Tummyrub Tuesday

This happens all the time when I am writing.

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Canadian Genocide


Colleen R. Jantzen

Kamloops, British Columbia

Brandon, Manitoba

Regina, Saskatchewan

Cowessess, Saskatchewan

Lestock, Saskatchewan

Carlisle, (Prince Albert) Saskatchewan

(One would have been too many)

A voice 
Many voices
A Thousand voices
Thousands upon thousands of voices

Weeping for their children because they are no more 
Weeping for their children because they are no more 
Weeping for their children because they are no more 

 I am weeping for your children because they are no more 

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Sunday Sonnet

Today’s poem is by Paul Valéry, a French poet, essayist & philosopher. This was translated by the poet & translator Richard Wilbur. From The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology.


Valéry, Paul. “Helen”. translated by Richard Wilbur. The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology. Edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland. NY: W.W.Norton & Company, 2008.

“Stop feeding birds and take down your feeders” says Indiana Department of Natural Resources

I expect to hear about this in NY soon. It sounds like the deer disease that we have been dealing with for at least the last 10 years.


In late May of this year songbirds were turning up sick and dying in Monroe County, Indiana, home of Indiana University. Birds were found with swollen and crusty eyes and neurological issues. Affected birds have also been found is several other counties, though not in ours. Species mostly affected are the blue jay, American robin, common grackle, starling, northern cardinal and brown-headed cowbird. We have seen all of these birds regularly at our backyard feeders.

On Friday May 25, 2021 the Indiana DNR issued the following for residents in all Indiana counties: So far testing has only confirmed that the dead birds have not succumbed to avian influenza and West Nile virus. Stop feeding birds until the mortality event has concluded. Clean feeders and baths with a 10% bleach solution. Avoid handling birds. If you need to handle birds, wear disposable gloves.

Further updates may be found at this DNR…

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Saturday Caturday

Radar playing with one of the cat toys. It is filled with catnip – every so often, he stops to lick his paws & rub them on his face.

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I dunno what’s going on here…

I love this pope.

Mock Paper Scissors

Click image to go to AP story

…but I like it:

‘Super-hero’ in Spider-Man outfit meets pope at Vatican

VATICAN CITY (AP) — While Pope Francis is usually the star at Vatican gatherings, Spider-Man, or at least an Italian who dresses up like the character, was the attention-grabber among the public lined up in rows during the pontiff’s weekly Wednesday audience.

Matteo Villardita, 28, dons the comic-book and movie super-hero outfit to cheer up hospitalized children, like those at the Vatican’s pediatric hospital which he planned to visit later on Wednesday.

Now, imagine Popenführer doing that?

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Tuesday Tummyrub

I learned about Tuesday Tummyrub from Katzenworld.co.uk, which is a GREAT website … all about cats! Check it out, there’s all kind of information about your cat’s health, the best diet for your cat, living with your cat during this pandemic – which is not over yet – traveling &/or moving with a cat – & many more cat-related ideas & issues. I am SO glad that I subscribed to this blog. Like so many of the blogs that I subscribe to, not every single post is something that I care to read – BUT – if I don’t skim through each one, I won’t see the posts that I am truly grateful to read!

& Every Tuesday, they have a “Tuesday Tummyrub”, which features cats lying on their backs & showing their beautiful bellies … because they love to have them rubbed!

So I am going to start doing a “Tuesday Tummyrub” … featuring my cats, of course, & pictures of cats of mine from the past who loved to lay on their backs & display their lovely bellies!

All MY kitties … past & present … love to have their bellies rubbed & kissed & adored!

Here’s Radar … ready to have his belly rubbed & kissed & loved! Radar especially loves to have his belly kissed! Much more than just rubbed!

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Sunday Sonnet

Today’s poem is taken from The Penguin Book of Women’s Poets. Back in the 1980s, I worked at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library & I used to borrow this book all the time – it was a major influence on my poetry at the time. A few years ago, I found it at a used book store & immediately scooped it up. It remains one of my favorite collection of poetry.

This sonnet is by Louise Labé. She is one of the greatest poets of the French Renaissance.


Labé, Louise. “XX”. The Penguin Book of Women Poets. Edited by Carol Cosman, Joan Keefe & Kathleen Weaver. NY: Penguin Books, 1979. poem found on page 110.

Saturday Caturday

The cats have been sleeping on my bed lately. It’s their new favorite place to snooze.

photograph © polly macdavid