Bora Bora

You don’t make a casual, spontaneous visit to Bora Bora. If your goal is to spend some time there at a luxury resort, you have to fly to Tahiti International, take a domestic flight to Bora Bora’s tiny airport, then get a boat ride to the Motu (outer island) where your resort is located. After ...

Mr. Oates Settles In

It’s been a week since I met Mr. Oates at the Humane Society shelter in Arnprior, and he’s had an eventful time. ┬áHe’s experienced a couple of stressful car rides in a carrier, a visit to the vet, two new people to get used to, and a whole house to explore and feel safe in. ...

Moorea

Moorea was the second of the French Polynesian Islands we visited. It’s only a short sail from the main island of Tahiti, but it seems a world away. Moorea is not pronounced Moo-ree-ah but Moe-oh-ray-ah (you pronounce all the vowels separately.) It was by far our favorite of the islands for its rugged beauty and ...

Cat Mojo

Cat behaviorist and musician Jackson Galaxy refers to “Cat Mojo” a lot. Basically it’s having the feline confidence to be a cat in the present moment. According to J.G. all cats follow pretty much the same daily cycle – whether feral or domestic: Wake up Hunt for food Eat Groom Nap Rinse and Repeat Now ...

Mr. Oates

He arrived yesterday. He’s a white and marmalade tabby with copper eyes. He’s only about 8 months old – kinda young for two old folks, but he seems quite dignified for his age. He’s a little nervous exploring the whole house, but he’s a cuddle bug so it shouldn’t take him long to come around. ...

James Norman Hall

One of the highlights of our visit to Papeete, Tahiti was a tour of the home of one of my favorite boyhood authors, James Norman Hall. Mr. Hall – along with Charles Nordhoff – wrote “Mutiny on the Bounty” , “Men Against the Sea” and “Pitcairn’s Island.” Cracking good reads, all of them. James Norman ...