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The World Outside My Window…

Buddha SquirrelHe’s cute. There’s no question about that. This little fellow has been drinking from the solar-powered Buddha fountain out in front of my house. He’s also been burying nuts in Betsy’s flower boxes. And I know that Rennie, Clara, and Ellie (I don’t know about Max and the others) have been entertained by his antics in the garden outside the window in the student waiting room. Me? I’m much too busy with my piano to get involved in something as passive as spectator sports. I’d like to think that if we ever met face to face, my finely honed intellect would overrule instinct and that he and I would become fast friends. For his sake, however, he should probably remain outside.

Lounging on South Street…

Cat Vet on South Street

The Cat Vet (Elizabeth McKinstry) at 2210 South Street in Philadelphia has a front window that, weather permitting, provides a play & snooze space for kittens looking for a new home and loving human companionship. Max, Gabby, and Rennie all won a place in B&B’s hearts with their rolling and tumbling and darting in and out of the large doll (cat) house that occupies about a quarter of the large front window. The two kittens pictured above are not my siblings, but I’m sure they both found good homes. They are awfully cute hanging out on the second floor balcony, though. Don’t you think?

Very First Ever Purr-etry Contest


Dear friends and fans,

I know I have inspired many of you to pursue your musical dreams, but there are so many ways to be sublimely creative. What about poetry? All you need is a pencil and a piece of paper (or your handy laptop computer) to begin your creative journey! So I am hoping you will consider entering my Nora The Piano Cat Poetry Contest. The rules are really quite simple:

1) Write a poem about me or inspired by me. It can be long or short, rhyming or not. It can even be a haiku.

2) Email the poem to me at norapoetry@verizon.net no later than midnight, October 1, 2010. You can enter as often as you like.

3)> Be sure to include your age, name, and a contact email. If you are under eighteen years old, please include the name of your parent or legal guardian, and their contact email (with their permission of course). Email addresses are only used to contact the winners in each age group. You will NOT be placed on any mailing lists and your contact information will not be shared with anyone else, ever, for any reason.

My personal assistants, Betsy and Burnell, and I will read every single glorious poem and choose our absolute top three favorites in the following age categories:

1) Up to 8 years old. (Kids)

2) 9 to 12 years old. (Tweens)

3) 13 to 18 years old. (Teens)

4) 19 and up. (Everyone else)

All twelve winners will receive very special Nora Prizes. We will also give a special prize to the person submitting the best Nora or Nora-inspired haiku.

In addition to the prizes awarded to the winners in each category, the winning poems will also be included in my “Inspired by Nora” 2012 calendar. Winners will each receive a copy.

Submission of a poem signifies your acceptance of the above rules, and allows either me or my personal assistants, Betsy and Burnell, to print, reprint and otherwise distribute the poem for promotional purposes, including the creation of the 2012 “Inspired by Nora” calendar.

Don’t delay. Send your Nora-inspired poems to norapoetry@verizon.net by midnight, October 1, 2010. Winners will be notified by October 31, 2010.

Download the “Purr-etry Contest” flyer in PDF format by clicking HERE. Share it with your friends. Viewing or printing PDFs requires Adobe Reader, which is a free download from Adobe.com

Thank You, Furrever Friends…

As much as I owe to Betsy & Burnell for adopting me, I also owe a debt of gratitude to Furrever Friends for rescuing me from the streets of Camden, NJ and placing me for adoption so that B&B could find me. If you are looking to adopt, please consider them. And if you feel like making a donation, please do so in my name…. They have many wonderful friends who desperately need a loving home.

New YouTube Video of Me In a Rare Moment…

Here I am with B&B’s friend, David Updike. David’s daughter, Dariel, is one of Betsy’s students, and she was playing scales on the other piano when I decided to join in. But that’s not really the big news here. I mean, I join in a lot. It’s what I do. What I don’t do is share my piano bench when I play. But there was just something about David’s smile and friendly demeanor that appealed to me, so I allowed him to share my bench. So much for the myth that I’m a total diva.

By the way, David is quite talented in his own right (for a human) and has just written and directed his first short film. You can view the trailer at www.jacobanddeath.com

Westchester Cat Show to Honor Me with Scarlet Ribbon Award…

Westchester Cat Show!*

Date : November 21, 2009

Description : The Westchester Feline Club will host the 34th annual Westchester Cat Show on both Saturday and Sunday, November 21st & 22nd from 10AM to 5PM, at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY. The show features over 230 feline entries, from over 35 breeds, in competition. See Nora the Piano Cat live via the magic of the web on Sat., November 21, 2009 at 1:00pm. If we are lucky she may tinkle the ivories as her mother accepts her ‘Cat of the Year’ award. Nora will receive the very first ‘Scarlett Ribbon’ which will be given hereafter to all Cats of the Year in memory and honor of Scarlett, the cat who saved her 5 kittens from a burning building, and who was the reason the Cat of the Year award was created. Cats and kittens will be available for adoption and sale. You won’t want to miss the Meow Wear Feline Fashion Review, or the Cat Writers’ Association Book Signing Party featuring more than a dozen noted pet authors. There is Face Painting, FREE Ask the Vet booth; Birthday Party’s for the Shelter Cats and you can start your holiday shopping at the MEOW Marketplace. Check out the Westchester Cat Show on Facebook.

Contact Information : Westchester County Center for directions (914) 995-4050 All other inquiries (914) 739-5408

Email : l.masson@verizon.net

More Info : www.westchester-feline.org

USA Today Article on Wednesday, August 12th…

That’s photographer Joan Fairman Kanes in the photo on the left. Burnell took this photo during a photoshoot for an article in USA Today. The article is coming out on Wednesday, August 12th, 2009. Click HERE to read it online.

I hope you all can pick up a copy. We heard that Joan got many outstanding shots and the editor is hoping to use alot of them in the article. I can’t wait!

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Thank you, Anne, for the wonderful card…

I just love to receive mail from my many friends and fans. The image below is from a card sent to me by Anne M. from the Philadelphia area. No doubt she was inspired to pick this particular card by my recent “collaboration” with the Conductor/Composer Mindaugas Piecaitis. You can read more about that collaboration at the following links (#1 link also includes a video from the Balticum News):

Nora/Mindaugas Collaboration Link #1Link #2Link #3

The image on the card is Copyright © Cindy Pitts/Archive Photos-Getty Images. I hope I don’t get in trouble for posting it here, but it was such a cute card. The card company’s URL is www.avantipress.com.