Friday, July 31, 2009

Positive Stuff!

Today is Positive Day!

Alex's Fur

The other day when Alex came inside from his midnight catting around, I noticed that he had some fur missing from the back of his neck. Against the furball's wishes, I washed the area and put some antibiotic ointment on the wound.

Later I posted these words to Facebook:

Alex just came in from his morning catting around and again he has a chunk of fur torn out of the back of his next. This hasn't happened in more than a year. I wish I knew which of his playmates (or maybe an enemy cat) did that. It makes me reluctant to let him go outside, which isn't fair to Alex, especially since I've not seen what damage HE did to the other cat. Why can't cats get along peacefully like us humans?

I am so glad I did, because Michelene commented:
If Alex is missing only from the top of his neck though, it's fine. it's playful. It's anywhere else you'd need to worry. The scruff is a play/friendly zone.
I've confirmed her observation with a couple of cat sites on the Internnet and am delighted that now know that my furball isn't fighting other cats but playing with them!

Desmond Tutu Honors Aung San Suu Kyi

This week as Amnesty International awarded jailed Burmese democracy leader and Nobel Prize laurette Aung San Suu Kyi, Desmond Tutu, the former Archbishop of Cape Town and also a recipient of the Nobel peace prize. wrote:
Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma deserve nothing less than our most strenuous efforts to help them secure their freedom. Every day we must ask ourselves: have we done everything that we can? I pledge that I will not rest until Aung San Suu Kyi, and all the people of Burma, are free. Please join me.

To read all of Archbishop Tutu's words, please go HERE.

2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recepiants

On July 3oth President Obama announced 16 recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor. The awards will be presented on August 12. Below is a partial list of the receptients. For the full list and details about teh receoients, please click HERE to go to the White House.
  • Stephen Hawking, internationally-recognized theoretical physicist and the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University.
  • Sen. Edward Kennedy, who has worked tirelessly for health care reform over the last five decades.
  • Billie Jean King, teens star, who has championed gender equality issues not only in sports, but in all aspects of life.
  • Rev. Joseph Lowery, a leader of the civil rights movement since the 1950s, and co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference along with Dr. Martin Luther King.
  • Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow, the last living Plains Indian war chief and author of works on Native American history and culture who has served as an inspiration to young Native Americans across the country.
  • Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official from a major city in the United States.
  • Sandra Day O’Connor, Supreme Court Justice from 1981 until her retirement in 2006, who was the first woman ever to sit on the Supreme Court.
  • Sidney Poitier, the first African American to be nominated and win a Best Actor Academy Award.
  • Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland who was also United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
  • Desmond Tutu, widely regarded as "South Africa’s moral conscience," who was a leading anti-apartheid activist in South Africa.

KATZ are always positive (& funny)


  1. Thank you Nick! I will pass your message on to Diva Daughter tomorrow (er - when she gets up). The conversation she had with her sister this afternoon was wonderful. Her older sister has signed on to be her campaign manager for her presidency. It's like all of a sudden she can SEE that she can accomplish something in this life, NO JOKE! And not only that, her sister believes in her and supports her. Truly Nick, there is power in positive thinking.

    I am glad that Alex's wound was from having fun. It still looks painful but I am glad that he isn't being threatened by another cat. I hope his neck heals very quickly.

    Blessings to you both!

  2. I hope Alex heals well. I've stopped letting Gandalf and Grayson (and Whitey!) out because there is a bully Tom Cat, and I feel like "no injury" is much better for my cats. They're still not happy about my decision, but maybe if I tune in to "As the Cheezburger Turns" for them they will cheer up! :-D

  3. That's right about the scruff of the neck for cats, Nick. I notice my two do that when they're wrestling. It doesn't seem to hurt as there are no yowls of protest.

  4. I'm glad Alex was having a bawdy time, not a fight

    I love everything you included here

    I didn't know about the medal recipients, inspiring group

    and Burma needs to be spoken about - often

    thank you

  5. Well i am glad you were able to get a bit more confidence about alexs wounds :) my kittehs do that too (i asked a vet ).

    great post!! being positive has its merits! and as the cheezburger turns... bwwaahhaa!!

  6. Well, I didn't know that about cats' wounds, either! Interesting! Well, I hope Alex's relationships remain fun and playful, even if awful rough. Much better than aggressive.

  7. I'm not a cat person, but I must admit several of those lolcats made me laugh!

  8. Wonderful list of people for the Medal of Freedom!

    The kitties... very cute as usual.


  9. this is just a fantanstic post and a powerful one.Thank NICK for this one.I love the Nine Dollor Bill so much I swiped it for an upcomming Aww monday.I hope that you have a blessed day my friend.

  10. Very positive stuff, Nick and I am glad and relieved to see that you have written about Aung San Suu Kyi on Positive Day too. [I was worried that I might be politicising the day but now I've stopped worrying!] I'm also relieved about Alex's fur. Give him a cuddle from Simi and me xx woof!

  11. My Mr Tucker goes all gooey when I grip and rub on his scruff. I'm glad Alex isn't fighting.

    Happy Positive Day!

  12. Great Positive post. Happy Positive Day 2009 :)

  13. I didn't blog on positive day but I did feel positive as I was driving home from Wales. :)

  14. Hope dear Alex is okay now.

    CJ xx

  15. hey positive man where's your August positives??sandy

  16. Nick,I hope that you are OK,I miss you TBIM posting.

  17. Nick,

    Wherever you are, however you are, you are in my heart.

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