Cat Thursday | 2017 Ninth Bloggoversary Special


Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It’s all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This meme is hosted by the True Book Addict!

Hey, all! Today, I celebrate this site’s ninth year since 2008, and a wild ride it’s been. Well, kinda! I’ve experienced times of frenetic posting followed by lapses coming from life issues cropping up now and then, especially for the last few years as I take on a lifelong learner’s task of study! I’ve had highs and lows in my blogging, but here the site remains, and so this morning, nine years to the day of its founding, I end this month’s blogging vacation to resume posting.

But for how long? What direction will the site go since its skeptical origin? I don’t know, but blogging is what I do, who I am, in some very limited way, and so I continue. I hesitate now to call myself a skeptic, as I don’t think myself particularly logical or rational, indeed the very reason skepticism is needed when in short supply! But now I know my biases, my limits, and my weaknesses, and more often now than then can keep those in mind when I must.

But whatever my shortcomings skepticism remains a major element of this blog’s purpose, and so it goes.

Let’s try for at least another year, and together make 2018 just a wee bit more sane than it otherwise might be, and that 2017 was!

I am Troy. I am Troythulu. And here, in this post, I feature cats from each year of this blog’s existence, in all their Overlordships’ furry glory!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cat Thursday | Throwback Thursday [2]


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Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It’s all for the love of cats! Enjoy!

Here are cats old and new, long gone over the years save for one!

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Gumbyman

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Dark Sammi, Kitteh Princess of the Netherworld

Dark Sammi, Kitteh Princess of the Netherworld

Mistykins of the All-Seeing Eye

Mistykins of the All-Seeing Eye

Baby Eccles, with his favorite toy, an old camera strap...

Baby Eccles, with his favorite toy, an old camera strap…

Cat Thursday: The Faceplant


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Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It’s all for the love of cats! Enjoy!

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Cat Thursday: Skeptical Cats, Throwback 1


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Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It’s all for the love of cats! Enjoy!

This week, I bring you lolcats who played significant roles in illustrating skeptical and logical fallacy posts elsewhere on this blog and others. The top three are my own wonderful beasts, unfortunately no longer with us but who I remember fondly for bringing me such joy on dark days. The last two were stock images taken from cheezburger.com and personally captioned. Here I celebrate the lives of three of my furbabies with a touch of the skeptical outlook, and hope for the future…

Mew, dammit!

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Old Sammy

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Gumbyman

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Mistykins

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A Question of Remembrance – 3 Months Hence


It’s been three months since the passing of my devoted friend and companion for over a decade, not just a pet, but a piece of my heart given the shape of a cat, a blue-point Himalayan female named Sammy.

Three months…and it still hurts just as much now as it did then when she went to sleep in my lap, the last thing she remembered being me.

This is a good thing, the pain is good.

And it’s something I hope never goes away, for it shows I still care.

It shows that unlike my online alter-ego and other characters I’ve imagined, I’m human, and being human is good.

Sure, the pain is still there, it never dulls, but it gets more bearable with time.

I’ve posted a couple of entries about her (Here) and (Here) before, but it’s like no time at all has passed between now and then.

I miss her.

At least she can’t miss me, that’s some comfort…

That, and the fact that she still lives…not in some imaginary afterlife in somebody’s mythological version of Heaven, not in some fairy-tale Paradise beyond the material world, but in the minds and hearts of those who knew her, who remember her, beautiful to the very end.

I wish that she would continue in some Other Realm, but I have no reason to believe in such a place, and I won’t confuse that wish, my hopes, with fact. I have no need to dress up Reality with anything supernatural, no need to supplement what is with what I want to be. That would be a fool’s errand, and I would rather stare the world in the face as it is than look at it with the rose-colored glasses of feckless naivete and delusion.

As long as one person on Earth remains alive to remember her, she will never die, and indeed has gained a sort of online immortality through this blog. I miss you Sammy, and I hope I never stop, for then it is I who am truly dead. Be forever.

And so do I ask my readers:

How you deal with the loss of a loved one, human or pet? How do you deal with death?

Last Look Back — Farewell to a Friend


It’s been a rough week, and barely after the passing of my little cat, Sammy. Thanks to all of you who’ve offered their sympathy over the last seven days — You guys have been a huge comfort to me, =^skeptic cat^=, Jay, Xarcht, Todd, and anyone else who commented on last Monday’s post or otherwise helped out my Troythuluness since then. Thanks, guys.

It does no good though, to try to convince myself of Sammy continuing to be in any sort of kitteh afterlife, or any other sort of literal spiritual immortality. As much as I’d like to believe, for the shallow comfort it might give me, I have little reason to accept it at the expense of my grasp on reality. Sorry, but delusional thinking does not appeal to me. Hence the skepticism. I could be wrong, it would be nice if I were, but rather than postulate an unlikely dualistic immortality of the soul, even that of a beloved pet and friend over at least the past decade, it seems more likely that Sammy has gone into that Undiscovered Country forever, no longer suffering and in an endless, dreamless, and comforting sleep.

Sammy will go on in the memories I and others have of her, and hopefully, at least as long as this website exists if not longer. I’ll never forget. Even a full week later, the hole is still there, but maybe time does heal all things…We shall see…My thanks go out to Pumpkin and That Fellow in Yellow for the pics posted with this entry. It’s been a trying week — Again, thank you all. And one last time for the road — take care, old girl Sammythulu.