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not hide stubbornly and likes to be found,
picked up and rewarded for her discoveries
with belly scratches. Princess is still a kitten
and adaptable so she can be with or without
a companion pet.
Fluffy is a beautiful Maine Coon who is
on Instagram at “fluffyfromkittenrescue”. She
“thinks” she would love to be adopted. Fluffy
came to Kitten Rescue as a feral, along with
her son Spunky. She had been rescued from
a parking lot with him. Until now. Fluffy was
not a fan of people but the volunteers and caretakers
have been working with Fluffy to turn
her around and…they have! She will slowly
approach, get all cuddly with the other cats, and
then you can pet her. Fluffy is not yet the cat
Come and adopt a great new partner for
2022. When you adopt, you save a life… and
in turn enrich your own.
If you are in search of a big, sweet, friendly,
affectionate cuddle bug, look no further than
Gracie. She is a loving girl that is so happy
and content to simply snuggle up on your
lap and get pets. Gracie is a chill kitty that
enjoys long naps, wet food and cuddle time
with people. She would be happiest in a single
Cheyenne is a rare, female orange tabby
that is also special in many other ways. She
is a friendly, confident, beautiful girl that is
an excellent nap and cuddle buddy. She loves
to spend her afternoons sitting in the cat tree
beside the window soaking in the sunshine while
watching birds and squirrels. Cheyenne is an
easy going girl most of the time but she does
like playtime as well and will toss her catnip
toys around the living room. She would be
happiest adopted into a single pet household.
Come meet this ginger beauty and see what
a lovely girl she is.
Princess is a proper lady, named for her
posture, slick platinum coat and sense of entitlement
to attention. Very loving yet independent,
she is playful and loves to cuddle, being carried
and petted. She has the typical curiosity, very
determined to find out what you are up to or
what is behind closed doors. This makes for
fun finds in closets and cabinets, but she does
to sit on your lap and always be in the mood
for pets, so you will need to be patient with
her. Fluffy gets along with the other cats so
she could be adopted into a home with other
cats, or on her own.
These cats and kittens are available for adoption
through Kitten Rescue, one of the largest
cat rescue groups in Southern California. All
our kitties are spayed/neutered, microchipped,
tested for FeLV and FIV, dewormed and
current on their vaccinations. For additional
information and to see these or our other kittens
and cats, please check our website www.
Saving one animal won’t change the world, but
the world will surely change for that animal. •
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while turning it into a luxurious haven away
from the noise of Parisian politics. Napoléon
gave Joséphine the estate in their divorce, then
retreated here himself after the final defeat to
nurse his regrets and await the judgment of
his enemies. Waterloo, Belgium.
Napoléon nearly always faced armies far
larger than his. His other contribution to the
art of war was to split those enemies and outmaneuver
and attack each component before
they could combine. The strategy worked brilliantly,
until the Duke of Wellington adapted
Napoléon’s own artillery tactics at Waterloo to
hold out and await the arrival of his Prussian
allies. The greatest cavalry commander of the
age, Maréchal Michel Ney, led one lunatic
charge after another at the British guns, but
failed to die the heroic death he so desperately
desired. By the end of the day, the famous
French martial élan—the spirit that had burst
out of France in revolution and then sustained
an Empire for the ages—was utterly crushed.
And on the Silver Screen...
Eleven years of nonstop warfare sent the
exhausted Emperor into permanent exile on the
British island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic.
As much as the world had respected and, in
many cases, loved the man, the sighs of relief
could be heard from one capital to another,
including in Paris. This is the point in time
where the four-part 2002 mini-series “Napoléon”
takes up the story, with the deposed Emperor
casting his thoughts back through the public and
private extremes of his life. No one movie can
entirely explain the Napoleonic phenomenon,
but if you’re looking for a pre-travel introduction
to the man and the country and continent
he so dominated, you could do much worse.
Next up: Pasta, Amore e Fantasia.
Ben & Glinda Shipley, published writers
and photographers, share their expertise and
experience of their many world travels. If you
have any questions or interest in a particular
subject, please email them at web@heraldpublications.
The port had gone over to the Royalists and the
British, and the French Revolutionaries were
little more than an ineffective, if energetic,
rabble. From the heights above the city, you
can easily picture how Napoléon’s leadership
and re-invention of the role of artillery sent
the traitors and foreigners packing and made
him a French national hero.
Colle del Gran San Bernardo,
At 8,100 feet above sea level, the Great
St. Bernard Pass through the alps of southern
Switzerland has become the standard for vicious
weather, stranded travelers, and large,
fluffy rescue dogs with casks of brandy tied
around their necks. With superb organization
and immense personal courage, Napoléon
personally shoved 40,000 troops through a
gauntlet we’d never dream of driving off-season.
The Austrians were just as shocked when he
pounced on their armies on the Italian plain
of Marengo, just north of Genoa.
Palais des Tuileries,
From the beginning, Napoléon scorned
Versailles and everything it stood for at the
heart of the despised and fossilized Ancien
Régime. Every one of his major political acts
was approved by a plebiscite, however sketchy.
So when he took power, his favorite palace
sat right in the center of the noisy Paris Mob,
between the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens.
In the Commune of 1870—the revolution
that started Karl Marx on his lifelong quest
for disruption—Napoléon’s old palace was
deliberately burned to the foundations.
Austerlitz, Czech Republic.
If you hope for grand, lasting monuments
to your military triumphs, don’t pile up your
victories in enemy territory. Napoléon’s two
greatest battles, here and at Jena-Auerstedt in
Germany, are barely marked on the ground,
yet figure in any textbook on military strategy.
Before Napoléon, armies would meet, too many
soldiers would die, and the loser would vacate
the field of battle with his forces more or less
intact. Napoléon changed all that when he
made it his objective to pursue enemy armies
to utter destruction.
Notre Dame de Paris, France.
When Napoléon took the imperial crown out
of Pope Pius VII’s hands and placed it on his
own head and then on Josephine’s, he ended the
relationship between the Roman Catholic Church
and imperial power that had existed since the
Middle Ages. The church went from infallibly
pronouncing God’s judgment on our mortal
affairs to serving as just another propaganda
tool for propping up the French imperial regime.
The Château de Malmaison is one of the
most beautiful palaces in France, a delicate
symphony in blond sandstone amid forests,
meadows, orangeries, and exquisitely scented
rose gardens. Joséphine de Beauharnais bought
the property and nearly bankrupted her husband
Emperor in Paris—Arc de Triomphe, with the victories and the
Maréchaux who won them.
Downfall at Waterloo—blasted into history by the Iron Duke’s British cannoneers. Triumph at Austerlitz—commercial cement silos for a memorial, with a hidden plinth or two.