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GlobeTrotterGirls, TravelingWithAriel, blogitse, modivin,
homeits, WellBeingSecrets, Pawesome, flickrhivemind
|The View from My Window
|I used to write a column for the monthly newsletter at the office where I worked. My column was
called "The View from My Window." The name held a double meaning, it wasn't only about my
various and sundry views of the world. It was, also, about my office window.
|My window looked out on the parking lot and the parking lot held several massive, ancient, moss-
draped oak trees. When the stress level got too high, as it frequently did, all I had to do was look out
of the window. Those beautiful old oaks were more calming than the strongest cup of herbal tea.
|The other thing I did when the stress became too much was quit. I must have quit a couple of
hundred times over the years. My boss would just smile, pat me on the shoulder and say,
"It'll be better tomorrow."
|It usually wasn't, but the truth was, I liked my bosses and the people I worked with more than I disliked
the hectic stress of the job. So we all knew that the quitting thing wasn't serious. With one exception:
I told them frequently that if they ever moved me to an office without a window, all bets were off.
And they knew I wasn't kidding. I loved those oak trees.
|When I started putting this page together, I was thinking about those lovely oaks and about windows
with nice, calming views. (But, then, cats kept appearing, so I finally turned the page over the them!)
|I hope the view from your window is a pleasant one, and your day a calm and happy one.
|The photos on this page are from
Ireland, France, Italy, Belgium and Hungary.
|If animals could speak, the cat alone would have the
rare grace of never saying a word too much. -- Mark Twain
~ ~ ~
The mathematical probability of a cat doing exactly as it
pleases is the one scientific absolute in the world. -- Lynn Osband
|The main advantage of working at home is that you get
to find out what cats really do all day. -- Lynne Truss
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You can't own a cat. The best you can
do is be partners. -- Sir Harry Swanson
|Cats seldom interfere with the rights of other creatures. Their intelligence keeps
them from doing many of the things that complicate life for humans. -- Carl Van Vechten
~ ~ ~
As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows,
cats have enormous patience with the limitations of humans. -- Cleveland Amory
|I put down my book, The Meaning of Zen, and see my cat smiling into her fur.
'Cat, I would lend you this book, but it appears that you have already read it.'
She gives me her full gaze. 'Don't be ridiculous,' she purrs, 'I wrote it.'
-- Dilys Laing
|Cats know when people like or dislike them. They just don't care
enough to do anything about it -- Winifred Carriere
~ ~ ~
When cats are inside, they want to be out. And vice versa.
And often simultaneously. -- Louis Camuti
|A cat isn't fussy - just so long as you remember that he likes his milk in the shallow
rose-patterned saucer and his fish on the blue plate with the red trim. -- Arthur Bridges
~ ~ ~
In certain cultures, thousands of years ago, cats were
worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this. -- Author Unknown
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|I have studied many philosophers and many cats and the wisdom of
cats is infinitely superior. -- Hippolyte Taine
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It's impossible to look at a sleeping cat and feel tense. -- Jane Pauley
Just Outside Your Window