Squidlo Squirtball showed up in Kevin’s life almost 3 years after Damien left it. He was in a box of kittens that were rescued after their mother abandoned them. Kevin was looking at the cats to see which one he wanted, and Squidlo kept stepping over his siblings to stay in Kevin’s view. Kevin took him home, and the two of them were together from that day on. This picture was taken nearly 16 years later, a few weeks before Squidlo died.

mi esposo y mijo

Kevin and Squidlo, February 2012

It’s been six months since Kevin died. I still miss him so much it hurts to think about it.

Damien, Kevin's beloved cat.

Damien, Kevin’s beloved cat.

At 2:00am, Saturday, July 17th, 1993 my siamese cat, Damien, died.

Damien meant more to me than almost anything or anyone.
He had been my best friend since about 1981.
I went through a lot of life with my little boy, and I will miss him dearly. Although he was a cat and not a human, he affected my life in a more positive way than most human beings ever did or could, and filled a greater purpose in life as a cat, than many humans do as people.

His expressions were a beautiful confirmation that animals do indeed have a soul, and one as deep and meaningful as any human.
Damien liked everyone equally. He never hurt anybody on purpose and was at harmony with humans, cats, dogs and even birds.
He was a beautiful soul, in a beautiful body and he will be sorely missed.

–Kevin Lightner, 7/19/1993

When reading this, I realized that Kevin died 3 days shy of the 21st anniversary of Damien’s death.
I now wonder if he remembered that, or it’s just bizarre irony.

I don’t believe in magical thinking.
This means I don’t believe in any of the beliefs listed below.

Alien Crop circles
Angels / Archangels
Astrology
Baptisms
Big Foot
Blessings
Boogeymen
Chemtrails (other than contrails.)
Clairvoyance
Crystal power (excepting piezo effects)
Curses
Demons
Dowsing
Devils
ESP
Evil
Exorcisms
Fairies
Faith healing
Fortune telling
Ghosts
Ghouls
Goblins
Gods (any, all, including the concept of Jesus as lord)
Good luck charms (4 leaf clovers, rabbit’s feet, et al)
Hexes
(that) Homosexuality and deviations are by choice, not genetics.
Hoping
Immortality
Incantations
Jinxes
Kharma
Last rites
Laying of hands
Loch Ness Monster
Luck
Lucky numbers or objects
Magic (true, not by performing “magicians”)
Martians (present-day anyway)
Mojos
Numerology
Oracles
Ouija boards
Palm readers
Past lives
Physical representations (Jesus’ likeness in trees, food, etc. Virgin Mary appearances, etc)
Poltergeists
Potions and elixirs
Powers of inanimate objects and shapes (crosses, pentagons, etc)
Power of positive thinking
Prophecy
Psychics
Prayer
Premonitions
Rain Dances
Reincarnations
Rituals (purifications, carrying a bride over a threshold, fertility, rain dances, etc.)
Sainthood
Santa Claus
Sin
Sorcerers
Souls
Spells
Spirits and spirituality
Sprites
Superheros (Batman, Superman, Spiderman, The Hulk, etc.)
Supernatural powers
Superstitions (stepping on a crack, four leaf clovers, under a ladder, black cat crossing, throwing salt over shoulder, knocking on wood, et al)
Tarot cards
Tea leaf reading
Telekinesis
Telepathy
The Easter Bunny
The Tooth Fairy
Time travelling
Trolls
Unicorns
Vampires
Vigils
Voodoo
Warlocks
Werewolves
Wishing
Witches
Wizards
Worship
Zombies

None of these beliefs above have any solid evidence of existence yet provided for.
No religions either: Including Christian (all sects), Islam, Buddha, Hindu, Taoism, Scientology, Zen, etc, etc,

Certain beliefs I have are real, but limited.
For example, chiropractic, accupuncture/accupressure, etc.

Below is what I DO believe exists, yet are all unseen by the unaided human eye (except for light and certain lasers).

Anti-biotics (unseen)
Atomic and sub-atomic particles (quarks, electrons, protons, neutrons, etc) (unseen)
Atoms and molecules (unseen)
Bacteria (unseen)
Cells (blood, plasma, cancer, stem etc) (unseen)
DNA / RNA (unseen)
Electricity (unseen- closest natural sighting would be lightning)
Electromagnetic inductance (unseen)
Lasers (can be seen or unseen depending on frequency or type)
Life on other planets (unseen)
Magnetism (unseen)
Microbes (unseen)
Photosynthesis (unseen)
Proteins (unseen)
Radiation (infrared, radio frequencies, microwaves, x-rays, atomic, nuclear, cosmic, gamma, etc. (unseen)
Viruses (unseen)

–Kevin Lightner, 6/19/2014