Fare Thee Well, Oh Cats of Jerusalem

by James

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Our contracts have ended and the wife and I have moved from Jerusalem to small town Ontario, somewhere between Lebanon and Carthage. A little over a week ago, we were walking through the Mediterranean, and now we are knee-deep in snow. At least we have Tim Hortons nearby. Fare thee well, oh dumpster cats of Jerusalem.

May you find shelter from the summer heat and the winter rains. May your dumpsters be overflowing with tasty chicken scraps. May kindly old ladies continue to leave out generous piles of food for you. And may your offspring be as numerous as the stars in heaven… although this already seems to be the case.


Thanks to everyone who supported the site and spent even a second of their time on this site in the past year. In particular I’d like to thank all the students who were brave enough to give online tutoring a chance. It continues to be a thrill to just open my computer and video chat about organic chemistry with people all over the world. Location matters less than it ever did before. “Office hours” can be held from anywhere.  I’d encourage anyone who has specific knowledge of a niche subject to put up a shingle for themselves and offer online consulting of some kind. Chances are that there’s all kinds of knowledge in your head that has potential value to someone.

I’ll be back Monday on a regular posting schedule.

Happy New Year Everyone!



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Bridget January 7, 2011 at 2:19 am

I stumbled across your posts of the cats of organic chemistry and read them all. These are brilliant! I was an art major in college 10 or 12 years ago. I don’t know anything about organic chemistry, but I like cats. Reading your posts, I think I actually learned a little something today. =) The writing is fun and informative, and the pictures and illustrations get the info across very well. Thanks for these!


James January 7, 2011 at 7:12 am

Thanks for the kind words.


Colin February 15, 2012 at 1:50 am

Great website, thank you so much!


james February 15, 2012 at 2:00 am

Glad you’re finding it useful.


Kate April 18, 2012 at 1:47 am

This website is absolutely amazing! Frantically searching the web to better prepare me for my midterm tomorrow, I stumbled upon your site and now I’m hooked! O-Chem has been like a foreign language to me all semester, until NOW! Your method of teaching is extremely engaging and super helpful. You rock! Thanks so much!


james April 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Thanks! Some days I wish I could use cats to teach everything.


Sid April 22, 2012 at 9:29 pm

These cats made my day! Organic Chem was a nightmare for me, but now with your blog it seems a piece of cake :) Thank you so much James.


April September 26, 2012 at 10:38 am

I was struggling to understand all the different terminology but this made it so much more clear. You did a much better job than my professor or my text book. I will definitely keep using your posts for other topics as well. Thank you so much!


Canageek December 6, 2012 at 8:52 am

Hey, imagine my surprise when I am reading a pleasant post on cats (not chemistry) and I find the writer is a newly-minted fellow Ontarian. If you happen to be in the Hamilton or Toronto areas feel free to drop me a line, I’m always interested in meeting up with fellow chemists, I mean, catists.


Tom Pentzer March 15, 2013 at 1:22 pm

This was a positively brilliant series of posts!


Nico July 10, 2013 at 8:20 pm

This made more sense to me than my 50k/year classes. :( Thank you so much for helping me out! Cats are the greatest!:)


Karen Torres December 18, 2013 at 10:09 am

Thank you so much! I’m currently in organic chemistry and chirality and meso compunds have always been nearly impossible for me. I read all your blogs on the “stereoisocats” and I absolutely loved them! Found them so helpful, fun, and informative!!! Thanks again!!! :)


Leah Fisch January 10, 2014 at 6:14 pm

This is too funny. I’m from Jerusalem and totally forgot about the dumpster cats till you reminded me


Nixi Cat February 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm

I love your Organic Chemistry Cats. I share your blog, especially these pages, with every pre-health and science student that will listen to me.


Anna April 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm

This blog is probably the best thing to ever happen to me, I wish I’d known about it sooner. Thanks for making learning this stuff interesting!


James April 15, 2014 at 10:36 am

Ha! Why thank you!


Nicole Koutsodendris September 15, 2014 at 3:47 am

I have my first OChem exam on Wednesday and could NOT wrap my head around the concept of distinguishing enantiomers vs. diastereomers. I’ve read my text book, gone to all my lectures, look at several other sources online, but after reading all your cat posts, I feel like I actually understand how to tell the two apart. Keep doing what your doing, the education system is often tailored towards a certain type of learning but I am the type of person that needs visual aids and connections to real life scenarios in order to grasp the concept. You are a great professor, regardless of whether that is the job title you write on government documentation. I couldn’t thank you enough!!


Kate November 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Your posts are so helpful. I’m studying for an O chem exam right now and your explanation of stereochemistry using cats is wonderful! Thank you for the tremendous help!


Betty November 10, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Currently studying for my 2nd OChem midterm, and after the first one didn’t go so well.. this site has saved me!


Erica December 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm

This site is absolutely amazing! Thank you so much.


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