Thursday, March 31, 2011
Name: Pumpkin Hadley
Starting Weight: 14.8 lbs.
Goal Weight: 12.0
Pumpkin was always an active cat. He used to love chasing and catching mice, taking walks around the block with Dan and visiting friends in his Utah neighborhood. That all changed five years ago when someone shot him in the eye with a BB gun. Just as he finally recovered from this horrible hate crime, his owners forced him to move across the country to Somerville, Massachusetts. He traded his lofty 3-story house for a 400-square-foot studio. Since then, he has stopped exercising and has enjoyed an all-you-can-eat buffet of tuna and dry food. Now, he's ready to reclaim his life!
The Weight Loss Plan:
Pumpkin plans on losing the weight by eating 1/3 cup of food a day. He might be surprised one of these days to find that his regular food has been replaced by maintenance cat weight-control food. In addition, he will be drinking often from his Brita water pitcher and eating at Subway. Pumpkin will be weighing in once a week and hopes to use his new found knowledge about healthy eating to motivate his parents.
Monday, March 14, 2011
The first photograph is from an installation called "BARREN: life on infertile soil" by Monica Weisblott. The photograph is called "Basketful."
I like to find art inspired by infertility. I've found myself writing a lot about it lately, especially in the wake of our most recent loss. I was at the Millay Colony when it happened and I was grateful to be able to lose myself in my art for a few days, all alone in the barn Edna built with her husband (also photographed here).
Infertility is so rarely talked about or represented in art. There is so much silence surrounding it. I understand why. I sometimes hesitate to write about it because it's so personal and difficult and because I don't want people to feel sorry for me or become too invested in an often heartbreaking journey. But I'm grateful for brave people like Ms. Weisblott who do break the silence.