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300 Cats, Yes. Craziness, No. [w/pix]
NYT ^ | 1/9/13 | ANNE RAVER

Posted on 01/11/2013 9:35:24 AM PST by Slings and Arrows

PITTSBORO, N.C. - LIKE her name, Siglinda Scarpa seems to be from another world. And not just Italy, where she was born. But one in which you can hear the animals speak, and everyone gets along.

Ms. Scarpa, 72, lives in a wooden house painted robin’s egg blue, in the middle of an open woodland, with old oaks and pines rising over sandy soil. With its second-story porches covered with the canes of Lady Banks’ roses, Carolina jasmine and wisteria, the house could be something out of a children’s book.

Some people come here to adopt a cat from the Goathouse Refuge, the animal sanctuary she runs, tucked back in the woods. Others come to buy her pottery or ceramic art, which is displayed in the sunny showroom on the first floor of this whimsical house: abstract pieces that evoke storms brewing in the sky; clay roasting pots shaped like squashes, with frogs or artichokes on their lids; or teacups molded like the face of a cat, the lines of cheek and jaw, nose and mouth drawn by a knowing hand.

For there are real cats everywhere.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping
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Slideshow at source. I strongly suggest reading the whole article.

Thanks to Gefn for the story!

1 posted on 01/11/2013 9:35:34 AM PST by Slings and Arrows
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2 posted on 01/11/2013 9:39:06 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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3 posted on 01/11/2013 9:39:55 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“And she worries about who will take her place when she can no longer care for them. But who else would have such an uncanny way with the animals?”

/Salamander volunteers


4 posted on 01/11/2013 9:40:39 AM PST by Salamander (Nothing says 'Welcome to my home!' like snakes.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

she uses a grand old wood stove for cooking it looks like....I don’t particularly like cats but to live in the woods with bird houses everywhere would be very nice indeed.


5 posted on 01/11/2013 9:42:09 AM PST by cherry
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To: cherry

“Nice”?

Paradise!


6 posted on 01/11/2013 9:43:11 AM PST by Salamander (Nothing says 'Welcome to my home!' like snakes.)
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To: Salamander; Slings and Arrows

Oh me Too!!!

Can we share?


7 posted on 01/11/2013 9:43:26 AM PST by Gefn ("I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder")
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To: Slings and Arrows

Best thread of the year so far, thanks


8 posted on 01/11/2013 9:45:31 AM PST by stuartcr ("I upraded my moral compass to a GPS, to keep up with the times.")
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To: stuartcr

My pleasure.


9 posted on 01/11/2013 9:46:27 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Gefn; Salamander

I’m in too. That’s 100 cats apiece.


10 posted on 01/11/2013 9:49:13 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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11 posted on 01/11/2013 9:54:51 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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12 posted on 01/11/2013 9:58:39 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The women born in the 60’s and 70’s under the tyranny of the feminist movement are now in their late 30’s and 40’s. Many of them were taught to wait before marriage and children. Now they want to settle down, but it is too late. The pandemic of spinsters and crazy cat ladies is upon us.


13 posted on 01/11/2013 10:08:34 AM PST by Catholic Canadian
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To: Slings and Arrows

A great story, makes my day. I love this quote:

“I always felt that people were not seeing me,” she said. “That they were talking, but never to me.”

Then one night, after she was in bed, her father brought her a tiny gray tabby.

“He lifted up the blanket and put this little frozen thing on my chest,” she said. “I held that kitty with such love. He changed my loneliness. I could understand everything he wanted and he could understand me.”

That was when she really started talking. “I had to explain to my mother what the cat was saying,” she said.


14 posted on 01/11/2013 10:09:16 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Gefn; Slings and Arrows

Sure.

Y’all tend the cats and I’ll get everything else...LOL


15 posted on 01/11/2013 10:09:29 AM PST by Salamander (Welcome to my tagline.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Now that she's in the NYT, she will soon be besieged with hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats!


16 posted on 01/11/2013 10:11:12 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. -- Chuck Berry)
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To: Catholic Canadian
What the hell are you going on about?

I suggest reading the article. This woman was hiding from the Gestapo when she was a little girl.
17 posted on 01/11/2013 10:12:51 AM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: Lx

My cats talk too, but most of what they say is “FEED ME!”


18 posted on 01/11/2013 10:19:36 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Gefn; Salamander; Slings and Arrows

Can I share as well? I’m planning on doing something like this-I have cats, a dog and a kiln for the pottery making already, and live among tame deer...


19 posted on 01/11/2013 10:23:30 AM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line...")
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’ve got a cat who sits on my wife’s hope chest and when he sees me move, he starts meowing loudly for food and then another chimes in. If I get up and feed them, they then try that trick on my wife fifteen minutes later and act like they’re starving. I think they’re smarter than we are.
Time to try out the new super soaker.


20 posted on 01/11/2013 10:25:12 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Catholic Canadian
The women born in the 60’s and 70’s under the tyranny of the feminist movement are now in their late 30’s and 40’s. Many of them were taught to wait before marriage and children. Now they want to settle down, but it is too late. The pandemic of spinsters and crazy cat ladies is upon us.

What are you talking about?

21 posted on 01/11/2013 10:26:54 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

Hi, Gabz-I wondered about that, too...


22 posted on 01/11/2013 10:32:40 AM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line...")
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To: Slings and Arrows

My wife would love to spend the rest of her life caring for all these cats...


23 posted on 01/11/2013 10:33:44 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Catholic Canadian
The pandemic of spinsters and crazy cat ladies is upon us.

If only life was perfect and these women were unhappily married!

Shouldn't people be able to decide for themselves whether or not they marry? Not everyone who is single WANTS to be married to anyone!!!
24 posted on 01/11/2013 10:48:25 AM PST by Nepeta
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To: Slings and Arrows

What a haven for cats!! They all look so content, and well fed, and even tho from all over, they appear to get along with each other.

I’m a cat lover, but never had more than 4 (and kittens from time to time) but I took a step back when I saw them all at mealtime! That’s a lot of dishes to wash!!!

Good thing they are indoor/outdoor kitties, or there would be a lot of litter duty, too!!!!!


25 posted on 01/11/2013 10:51:46 AM PST by Exit148
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To: Lx

LOL! We only have one cat, but she sometimes got 2 extra meals by plying her wiles on my husband, my daughter and me. Then we got an automatic feeder. I fill it every afternoon after work, and at the programmed times, the portion cup is rotated to the opening, so she can eat. She finally is losing the weight the vet said she needs to lose!


26 posted on 01/11/2013 10:53:37 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: Lx

My cat did that, we found out she was sometimes getting 6 meals a day! We solved it by getting an automatic feeder with a built-in timer.

This keeps her fed, but still sleek enough to catch mice.


27 posted on 01/11/2013 10:55:42 AM PST by Ellendra (http://www.ustrendy.com/ellendra-nauriel/portfolio/18423/concealed-couture/)
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To: Slings and Arrows

That’s a lovely story. I’m out my way out right now, but I’m going to check out the slideshow when I get back.

Hearing how those cats grieve for the families who abandon them.....that tears my heart out. Poor sweet babies. I gotta get a Kleenex now......


28 posted on 01/11/2013 10:56:15 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: Catholic Canadian

The feminist movement was designed by the “feminist” men,FOR the feminist men (people like Bill Clinton, the uh Father of the Year— with x number of “babys”).
The “losers” in this movement (as in the abortion “movement” for the “convenience” of all with no moral downside, they said)were the women who were sold this bill of goods. Some found husbands who were “true”, but way more found them who treated them like— well, a convenience, many times,in the absence/opposite of love. The one part of their lives that stayed true was/is nature and nature’s creatures. My observation anyway.

Seeing this lady, among so many- she has found unconditional love in kitties (and other critters too, apparently). More precisely, she has found something to give her love to. People, humans (and not so humans) without guidance, or who have rejected or mis-delivered real Judeo-Christian guidance having proven to her to be a great disappointment in our “progressive” love-less, God-less world (OK, that is some wide license being taken by yours truly— but it is a thought).

To wit, this link to Emmy Lou Harris’s Animal Rescue facility (I’m serious):

http://www.bonapartesretreat.org/#!/Mission

For dogs (like hers, Bonaparte, who have “run out of time” from the Humane Society, rescued by a songbird (an older one with a big heart)whose career is singing of love-lost,never had,and otherwise.

The cynics/realists here will say this relationship would last as long as animals are fed or can find food— and that is true for all of us in nature (we ARE part of something’s food chain after all). The connection of how we treat animals to how we treat people is a telling one, in the balance. Even to the point of trying to get people to behave as they can “train” them (Lenin and Pavlov story)in the new world order. Woof, woof.
Deo Vindice.


29 posted on 01/11/2013 10:57:31 AM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: knittnmom

You beat me to it.


30 posted on 01/11/2013 10:57:44 AM PST by Ellendra (http://www.ustrendy.com/ellendra-nauriel/portfolio/18423/concealed-couture/)
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To: Texan5

God love you


31 posted on 01/11/2013 10:58:43 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: Slings and Arrows
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32 posted on 01/11/2013 11:02:39 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

btt


33 posted on 01/11/2013 11:05:12 AM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Texan5

Hey there T-5!!!! Heck the only spinster I know is going to be 80 next month and hates cats!!! I also know a lot of those gals born in the 60s and 70s - they’re the moms of my daughter’s friends!

I’ve been being called a crazy cat lady for years, and I’ve got a husband and child. I am down to only 3 “permanent” cats, most of the others share joint custody of us and my across the road neighbor - in fact I’m watching one trot back over to her house right now!

How are you doing?


34 posted on 01/11/2013 11:06:21 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Texan5

Fine with me.

[I covet your kiln]

;D


35 posted on 01/11/2013 11:12:58 AM PST by Salamander (Welcome to my tagline.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

My favorite book as a child.


36 posted on 01/11/2013 11:31:05 AM PST by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: Texan5; Salamander; Slings and Arrows

I would be honored to live among the kitties with you guys/gals.

Lots of cats, a few dogs, and did you see she had chickens? For some reason, I’ve always wanted a chicken.

I’m seriously thinking of vacationing down there this summer just to see all the kitties and maybe buy some pottery. Maybe she would let me volunteer for a bit. I’d live in my car to help, it would be worth it to me!


37 posted on 01/11/2013 11:31:32 AM PST by Gefn ("I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder")
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I’m okay, how are your hubby and munchkin?

I’m a widow, not a spinster, and I only have a dog and 3 cats of my own, but I do put food out for 2 feral cats that have managed to escape being fast food for the resident mountain lion or coyotes. Do I still qualify as a crazy cat lady?


38 posted on 01/11/2013 12:02:17 PM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line...")
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To: Gefn

If you raise chickens from babies, they make surprisingly personable pets.

I taught mine to do simple but entertaining tricks like jumping for bits of bread.

They were a lot of fun.

They followed me everywhere in a line, right behind the Dobermanns.

Ducks are cool too.


39 posted on 01/11/2013 12:04:23 PM PST by Salamander (Welcome to my tagline.)
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To: Gefn; CatherineofAragon; Slings and Arrows

So...when is a good time to tell Gefn that I’ll be bringing along a passel of constrictors, as well?

;D


40 posted on 01/11/2013 12:07:02 PM PST by Salamander (Welcome to my tagline.)
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To: cherry

All the bird houses would help feed the cats...


41 posted on 01/11/2013 12:17:20 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Gabz; Salamander; Slings and Arrows; CatherineofAragon

When (please, God) I get this stone and steel mausoleum of a house sold, I plan to burrow further into the deep woods up the hill 1/4 mile or so, build a nest/cabin for myself and the pets integrated into the landscape, as off-the-grid as possible, get a few chickens and maybe a goat or two like all my neighbors, grow more organic veggies and herbs and sell those, my ceramics, homemade soap, incense, and religious articles like prayer cards, rosaries, and such on the main road. My ethnicity is showing...

I’ve not met a man who wants the country life I live, and likely never will-so, I can do as I please.


42 posted on 01/11/2013 12:25:49 PM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line...")
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To: Salamander; Gefn

“If you raise chickens from babies, they make surprisingly personable pets.”

Well, hell-you can’t eat them if you do that.

I’d rather have chiclens for just the fresh eggs, anyway, though. And duck eggs are nice-there are ducks all over out here, because the river is just right there.


43 posted on 01/11/2013 12:31:58 PM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line...")
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To: Catholic Canadian
...The pandemic of spinsters and crazy cat ladies is upon us.

Sounds more like an irrational outburst from a crazy Catholic Canadian imo.

44 posted on 01/11/2013 12:34:40 PM PST by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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To: Texan5

Everything is going here and the “munchkin” is now a freshman in high school...............grrrrrrrrrrrr!

You can qualify yourself as a crazy cat lady if you want - I still tag myself that way!

Since she finally learned the hard way about the truth of our warnings about rabid raccoons and coyotes, the crazy cat lady across the road has no problem with the firearms usage on this side of the road or if it winds up on her side.


45 posted on 01/11/2013 1:10:03 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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46 posted on 01/11/2013 1:19:46 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Texan5

Good for you and I know you will do just fine!!!!


47 posted on 01/11/2013 1:22:30 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

That’s just plain funny!!!!!


48 posted on 01/11/2013 1:26:50 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

I thought it was a documentary. ;^)


49 posted on 01/11/2013 1:33:55 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I think God has a special place in his heart for people like her.........


50 posted on 01/11/2013 1:41:03 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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