Hemingway published novels, journalism, and short stories, many of which are considered classics of American literature, including The Old Man And The Sea , A Farewell To Arms , and For Whom The Bell Tolls . He was a World War I veteran who was known for his hard-edged, masculine approach. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.
Hemingway’s first cat, Snowball, was six-toed, and the author’s former home in Key West houses dozens of Snowball’s descendants – about half of which are also six-toed. Some people even refer to polydactyl (six-toed) cats as “Hemingway cats.” By the late ’40s, Hemingway had as many as 23 cats at any given time, and was known to refer to them as “purr factories” and “love sponges.”
hemingwayscats.com In 1953, Hemingway’s cat Uncle Willie was hit by a car. He wrote a heartbreaking letter to his friend Giangranco Ivancich about his decision to put the animal out of his misery.
“Dear Gianfranco:
Just after I finished writing you and was putting the letter in the envelope Mary came down from the Torre and said, ‘Something terrible has happened to Willie.’ I went out and found Willie with both his right legs broken: one at the hip, the other below the knee. A car must have run over him or somebody hit him with a club. He had come all the way home on the two feet of one side. It was a multiple compound fracture with much dirt in the wound and fragments protruding. But he purred and seemed sure that I could fix it.
I had René get a bowl of milk for him and René held him and caressed him and Willie was drinking the milk while I shot him through the head. I don’t think he could have suffered and the nerves had been crushed so his legs had not begun to really hurt. Monstruo wished to shoot him for me, but I could not delegate the responsibility or leave a chance of Will knowing anybody was killing him…
Have had to shoot people but never anyone I knew and loved for eleven years. Nor anyone that purred with two broken legs.”
thegentlemanstopcoat.com Via queridobunker.wordpress.com “A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”
– Ernest Hemingway
Edith Södergran writersandkitties.tumblr.com Edith Södergran was a Swedish-speaking Finnish poet, and one of the first modernists in Swedish literature. Edith was just 24 when she released her first collection of poems, Dikter . She died at age 31 after complications from the tuberculosis she contracted as a teenager.
“Of all our sunny world
I wish only for a garden sofa
where a cat is sunning itself.
There I should sit
with a letter at my breast,
a single small letter.
That is what my dream looks like.”
– Edith Södergran, A Wish , translated by David McDuff
Via polarbearstale.blogspot.com A photo by Edith, of her beloved cats.
Via members.virtualtourist.com In Ozero Roshino, Russia, where she spent her summers, stands a monument to Södergran’s favorite cat Totti.
nordicwomensliterature.net “I have a luck cat in my arms,
it spins threads of luck.
Luck cat, luck cat,
make for me three things:
make for me a golden ring,
to tell me that I am lucky;
make for me a mirror
to tell me that I am beautiful;
make for me a fan
to waft away my cumbersome thoughts.
Luck cat, luck cat,
spin for me some news of my future!”
– Edith Södergran, Luck Cat , translated by David McDuff
William S. Burroughs writersandkitties.tumblr.com Postmodern novelist, short story writer, spoken word performer, and essayist William Burroughs is widely influential in both literature and pop culture, declared by Norman Mailer as “the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius.” He wrote semi-autobiographical and memoir, drawing on his experiences as a heroin addict and his world travels. His most famous book, Naked Lunch , underwent a court case due to the U.S.’s anti-sodomy laws of the time.
Burroughs was a devout cat lover who called them his “psychic companions,” and described them as “natural enemies of the state.” He wrote a book, The Cat Inside , where he wrote lovingly of his companions such as Calico Jane, Fletch, Rooski, Wimpy, and Ed.
lawrence.com Burroughs perfectly summarizes why cats > dogs:
“Like most qualities, cuteness is delineated by what it isn’t. Most people aren’t cute at all, or if so they quickly outgrow their cuteness … Elegance, grace, delicacy, beauty, and a lack of self-consciousness: a creature who knows he is cute soon isn’t.”
-William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside
writersandkitties.tumblr.com “The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself.”
– William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside
Edgar Allan Poe Via writersandkitties.tumblr.com Drawing of Poe and cat by Charles Smeldon
Most famous for his short stories and poems, Edgar Allan Poe was an integral part of the American romantic movement, was one of the earliest American short story writers, and is believed to have basically invented the “detective fiction” genre. His interest in mystery and the macabre have led to his tales being celebrated as among the best “scary stories” of all time, beloved by children and goths alike to this day.
“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.”
– Edgar Allan Poe
Poe was a cat lover and he and his wife/cousin Virginia had a cat named Catterina. One of his scariest stories, The Black Cat, tells the story of a narrator who loved his cat Pluto until he came home drunk, tries to grab at his cat, and gets a nip in return. The storyteller gouges out the cat’s eye with a pen knife and eventually hangs it in the garden. The cat’s doppelganger makes his way back into their life and enacts a slow revenge, eventually driving the man so crazy that he kills his wife with an axe in a fit of rage. When the police investigate the murder, a wailing cat leads them to his wife’s corpse, and the man is caught and condemned. Justice!
Tove Jansson writersandkitties.tumblr.com Finnish author, illustrator, and comic-strip author Tove Jansson is best known for her Moomin series of books for children and comic strips, which feature sweet, nature and adventure loving, whimsically illustrated creatures populating their own Moomin-world. She also wrote several books for adults, including The Summer Book , about a six-year-old girl living with her grandmother on a tiny island in the gulf of Finland.
Via madonna.blox.pl An excerpt from The Cat, , a chapter from The Summer Book by Tove Jansson:
“It was a tiny kitten when it came and could drink its milk only from a nipple. Fortunately, they still had Sophia’s baby bottle in the attic. In the beginning, the kitten slept in a tea cozy to keep warm, but when it found its legs they let it sleep in the cottage in Sophia’s bed. It had its own pillow, next to hers.
It was a gray fisherman’s cat and it grew fast. One day, it left the cottage and moved into the house, where it spent its nights under the bed in the box where they kept the dirty dishes. It had odd ideas of its own even then. Sophia carried the cat back to the cottage and tried as hard as she could to ingratiate herself, but the more love she gave it, the quicker it fled back to the dish box. When the box got too full, the cat would howl and someone would have to wash the dishes. Its name was Ma Petite, but they called it Moppy.
“It’s funny about love,” Sophia said. “The more you love someone, the less he likes you back.”
“That’s very true,” Grandmother observed. “And so what do you do?”
“You go on loving,” said Sophia threateningly. “You love harder and harder.”
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nyrbclassics.tumblr.com Colette Via certosino.wordpress.com Colette was a French novelist, most famous for her novel Gigi , which was adapted even more famously for stage and screen. She was also notoriously sensuous, having numerous affairs with both women and men, including her second husband’s son. She also “discovered” Audrey Hepburn when she cast the then unknown actress on sight to play the lead in Gigi after she saw her walking across the lobby of a hotel.
She has also been described as “the original Cat Woman,” and had a lifelong love affair with cats. She also loved dogs, after growing up surrounded by animals brought to the house by her mother, who “boasted of her ability to housebreak pets and children.” Colette wrote a novel entitled “The Cat,” which is about the engagement and honeymoon of a couple who is divided over the man’s helpless devotion to his cat, Saha. Colette’s cat lover, Alain, muses in the book “It wasn’t just a little cat I was carrying at that moment,” Alain mused. “It was the incarnate nobility of the whole cat race, her limitless indifference, her tact, her bond of union with the human aristocrat.”
writersandkitties.tumblr.com “There are no ordinary cats.”
– Colette
writersandkitties.tumblr.com “My cat does not talk as respectfully to me as I do to her.”
– Colette
Raymond Chandler diario.latercera.com Raymond Chandler got his start as a writer at age 44, after being fired from his oil company job during the Depression. His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939 and introduced the first-person narrator / detective Philip Marlowe, who would become famous and be featured in many of Chandler’s later books. He continued to publish shorts stories and novels throughout the ’40s and ’50s, but also began collaborating on screenplays including Double Indemnity , Strangers on a Train , and The Blue Dahlia .
Chandler was an avid cat fancier who often wrote about his cats and even wrote letters as his cat, Taki. An excerpt (Taki writing to one of Chandler’s friend’s feline companions): “Come around sometime when your face is clean and we shall discuss the state of the world, the foolishness of humans, the prevalence of horsemeat, although we prefer the tenderloin side of a porterhouse, and our common difficulty in getting doors opened at the right time and meals served at more frequent intervals. I have got my staff up to five a day, but there is still room for improvement.”
Via writersandkitties.tumblr.com Raymond Chandler’s agent H.N. Swanson, said that Chandler’s cat “‘knew more about him than anybody else.”
writersandkitties.tumblr.com “I said something which gave you to think I hated cats. But gad, sir, I am one of the most fanatical cat lovers in the business. If you hate them, I may learn to hate you. If your allergies hate them, I will tolerate the situation to the best of my ability.”
-Raymond Chandler, in another letter
William Carlos Williams writersandkitties.tumblr.com Poet and doctor William Carlos Williams “worked harder at being a writer than he did at being a physician,” but miraculously managed both. He began as a member of the Imagist movement, a group of poets in the early 20th century who were devoted to “clarity of expression through the use of precise visual images.” Later, he experimented with new techniques and influences, eventually settling on a unique personal style that centered on the daily life of ‘common’ people.
“Outside, the north wind, coming and passing, swelling and dying, lifts the frozen sand drives it a-rattle against the lidless windows and we may dear sit stroking the cat stroking the cat and smiling sleepily, prrrr.”
– William Carlos Williams
Via yourcatwasdelicious.tumblr.com “As the cat
climbed over
the top of
the jamcloset
first the right
forefoot
carefully
then the hind
stepped down
into the pit of
the empty
flowerpot”
-William Carlos Williams, Poem (As the cat)
Truman Capote writersandkitties.tumblr.com Truman Capote, American author of short stories, novels, nonfiction, and plays – including Breakfast At Tiffany’s and the true-crime novel In Cold Blood . He was a great friend of author Harper Lee and they often helped one another on projects, including Capote serving as inspiration for the character Dill in To Kill A Mockingbird . Capote was openly homosexual and an active socialite. Gore Vidal was Quote: : d as saying “Truman Capote has tried, with some success, to get into a world that I have tried, with some success, to get out of.”
Although Capote’s own cat love isn’t well documented, the nameless feline in Breakfast At Tiffany’s plays a major part in the heart of the story. Holly sums up the novella nicely with the Quote: : “If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany’s, then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name.”
Via revistapolichinelo.blogspot.com “She was still hugging the cat. “Poor slob,” she said, tickling his head, “poor slob without a name. It’s a little inconvenient, his not having a name. But I haven’t any right to give him one: He’ll have to wait until he belongs to somebody. We just sort of hooked up by the river one day, we don’t belong to each other. He’s an independent, and so am I. I don’t want to own anything until I know I’ve found a place where me and things belong together.”
-Truman Capote, Breakfat At Tiffany’s
George Plimpton writersandkitties.tumblr.com Journalist/writer/editor/actor George Plimpton co-founded the Paris Review and was particularly well known for his immersive take on sports writing, often involving himself competing in professional sporting events and then recording the event. He pitched an exhibition game for the American League, on a team managed by Mickey Mantle, attended pre-season training and played in a scrimmage for the Detroit Lions of the NFL, trained in a National Hockey League preseason game as a goalie, and sparred for three rounds with Sugar Ray Robinson while working for Sports Illustrated.
The cat pictured above was named Mr. Puss. Goerge’s son Taylor recalled that “my father enjoyed nothing more than holding the beast high in the ait and making strange, affectionate sounds in that distinguished voice: “Yeanngghh, Puss… Yeaannngh Puss Puss Puss.”
Hermann Hesse writersandkitties.tumblr.com Hermann Hesse – novelist, poet, and painter – most famous for writing the spiritual journey of Siddhartha and the semi-autobiographical Steppenwolf . He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. At the time of his death, Hesse was practically unknown in the United States, but in the mid-’60s, Hesse’s works became bestsellers, celebrated among the counter-culture hippie movement.
I could not find a scrap of information regarding Hesse and his cat, but I do know that these two pictures of him with a feline friend make me smile.
writersandkitties.tumblr.com “There is a single magic, a single power, a single salvation, and a single happiness, and that is called loving.”
– Hermann Hesse
Peter Matthiessen writersandkitties.tumblr.com Non-fiction author, environmental activist, and novelist Peter Matthiessen is perhaps best known for a book that is sort of about cats – but not of the household variety. His book The Snow Leopard , about a journey in the company of zoologist George Schaller into the heart of the Himalayas, seeking the snow leopard, a creature so rarely spotted as to be nearly mythical. Matthiessen never actually sees a snow leopard and mused “we’ve seen so much, maybe it’s better if there are some things that we don’t see.”
Julio Cortázar writersandkitties.tumblr.com Argentine novelist, essayist, and short story writer Julio Cortázar has been called “a modern master of the short story” and was known as one of the founders of the ‘Latin American Boom’ that brought latin literature to a much broader audience in Europe and America – a movement which also included Gabriel García Márquez, Carlos Fuentes, Jorge Luis Borges, and Pablo Neruda. Cortázar was knwon for his use of interior monologue and stream of consciousness, and he was interested in surrealist art, and improvisatory jazz. His most famous novel is Hopscotch .
Cortázar was a cat lover who owned a cat named Theodor W. Adorno who he wrote about extensively in the book Around the Day in Eighty Worlds .
writersandkitties.tumblr.com “I sometimes longed for someone who, like me, had not adjusted perfectly with his age, and such a person was hard to find; but I soon discovered cats, in which I could imagine a condition like mine, and books, where I found it quite often.”
– Julio Cortázar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds
Sylvia Plath Via kitapcafe.com A young Sylvia Plath with her cat, “Daddy.”
Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short story author who suffered from depression and wrote extensively about her illness. Her work was confessional and raw. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and their marriage was famously tumultious; she committed suicide in 1963, at age 30.
Although Plath’s relationship with cats isn’t well-documented, her recently (2011) unearthed drawings included the charming depiction of a “curious french cat,” below.
i.telegraph.co.uk A drawing by Sylvia Plath
W.H. Auden writersandkitties.tumblr.com The poet Wystan Hugh Auden, born in England but later an American citizen, is regarded by many as one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. He also wrote essays and reviews. Auden published over four hundred poems, including two book-length long form works, and also including ballads, limericks, doggerel, haiku, villanelles, and baroque eclogue. He began writing poems at age thirteen, discovered T.S. Eliot at age 18, and wrote the first of his poems that would later be published at age 20.
“Cats can be very funny, and have the oddest ways of showing they’re glad to see you. Rudimace always peed in our shoes.”
-W.H. Auden
Via amazon.com “Pangur, white Pangur,
How happy we are
Alone together, Scholar and cat.
Each has his own work to do daily;
For you it is hunting, for me, study.
Your shining eye watches the wall;
My feeble eye is fixed on a book.
You rejoice when your claws entrap a mouse;
I rejoice when my mind fathoms a problem.
Pleased with his own art
Neither hinders the other;
Thus we live ever
Without tedium and envy.
Pangur, white Pangur,
How happy we are,
Alone together, Scholar and cat.”
– The Monk and His Cat , adapted by W. H. Auden from an 8th or 9th century anonymous Irish text
Joyce Carol Oates writersandkitties.tumblr.com Joyce Carol Oates is an American author who has published over fifty novels. She also writes poetry, nonfiction, and short stories. Her novels Black Water , What I Lived For , and Blonde (a fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe) were all nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and her novel them won the National Book Award in 1969. She is a professor at Princeton.
“I write so much because my cat sits on my lap. She purrs so I don’t want to get up. She’s so much more calming than my husband.”
– Joyce Carol Oates
Doris Lessing writersandkitties.tumblr.com Novelist, poet, playwright, short story writer, and biographer Doris May Lessing was born in Iran (then Persia) to English parents who lived in Zimbabwe (then Southern Rhodesia) as a child. She was self-educated from age 14 on, and began work as a nursemaid when she was just 15 years old. She began writing after taking an interest in communist politics and sociology. Later on, she adopted the Sufi religion and wrote a series of science fiction novels called the “Canopus in Argos” series.
Lessing became fascinated by cats at a young age, when she came across the semi-feral felines on the African farm where she grew up. As an adult, she had many cats, notably the awkwardly majestic El Magnifico, who she wrote about lovingly in the short memoir The Old Age of El Magnifico . When asked about her efforts to communicate with cats in an interview, she said “the cat I communicated with best was El Magnifico. He was such a clever cat. We used to have sessions when we tried to be on each other’s level. He knew we were trying. When push came to shove, though, the communication was pretty limited.”
Via elcaudecati.blogspot.com “What a luxury a cat is, the moments of shocking and startling pleasure in a day, the feel of the beast, the soft sleekness under your palm, the warmth when you wake on a cold night, the grace and charm even in a quite ordinary workaday puss. Cat walks across your room, and in that lonely stalk you see leopard or even panther, or it turns its head to acknowledge you and the yellow blaze of those eyes tells you what an exotic visitor you have here, in this household friend, the cat who purrs as you stroke, or rub his chin, or scratch his head.”
– Doris Lessing, The Old Age of El Magnifico
Philip K. Dick writersandkitties.tumblr.com Science-fiction master Philip K. Dick wrote novels, short stories, and essays which explored transcendental experiences, metaphyics, theology, sociology, and politics. Although Dick was never all that successful financially while he was alive, ten of his works have been made into a variety of successful films, including Blad Runner , Total Recall , A Scanner Darkly , and Minority Report .
Not much is known about PKD’s cat, but his name was Magnificat!
Patricia Highsmith Via redredshoes.blogspot.com Patricia Highsmith, 1921-1995, wrote widely-acclaimed psychological thrillers, including Strangers On A Train , famously adapted by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951, and The Talented Mr. Ripley . The protagonist/serial murderer in the latter, Tom Ripley, was featured in four more novels by Highsmith, known as the ‘Ripliad.’
Highsmith was an animal lover who kept pets of both cats and hundreds of pet snails. Urich Weber, the curator of Highsmith’s archive, once explained that “she was very happy among cats. They gave her a closeness that she could not bear in the long-term from people. She needed cats for her psychological balance.”
Via lerparacontar.com “Everything human is alien to me.”
-Patricia Highsmith
Samuel Johnson Via katherinebarber.blogspot.com A statue in tribute to Johnson’s beloved cat, Hodge
Devout Anglican and English author Samuel Johnson wrote poetry, essays, criticisms, and published A Dictionary of the English Language in 1755, described as “one of the greatest single achievements of scholarship.” Johnson was also very famous for his critical philosophy, and his belief that the best poetry relied on contemporary language (as opposed to purposefully old-timey/decorative verse). He was also the subject of perhaps the most famous biography of all time, James Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson , which is among the works that have described Johnson’s odd tics and gestures in sich a way that has led to a posthumous diagnosis of Tourette syndrome.
In Boswell’s biography of Johnson, he describes the great thinker’s relationship with his cat, Hodge. “Nor would it be just, under this head, to omit the fondness which he showed for animals which he had taken under his protection. I never shall forget the indulgence with which he treated Hodge, his cat: for whom he himself used to go out and buy oysters, lest the servants having that trouble should take a dislike to the poor creature. I am, unluckily, one of those who have an antipathy to a cat, so that I am uneasy when in the room with one; and I own, I frequently suffered a good deal from the presence of this same Hodge. I recollect him one day scrambling up Dr. Johnson’s breast, apparently with much satisfaction, while my friend smiling and half-whistling, rubbed down his back, and pulled him by the tail; and when I observed he was a fine cat, saying, ‘Why yes, Sir, but I have had cats whom I liked better than this;’ and then as if perceiving Hodge to be out of countenance, adding, ‘but he is a very fine cat, a very fine cat indeed.'”
Jorge Luis Borges Via pasolininuc.blogspot.com Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and wrote short-stories, essays, and poems, including the acclaimed books Ficciones and The Aleph , compilations of interconnected short stories that are bound by themes of dreams, labyrinths, animals, mirrors, and God. He is known as a “magical realist,” and was in fact the first author described using that term, by critic Angel Flores. Writer J.M. Coetzee said of Borges that “he, more than anyone, renovated the language of fiction and thus opened the way to a remarkable generation of Spanish American novelists.”
Via phantomimic.weebly.com “Mirrors are not more silent
nor the creeping dawn more secretive;
in the moonlight, you are that panther
we catch sight of from afar.
By the inexplicable workings of a divine law,
we look for you in vain;
More remote, even, than the Ganges or the setting sun,
yours is the solitude, yours the secret.
Your haunch allows the lingering
caress of my hand. You have accepted,
since that long forgotten past,
the love of the distrustful hand.
You belong to another time. You are lord
of a place bounded like a dream.”
-Jorge Luis Borges, To A Cat
Jacques Derrida Via weimarart.blogspot.com Celebrated postmodern French philosopher Jacques Derrida developed a form of analysis known as “deconstruction,” which involved the assertion that all writing was full of confusion because of the inherent contradictions of language itself. Deconstruction requires thinking in a dual way about everything, analyzing and breaking down the conceptual opposites in language, art, and, ethics. In the ’90s, Derrida’s work took a turn towards ethics, such as in The Gift of Death , when he began to apply the principles of deconstructionism in interpreting passages from the bible. Derrida wrote in a paper in 1993 that “deconstruction, if there is such a thing, takes place as the experience of the impossible.”
Jacques Derrida was – unsurprisingly to anyone who has pieced together a semblance of an understanding of both deconstructionism and cats – a cat person. He wrote extensively of the feline gaze in an essay (originally delivered as a ten-hour lecture) titled The Animal That Therefore I Am (More to Follow)’ . The essay focuses on a moment when a “real cat, truly, believe me, a little cat” catches the philosopher in the bathroom as he steps out of the shower and ‘stares’ at him, which causes Derrida to question the logic and ethics of establishing or assuming a boundary that distinguishes the human from the animal. He wrote at the end of that lecture “The same question then becomes whether I should show myself but in the process see myself naked (that is reflect my image in a mirror) when, concerning me, looking at me, is this living creature, this cat than can find itself caught in the same mirror? Is there animal narcissism? But cannot this cat also be, deep within her eyes, my primary mirror?”
Charles Bukowski Via ttexshexes.blogspot.com German-born American Charles Bukowski was a poet, novelist, and short story writer who was influenced by the ordinary lives of lower-class Americans, alcohol, women, and drudgery. Bukowski was described by Time in 1986 as the “laureate of American lowlife.” He wrote thousands of works, publishing over sixty books, many of them focusing on his home, the city of Los Angeles. His most famous books include his many poetry collections, plus the novels Factotum , Ham on Rye and Women .
He also loved cats and was Quote: : d as saying that “having a bunch of cats around is good. If you’re feeling bad, you just look at the cats, you’ll feel better, because they know everything is, just as it is. There’s nothing to get excited about. They just know. They’re saviors. The more cats you have, the longer you live. If you have a hundred cats, you’ll live ten times longer than if you have ten. Someday this will be discovered, and people will have a thousand cats and live forever. It’s truly ridiculous.”
Via journaldejane.wordpress.com “I know. I know.
they are limited, have different
needs and
concerns.
but I watch and learn from them.
I like the little they know,
which is so
much.
they complain but never
worry,
they walk with a surprising dignity.
they sleep with a direct simplicity that
humans just can’t
understand.
their eyes are more
beautiful than our eyes.
and they can sleep 20 hours
a day
without
hesitation or
remorse.
when I am feeling
low
all I have to do is
watch my cats
and my
courage
returns.
I study these
creatures.
they are my
teachers.”
-Charles Bukowski, My Cats
Mark Twain writersandkitties.tumblr.com Samuel Clemens, pen-name Mark Twain, is one of the best-known American authors and humorists in history, most famous among many other works for writing the books The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its even more acclaimed and revered ‘sequel’ Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . Twain also penned numerous short stories and essays, and was described by William Faulkner as “the father of American literature,” a label that few seem to debate.
Mark Twain was also rather besotted with cats. In 1898, Twain’s relationship with his cats was reported “Twain would call the cats to ‘come up’ on the chair, and they would all jump up on the seat. He would tell them to ‘go to sleep,’ and instantly the group were all fast asleep. They would remain so until he called ‘Wide awake!’ when in a twinkling up would go their ears and wide open their eyes.”
Via 24onlinenews.ir “When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”
-Mark Twain
Via prensanimalista.cl “I simply can’t resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl you love, of course.”
-Mark Twain
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Auto Accident Law

Whether it is summer or winter, in Utah, we all like to get outside. Sometimes we ski or snowboard. Sometimes we go on hikes and rockclimb. Whatever we do, when people are outside, it means more people are out on the road — especially teen drivers since school is out. Eager to get to their summer destinations, drivers are more careless, which is why the summer months are the deadliest months to drive in.
If you do find yourself in an auto accident and panic in the midst of the chaos, stay calm and remember what you shouldn’t do if you want to avoid getting a lawyer involved.
Don’t Leave the Scene of An Accident No matter if you’re in a hurry, on your way to work or just don’t want to deal with the car accident, it is illegal to flee the scene until the proper authorities arrive. By leaving the scene, you automatically get yourself a misdemeanor plus fines — and even potential jail time.
Don’t Say You Are At Fault Regardless if it was your fault or not, don’t apologize to the people in the other vehicle. Saying “I’m sorry,” can amount to admitting fault after an accident. Law enforcement is there to make sense of the accident. Let them do all the work. If passengers are hurt and you admit an apology, you could be ruled at fault and possibly will need a lawyer if the other vehicle presses charges.
Call A Utah Lawyer You may want to forget about the traumatic experience as soon as you can walk away, but unfortunately you may need to deal with medical issues, insurance claims and other complications of the auto accident. If you have persistent pain, you should see a doctor and touch base with a lawyer if you think the medical bills will be hefty. If the other drive is lawyering up, you should too.
Within a few days of the accident, you should file a claim with your insurance company. Many companies have limited windows of when you can do so. The earliest is always better. Getting into an accident can be traumatic and scary. To keep calm and collected, remember the do’s and don’ts.
Be Careful On Motocycles Utah produced this last winter some of the greatest winter weather and snow spectacles ever! However, with great natural beauty comes a series of innately negative consequences. Frigid temperatures, Rocky Mountain avalanches and slick roads are all direct byproducts of our chilly state of choice. That being said, for motorcyclists living in the Beehive State, winter brings with it a danger whose presence continues to be felt deep into the calendar year: potholes.
Potholes are everywhere and are simply unavoidable for motorists. According to WiseGeek.com, “Potholes form because asphalt road surfaces eventually crack under the heat of the day and the constant stresses of traffic. These cracks allow snow and rainwater to seep into the underlying dirt and gravel.” On cold winter nights, moisture freezes, expands, then subsequently melts, leaving an annoying hole for motorcyclists to dodge while traveling about.
Due to the exposed nature of the transportation method, motorcyclists here in Utah and in other states ride with a heightened sense of awareness. Even with an added level of concentration, glaring sunlight, shading, traffic and general nighttime darkness make potholes nearly impossible to see until it’s too late. The result is an increase of motorcycle accidents. Unbeknownst to those injured in motorcycle accidents, in many instances, the State can be held responsible for neglecting overall road safety. If you or a loved one is uncertain as to whether or not a specific motorcycle accident qualifies for monetary compensation for the victim, contact Ascent Law for more information.
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