Kate on Bob Tarte’s Podcast!


(Bob Tarte talking with a Turkey)

WOO HOO! Bob Tarte recently had me on his Pet Life Radio network show “What Were You Thinking?”

A common phrase heard by us animal nuts!

Listen on the above link or better yet, find / subscribe to “What were you thinking ?” in iTunes!

Fellow animal lovers, Bob has written a book called “Enslaved by Ducks” and “Kitty Cornered.”

I had such a good time talking with Bob – we’ve been twitter friends for a couple of years now, and if you follow me on Facebook you’ve definitely seen some of Bob’s wildlife photography as I re-share it often!

Bob has one of those rare gifts with cameras – whatever being he admires, he just connects with them completely through his photography. I just love following him and I think you will too.

I recently discovered “What were you thinking?” Bob’s podcast, and I shared the crap out of it because I loved it so much and I was frankly appalled that I’d followed Bob for so long and only recently tuned into his show.

Talk about a #wastedlife!

Bob saw one of my tweets and invited me on the show! OF COURSE I leapt at it!

Thank you Bob! I hope you all enjoy it!

Sea Creatures Speak!


We visited the Vancouver Aquarium today! I managed to get an amazing video of the conversation we had with the resident sea turtle, and some fantastic information from the belugas, pacific white-sided dolphins and sea otters.

We’re on the road back to Tofino tomorrow; I’ll post the full Aquarium Report over the next few days!



Sometimes, a girl’s gotta go to the gaybourhood!

We managed to get lost, as usual, trying to find the rainbow cross walks of Davies Village in Vancouver, and along the way we managed to completely accidentally re-create our first three dates!

More later, must sleep.

Happy belated 7 th Anniversary Sweetie!!!

The Gay Psychic Closet


Woo hoo! I wrote this piece about coming out, and I know that more than a few of y’all feel closeted.

You write me emails, the brave few comment on the blog.

This one’s for you.

(PS: please click and share! If we can get this article over 2, 000 views in a week we can get it on the featured page, which will help me out A LOT! Thank you so much!)

Update on Mom


Mom is feeling *great*. So much better than when I saw her in April, or even earlier this week right after another round of chemo had left her weak and nauseous.

The last couple of days we’ve been out on walks, had long conversations and today we’re going on a drive to see the leaves.

Thank you, dear blog friends. Without you, I would not have been able to be here right now.

The leaves are spectacular. Ontario is truly at it’s best this week.

All this good is counter-balanced by a big sad: the tumour is indeed back, and it’s growing.

I went with my parents to one of the medical appointments in Ottawa, and I feel so much better about how my parents and the doctors are communicating with each other. My Mom *is* doing what she wants to do, and Cyberknife IS what she wants.

Well, what she wants is to be free of cancer, but given the options, this last kick at the radiation can is the lowest-risk.

I gently introduced the idea of advance care planning as far as it felt respectful. Really, this is between my parents, and ultimately they will make the decisions that are best for them.

I’m incredibly proud of my mother, her strength and stoicism, her matter-of-fact approach to a scary and shitty situation. She talks about possible side effects like stroke, losing speech, going blind or deaf as though she’s preparing *me* for these possibilities.

Meanwhile, the rest of our family continues to count our many blessings and the many potential bullets so-far dodged.

Ep. Guest on Carmen Spagnola’s Numinous Podcast!

kate sitka guest on carmen spagnola numinous podcast


That is the sound of me realizing I don’t HAVE TO convert an M4A (the voice memo file from my ipod) into an MP3 before I can upload a new sort-of episode to the Joyful Telepathy Podcast feed.

Here I was trying to figure out how to convert it without synching my ipod to iTunes (thus erasing everything because I synch my ipod to my HOME computer, not to my father’s computer) and it wasn’t even necessary.  WOW!

Thank you podbean for accepting M4As, this potentially makes life easier… although I think I still need to convert m4as to mp3s before I can import them into audacity…  There is a LOT of work going on behind the scenes to make a mobile podcast happen.

I wish podbean had an app for ipod so I could just do everything on the ipod without having to borrow a PC from a family member.  Sheesh!  Anyway, here’s my personal intro to Carmen’s podcast where she graciously and gracefully interviewed me for her show, the Numinous Podcast. 

Thank you everyone for listening!



Settled Into Pembroke


We arrived safely in Pembroke Ontario and had a decent sleep last night, although my body is still on BC time!

We saw a black squirrel – we don’t have them in Tofino, so that was exciting.

Just got an update from our amazing pet / house sitter that Happy is chewing like crazy; it’s a nervous habit so let’s all send him some calm, relaxing thoughts.

Hey we found a bunch of old photos if my from childhood:

What era of my childhood would you like to see?

Baby, toddler, pre-teen or teen?