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How to Build a Better Home Office Even in a Smaller Home

by Mick Marsden



Living in a smaller space does not have to put a damper on your home office dreams. You can easily incorporate a modern, practical workspace into any extra space you may have in your home. All it takes is a little more ingenuity to develop a functional home office that still fits into a smaller area inside your home. Need some help getting your creativity flowing? Read through these tips for constructing a smaller home office that’s equal parts chic and serious. 


Customize Office Furniture to Fit Your Small Space 


When you are working with a uniquely small space, standard office furniture just won’t do. Instead of picking up a cookie-cutter desk that doesn’t quite fit your home, why not opt for a custom built-in one instead? Built-ins allow you to have more design and spatial control over your home office furnishings, which means you can fit more workspace into less area. Not ready to tackle a from-scratch built-in desk? You can still add custom style to prefab furniture finds by using a few creative hacks to really make them your own. You can simply combine two smaller pieces of furniture to make a functional work surface that also has some serious style, or you can use paint and new hardware for a complete furniture makeover. 


Help Your Home Office Style Flow with Your Home 


Your new workspace needs to be functional, but it should also fit in with the rest of your home’s decor. Choose your preferred office style that carries on the overall scheme of your home. If our home is decked in boho touches, bring that same aesthetic into your workspace with plenty of plants and whimsical touches. This is especially key if your office will be tucked into an already existing room, but you can still help your new digs stand out. Try using a focus-friendly paint color to add an accent wall to add a smooth transition. Using a dark accent color on a single wall or piece of furniture can also make smaller spaces look much bigger. 


Choose Office Supplies That Are Anything But Basic 


Just because your new office is serious does not mean it has to be boring. Instead of opting for generic supplies, opt for stylish accessories that will really pull together your workspace. Gold-toned paper clips, baskets, and even staplers can give your home office a sophisticated touch. Want to integrate your tech as well? Many modernists swear by MacBooks for added office style, but there are other sleek laptop models if you are not devoted to Apple. A laptop is always a good choice for smaller spaces, but the portability also allows you additional options when you may not want to work from home. 


Consider Moving Outside


A smaller space can hold so much potential, but sometimes it’s hard for homeowners to pull off the office of their dreams. If you really can't afford the space in your home, consider moving your office to the garage or to another space disconnected from your house. One of the great benefits of separating your office space from your house is the ability to focus and be more productive without distractions. When garage space is also at a premium and can't be shared, you still have options. These days, many people opt for outbuildings in the form of sheds or even prefab steel garage spaces as an option for an office.  Not only is this a quick and durable option, but it can also be infinitely less expensive than adding an extension to your home. Just be sure to check with your neighborhood association before adding a new structure. 


You don’t have to see limits when you are looking to incorporate an office into your smaller home. Instead, realize the potential you have to create a unique workspace that gives you a dedicated area to be productive. Planning and creativity are all you really need to put together a smaller home office that will make you want to work from home more often. 


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7 Simple Tips For Selling Your Home in the Winter

by Mick Marsden



If you’re looking to sell your home, you can have just as much success in the winter as you can in the warmer months of the year. One of the huge advantages to selling your home during this time frame is that since it isn’t peak season, the competitionis less intense. This can be a huge advantage for sellers. Here are some simple tips for successfully selling your home in the winter.


1. Don’t undervalue your home


The market isn’t as competitive in the winter, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have an opportunity to make a decent sale. While the market changes during this time, statistics actually show that homes sell for more during the winter months. Your home doesn’t need to be priced lower just because it’s the off-season.


2. Give extra attention to price listing


As you’re figuring out the right price point, look at homes that have closed in the past 30 days to get a good idea of how much you should ask. This way, your home can be priced to sell much more quickly. You can research home prices online. 


3. Adjust your indoor staging


The holiday season and decorating that accompanies it gives you a chance to increase the lighting in your home. This can help eliminate shadows and make it feel more spacious. Do what you can to make it feel cozier without having too many distracting decorations or objects that reduce the feeling of space in the room. Go minimalist with your decorations, but still add some touches to brighten up your home. 


It’s also a good idea to clean out as much clutter as possible before showing your home. You can get a headstart on packing and then store these extra items in a storage unit while your home is for sale. Consider hiring professional packers for the job. You can research and compare packing companies online. 


4. Remember curb appeal


The winter season brings freezing weather, snow, and ice. Sometimes, these can reduce the curb appeal of a home. Remember to do the small tasks, like cleaning up extra snow or removing dying plants from the garden. You might also consider adding some decoration to the entryway, like hanging a wreath on the door or making garden boxes that match the colors of the season.


5. Be prepared for holiday access


According to, winter buyers tend to be serious. It’s important to take advantage of every showing that might be available. Consider setting aside a couple of specific days for showings. You might also take a little time for a winter vacation or visit family so your agent or buyers can access the home.


6. Keep things warm


Many homeowners tend to turn the temperature down when they go to work or are away from the home. However, a chilly home is the last thing you want to present to potential buyers. The cold can turn them off and give them the false impression that your house is drafty. Keep the thermostat set at a reasonable temperature, preferably the one you typically keep when you’re at home. 


7. Improve natural lighting


With the sun going down earlier in the evening and fewer overall hours of sunlight, experts recommend that you open the blinds and let light in from all possible areas to give your home a roomy feeling and make it more comfortable. This can also boost the heating efficiency in your home.



Some reports have shown that winter-listed homes are more likely to sell than those sold in other seasons, such as late spring and summer. This is a golden opportunity for you. As long as you stage your home appropriately and keep it warm, you can sell your house for the optimal price.

5 Budget-Friendly Tips for Decorating a New Home

by Mick Marsden

While there are plenty of reasons to feel stressed about a move, there are at least twice as many to get excited about — especially if this move means living with a partner for the first time. Moving in and of itself is a big life change, so it almost goes without saying that moving in together is an even bigger step. On the one hand, focusing on decorating your new space is a great way to keep that excitement alive and bond over common likes, goals, and comforts. On the other hand, it can cause some friction at times, from clashing styles to lack of cash.



You can help keep the enthusiasm of cohabitation alive by checking out these four budget-friendly home decorating tips.




Painting is a relatively inexpensive way to dress up a new home or apartment. Plus, it’s fun for many couples from start to finish, from picking out a color palette (blending different temperatures, for example) that charms you both. Picking a theme is one of the most entertaining parts of the painting process. However, keep in mind that you don’t have to just toss up one color and one color only. Professional designers recommend balancing your home with a dominant color that fills 60 percent of the space, a secondary color that covers about 30, and an accent that helps the remainder really pop. You can save money on paints by checking out the “oops” tables at Home Depot — these are paint colors that didn’t come out quite how the customer expected and they decided not to buy. You can also save money to taking advantage of in-store specials.




You are going to have a lot of stuff to comb through and combine, which is why getting creative with your storage is a critical first step when moving in together. Kitchen and bathroom storage is especially important when it comes to keeping these frequently used spaces neat and tidy. Storage can actually reflect style, from keeping hand towels in woven baskets to a hanging pot rack in the kitchen. Remember to use online coupons and promo codes for stores like Bed, Bath, and Beyond to help keep these purchases within your budget.




Two people coming from two separate homes means you’re likely to have double of a lot of things — at least in the beginning. Instead of throwing out or donating, see what you can upcycle, which involves taking unused items and giving them new life as something else. For example, you can take the headboard of an extra bed and make a stylish dog bed, cozy bench, or raised flower bed. Speaking of flowers, old pots can make great planters, muffin tins can help you organize small items like sewing supplies, and a little spray paint can transform a scratched up cookie sheet into a portable magnetic memo board. Best of all, if you’re using items you already have, you don’t have to spend any money!


Emphasizing Shared Activities


Moving in together means much more than sharing your space; it means sharing your life. Whether you live in an apartment or house, you create a home by doing things in that home together — cooking meals, gardening, listening to music, reading, building or crafting, cleaning, and watching movies. Living with someone can be stressful, which is why it’s important that you make time for positive activities that kindle feelings of appreciation, hope, compassion, and love. You’ll find you can fund your fun simply by using coupons from sites like


We know that in the midst of all this change, decorating as a couple can be a path to either great joy or great strain (and sometimes both). These four cost-saving tips will help you keep it light, loving, and lively.

Once all the papers are signed and the moving truck wheels away, you can officially say that you are a homeowner. Well, at least a house-owner. You’ve probably heard the old saying, “A house is made of wood and stone, but only love can make a home.” In many ways, this saying rings true today. Even though the house is yours, you still need to make it a home. Here are some things you can do to make this house your own and transform it into your own home.


Give Your New House a Deep Clean


Before you start unloading your boxes and moving your furniture into place, you should consider giving your new house one big clean from top to bottom. Look at it this way: Your home will never be this empty again, which makes right now the right time to give it a deep clean. Scrub the floors and baseboards, wipe down the insides of cabinets, and clean those spaces that will be difficult to reach once you’re completely moved in. Not all houses you move into will be spotless, so at least give it a brisk cleaning to start you off with a clean slate.


Add a Fresh Coat of Paint


Speaking of tasks that are easier done before you’re completely unpacked, painting is another essential activity you should do to make your new house a home. Adding a new coat of paint can transform the mood and dimensions of a room. If your living room feels a bit small, adding a light color can make it feel more spacious. Since the majority of your items are still packed away, you’ll be able to paint more freely and quickly knowing that you won’t get fresh paint on your furniture and personal things. After an afternoon of painting, all you’ll need to do is let each room dry as you start unpacking and moving everything into place.


Decorate to Your Taste


Now that you’ve painted each room to your liking, you can start thinking of other ideas to decorate and make this house a home. Decoration is how you will leave your own stamp on your new home and make each room an extension of your personality. How you decide to decorate is completely up to you, but you should know that you don’t have to burn a hole through in wallet in order to give your home the style you desire. There are plenty of decoration ideas you can find online, and with a little DIY crafting, you can make your own cheap decorative pieces that will wow your friends and family. 


Perform Some Maintenance 


Settling into your new home isn’t all about painting and decorating. There are also several maintenance tasks you should complete to ensure that your new home is in tip-top shape to provide comfort and protection for you and your family, as well as save you some money in the future. Start from the inside out. Check your pipes and make sure there are no signs of leaks when turning on sinks or your shower. Tighten what you can and make sure your water heater is working to your liking. Next, check your HVAC and filters. Once you know everything inside is squared away, you can move to the outdoors and clean out your gutters, touch up your shutters, and repair any fencing that encircles your property.


Change Your Locks


Another important task you need to complete when moving into a new home is changing the locks for your exterior doors. Most realtors will tell you to change your locks immediately, and you should in order to protect your family and things when you’re still adjusting to your new neighborhood and home. You would be surprised how often previous homeowners believe they are entitled to drop by even after they’ve signed the papers and handed over the key. 


It may take a while before you are completely settled in. Remember that it takes love to make a home. The more you put into your new house, the more like a home it will feel to you. 


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Home Improvements That Actually Increase Your Property Value

Whether you’ve decided to sell your home or are just considering an update for your own personal enjoyment, you probably want to make sure the upgrades will add value to your property. After all, homeowners don’t want to sink money into something they may never get back. That being the case, there are several improvements you might consider that can greatly improve the resale value of your home.

Get a New Roof

You might have the most beautiful kitchen potential home buyers have ever seen, but if you have a leaky roof, they will automatically assume the house isn’t well kept and that they could be standing in a money pit. And they’re not wrong. Leaky roofs can cause all kinds of interior damage, such as mold and deteriorating ceilings.


A new roof can add value to your home. That could mean a huge difference in the price you sell your home for. But how do you know who to hire to replace the roof? You may not realize it, but according to Angie’s List, there are several roofing scams to look out for, including inadequate repair, overcharging, and unneeded repairs. In order to avoid some of these scams, here’s what you need to do:


● Get references. Don’t be afraid to ask around town and everyone you know. Chances are that if they’ve scammed someone else, you will hear about it quickly.

● Get several estimates. Talk to more than one roofer and get estimates and opinions from all. If one out of five roofers you talk to gives you a quote that seems unreasonable, chances are they are either out to scam you, or they don’t know what they’re doing.

● Take care of your roof. Don’t wait until the damage is out of hand to hire a roofer. At that point, you may not have the expertise to know if the repairs they suggest are unreasonable or not.

Plant a Tree

According to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers, “A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000.” This is huge all by itself, but the USDA also states that the cooling effect of one of these trees equals about “ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.” Imagine the energy savings it creates!

Replace the Front Door

It’s amazing the impact a nice front door can have on a house’s curb appeal. And according to U.S. News, it is one of the most significant updates you can do when trying to increase the property value of the home. But if your door is already in good shape, sometimes a new coat of paint in a complementary color may be all it needs.

Paint the Walls

But not just any color will do. According to Business Insider, there are certain colors for each room that make your house more appealing. For example, light blues and soft grays make a kitchen most appealing, whereas light beiges and taupes are the preferred colors for living rooms.


If you are planning a home update or renovation, make sure you focus on the projects that add the most value. Many people make improvements that don’t make much difference when it comes time to sell, and end up being disappointed at the time and money they spent on them. Take for example a swimming pool. In most areas, a pool does not significantly increase the property value compared to the cost to install it. So make sure you are putting your resources to the best possible use.


To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is truly an art...

by Mick Marsden

Everyone I think at this point knows the saying “you are what you eat”. Take a look around and you’ll see lots of folks who’ve chosen to go for the empty calories. What you observe is that more than half of those you’ll see walking around the mall are overweight to morbidly obese. What you can’t necessarily see or know in this crowd are the health problems that go along with being overweight like hypertension and other heart diseases, joint and back problems yet you’ll see them lined up at Cinnabon. If these conditions are not Part of their lives now, it’s more a matter of when than if they contract one or more problems like that. 



Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. 



It’s tough to maintain your health and a healthy lifestyle if you’re not eating right. But what does eating right really mean? Did you realize a change of diet, the right diet for YOU, could help cure what ails you? It can restore your energy and give you a brighter outlook on life. Perhaps you’ll keep your chronic conditions at bay as well. But where do you start?


There are folks dedicated to helping you get it right and on a path to long lasting health and well being. I’d like to introduce you to my friend and master nutritionist!



Brigitta Jansen, MS, practices Functional Medicine Nutrition in Connecticut. As a nutritionist, she aims to address the root cause of disease. Her nutrition philosophy is to address the root cause of disease and support the body’s innate ability to heal itself. All disease begins in the gut, including autoimmune disorders, autism, depression, skin issues, overweight, diabetes and more. Brigitta focuses on healing the gut using the 5R program, as well as detoxing and addressing nutrient deficiencies. She uses careful analysis of blood chemistry, metabolic testing, GI panels, food sensitivity testing, genetic testing and hormone testing as well as a thorough diet and health history to determine what her clients' individual needs are. She then designs personalized diet and supplement plans to rebalance biochemistry and help her clients achieve optimum health and vitality.

Our bodies are our gardens our wills are our gardeners.      

William Shakespeare

Brigitta Jansen is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Bridgeport where she obtained her Masters in Human Nutrition. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from University College London, UK. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the American College of Nutrition. As a nutritionist and longtime local food activist, she is passionate about helping people discover the healing power of real food. Besides nutrition, her interests include biodynamic farming, hiking, yoga and playing music. For more info and free nutrition workshops visit



Couples put strain on their relationships for a variety of reasons, but the most common sources of strife tend to center on money. Buying a home together is a big, exciting step for many couples, but it does put a lot of money on the line, both for now and for the future. It’s understandable that home buying has the potential to put anyone’s relationship—no matter how strong—in potential jeopardy. Here are some home-buying tips for couples.


Get on the same page about your wants and needs


The above could be good advice for any part of a relationship, but it’s especially important when it comes to home buying. Suzy, for instance, may want an older house in an older neighborhood. Sam may have always dreamed of living in a brand-new house in the country. Suzy may prioritize safely in her neighborhood, while Sam may prioritize proximity to work. As a couple, you must talk honestly about what you want in a house—from how many floors, how large, the backyard situation, etc. Until you come to some sort of compromise, you shouldn’t even begin to look for homes. 


Find your optimal budget and then shoot lower


Purchasing a home without doing a thorough audit of both of your incomes, debt, and other financial obligations is crazy (for more on debt-to-income ratios and affordability calculations, check here). Figure out what you can afford, and then look for homes that price a little lower than that. Give yourself some wiggle room.  If you go into the home-shopping process with a strict budget in mind, it can help you avoid arguments and force you to make logical, non-emotional decisions.


Also make sure you discuss the payment load. Who is going to pay for what? Are you going to split things 50-50? 70-30? As says, you can’t plan for things with a hug and a kiss. Spell it out. Put it in writing if you must.


Don’t make everything about house hunting


Looking for a home can quickly monopolize your entire life. It can consume every moment of free time you have—searching online, talking finances, going to open houses, etc. It’s fun most of the time, but it can wear on you. You must not let it get out of hand. You will find the perfect house. It doesn’t have to happen in a couple of weeks. 


Make sure you take a break from looking for a home to focus on your relationship. Have fun outside the realm of house hunting. Focus on being healthy together. Eat right and exercise together. Take a short vacation. Anything you can do to make your relationship a priority will help you come out the other side of this stressful experience stronger and happier. 


If unmarried, decide on how you take title


Once you’ve found a home, you’re going to have to figure out how to take title. This is easy if you’re married, but if you’re an unmarried couple, this can be confusing. There’s sole ownership, joint tenancy, or tenancy in common, all of which have their benefits and challenges. Yes, this means having a healthy talk about the future. As a loving, committed couple, you surely aren’t thinking about breaking up anytime soon, but having the talk will actually help you to de-stress.


In the end, remember to have fun. Yes, it’s a big commitment. Yes, you’re throwing around a lot of money. And yes, you will be forced to make decisions about your future as a couple. But this is one of those life events that you don’t get to experience that often. Take a step back, realize you’re in this together, and go from there. 


Photo by Kristina Litvjak on Unsplash

My wife tagged along with me one day last week when I was showing homes in Old Saybrook. It was around 2pm and asked her what she’d like to have for lunch before we headed home. Because we both are known to be pretty fair scratch cooks and bakers choosing a restaurant is always a challenge. She was loath to choose a burger place, one of the ubiquitous seafood restaurants or asian food and was undecided. I decided looked at my Yelp in the hopes we find something new and fresh and did we ever hit a pay dirt. 



Opened just 7 months, I found Himalaya Cafe…slated as an Indian Bistro & Lounge. It had a menu that lined up with our sensibilities and mood! We headed that way…they were open just 30 minutes more.  



Himilaya Cafe, the vision and creation of Sanjay Odedra, is conveniently located at 1456 Boston Post Rd. in Old Saybrook. Don’t let the modest façade fool you…when you enter you’ll be impressed! Sanjay created an inner sanctum that’s both interesting and unique. It’s a space that is true to his vision which is a destination where people could come to relax, be casual, memorable and a departure from restaurant norms. In my humble opinion he made he more than accomplished this.


He designed all the furniture that was handcrafted in India which used reclaimed lumber from a decommissioned fishing boat. The finishes vary from clear finishes over uber-thick Koa wood juxtaposed with the whimsical & wonderful tropical colors of the bygone fishing boat that provides a warm, well-worn patina that only time and the sea could provide. I loved the lower table height at table for two by the window where I could take in all the wonderful artifacts Sanjay has collected during his travels...each telling its own story. 



I stopped by one day to talk to Sanjay but he was out for the day and instead had the pleasure to speak his sister Sima Odedra who clearly runs the show. One can tell Sima loves whats she is doing as she just exudes a happy and welcoming energy. She works tirelessly to realize the vision Sanjay had for Himalaya Cafe. 

I quickly learned during our conversation that the Himilaya Cafe as I experienced it in month 7 was more an evolution than the original plan:  a cozy, warm, inviting space where one could come relax and converse over drinks and small plates. 


Deepak Sanap, Chef Extraordinaire


Enter Deepak Sanap (my new best friend;) and the executive chef! With 20 years experience, Deepak is the creator of the very wonderful menu that changes often and never disappoints. He just didn’t fall into the culinary world he pursued it beginning with graduating as pastry chef at just 17 from YWCA Mumbai. He got lucky at age 18 with a 5 year stint at Taj, the 5-Star Hotel chain owned by Sheraton. He was then head chef and baker on a British cruise line before migrating to the USA. He’d then spend his next decade plus honing his skills and talents owning and operating his own restaurants alone and n partnership in Ohio and New Jersey until he returned to India for a short hiatus. When he returned to the USA he came to be Himalaya Cafe’s venerable, talented and deft executive chef. 


Deepak Sanap making papadam 


The menu is admittedly limited so they can concentrate on the quality and scratch preparation of each dish using the finest local and imported ingredients. Oh man is it the right game plan. As I returned for a third time eating off both regular and their specials menu I was transported to another world yet again. Sima spoke of their plans to slowly expanding their fair into gluten free offerings as well. They do so much in such a small space. 


Everything we tasted was over the moon and unlike any other Indian restaurant we’ve had the pleasure of trying. Starting with the simple papadam normally offered at such restaurants you’ll Immediately you notice a difference. 


Theirs are prepared on premises as they arrive to the table rolled, not flat, with some flame charred spots for extra flavor. It’s with a mango chili pepper chutney to dip as opposed to the trite trio of tamarind, green sauce, and pickled onions offered elsewhere. The Paneer Tikka, a seasoned cheese and baked in the tandoor oven was unique. The onion appetizer special incredible! 


The Korma is other worldly packed with flavor, texture, complexity and depth. The long grain jasmine rice is delicate, fluffy, aromatic, moist…perfect.  There delicious naan a perfect companion to the aforementioned offered plain, garlic or sesame seed,  my personal fav.  




The mango lassi is not out of a jug as I’ve caught some other places pouring…it too is made from scratch. The chicken vindaloo is also remarkable in its depth, flavor and texture. 


When I returned to do the interview for this blog I had to have the Chicken Korma again. If it could be, it seemed better than the last time as did every bite I enjoyed. I am swept away when dining there. Even Deepak’s kheer, their rice pudding,  is over the moon with it’s rich, creamy texture, and the wonderful addition of chewy blonde raisins perfectly sautéed into chewy candies and nuts makes it all that more memorable.


I loved eating at the bar and seeing Deepak work in the open kitchen as Alyse, our friendly and competent waitress, met our every need. For me I never once needed to ask for at thing. 



If you love Indian food and seek a different experience along Connecticut’s shoreline I whole heartedly recommend Himalaya Cafe. You will not be disappointed. I noted a Salvatore Dali quote on the wall...”Don’t fear perfection. You’ll never achieve it!”  Deepak has shown Dali he was wrong. If Deepak’s food isn’t perfection it’s as close as you’ll ever experience.



When you go please tell them Mick & Lizzy sent you!

If you do Sima promises you a free desert!


Don't you love their sense of humor? Being married it's more correct than a joke!

Marc Nadeau is one of the most reputable and competent appraisers I know. He's done great work for me in the past and in properties that were daunting to appraise. When I read his recent article: Demographic shifts and the impact on real estate values - by Marc Nadeau I felt the need to share his perspective. They sound, articulated in anyone grasp. 

So if you're seller or buyer you need to read this. 

How a stray cat upstaged my church pastor!

by Gigi Giordano

St. Mary’church in Clinton has been like the hub on a wheel in my life with many spokes radiating from it’s center: Mom and Dad were married at St. Mary's and buried in the cemetery. So it’s no surprise that my brother and I were baptized there, took catechism our first communion there and became confirmed. 


Who knew we’d all be upstaged by a stray cat?! One of our wonderful priests, Father Michael Sequeira, and the now famous stray black cat that would later be known as Roman CatHolic has been memorialized in a book titled: “Stories of an Outstanding Cat”  


Since the cat emerged onsite back in 1997 Fr. Mike had no idea of the positive impact it would have on his life. Roman the cat passed away in 2015.  I think you’ll this self-published book I think you’ll find uplifting and insightful. While every one had thought he had rescued him it had turned out that the cat rescued Fr. Mike. 


Visit: to read more about this wonderful story and to buy the book. Here’s 





If you have a furry friend, feline or otherwise, you talk to it, right? Probably even have conversations with it. (We all do.)


And so it was when the pastor of a church in Clinton, Connecticut encountered a lost cat several days in a row on the grounds of the rectory he called home. A pact he made with the cat for a one-night living arrangement came undone when the rescued cat did not live up to his campaign promise to be gone after one night.


It soon became clear to everyone who knew them, that it was this cat he had named Roman Catholic who rescued Father Michael and not the other way around. And what followed was fifteen years of their sometimes conflicting needs coalescing into a relationship of devotion to one another and to the parishioners to whom they ministered.


The life, adventures, musings, and lessons learned from the beloved, sassy cat became stories that Father Michael would tell to his congregants. In retirement from his busy ministry, he has written them down in a treasure of delightful vignettes. And like Levy’s secular rye bread, you don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy them!


Here’s a couple of sample pages and excerpts for you to get a sense of what he put together. It’s beautifully illustrated.





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