There were many factors that kept me from posting for the year and a half after moving to Sweden. One was, of course, the predictable shock of moving to another country with another language. But something happened in November of 2016, after I had been in Sweden not even five months.
American non-voters disappointed the world. I am, officially as an ex-pat, a Massachusetts resident, I vote as a Massachusetts resident, and Massachusetts is the bluest state in the USA. Elizabeth Warren is my homegirl.
Needless to say, I have been appalled at what has been happening in the US since last November, and for several month I spent most of my computer time reading the news instead of working on photos for my blog.
So, when I groomed Jacoby at a cat show and had some leftover hair…I decided to use it to make a point. Or something.
As you may have heard, Boston’s been having its snowiest month on record. It snowed most of yesterday, and apparently there’s more on the way.
Yeah, it’s been pretty insane.
People are getting pretty fed up.
The MBTA was closed all day last Tuesday, all day Sunday…and it was on limited service today. We’re still not sure if the T will be running normally tomorrow.
The snow piled high on our windows.
Higher than Angel!
That didn’t stop her from napping in her usual spot, even if she couldn’t see out the window.
She just hunkered down in her leopard bed with her buddy Handsome Panther.
Jacoby was just fascinated with watching the flakes fall…
I think Jake is hoping it never stops so then I’ll have to work from home and spend all day with him helping me.
Because it needed to happen:
Last week, something terrible happened, which has affected cartoonists around the world.
I consider myself a cartoonist. I’ve been drawing cartoons since I could draw. I actually even got in trouble in high school for controversial anti-Reagan editorial cartoons I did for the high school paper that were also published in the local paper on their “Under 20” page. Some people have said that the Charlie Hebdo cartoons were “asking for it.” Others have said that the cartoons were offensive/obscene/profane/bad, as if these had been painters or musicians or some other type of “real” artist who had been attacked, it would have been a bigger deal. But it’s not about WHAT you draw. It’s not about being offensive. It’s not even about liking the cartoons that Charlie Hebdo has been publishing since 1970. It’s about someone deciding that because they don’t like what you drew, you are worthy of killing.
And the way things are, someone could be offended by anything someone else drew.
5 guys who drew cartoons were killed because some other guys with guns didn’t like those cartoons. And that’s not right.
Nous sommes tous Charlie.
à la mémoire de:
Cabu (Jean Cabut)
Charb (Stéphane Charbonnier)
Tignous (Bernard Verlhac)
Philippe Honoré (Honoré)
(ce sont les caricaturistes)
Bernard Maris (“Uncle Bernard”)
Et les policiers:
(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)
The Westchester Cat Show was held last weekend in White Plains, NY. Every year at this show, the Westchester Feline Club honours a “Cat of the Year.” As you may recall, Jacoby was last year’s honouree
Jake and I weren’t able to go to the show this year, but I did want to share with you who the WFC selected as their Cat of the Year. It’s not one cat, but 25.
Back in April, Yonkers Department of Public Works employees discovered 25 dead cats hanging in plastic bags from tree branches and bodies of several other cats on the ground in a park along the Hudson River. Some of the cats had been dead for quite some time, but necropsies on three of them revealed that they had succumbed to blunt force trauma to the head. This is the worst animal cruelty incident in the history of Westchester County.
The Westchester Feline Club chose to honour the innocent “Yonkers 25” and bring light to a new awareness of the magnitude and effect of animal cruelty in local communities. I think Scarlett would be pleased that these murdered cats and kittens were remembered in her name. And now, thanks to Westchester, they will never be forgotten.
This crime was discovered, as I said earlier, on 24 April of this year, but no arrests were made until just three days ago, when, on 18 November, a Yonkers man was arrested and charged with three misdemeanor counts of violating environmental conservation law related to his alleged disposal of a kitten and two cats, which were among those discovered in the woods. He’s also facing two counts of animal cruelty. He faces up to one year in jail, a $500 fine or three years probation on the animal cruelty charges. The other charge can carry a sentence of six months behind bars.
That may not seem a fitting punishment for his (alleged) crimes…but in a way, it’s a miracle they finally caught this man at all! I wonder if the Westchester Feline Club’s award and subsequent publicity had anything to do with his apprehension?