Dear Spammers

November 21st, 2011 | Catherine Turley

I had a telemarketing job once, so I know this must be the only job available to you. I’m still going to erase your spam, but I ask you… if you make decent money and you’re a fairly responsible person, go down to the animal shelter and save a dog or cat. They are being killed more than ever before. I just saw the cutest little puppy that had only one day left to find a home. This morning, I saw his photo with “RIP” written next to it. Tell your friends and family to do the same. And, as a reward, if you write a response that actually pertains to anything I’ve written, I will allow your spam to live forever on my seldom-read, somewhat inactive blog.

Jocelyn Ruth

January 30th, 2011 | Catherine Turley

I was so saddened to see that there were no references to my mother on the internet (not even her obituary?). Actually, there was one group photo from her high school yearbook, but nothing that speaks to who she was. Jocelyn Lydia Ruth (Turley) was born on August 23, 1944. She grew up on Saratoga St. in Portland, Oregon alongside the Filker family and the Townsend family. To this day, I am still friends with Anne Townsend Smith and her wonderful family. During my mom’s teenage years, the Ruth family moved to Anaheim, California and she attended Anaheim High School, Home of the Colonists, Class of 1961. She and her two younger brothers, Jon and Jim, kept my grandma busy. My grandmother, Julia Marion Bennett Ruth, was a former teacher and champion tennis player who graduated from Oregon State University. My grandfather, John Henry Ruth, was an engineer who traveled to Hong Kong on a number business trips, acquiring artwork and jewelry while overseas. Jocelyn attended UC Santa Barbara as a theatre major and literature minor. She left prematurely and married James Patrick Turley. She had me, Catherine Elizabeth Turley, in December of 1968. She had my brother, James Patrick Turley, Jr, in January of 1971. Our family moved from Anaheim to Orange in 1974. My parents divorced in 1975. She shouldered most of the burden of raising us. My mom worked at a few different jobs over the years… the YWCA, HUD, and the City of Garden Grove. After I left for UC San Diego, she enrolled at UC Irvine and completed her bachelor’s degree. She went on to get her teaching credential and worked as a substitute for the Orange Unified School District. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in the midst of schooling. She went through conventional treatment and carried on her studies. She developed a second cancer and, again, had surgery and radiation. When cancer was detected for the third time, it had spread to her bones and organs. She died on August 14, 1998. My mom was strong and independent. She was mechanically inclined. She was a perfectionist. She tried desperately to teach me to cook and sew, and to clean properly. I just didn’t care. Now I wish I’d have paid attention. She had style and carried herself gracefully. She took pride in everything that she did. She was a wonderful creative writer who wrote many stories. I hope to publish them at some point. I want her to get the recognition she deserves.

Ron Artest

December 27th, 2010 | Catherine Turley

shout out to ron. i don’t know what went wrong. i was supposed to win your championship ring, so that i could give it right back to you. you have learned the most valuable lesson in life and it didn’t take you your entire life to learn it. things mean nothing when others are suffering. you have saved lives with your selfless act. and i know giving away that ring isn’t like giving away just any ring or giving away your car. you sacrificed a piece of your personal history. but you know what, it was the right thing to do. and the fact is, you and your ring will be engraved into american history forever. i only hope others will follow your true leadership.

roman polanski

September 29th, 2009 | Catherine Turley

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then think about the little girl in your life. let it go… i don’t think so. care about other children as you would your own.

cat killing in los angeles

September 13th, 2009 | Catherine Turley

i just got notice the that los angeles county health department, particularly joe ramirez and gail van gordon, are contracting with the carson animal shelter to trap and kill thousands of cats across the county, starting with harbor-ucla medical center, peck park, and del aire park. there is no difference between these vaccinated, spayed, healthy cats and the individually owned cats that roam every neighborhood. and scientific studies have proven that when you eliminate animals from a given area, it’s just a matter of time before more move in. it is never ending. the hundreds of thousands of dollars wasted on these efforts could be spent on real problems that are devastating the citizens of los angeles.