Bobbie's Beat: A variety of voices

“I had been told that the training procedure with cats is difficult. It’s not true. Mine had me trained in two days.” —

Bill Dana

Yeah, yeah, you probably think of me as this little old lady who lives alone with a cat for entertainment. You are partially right. After four months in quarantine, I am no longer “little.” I’ve never been a junk food junkie, but I am now. The refrigerator keeps asking, “What? You’re back again?” Neighbors bring my groceries, and I no longer feel guilty for including potato chips, ice cream, cookies and candy on the list. Sometimes I actually ask for real food.

As for entertainment, not much has changed with my crazy cat that isn’t described in the newest release by Chicken Soup for the Soul’s “The Magic of Cats.” Purrfect continues to do her thing. Just when I think she is slowing down, she invents a new game, the latest one called “Hide in the Shower.” No, it’s not me hiding in the shower. That would make me certifiably nuts. 

Only recently did this cat become curious about that little room with the sliding door and the wet floor. When I saw her step gingerly into the shower, I peeked. She was back against a wall with her look that says, “Well?” This is my clue to do something, so I closed the shower stall door and stood back to listen. Silence — for at least three minutes! I couldn’t stand it, so I did my best “meow.” That made her realize she was confined, so she started pounding on the shower door. I opened it with a great display of happy talk as if we hadn’t seen one another in weeks. She marched out, tail held high in the shape of a question mark, obviously pleased with this stupid new game.

I’m getting calls about “The Magic of Cats,” and so is the Nye Beach Book House. They are carrying the book and suggest you call for information.

I have always been hesitant about promoting local businesses. You know if you do one you should do them all. But our world has changed, and so must we. I got a call from local reader, Josepha Hyer, who tried getting the cat book at JC Market.  I explained that Lyle and Diane Mattson sell “Good Grief” and have kept it on the shelf since it was published. God bless them for helping me make sure every penny of that book goes to the Rotary International Foundation (which helps people all over the world). Both books are also available at the Newport Public Library.

Perhaps it’s the times we are all living in that account for some of the stuff folks are sending in — often just quotes that readers may find interesting. Here goes:

• “Fear does not stop death. It stops life. And worrying doesn’t take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.” (Unknown)

• “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” (C. S. Lewis)

• “God doesn’t want us to return to normal after all this passes. He wants us to return to Him.” (Unknown)

• “People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.” (Isaac Asimov)

• “If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.” (Johnny Carson)

• “To the thief who stole my glasses, I will find you. I have contacts.” (Unknown)

• “I think inspiration is always around; it’s just a question of whether or not you are noticing it.” (John Green — submitted by John Lavrakas, Newport)

• Lady Astor to Winston Churchill: “If you were my husband, I would put poison in your coffee.” Winston Churchill to Lady Astor: “Madam, if you were my wife, I would drink it!” (Submitted by Louise Waarvick, South Beach)


I was not kidding about becoming a junk food junkie. I just heard a loud voice from the elastic in my stretch pants:  “Hey lady, you are really pushing your luck!”

Bobbie Lippman is a professional writer who lives in Seal Rock with her cat, Purrfect. She is the author of “Good Grief: A Collection of Stories As One Woman Journeys From Heartbreak To Healing Through Honesty and Humor.” The book, with all proceeds going to the Rotary International Foundation, is available at JC Market in Newport and directly from Bobbie, who can be contacted at [email protected]


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