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  1. Jean says:

    I’m happy for Chester..except I suspect the doctor visit is going to be life changing. I hope he doesn’t hold it (them) against you. 🙂

  2. Michael says:


    He’s going to become a eunuch for the kingdom. 🙂
    I’m hoping the other cats will receive him better when it’s done…

  3. Paige says:

    I love the name.
    Love the Feline Gospel.
    It’s never too late to develop a Pollyanna outlook.
    There is so much to thank God for all the time.

    Keep cool!

  4. Josh the Baptist says:

    “I’m both broke and broken in body…and utterly thrilled to be here anyway.”

    Glad to hear that, Michael. Me too.

  5. Michael says:

    Blessings on you, Josh…this isn’t an easy road, but we have good company.

  6. Nonnie says:

    Another beautiful parable. Thank you.

  7. Michael says:

    Thank you, Nonnie!

  8. Owen says:

    Michael, you and Chester are quite inspirational!

    I think, at least for now, Chester does well to distance himself from the negativity of the others of his kind. Hopefully they will come around at some point. I think he has a lot to teach them.

    Turning off the computer is usually a good idea, too.

    I’m sure you already know this, but it’s not “almost over for everyone”. Just those who don’t have hope.

    Your condition sounds much like mine was – is yours a bicuspid aortic valve, or some other valve defect? I had the same aneurysm, it is was knocking me on my rear for months. My surgeon told me that my bicuspid valve caused the aneurysm, over time.

    You are in my prayers.

  9. Michael says:


    Thank you and thank you for the prayers !
    They originally thought it was a bicuspid valve, but not now .
    I spend a lot of time on my rear…very frustrating.

  10. Owen says:

    I hear you Michael, it is very frustrating…..

    Are you on any physical restrictions, and have they discussed options or dates?

    (If I’m asking too much, let me know…)

  11. Michael says:


    When the aneurysm gets to a certain size they will go in and fix both.
    I’m sure you know the routine.
    Because of the risk and insurance you just wait and deteriorate until that point.
    Because of my medical history , my cardiologist knows I can’t do much anyway , so there’s not much to restrict.

  12. Owen says:

    Oh yeah, I remember the “wait and deteriorate”….

    Although I probably won the lottery on that, as my aneurysm was already one millimeter past the size the guidelines had been set for at the time. So my waiting was only about 4 months. 9 months later, however, they changed the guideline, now i’ts 5mm larger. (this is in Canada, I don’t know about U.S. surgery guidlines for such.)

    You have a better attitude about it than I did when I was diagnosed, however. I had a hard time feeling happy to be here.

  13. Jean says:

    “my cardiologist knows I can’t do much anyway , so there’s not much to restrict.”

    I don’t know about that. You raise a lot of heck up in here.:-)

  14. Michael says:

    Jean, that’s our little secret… 🙂

  15. Michael says:


    It seems better than the alternative… 🙂

  16. Cash says:

    “He could have placed himself beyond the ability to ever know joy.

    No one who knows his story would have blamed him for doing so…”

    This is such a poignant reminder to not judge because everyone has a story and many of them are not very good.

    Nice one, Michael.

  17. Em ... again says:

    Chester and Miss Kitty? i think Michael was a Gunsmoke fan as a child… 🙂
    now you need two stray dogs to name Marshal Dillon and Doc

    insurance is strangely short-sighted these days…

    Chester has a good god, but i tell myself that Michael has a bigger, better God and feel less selfish as i enjoy the posts of this man with a serious heart condition

  18. Michael says:


    In some ways it’s the best thing thats ever happened to me.
    I have to prioritize my time, energy, and emotions carefully…I have to measure my words and who I exchange them with.

    It’s brought eternal things to the fore and made most temporal things look like litter.

    It insures that I end most conversations with “I love you.”

    My guess is that I’ll keep all these new habits even if I survive the surgery…life is better this way.

  19. Michael says:

    Thank you, Cash…and thanks again for your contribution this week…it has gone far and blessed many.

  20. Em ... again says:

    Michael, i bet that you could make a story out of the cat i mentioned earlier this week (Puggles) – she turned up soon after my daughter’s family moved into the neighborhood and, while they enjoyed her and gave her an occasional treat, they thought she belonged somewhere else – until one night when she gave birth to a litter of 3 kittens in the flower bed under their bedroom window

    i know there must be applications for us in there somewhere

  21. surfer51 says:

    Dang Michael, I hadn’t a clue, “How the country and the world are both ready to collapse and how evil is everywhere and how it’s almost all over for everyone.”

    I guess I don’t watch enough TV or get on social websites enough.

    I thought today was a wonderful day!

    My garden is doing well.

    My rescued animal family is such a blessing to each other and my wife and I.

    I have much to be thankful for, My God reigns!

    I am blessed you woke up alive and able to care for Chester.

    May you have length of days and much joy in them.

    Three of my rescues enjoying life together…

  22. surfer51 says:

    And there is this…

  23. Scott says:

    Chester looks like one cool dude. We lost our precious 6 year old Chloe a couple of mos back. She was run over by a car.

    We adopted a male cat (Tommy) from the rescue pound. He was essentially raised in a closet when we got him. A little freaked out at first but he settled in nicely and now thinks he runs the 2 acres we live on and all the other surrounding acreage too.

    Cats are an interesting breed for sure.

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