Thursday, February 15, 2024

Cat Thursday - Too funny!


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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Cat Thursday: Authors and Cats (126) Aldous Huxley


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The second Cat Thursday of each month is Authors and Cats Thursday. Each time I will feature an author, pictured with their/a cat(s), or guest posts by cat loving authors who also (sometimes) write about cats.

"If you want to be a psychological novelist and write about human beings, the best thing you can do is keep a pair of cats."

Brave New World (1932), best-known work of British writer Aldous Leonard Huxley, paints a grim picture of a scientifically organized utopia.

This most prominent member of the famous Huxley family of England spent the part of his life from 1937 in Los Angeles in the United States until his death. Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts. Through novels and essays, Huxley functioned as an examiner and sometimes critic of social mores, norms and ideals. Spiritual subjects, such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism, interested Huxley, a humanist, towards the end of his life. People widely acknowledged him as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time before the end of his life. (Goodreads)



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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Cat Thursday - The ways we show affection


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Monday, January 29, 2024

Arranging Words: Poems by Fran Abrams - Review

What a clever little collection! Abrams knows how to use words precisely to bring out a chuckle, or even to make that light bulb come on in your head..."Hey, I've always thought/wondered that myself." As in, On the Tip of my Tongue, she talks about how when you talk to someone with a pierced tongue, you really have to work at not looking at it the entire time. And then there's this one, which touches on something I've always wondered myself. Why do we have names for some things and then just don't for others? From We Have No Name for Them...

When a parent loses a child, 
we have no name for that. 
When a boy loses his sister, 
there is not word to label him. 

Whether his sister died a victim
of car crash, shooting, or illness, 
we have no vocabulary 
for those who remain.
The poem Three Little Words showcases how powerful just three little words can be. A stanza from the poem:
Knowledge is power
Just do it
Nothing is impossible

And the hilariously funny All Ears. Seriously, the image in my head on this one. It also reminded me of a Shel Siverstein poem. 

This is such a fun collection. Things are so serious in the world right now. Sometimes it's nice to read something lighthearted to take us away from it all. This collection does just that.

About the collection:

Arranging Words is Abrams’ second chapbook collection. It is a series of light-hearted poems that asks the reader to look at words from a new perspective. These poems approach letters, words, and everyday phrases in a way that pokes fun at the eccentricities of the English language.

For example, her poem titled “K Knows How to Hide and Seek” begins with the line “Kknocks twice, but we only hear him once,” reminding us how often “k” is a silent letter.

The poem “Poetry Exercise” plays on the meaning of the word “exercise” with the line “Brain cells stretch, lift your arms, reach for words.” Phrases are deconstructed into literal meanings, such as in the poem “Beside Myself” that asks, “Am I myself or the one beside myself?”

This collection illuminates the quirks of the English language in a lively, humorous way while demonstrating a love for words themselves.


About the Author:


Fran Abrams lives in Rockville, MD. Her poems have been published in literary magazines online and in print and appear in more than a dozen anthologies. In July 2022, the title poem of this book, “Arranging Words,” was a finalist in the 2022 Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry. Her two previous books are: I Rode the Second Wave: A Feminist Memoir (2022) and The Poet Who Loves Pythagoras (2023). Learn more at www.franabramspoetry.com and Connect on Facebook at Fran Abrams, Poet.

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Cat Thursday - Can I come in?


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Saturday, January 20, 2024

Classics Club Spin #36

And the spin landed on #20...Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
Guess the universe really wants me to read this one (it was my spin selection for spin #33 which I didn't get to). Let's see if I can finish it by March 3rd.





CC Spin #36 - A new year of spins...let us see how well I do. 
  1. Complete Ghost Stories - M.R. James
  2. Collected Works (short stories) - Algernon Blackwood
  3. The Witch of Ravensworth - George Brewer
  4. Murder in the Cathedral - T.S. Eliot
  5. The Collector - John Fowles
  6. The Centaur - Algernon Blackwood
  7. Grendel - John Gardner
  8. Collected Works (short stories) - Nikolai Gogol
  9. The House on the Borderland - William Hope Hodgson
  10. The Human Chord - Algernon Blackwood
  11. The Devils of Loudun - Aldous Huxley
  12. The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux
  13. In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires - Raymond T. McNally, Radu R. Florescu
  14. Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol
  15. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
  16. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
  17. Vampires and Vampirism - Montague Summers
  18. Werewolf - Montague Summers
  19. Mastering Witchcraft - Paul Huson
  20. Where Angels Fear to Tread - E.M. Forster


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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Cat Thursday - Cats get us


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