It’s a Cat’s World

We just live–and serve dinner, and provide rubs–in it.

Proof the world is round:Proof the world is round

What? You said, “Don’t get on the chair.” I’m  not “on” the chair.kitty-destroyed-armchair-r-default

There’s never a bad time to touch noses.There's never a bad time to touch noses

Holy moly! So that’s what they call “canines.”Holy moly, look those canines

Maintain warp drive, Number Two.kitten-car-drive-on-head-of-driver-no-respect-for-personal-space-r-default

A Study in Contrasts, by Tigger, Jr.Study in Contrasts

“Traction,” he calls it. I’m dubious.Neck therapy

Yes! He has the nap gene. Like this, son

The Great Dinner Heist, Attempt 14Dinner

Terror in the Hallway, Part TwoNightmar in the Hallway

When I make my escape, I’m taking you with me.When I escape, I'm taking you with me

Resistance is futile.Cat-resistance is futile

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Damnedelions

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It’s spring! Sort of. Actually, we’re still in Sprinter where I live, so it’s snow shovels one day and flip-flops and shades the next. But the dandelions can’t be fooled. Fake-daisy-delions are popping up all over our yard, even amid the patches of snow.

Why should it matter? They’re kind of cute, and many people–who don’t have lawns to mow–love them. But thanks to those croquet-mad Victorians and a voracious lawn care industry, millions of lawn-owners slavishly strive to maintain yards full of thick virginal grass–and nothing else!

Good luck with that. I’m no purist. I like my Scott’s-free yard full of cheerful violets and pithy inedible strawberries. But those tiny white-flowered onions and the king of all interlopers–the dandelions–I can live without. So I crawl around on my hands and knees every spring, pulling up flowers before they can seed a thousand more of their brethren. Hence the title of this post:

Damnedelions!

Why? I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with dandelions: Love the flowers, but hate the forest of bare poles that remains after the pods fly away, and the ugly, jaggy, ground-hugging leaves. Which, it turns out, are the source of the plant’s name; dandelion means “lion’s teeth” in French. In fact, we North Americans have the French to thank for introducing dandelions, along with bikinis and snails (one hit and one miss). Early settlers here made salads out of dandelions and brewed “coffee” from their seeds.

I always thought there were two types of dandelions: the happy little pseudo-daisies and the magical puff-balls every child knows are used as public transportation by faeries. But I was wrong. It turns out they’re the same plant. After those cute little yellow flowers wilt and turn ugly, the seeds gather into a sphere called a “clock.”  There’s a cool time-exposure video of the process below.

Anyway, love ’em or hate ’em, they’re tenacious invaders. Kinda like humans.

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Abide in Me

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   “In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.”  ~John 1:4

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Dude, if I had a Nickel…

…for every time a cow has fallen on my car!

Falling cow

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Happy Friday the 13th!

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt

Deadly bridge

“If a black cat crosses your path, it signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” ~Groucho Marx

“What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.” ~Alice Walker

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life. And you will call it fate.” ~Carl Jung

“I’m not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” ~Woody Allen

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ~Plato

“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.” ~2 Timothy 1:7

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Now You can Learn Your Actual Name!

I love those charts that reveal your Pirate Name or Mythical Hero Name, etc. So I made up the ultimate one! Now you can learn your Actual Name!©  Just follow the guidelines below. Have fun and don’t forget to tell your friends how to discover their Actual Name!©

Actual Name gameI’ve been told I have an absurd sense of humor. But I think that’s just mean, don’t you?

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The Wishing Map 111

Have you ever faced a physically, emotionally, or spiritually “unbeatable” foe? What did you do to overcome it?

Mitch Teemley

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Note: To read The Wishing Map from the beginning, click here.

The Wishing Map

Chapter Twenty-Two: Everything (Continued)

Previously: In pursuit of the Questing Beast, and prodded by an inscrutable sword, Gina and Zack continued their journey.

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Zack had figured out how to mime-converse with Buigor the mute swordsman, and had now progressed to telling stories. The child-like warrior was entranced, and soon began pantomiming parts of his own. In short, they got on brilliantly. By the time the coach stopped for the night, Zack had convinced Buigor to teach Gina how to use her broadsword. Lessons would begin the next morning.

The moment she fell asleep, Gina’s dream returned. This time she was both hero and disembodied viewer: “Noooooooooo!” groaned hero Gina, but viewer Gina had no idea why. Then she saw that the mysterious stranger was on his knees before her, his…

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