My Kitchen Sink is my personal blog where I write about the things I love: photography, Sweden, natural health, food, wine and cooking.
Who am I?
My name is Cattie Coyle, and I am a freelance photographer, craft addict, blogger, and former animal massage therapist. I grew up in Sweden, came to the US in 1991 and ended up staying. I am currently living just outside of Boston, MA with my husband.
Photography is one of my favorite things in life; it has been a passion since I was a teenager. When I’m shooting, I forget everything else. I don’t notice if it’s freezing or hot, raining or snowing, or if I have a headache or cold. And downloading and looking at the photos at the end of a day – it’s like Christmas every time! 🙂
My Grandfather and Dad were both avid amateur photographers and there was no shortage of cameras (and artistic critique and encouragement) around the house. After spending many years “shooting for fun”, I went to photography school to learn the bits I didn’t know. I graduated from New England School of Photography (NESOP) in 1994, majoring in Portraiture with a minor in Color as Fine Arts.
I have always loved taking pictures of a wide variety of things, but my favorite subjects are travel, the natural world, taking a close-up look at objects, and animals of all kinds.
Animals fascinate, amaze, and inspire me – they are as important to me as photography, and have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I had to be dragged away from pastures, barns or anything I came across with animals, and was always happiest hanging out at the stable or playing with my (and my friends’) dogs and other pets. I love how animals never pretend, how they are always completely honest and live in the moment, and I find their positive attitude, curiosity and joyfulness very contagious. Not surprisingly, my final portfolio at NESOP consisted of portraits of people and their pets.
Natural Health for Animals and Humans
I am also trained as a small animal massage therapist, but when allergies forced me to quit working with animals a few years ago, I started my holistic animal health Animal Wellness Guide blog where I write about everything I think is helpful both for pet owners looking for natural remedies for their pets, massage therapists and people considering a career in animal massage. It started out with “just” massage but has developed into a site about many alternative health treatments for pets.
I always look for natural and non-toxic ways to cure illness, decorate my home and live my life in general. This quest for a more non-polluted existence has led me to some interesting discoveries and great finds, and I continue to learn. I am always experimenting with new natural products and have studied Applied Zoopharmacognosy (a form of “aromatherapy” for animals) with Caroline Ingraham (in England) and Aromatherapy for humans.
I started this blog because I have so many things I want to share. I hope you enjoy it and find it useful. Thanks for reading!