1. Dianne
    April 20, 2017 @ 10:54 am

    OMG, you need to keep these two. I cannot imagine them having to start over again. Please!!!


  2. Nora
    April 20, 2017 @ 10:55 am

    You should keep these two fur babies and they would be great mentors for all the foster kittens in your future!


  3. Catherine W.
    April 20, 2017 @ 11:01 am

    I like your dad.


    • Bernie
      April 21, 2017 @ 1:21 pm

      Me too!


  4. Eleanor Villeneuve
    April 20, 2017 @ 11:02 am

    I wouldn’t, but your Dad will probably have something to say about ‘de-thawed’.


    • Gerry
      April 20, 2017 @ 11:54 am

      I was thinking the same thing…. 🙂


      • Bernie
        April 21, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

        Me three!


  5. Suzanne Forbes
    April 20, 2017 @ 11:09 am

    Thank you so much for saying everything I have ever thought about Elizabeth Wurtzel and Cat Marnell, so much better than I could have. Since I spent the 80s doing heroin in the East Village but have never made a dime off it, I resent them both terribly, yet the tiny bit of Wurtzel I read…I liked. Possibly the same would be true of wee Miss Marnell. I will never know, and I will never need to, thanks to you!


  6. Diana C.
    April 20, 2017 @ 11:14 am

    Thanks to your previous article, am fostering two bottle-fed kittens right now… and I’ve never even owned a cat before. Sent you an in-box message with photos.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 20, 2017 @ 11:24 am

      You BEYOND made my day. THANK YOU.


      • ginmar
        September 4, 2017 @ 4:01 pm

        I started fostering cats and kittens this year. I got my first adopted, a little ex-feral ginger who would rub his cheek against mine. Now I have four feral kittens, their mom, and their uncle, plus my own cats, and the feral I feed in my yard who I keep trying to TNR. I’ve been feeding him for two years, and he still growls at me, but he also comes to the door if I’m a minute late. That’s how I wound with a grumpy old ex-feral, ex-tomcat sleeping grumpily on my pillow every night, squawking at me and coming when I call his name, rolling on his back with bunneh feetz when he wants his (now) chubby tummy rubbed.

        Keep up the good work!


  7. pigtowndesign
    April 20, 2017 @ 11:20 am

    Hey! Do you know about Alley Cat Allies? They’re national, but DC-based. A friend does some work for them. You should know about Kim Stallwood (www.kimstallwood.com) and the work he’s doing with animal issues, including “animal studies” which are akin to women’s studies, or European studies. He’s a fascinating man.


  8. Amy G.
    April 20, 2017 @ 11:28 am

    OMG I wish I could take the kitties! I would drive down to Philly and everything. Alas, we are full up with cats for the time being. But thank you so much for doing what you do! xoxo


  9. Em
    April 20, 2017 @ 11:30 am

    Such cute brothers! Our family adopted kitty sisters 3-1/2 years ago and they still LOVE to cuddle together.
    (Insert smooth transition here)
    We have a freezer full of kale and I could use some recipe ideas. Is the first photo of a stew/soup? It looks yummy!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 20, 2017 @ 12:04 pm

      I am not great with recipes… (because following instructions is not my favorite?) I mostly throw whatever vegetables in a pan with garlic and olive oil… and then it goes on top of whatever grain/beans/etc. (I think that first photo has barley and some unusually giant fava beans.) But if you are doing pasta, I can endorse the kale cooked with plenty of garlic/oil/some halved cherry/grape tomatoes and LOTS of olives. (I love olives) And it makes a great cold pasta salad too! Try a bit of lemon, if you’re into that.

      It’s also great with sesame/peanut sauce which I love on anything (I just blend stuff until sauce tastes good to me, but this is approximation: garlic cloves (I go heavy, but start with one) 1/4 cup pb/almond butter/tahini, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 teaspoons maple syrup (or agave) 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger, you might need some water to thin it if you want)


  10. Shanna
    April 20, 2017 @ 11:39 am

    Those are the exact personalities I need for my new kittens. We are down to one and need to get her a friend. Wonder if they would adopt to someone in Wisconsin.


  11. Kit Odom
    April 20, 2017 @ 11:55 am

    Really? Did you really mean to say this: “I think people’s real problem with Elizabeth Wurtzel is that she no longer looks the part… society only celebrates deeply-flawed women who are young and beautiful (and white, duh!)”? Off the top of my head, I offer Billy Holiday. I think it was the “and white” part that set me off. I wish people, especially ones I like and admire, would stop making stuff about race when it rarely is. I am tired of being accused of being a bigot when I mostly could not possible care any less.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 20, 2017 @ 12:38 pm

      I don’t think of Billie Holiday as being celebrated for her addiction? The two women I’m talking about are writing (pretty much) exclusively about their addictions. Cat Marnell in particular had an online presence (prior to book deal) dedicated to taking drugs and writing about it; she was profiled in NYT specifically for it, and had a job based on it.

      I do think that if a woman of color wrote about taking drugs in the same way, race would be a factor… maybe not to you! But I do think some people would respond differently to someone not meeting society’s endorsement of female attractiveness: blonde, young, thin.

      The same way I feel like older white guys can abuse substances, act like nuts, and still be seen as powerful/virile/passionate… meaning they are not defined by their addiction… they can be more than one thing— but I feel like female addicts are defined much more narrowly.


      • Kit Odom
        April 20, 2017 @ 1:35 pm

        Thanks for the clarification. I’ve decided that this comes under the heading of having-a-lot-to-loose. Young, blond, pretty, white are all seen as having-it-all-but-throwing-it-all-away. Maybe it’s not a story if fat, ugly people become addicted. O.J. Simpson and Aaron Hernandez had it all and threw it all away. I still think, however, that if a rich, beautiful black woman (and maybe not ever rich) became addicted, the story would sell. (And please tell your dad that after rereading my comment I was horrified to see that didn’t say “possibly” instead of “possible” but that I would really like to know if I should have put the question mark after the quote. I think that’s the proper placement but I’m not sure. My grammar is good ~I caught the who-whom thing~ but my punctuation is “iffy.”)


  12. Kaitlin
    April 20, 2017 @ 12:20 pm

    Nice to see More, Now, Again getting some credit. I think it’s miles better than Prozac Nation, and was a major catalyst in my own life.


  13. fixitchick
    April 20, 2017 @ 12:22 pm

    behbeh kittehs, sooo fwuffeh! Want! I volunteer at a no kill shelter, though more and more often I do adoption and tabling events. Because I get attached, and want to take them all home. and my mildly allergic husband, and 18 year old grumpycat [who has a complicated rx food and medication regimen], would not much like that.

    Garden wise, I’m having really really good luck with sungold cherry tomatoes. They’re prolific, sweet, and pretty. and lower in predator risk than the red ones. I have found that my basil does well in it’s under story and doesn’t get as sunburned. Satchmo supervises from the porch, wondering what the hell I am doing out there when I could be inside providing him with better service.

    Meanwhile, we managed to get another room tiled [yay, halfway mark!], and I am writing this instead of grouting. But grout I must, because like the redcoats, my in-laws are coming. It’d be nice to put the furniture in the rooms where it goes, instead of higglety pigglety dresser-in-the-dining room, just-put-it-anywhere, so we can do this room style we’ve got going on right now. Not that they aren’t nice people, but I don’t want to go to the dining room to collect my undergarments while they are staying with us. They are ‘Hire someone to do it’ people, and the on-going nature of our renovation makes no sense to them.


  14. Cynthia Paschen
    April 20, 2017 @ 12:54 pm

    OK, I have a question about freezing kale. If I tried even one glass jar of frozen kale, I would drop it on the floor or one way or another end up with broken glass everywhere. Do you not like using freezer bags? How do I avoid breaking the glass jar?
    Your clumsy friend Cynthia


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 20, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

      You can absolutely use bags (it would be easier!) I have some concern about plastic (even BPA-free) but not everyone shares my phobia… Paul would prefer we bag, but I like to make everything complicated!


    • Dawn
      April 20, 2017 @ 1:35 pm

      I was going to ask the same thing Cynthia did. I was taught to never use glass for freezing because of breaking, which would totally happen to me as well.


      • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
        April 20, 2017 @ 3:28 pm

        for what it’s worth– the kale doesn’t expand the way a liquid would… I didn’t lose any to breakage! (although now that I’ve written that, I will!)


  15. Sam | Away She Went
    April 20, 2017 @ 2:12 pm

    I hope your boys find a great home! Fostering is the most rewarding, heartbreaking experience of my life. We live in Phoenix and the shelters here are so overcrowded. People are so bad about spaying and neutering their dogs in this area (and most places). We started fostering pitbulls last year for a rescue group that transports them to Washington and Canada. There’s a higher demand for them vs. Phoenix where probably 90% of dogs in the pound are pits. Our last one left a couple weeks ago and I did not handle it well. I cried in front of everyone and the entire drive home. I miss that little goof, but I’ve been in contact with her new owner and she seems happy…and even has a baby to play with. So yay for fostering!


  16. Carrie Knapp
    April 20, 2017 @ 2:48 pm

    “But like an idiot, I failed to be enterprising and take heroin or angel dust so that I could write about it in a way that is exciting and reckless rather than boring and tedious.”


    PS I would take the cats in a heartbeat if it weren’t for shipping issues. And the five I already have.


  17. Diana I.
    April 20, 2017 @ 4:44 pm

    I’m with everyone urging you to keep those sweet babies!!! Many, many years ago I had sister cats who had the same coloring as the those two. We only were going to take one cat, but could not leave her sister behind. So glad we didn’t. Wish I lived near Philadelphia.
    My daughter has a dad just like yours!


  18. Shireen
    April 20, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

    Elizabeth, Love your kitty pictures! We volunteer at the Contra Costa Humane Society in No Calif. and we are the permanent companions of 2 tortis, one cow kitty and a long hair black kitty. They rule our lives and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Thank you for all you do in support of animals!


  19. Pat S
    April 20, 2017 @ 8:24 pm

    Those kittens are too cute for words. You really should keep them. Personally, I hate kale but I think you will find those jars even easier to fill with a wide mouth canning funnel like this.


  20. phyllis
    April 20, 2017 @ 8:55 pm

    “Hands up they’re playing my song” … I dub little Mouse “Miley” 😀

    I have secretly wondered what lovely food would come out of your well-planned kitchen. I have known people with some mighty fine bells and whistles in their kitchens and come to find out they eat bologna sandwiches and cheese puffs. We fry our bologna down south but that only requires one stick of butter and a skillet on a burner. Anyway, I’d love to see more of what you make, if you want to share!


  21. Emily
    April 20, 2017 @ 9:24 pm

    I wish I could take those boys off your hands! Our resident old man cat would be VERY upset with me, and at 18 shows no signs of going anywhere just yet (he’s even decided, after a year of staying in the basement by his choice, that this new house is OK and that he’s gonna come back upstairs – to the 2nd floor- to join his family).


  22. Marianne in Mo.
    April 21, 2017 @ 10:05 am

    Those kitties are so cute, I wish I lived close and that my husband would agree to getting cats. ( He’s a d.o.g. person :-/ )
    We have been searching rescue groups near (and far) for a dog/puppy, but we require smallish – under 30lbs. because we need to be able to lift them if they should need it. Visited three shelters yesterday, and I was so sad to see so many large dogs, pitties and older dogs. Then I visited the kitty rooms ( to get my fix of love ) and again was sad over the thought of so many waiting for love. We were unsuccessful in finding a pet, and will continue to search, but on the drive home we talked about all the unwanted animals. Sad to think there are STILL people who can’t/won’t spay or neuter, then “dump” their babies and sometimes Mom onto society. If I were richer, I would offer free spay/neuter to anyone, no questions or judgements. I would also offer a pickup service for those who have no way to get their pet to the services. Because I believe that sometimes THAT is the big factor in stopping unwanted litters. As a kid, we were a welfare family with little funds and we had no means of transportation other than public transit, and you can’t bring an animal on a bus, cab or metro unless it’s a support animal! Soapbox over -*mic drop*.


  23. Debrashoppeno5
    April 22, 2017 @ 8:39 am

    I make “kale cubes” and put them in my morning smoothie. So good. Little Mouse and Bart are so precious. I’m not in the Philadelphia area but will pin your post.


  24. Rachel
    April 22, 2017 @ 9:24 pm

    Please spay\neuter your pets- and any pets that you can (legally) get your hands on!!! It’s always kitten season in the rescue world.


  25. tammigirl
    April 23, 2017 @ 10:17 am

    I love your dad! I think I may have mentioned this before.

    I also respect your poetic license. You have to play to your crowd, right?

    Kale? Eh, no thank you. But I admire you for doing all of that work. If you’d like to can and freeze a chest full of donuts for me I could hop on board.

    I haven’t read any of those books. I can not abide people who think their purposeful death spiral is cute. Enough of the world have real problems. The rest of us sabotage in a boring slow-burn, which I feel is way more worthy of respect. If I am at the library and I see that book and remember what you said about it I might give it a try.

    Good luck with your kitties. It’s hard for me to give anything back once it finds a spot in my heart so I don’t think I could foster without turning into That Woman. . . (Which I already likely am, but not different reasons.)


  26. Katherine
    April 24, 2017 @ 2:52 am

    I’m so happy to see someone use me instead of I incorrectly! It seems as though people are afraid to ever say me so they incorrectly say I! It drives me nuts! I think I’d like your dad. He sounds like my mother. Good luck with the kitties!


  27. Katie Bell
    April 24, 2017 @ 12:58 pm

    Hi. Have you ever read Confessions of a Prarie Bitch? It’s the autobiography of Nellie from Little House on the Prarie. It was fascinating.


  28. Katie Bell
    April 24, 2017 @ 12:59 pm

    Hi. Have you ever read Confessions of a Prarie Bitch? It’s the autobiography of Nellie from Little House on the Prarie. It was fascinating. Always to see a post by you!


  29. cathie
    April 25, 2017 @ 12:16 am

    holy geez can you send these two furballs to canada? toronto to be exact—I seriously would take them, have vet references and whatever else needed–except a ride to philly to pick them up!!


  30. Catherine
    April 25, 2017 @ 5:55 pm

    Hi, I’m a cat mama (currently without cats!) and would love to adopt these kitty boys. I live in Rhode Island — would you consider an out-of-state adoption? Seriously, I will drive the 5 hours to meet and adopt these cuties! ~~Catherine~~


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 26, 2017 @ 6:56 am

      I would, yes! Although, that’s assuming you didn’t just get carried away looking at their photos and now after sleeping on it realize that was more driving than you are up for! (Incase which, no hard feelings! I am the queen of knee-jerk reactions!)

      I’m not the one who approves adoptions, but if you go to http://www.citykitties.org/adoption-application/ and fill out the form (it’s long, I know! They are more thorough than the county shelters! And they will definitely call your references.)

      If it ends up being a trip you’re definilty making, I will accommodate ANY schedule that works for you… day, night, weekend, whatever. xoxo, Victoria

      p.s.- let me know if you are going to apply and I will email the adoption coordinator to explain how/why you found them and why you are far.


  31. kmkat
    April 28, 2017 @ 7:02 pm

    Great advice to foster if one wants animal babies. We fostered a number of litters of kittens when our boys were growing up. It was great fun for everyone involved, plus we ended up adopting three of the kittens (at different times).


  32. ChatKat
    January 17, 2018 @ 10:51 pm

    Love the kitty conversations and all your madcap craigslist GFT purchases- count me in on the crazy!


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