I've learned lots of life lessons from my alley cat, Shirley.

Life Lessons from a Cat

You can’t force someone to love you, but you can slowly win ‘em over with treats. I posted on Instagram about this trick that, in my experience, works for cats AND men. It’s one of many life lessons from my alley-cat-turned-indoor-terror, Shirley. Are they revolutionary lessons? No, she’s a cat. But they are nice reminders of stuff that’s easy to forget in the hustle.

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Ways to Go to Sleep

Ways to Go to Sleep When You’re Just Flopping Around

“Sweetie! You’re floppin’ like a fish!”

That was my dad at bedtime on most vacations. Young Court stayed up way too late on a cot at Knights Inn, usually air cycling. I can still be a restless flopper, but these days I’m awake pondering infinity, searching for brunch recipes, or reading about America’s Most Wanted on Wikipedia.

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This is My Story and I’m Sticking to It

When I was 11, I teamed up with my BFF to create G.O.F.C. (Girls Only Fun Club, obviously). We designed and ordered business cards for babysitting, convinced a local shop owner to display them, and ran a seven-year neighborhood monopoly. There was also a killer jewelry biz. I sold homemade friendship bracelets and beaded key chains door to door, looking much like Deb in Napoleon Dynamite.

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What Makes Life Meaningful and “When Breath Becomes Air”

The black hole of YouTube got me good the other day. Twenty-five minutes of beginner cardio led to DIY budget-friendly vegan creamy pasta (I’m not vegan), which led to TV host Megyn Kelly feuding with Jane Fonda. That, curiously, led to a short film about a book I’ll always keep on the shelf about what makes life meaningful. P.S. YouTube’s “recommended video” algorithm is the mystery of our time.

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