Cat Taylor's Mewsings

Balancing left and right brain madness…

A Tale of Two Scrooges (Three, Actually)

The face of London’s favourite curmudgeon will look both different and familiar at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair this year. Don Hardy, who stepped into Martin’s large and well-loved shoes for Dickens 2012, will be snarling his way through the streets again this year! Other commitments drew him away from last year’s show, and Dennis Parks, who made a striking impression in his maiden voyage at Dickens Fair as the deliciously loathsome Wackford Squeers (from Nicholas Nickelby) stepped in to give a bravura turn in 2013. He is returning to his first love, improvisational interactive theatre, as Squeers and promises other delights as well.

Please welcome Don back to the family, and support both of these actors as they settle into their roles.



Cloud Accounting News EP4 – Bitcoin and Payments” from the The Sleeter Group

An interesting video on “Cloud Accounting News EP4 – Bitcoin and Payments” from the The Sleeter Group.

A Surprisingly Helpful Way to Get a Google Listing (Free)

I discovered something interesting last night. About a month ago I was Googling “Cat Taylor Bookkeeping” and found that there was an existing generic listing, with odd information. I claimed it, combined it with a Google+ page and now, if you Google “QuickBooks San Francisco” I’m the sixth listing and the first ProAdvisor – all for free!

Sheesh… How to make your Chrome extension icons visible again:

Entertainment Proposals for The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, 2014

Yes Virginia, it’s already time to start talking about the entertainment for the Great Dickens Christmas Fair for 2014. If you have a new show or group that you’d like to propose, please visit this webpage to find out more about performing at the fair.

Please keep the following in mind if you are proposing a show:

  • No fire performances
  • No prerecorded music/audio, video/animation
  • Costumes, language, sets and props must be appropriate for mid-19th century London (not Renaissance)
  • No modern performance styles (no aerial silks, etc.) or obvious modern (vs. Victorian) technology
  • Able to fit on available stage sizes

Please consult all of the information on the performer’s web page before proposing a show.
Proposals may be sent to entertainment director Cat Taylor at

Our own Phyllis Patterson, in a nice write-up in the New York Times.

GiveForward Site for Don Kelly’s Chosen Family

The Renaissance Faire, Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Northern California Pirate Festival lost a very dear friend this  week, Don Kelly. I did too.  The GiveForward site for Don’s chosen family is up and available at

 Please give what you can (even a little bit adds up) and share around.

Don Kelly at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair.

Don Kelly at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair.


Did you miss the beginning of the new Cosmos series with Neil deGrasse Tyson?

Did you miss the beginning of the new Cosmos series with Neil deGrasse Tyson? We did too, but you can catch it on Hulu Plus for $7.99 a month. We just watched the first episode and it’s well worth it.

Watch Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Online


Believe it or not, it’s already time to “spring forward”!


Daylight Savings Time starts on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2:00 AM local standard time.
Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2:00 AM local daylight time.

Phoenyx’s Keepers of the Flame” – Now Legendary?

phoenyxOnce upon a time there was a Celtic Fusion band called Phoenyx,
I guess we’ve now reached legendary status… Keepers Of The Flame: Music.