September 29th, 2008


Quick Update and a Dream

It's the day before Rosh Hashana, so I'm going to be in radio silence for a few days, which probably would mean more if I were posting more often. I do want to let people know that I'm still working on posts about New York and Broadway, and that I'll be posting links to my new short story later today.

Last night, I had a dream that I and a bunch of friends shared an apartment in a large complex with a huge garden, filled with pathways and fencing. Another friend showed up with his luggage; he was supposed to be going away, but his vacation plans were cancelled, and now he had no place to stay. We had no room for him either, but we all went into the garden to figure out plans, while one friend went around to the neighbors' apartments to explain the predicament.

And as we stood in the garden, from every window in the apartment complex the other residents tossed us their spare keys. They showered down upon us, glittering lazily in the blue sky, showing us that every neighbor was willing to help out our friend who needed a place to stay.

Interpretations welcome.

Dusty (1995-2008)

In 1995, my friends Heather and Andrew found an adorable kitten they named Dusty. Dusty was a lovable and loving cat, never mean to anyone, always purring, always open for a hug. He looked like a cross between a cat and a squirrel when he was found, with a huge bushy tail and ears he had to grow into.

My favorite memory of Dusty was when Nomi and I were once staying over with our friends. In the early morning, while Nomi was still sleeping, Dusty leaped into the bed and looked at Nomi, then at me.

"Meow?" he asked.

"Sure," I said. "I think she'd want you to lick her nose."

Dusty padded over to the sleeping Nomi and went over to her nose. Lick, lick.

She said "Nrrrrgh!" and turned over.

Dusty came back and looked at me, puzzled. "Meow?"

"I guess she didn't want you to lick her nose after all."

We lost Dusty over the weekend, to illness. I will miss him.

Dusty (1995-2008) Dusty (1995-2008)
Photo copyright ©2008 Michael A. Burstein