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Rescued from a kill shelter in Manteca, Petey Pumpkinhead III entered our lives 7 years ago. Abused by a previous owner he was skittish and nippish. That changed with love, affection and attention.

He was a majestic furry orange tabby. His coat emitted a perpetually lovely fragrance. He had the sexiest strut with an ever present erect tail and endearing behind.

Petey had simple needs. Belly rubs topped the list. He loved resting in his backyard igloo. He would prance out when I entered the yard and open wide for belly rubs and rolly polly.

He bonded with Klimey who also was rescued from a shelter. Klimey loved licking Petey and taught Petey how to love back. They were inseparable.

Petey-Weedy (as we called him) evolved into the sweetest and most gentle of companions. When hungry, he would jump into bed and delicately place his paw on my face. No histrionics, just a love tap and breakfast was on.

He loved sleeping inside the space between my legs or alongside the curve of Clara's thigh. His body language suggested the most delicious of dreams. He also had the squeakiest yawn when awakened.

Petey had a ravenous appetite and wore his weight well. That changed last October when he dropped 2 pounds in short order and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

He continued to lose weight but his sweet demeanor never changed. Although not a lap cat during his youth, lately I would place him in my lap in the back yard and we would stay together for long periods. These were cherished moments. Klimey would join us and stay by Petey's side.

Strong medication was required every 8 hours to dissipate the fluid in his lungs. No matter how much lasix was dosed, it could not stay on top of the progression of his heart disease.

Last week Petey hit a low point and could hardly breath. He hadn't eaten for 2+ days. We upped the lasix and he recovered miraculously. His breathing appeared normal and he started eating - but only food fresh out of the can. He ate more than he had in months. He had playful sparring sessions with Klimey, tons of rolly polly and belly rubs, his tail was erect and he slept next to my face the other day.

Today he had a good appetite in the early afternoon. I didn't see him the rest of the day. When the thunder rumbled and the rain came pouring down I went outside.

He was in the igloo. I tipped it and he ran inside. But something was wrong.

His breathing was labored. Petey could not catch his breath. He had breathing attacks before and I had feared the worst, yet Petey always persevered.

An hour or so later when Clara came home, Petey's condition had worsened. When he walked from under a table to lie down in the litter box that was an alarming signal. I picked him up and he let out a cry. Petey went under the bed where Klimey was and continued to make anguished yelps.

We left him alone. Petey soon emerged and we put him in a blanket by the heater.

He wanted to be left alone.

Petey-Weedy barely could walk and stumbled out the bedroom and down a few steps to the cat door. Somehow he pushed himself through. The igloo was two feet from the door.

We let him be.

An hour later Clara checked on Petey.

His fur was gorgeous. His body still warm.

But Petey had passed.

He never made it to the igloo.





Moti has been missing since Sept 2014.  On Jan 23, 2015 while walking in McClaren Park a cat resembling Moti emerged on a tree branch above a thicket of bushes. This brightened our hearts as Clara and I imagine Moti as a feline Tarzan.  Clara wrote the below poem before we confirmed the cat was not Moti.

Moti Sighting
by Clara Hsu

Who sits on a branch
above a field of thorns?
My cat. My cat.

Who listens to his names
and twitches his ears?
My cat. My cat.

His looks have changed since autumn
from living wild and eating mice.
We’re trespassing his kingdom
that can’t be bought
at
 any price.

Running streams.
Catnip on the hills.


Tangents Greece Music Tour
Oct 5-22, 2018
All But Sold Out*
*
space for one male to share a double

Email tangentsgreecetour@gmail.com to be in the loop for future Tangents Greece Music Tours


Oudist Haig Yazdjian performing during the recently completed Tangents Greece Music Tour where the Tangents group saw 12 concerts featuring a who's who of Greek musicians in 17 nights.

The 2017 Tangents Greece Music Tour recently ended and the reviews are coming in:

"It is truly amazing how Dore put together this trip. The production of 12 concerts in a foreign country itself is a remarkable feat, but the entire whirlwind trip was a finely crafted miracle."   Elaine Schwimmer

"Wow, Dore hit this tour out of the ball park! Every concert has been different and amazing, with a great variety of musical styles and venues.  It's exceeded all of my expectations, and that's tough, considering the standard that Dore set on the Turkey tours."   Ron Scudder

"My overall impression is that this was the most amazing, fantastic vacation we’ve ever been on.  So much music, so many incredible sights, great people to meet and get to know, and so much about a country I knew little about before I left, despite having listened and danced to Greek music for many years."

"You did an amazing job putting this tour together, and we are very happy that we decided to do it.  It was worth every penny, and I’m so glad our money was used to subsidize all these wonderful musicians, who can’t make a decent living in their own country.  I also really value getting to know so many Greeks, and hearing their perspective on their country; so much better than just being an ordinary tourist just taking in the sights."  
Nora Primitera

"I had a fabulous time on Dore’s maiden Greek adventure. This is a trip like no other, with such a variety of musical encounters, pristine beaches, fabulous food, sights and sounds in this amazing, puzzling country that your head will spin—in a great way.  Highly highly recommend this trip!"
Hilary Winslow

"The Greek Tangents Tour was probably the highlight of my year. My wife and I have traveled a lot together and this trip was the most informative, entertaining and mind-blowing of the year."   Mike Bannister

More Testimonials

2017 Itinerary

Songlines Music Travel
(click for details)

Shares the Tangents philosophy that nothing beats experiencing music at its source.

2018 Trips:

Japan - Tradition & Diversity
March 18-28 2018

US - American Deep South - NEW!
April 11-21 2018

Morocco - Essaouira Gnawa Festival
May/June, 2018

Colombia - Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena
August 2018

China - A Musical Discovery
September 2018







Bay Area based 
Rebuilding Alliance helps Palestinian communities
rebuild and keep their villages standing. Click on logo to donate.

Gaza Facts
Click link above to get facts about Gaza, a collaborative project by Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area (JVP-BA) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA).

Click below for the withdrawn 2017 UN report:
“Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid”






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You can subscribe to Gaza Corner as a podcast by accessing this feed URL.
(for iTunes users the menu item is "File / Subscribe to Podcast...")

Gaza Corner includes news and opinion from the Middle East (and beyond) often ignored by the mainstream media followed by music from the relevant country or culture.

Gaza Corner was originally conceived to focus attention on relieving the humanitarian crisis in Gaza which has been under a severe blockade imposed by Israel since 2006. Gaza Corner has evolved to include the Middle East, Magreb, Kurdistan and Turkey.

 Click headlines below for full stories. 
Headlines are sometimes retitled to more accurately reflect content.

Gaza Corner 2/17/18

Gender crimes against women are a problem that exist within all societies. In a two part series on femicide, Gaza Corner focuses on the deepening tragedy of murdered women in Turkey. In Part 2 next week we’ll examine domestic violence and female killings in Lebanon, Israel and Palestine.

related stories:

Nearly 2,000 women killed in eight years in Turkey 

excerpt:

One out of every two women killed since 2010 was murdered either by their husbands or boyfriends, with at least 396 taking place at the stage of breaking up or divorce.

Most shocking is the fact that at least 237 murders were committed despite the victimized women having applied to the state for protection.

Among the main causes of the failure to prevent murders of women is the common reduction of sentences for convicts due to “good conduct” during their trial.

Turkey's deepening tragedy 
of murdered women 

excerpt:

Gulsum Kav, a founding member of We Will Stop Femicide, says there are Turkish laws to protect women and punish perpetrators of assault...however officials were not putting the law into practice.

"The law is there giving women the right to be protected," she said, "but when women go to police or the prosecutor for protection, they are either sent back home, they try to reconcile (couples) or they receive a protection order only on paper."

Turkey's rate of murdered women skyrockets 


Women wave posters as they march in protest against domestic abuse,
 in Istanbul, July 20, 2014.  Photo: Reuters/Can Erok

excerpt:

From 2003 till 2010, there has been a 1,400% increase in the number of slain women. 

Domestic violence is considered a personal, not a public, matter...A pregnant woman was brutally beaten on a busy Istanbul street and no one intervened.

One of the female witnesses, Nazen, 64, told Al-Monitor, “We do not want to be involved in a private family matter. It is between a man and a woman. A woman is like a fig tree. If a branch is infested with worms, you must cut the tree or your entire orchard will be lost.” Nazen’s view of women’s purity is widely accepted in Turkey.

No one can argue violence against women has become a norm in contemporary Turkey. These women are murdered by their male relatives, about 50% of the time by their husbands; the rest could be a former boyfriend, brother, father-in-law, father, son or even grandson.

(Pinar Tremblay , Al-Monitor, 9/12/14)


Nearly Half of All Murdered Women Are Killed by Intimate Partners 


Advocates for victims of domestic abuse protest  in Chicago  in 2015.    
Photo: Sophia Tareen / AP

excerpt:


Over half of the killings of American women are related to intimate partner violence, with the vast majority of the victims dying at the hands of a current or former romantic partner, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today.

The CDC analyzed the murders of women in 18 states from 2003 to 2014, finding a total of 10,018 deaths. Of those, 55 percent were intimate partner violence-related, meaning they occurred at the hands of a former or current partner or the partner’s family or friends. In 93 percent of those cases, the culprit was a current or former romantic partner...Strangers perpetrated just 16 percent of all female homicides.

(Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, 7/20/17)


The Three Places With the Highest Rate of Female Homicides on Earth Are All in Northeast Asia 

excerpt:


Overall homicide rates are among the lowest in the world — below 1 per 100,000 people...but despite the veneer of safety the three jurisdictions actually have the highest rate of female homicide victims in the world. According to a report by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), published in 2014, Hong Kong and Japan top the ranking...followed by South Korea.

On Feb. 14, (2017) women’s-rights activists around the world are commemorating Valentines Day, hoping to raise awareness of violence against women worldwide. The campaign, 
One Billion Rising, refers to the U.N. projections that 1 in 3 women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, or 1 billion in the world.
(Yenni Kwok, Time.com 2/14/17)