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dispatches: December 2007

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14 DECEMBER 2007

The "ghost cat" of Conrad Aiken's grave
Looking backward: I've posted a couple of galleries of photos from my brief nonstorm travels this year, one from New York City and one from Savannah. The latter includes the photo taken above, of a cat we found haunting Conrad Aiken's grave. It was a sweet, friendly cat, and if I weren't so darn allergic, I would have tried to rescue it. But it looked as if someone was feeding it, at least, and it seemed quite at home among the dead.

I filled the dogs' Christmas stocking today. I admit, it's as much for my amusement as theirs. The stocking is fashioned after "The Dog" style of photos, topped with a dog head with a big nose and little eyes, and, appropriately, it's a Cavalier. Gracie and Wally saw me stuff it, so they keep returning to it to sniff. Last year, Gracie (Wally wasn't around then) kept barking at it. We'll see if Wally can resist it this year, or whether he can refrain from nibbling on the Christmas tree. I've gone fake again, with the narrow tree I bought last year. It's quite pretty, actually, though I miss the sweet scent of fir and the sticky sap on my fingers. And the falling needles and the fire hazard. Well, maybe not all that.