cats http://ripr.org en Theatre-by-the Sea’s Production is the Cats Meow http://ripr.org/post/theatre-sea-s-production-cats-meow <p></p><p></p><p>It’s a funny thing about “Cats.”</p><p>Some people, many actually, are enthralled by this musical taken almost completely from a poem by that Anglo-American literary icon, T.S. Eliot. “Cats” lovers adore the music by Andrew Lloyd-Webber and are happy to forget about the almost plotless story line that finds a beat-up old cat restored to vibrant life.</p><p>Others, myself included, enjoy much of the music but really find “Cats” to be a clawless work, more a stagnant showing off piece than anything else.</p><p>So , make your choice and pay your money. Or not.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 05:07:00 +0000 Bill Gale 17742 at http://ripr.org Theatre-by-the Sea’s Production is the Cats Meow Life Changed by a Cat http://ripr.org/post/life-changed-cat <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); display: inline !important; float: none;">There's a well known Yiddish expression you may have heard: &nbsp;Der mentsh trakht un Got lakht. &nbsp;Translation: Man plans and God laughs. &nbsp;How often does it happen that your best laid plans get turned upside down by some unexpected development in your life? &nbsp;As Harry Sterling reminds us, sometimes what lands on our doorsteps -- both literally and figuratively -- &nbsp;has a way of reminding us not to be too confident when we map out our paths.</span></p><p><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); display: inline !important; float: none;">The Rev. Dr. Harry Sterling retired in 2003 from a career conducting research in health and human services and lives with his wife on Prudence Island. &nbsp;Sterling learned to sail in a small cat boat; these days he reads, writes, and volunteers in a variety of community organizations. He and his wife were adopted by a feral kitten, who, after a violent storm, decided to live inside.</span></p><p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 16:55:17 +0000 Harry Sterling 12447 at http://ripr.org Bill Would Outlaw Debarking and Declawing of Pets http://ripr.org/post/bill-would-outlaw-debarking-and-declawing-pets <p>Senator Dominick J. Ruggerio, a Democrat from Providence, &nbsp;has introduced legislation that will prohibit landlords from requiring pet owners to declaw and devocalize their cats and dogs.&nbsp;</p><p>Both procedures require invasive surgery, and, in the case of devocalization, are potentially life-threatening, according to the Coalition to Protect and Rescue of Pets.</p><p>If passed, property owners would still retain the right to bar pets from their buildings.</p><p>Similar legislation was passed in California last year.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:36:51 +0000 John Bender 10684 at http://ripr.org