Saturday Caturday

I had a terrible migraine last weekend, so I missed Saturday Caturday! I’m sorry to have missed writing about my buddies!

I have been wanting to clean out my linen closet, and yesterday I decided to get to it. Well … things didn’t quite work out as planned. I started going through all the mess of material scraps and old clothes that were stuffed in there when I had to stop to take a phone call. When I came back, guess who had made a nice bed for himself? You guessed it! Radar the cat!

Well, that was a job that never got done. Another day …

Inside a book

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A book is not shut in by its contours, is not walled-up as in a fortress. It asks nothing better than to exist outside itself, or to let you exist in it. In short, the extraordinary fact in the case of a book is the falling away of the barriers between you and it. You are inside it; it is inside you; there is no longer either outside or inside.

Georges Poulet
Phenomenology of Reading

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HALLOWEEN (SAMHAIN)

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31st October is considered by most Wiccans to be the most important of the four Greater Sabbats. Many see it as a time to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on, and it often involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of the faith, friends and other loved ones who have died. In some rituals the spirits of the departed are invited, but not conjured, to attend the festivities.

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They Can Go Their Own Way

Good one!

On The Fence Voters

June 13, 2015

One day, the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”

Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it. Spent a little extra time in New York City. Man … uh, God … I love that place.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my white evangelical servants? There is no one on earth like them; smug and self-centered, folks who fear anyone unlike them and who shun compassion.”

“Yeah, I know them well; they’re easily duped. I rarely bother with them any longer; there’s little challenge in deceiving them.”

“Well then, Satan, how’d you like an opportunity to put their gullibility and insincerity to the ultimate test? A do-or-die challenge of their true loyalties.”

“Well then, Satan, how’d you like an…

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A genomic and evolutionary analysis of an extinct saber-toothed cat

This is VERY interesting. Take a read!

Why Evolution Is True

A recent article in Current Biology, which you should be able get for free by clicking on the screenshot below, describes sequencing the entire genome of an extinct saber-toothed cat, thereby gaining some insight into its evolutionary history. (You can get the pdf here, and the full reference is at the bottom. If you can’t see the piece, make a judicious inquiry.)

The cat is Homotherium latidens, also known as the European saber-toothed cat (it’s also called a “scimitar-toothed cat” because its teeth were smaller than true sabertooths like Smilodon), and it probably lived from a few million years ago until fairly recently (the late Pleistocene, about 12,000 years ago). It may thus have encountered modern humans. It was about the size of a male African lion, and a reconstruction from Prehistoric Fauna looks like this (note the saber teeth and very short bobtail).

The species…

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Sunday Sonnet

Another one from The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology, edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland. This poem is written by Alice Notley.

References.

Hirsch, Edward & Eavan Boland, editors. The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology. NY: W.W.Norton & Company, 2008. this poem is found on page 275.

Sexual Abuse

The story of my life, right here. At age sixty, still trying to cope.

Winter Dragonflies on Mental Health and Wellbeing

The sad Truth is Sexual Abuse of a Child happens far to often; I won’t go in to the statistics as I don’t believe anything will be gained by doing so and there is plenty of information in other blogs or on the Internet about it.

What I will say though is how much it hurts every time I turn on the TV or read a news article about yet another case. It fills my heart with sadness that another child has had their life turned upside down at the hands of their abuser. What about the cases that go unreported, there are far more unreported cases than there are reported ones, so many people never get the justice that they deserve.

The impact Sexual Abuse has on a child, on a person, can be life long. Some never fully come to terms or overcome what they have experienced, turning…

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Go Vat Notes

About the Jez of It

Originating in Cambodia the Go Vat became popular among French poets in the late 1800s. It consists of a couplet which sets the rhyme of the subsequent stanzas, and a third line that repeats either in total, a phrase, or the last word throughout the poem. This gives the following structure and schema

xxxxxxxa
xxxxxxxa
xxxxxxxB

xxxxxxxa
xxxxxxxa
xxxxxxxB

and so on.

Example

My Spirit by Terry Clitheroe

My spirit is no longer part of me
I gave it away to you most willingly
Together with my heart.

I would share it all with thee
And boast for all the world to see
Willingly giving you my heart.

Tell me of your love I will agree
And share my life to infinity
See again I offer you my heart.

Isn't love the most simplistic plea
Showing you are open and free
Infinity calls let's share one heart

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