My Impulsive Shopping Habit

A mountain of clothes, mostly blacks, greys, and pinks, piled atop the author’s bed.

Two years ago, when I first stepped back to look at the mountain of clothes above, huffing and puffing from pulling every item out of my closet, I was mortified. Not because there were many I didn’t wear- I did wear most of these clothes. …


I adopted my cat, Ziggy, during graduate school, when I was basically unemployed and living off my savings. I had envisioned an animal companion to be the perfect addition to my life of study in a new city. My main goal when I signed his adoption paperwork and took him…


Being exoticized as a white woman in Japan

I traveled to Japan for the first time in the fall of 2013 for a study abroad. That first trip was the culmination of many years of childhood daydreams and several of my young adult years saving money and studying Japanese.

As…


What should you really feed your cat?

I received a lot of feedback on my first post here on Medium, How I Learned Dry Food Was Killing My Cat, and while I’m still striving to improve my cat’s diet since his FLUTD diagnosis, I’ve learned a lot in the past…


Think before you bust out the sewing machine.

If you’re anything like me, 2020 has made you a bundle of nerves so far. From the Australian brush fires to the coronavirus pandemic, it may seem like we can only expect short stints of relative normalcy. …


All opinions expressed here are my own, and not those of my employer.

If you’re anything like me, this democratic primary season has left you jaded with American politics (if you weren’t already). Especially if you live in a deeply red state like I do, you may feel like your…


I’m coming up on my first year anniversary of dedicating myself to a vegetarian diet. This past year has been one in which I felt like I took a big step towards aligning myself with my values, one of which is distancing myself from factory farming and its associated strains…


How I took a chance and rolled a natural 20 for inspiration.

“The creative adult is the child that has survived” — Ursula K. Le Guin

In my younger years I was always praised for my creativity. In elementary school, my friends and I had a “traveling notebook” that we…


Everything I’ve learned about Feline Urinary Tract Disease

An orange and white cat sitting on a leather couch stares into the camera.

My cat, Ziggy, is two years old and until recently, was relatively healthy. He passed his annual check-up with flying colors in September. But come November, I rushed him to the emergency vet because of a tragically common and potentially deadly condition: a urinary tract blockage.

After the following three…

Mary G. Mills

Full-time public servant and cat mom, part-time crafter, reader, and world traveler.

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