Monthly Archives: March 2014

Newsletters that have no news


Once upon a time I used to get newsletters that were full of information. Both online and in print, they had info and tips up the wazoo. Some I paid for, some were free.

I now get at least 10 times as many “newsletters” and every single small tidbit in them is a hint, not an actual tip — you can only get the real info (the “news” part of the word newsletter) by going to a website and reading (or watching) boatloads of over the top selling pitches for their membership-based forum, their online training, their Skype training, or their in-person conferences. And what are those tidbits when you finally get to them? Regurgitated Zig Ziglar pep talks with examples from “Tom T.” and “Sarah H.” talking about how much they learned from the next pricier item up.

I’m really wondering “where’s the beef?” these days — actual tips and info seem to be missing from most of the tips and info out there. And seriously, if I wanted more Zig in my life I’d go to the source (which I can get for free at the LIBRARY) rather than crawling through waves of “funnel pages” and ending up paying more than a new car for your regurgitated version of him.



Poor Maggie Mae. For a while her intestinal tumor was shrinking, and the vet was very hopeful. But in the last week she’s been fading a bit. She’s lost more weight, isn’t eating as much, and is barfing more. We’re tracking how she acts and reacts, very aware of our responsibility as fur-parents to not let her suffer. It’s not quite time but we can feel it inching closer.

She has times when she purrs a lot and hangs out in the sunshine the same as the other cats, and times where she wants only to be alone in the back room. Watching a cat battle cancer — something they can’t claw at, can’t hiss at, and just suffer through — is an education in true illness. There is nothing worse for human or animal than to feel your body betraying you. She’s never been the best digestion-wise, but this is beyond her.

The best we can hope for is to fill the time she has left with tasty food and warm laps since those two things were always what made her happy.