and went to the library to find some more books on Buddhism and Ram Dass... the Ram Dass books were checked out but there were lots of books on Buddhism. I found one good one,"Buddhism for Beginners", by Thubten Chodron...it is perfect because I am a beginner or at least interested in looking it over. I have read about 25 pages so far and if you are wondering what Buddhism is about this book tells you in plain English... no esoteric woo woo stuff in there. It straightened me out on this whole attachment and suffering thing. I am starting to get it.
Another book I want to recommend is "The Fall of Freddie the Leaf", by Leo Buscaglia. It deals with death and is appropriate for kids, I bought it back when James was small and it helped me explain the loss of his grandpa. I think it is a good book for any age actually.
Austin is weak again and I am making him comfortable. We created a kitty hospice for him...since he did not come with an expiration date I don't know how much time we have left together so I will stay in the present moment with him...we have also reminisced about some of the funnier moments we spent together.