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    Odie & Rosie on Woodstove.jpg........... Odie & Rosie on Woodstove

    Odie.jpg........... Odie

    Tinker Bell 1.jpg...........Tinker Bell

    Tinker Bell 2.jpg...........Tinker Bell (again)

    Rosie as a kitten.jpg...........Rosie as a kitten

    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
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    who am I but a stitch in time
    what if I were to bare my soul
    would you see me origami

    7-8-2015

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    A simpler time; I was still in High School when that song by The Cats came out (not that I recall it)... Nice vibrato from the lead singer though.

    Heartwing rings a bell - ah, we crossed paths on the The LitNet Poetry Anthology – submit here thread back in '16... http://www.online-literature.com/for...mit-here/page2

    Enjoyed Ms. Heartwing's short story; her ending:
    It’s been months now and I’m half crazed. To be honest, I hope to die.
    ... as worthy as an O. Henry ending.

    (lol) Yes, the cat is quite extraneous in the "music" piece I posted and definitely had to be bribed to stay.

    Shelley's poem: noteworthy for it being his earliest surviving poem... interesting.

    Your news item is amusing. Lots of mountain lions in these thar hills; neighbors posting about them on facebook every day. I hear them on occasion, but have yet to see more than a paw print.

    Music: Al Stewart - Year of the Cat... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRUmRNjv64Q

    A short poem by Issa -

    Arise from sleep, old cat,
    and with great yawns and stretching
    amble out for love


    ... and a Sad Cat Poem - https://www.huffpost.com/entry/sad-cat-poem-_n_2590608

    Short Story: "Cat Pictures Please" by NAOMI KRITZER — starts:
    I don’t want to be evil.

    I want to be helpful. But knowing the optimal way to be helpful can be very complicated. There are all these ethical flow charts—I guess the official technical jargon would be “moral codes”—one for each religion plus dozens more. I tried starting with those... http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/kritzer_01_15/
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    Quote Originally Posted by tailor STATELY View Post
    Odie & Rosie on Woodstove.jpg........... Odie & Rosie on Woodstove

    Odie.jpg........... Odie

    Tinker Bell 1.jpg...........Tinker Bell

    Tinker Bell 2.jpg...........Tinker Bell (again)

    Rosie as a kitten.jpg...........Rosie as a kitten

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    AAAAAIIIIIII!A charming cat family you have/had there! And they are all very different from each other.
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    Babalú.jpg Babalú
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    Sorry!Only succeeded in upload an image of my (former) black queen Babalú. Babalú disapeared after on year, I suspect someone stole her.

    A bit of cat music Japanese Style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAIGb1lfpBw

    Lolsnif! I don´t believe that you unearthtened The LitNet Poetry Anthology that was to be. Yes that was it. Heartwing registered at the forum, just when this discussions were going on. It´s a pity it didn´t work, but Heartwing still can be found and followed on her WordPress blog.

    I saw this doc at the movies, splendid. And I think the Turks were also talking about freedom and good neighborhood:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDzevFPOMjY

    Guillaume Apollinaire | The Cat
    In my house I want:
    A reasonable woman,
    A cat passing among the books,
    And friends in every season,
    Whom I cannot live without.
    Loved the sad cat poem: "can you help me to be happy"

    "Cat Pictures Please" - the most intelligent story about AI I ever read. That´s the future I think, only the AIs won´t necessarily be amiable.

    The two cats- amoral tale https://shortstoriesshort.com/story/two-cats/moral tale

    The poem cat- by Erica Jong
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    Just heard Year of the Cat, good Lyrics. Sorry for spreading and for not been able to take out the pictures with errors.

    The poem cat- by Erica Jong
    https://lyrics.lol/artist/42149-eric...9-the-poem-cat
    (This link I can edit, the link above not)
    Last edited by Danik 2016; 09-20-2019 at 02:46 AM.
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    Yes, I understand... the pictures I finally posted were time consuming; maybe having to do with size, etc,. Also noticed that links need to be managed in a different way ? I've come to start using the URL/URL coding rather than relying on LitNet picking them up in "raw" form. Anywho...

    I'm so sorry about the loss/theft of your cat.

    The photo of Babalú is wonderful (gorgeous cat)... I see some siamese in his/her facial features.

    MitchiriNeko March: (lol) Quite whinsical.

    Counter with "Postman Pat and His Black & White Cat" which I stumbled upon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiFNt8nGffA... it's a BBC show evidently.

    ... and a Petula Clark short song from a bygone age - The Cat in the Window (The Birds in the Sky)... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN5TPjDL8Rk

    Two Cats moral tale: https://shortstoriesshort.com/story/two-cats/... cute story. I believe there is a typo in the ending: I would substitute "share" for "shan't" -
    The poor cats were very hungry. But their roti was gone. They said, “We will not fight again. If we find some more food, we shall shan’t equally.” And they both went away to look for a mouse to eat.
    Kedi: The cat video short looks interesting... may look up the film later. Nice to see a peoples respecting feral cats in society. Your point about society is well taken... a lyric by Rush from their song "Tom Sawyer": "What you say about his company / Is what you say about society."... full lyrics: https://www.songfacts.com/lyrics/rush/tom-sawyer ... the entire song could be about cats (lol); (song video on same page).

    Loved Apollinaire's short poem and The Poem Cat by Erica Jong; my first time reading Erica's work:
    ... the poem will get hungry
    and come
    just like a cat
    coming home
    when you least
    expect her.
    A tiny poem I wrote 5-years ago:

    Of Being: Cats and Dogs

    Dogs are
    Cats is

    2/25/2014

    Short Story: The Boy Who Drew Cats — starts:
    A LONG, long time ago, in a small country-village in Japan, there lived a poor farmer and his wife, who were very good people. They had a number of children, and found it very hard to feed them all. The elder son was strong enough when only fourteen years old to help his father; and the little girls learned to help their; mother almost as soon as they could walk...
    http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/b...ydrewcats.html
    ... I have to admit that the moral or message is deeper than my understanding.

    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
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    who am I but a stitch in time
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    7-8-2015

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    I am quite sure you are right about the pictures, tailor, but I didn´t grasp how you use an URL/URL coding. In the German forum, which has a similar layout as Litnet, there is no Problem at all as long as the pics are in the required formatting. Congrats, you must have spent some time over it!

    Thanks, tailor, Babalú disappeared in 1996. It seems some lives ago now. I never tought about Siamese, but some people likened her to Egyptian cats.

    A good singer Petula Clark, makes me nostalgic her style of singing. Postman Clark is cute!

    A bit of rock for cats:https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=kxELjU3f7Z4

    and here is Maru:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uDuls5TyNE

    I´m not sure I noticed the typo in the story Two Cats-These texts sometimes go through so many hands...

    Loved your tiny poem: "Cats certainly is", any cat will agree with that.

    A rather sad poem:https://www.poemhunter.com/poems/cat/page-2/9703035/

    The Boy Who Drew Cats-The tiny place where the boy slept suggested to me a modest beginning, as he was in a crossroads as to his future. He didn´t fall prey to ambition and eventually made his way. Anyway this is only the roaming of my imagination.

    This story does little honor to the cat: https://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/jftl/jftl12.htm

    Cat Psychology:http://www.bbc.com/future/story/2018...ut-a-cats-purr
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    An Acoustic Feast (Cashmere Cat)

    harp; samba?
    rubber chicken!
    electronica... et
    je ne sais quoi !!

    9/24/2019


    • Maru: LOL... simply precious.

    • Like a Cheshire Cat: Yes, time does march on: "But now I’m left, a poor sad old feline, / Couldn’t even attract a porcupine."

    • re: The Boy Who Drew Cats: I think you're spot on.

    • re: The Quarrel of the Cat and Dog: Poor doggy; I know he became happy at Seth's home

    Some cat poems by Francesco Marciuliano; narrated by Phil Lowe... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFLVuSLWMZc

    ... and only because having a cat on a keyboard was brought up in a poem (in the previous video by Francesco) - another poem I penned:

    Regarding Cats & Earwax

    While pondering earwax
    and its fondness by cats
    I recalled that one could
    check one's keyboard
    with a UV lamp
    for signs of feline mist

    4/16/2011


    The Monkey and the Cat... an Aesop's fable, starts:
    Once upon a time a Cat and a Monkey lived as pets in the same house. They were great friends and were constantly in all sorts of mischief together. What they seemed to think of more than anything else was to get something to eat, and it did not matter much to them how they got it... http://mythfolklore.net/aesopica/milowinter/61.htm
    My favorite Carl Sandburg poem:

    Fog

    The fog comes
    on little cat feet.

    It sits looking
    over harbor and city
    on silent haunches
    and then moves on.


    Music: Phenomenal Cat by The Kinks... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rOjt2h1Gr8

    Just because: Grumpy Cat! (RIP)... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnotF-QN3v8

    From your psychology citation (the other link)"Your Cat is Controlling You!": http://www.bbc.com/future/story/2014...trol-our-minds

    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
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    who am I but a stitch in time
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    would you see me origami

    7-8-2015

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    Lol!Nice poem inspired by Cashmere cat! Some more eletronics:https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=biZknQ-JuG4

    re:Like a Cheshire Cat
    To a cat:https://www.poemhunter.com/poems/cat/page-1/15298/

    re:re: The Quarrel of the Cat and Dog: Poor doggy; I know he became happy at Seth's home. Yes, not a very favorable portrait of a cat.

    Simply loved the poems by Marciulano. Very well presented. There are more of him in the net, but I think these are the best.

    http://edelweiss-assets.abovethetree...%20This_2G.pdf

    "I recalled that one could
    check one's keyboard
    with a UV lamp
    for signs of feline mist" "Feline mist" Lol! I think cats would aprove the elegant expression.

    The Monkey and the Cat...This time the disadvantage was with the cat.

    Puss in the Boots by Angela Carter- Finally found the text. A bit long but very worth reading:

    https://genius.com/Angela-carter-pus...oots-annotated

    Just bookmarked uplifting Phenomenal Cat tohear it sometimes.

    Well, here is a human cat:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=kzYwz1_Imk8.

    Absolutely loved old Grump. But is he riding on a toy or is it that room cleaning robot?

    Colonel Meow (RIP):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYHcnpfkxqY

    I just noticed we are building quite an Encyclopedia about all things cat. If you feel it is expanding too much or if you want to change the theme, just tell me.
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    Electronica: Deadmau5 ! Love his work.

    To a Cat... Loved it. The poem had me at word #1. A new favorite to add to the multitude: A lightsome poem not overwhelmed by its rhyme scheme - with a deftness added in L2 of each stanza.

    abovethetreeline: A wonderful find! Francesco's poetry cracks me up:
    "...I gaze into your two kind eyes
    And wonder, “Who is that?”"... (lol)

    Thank you for the text: Puss in the Boots by Angela Carter - I couldn't find it myself... Will give it a read soon.

    Re: Phenomenal Cat by The Kinks - When I think of The Kinks this song does not come to mind at all... I do not think I have ever heard it before... quite a departure from their mainstream rock.

    Ah, Sir Elton John... one of his best IMHO.

    Grumpy Cat on a real robo-vacuum. He'll be missed

    Colonel Meow's Diaries: A Rise to Power... (lol) his looks reminds me (for some unfathomable reason) of those monkeys in Japan that sit in the hotsprings in Jigokudani Monkey Park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FzrsIOnIpo
    .
    .
    .

    You're prolly right... Just a few more then I will yield to sanity:

    A short story “The Cat in the Mourning Hat” and review; begins:
    A man had a little cat he loved dearly. He fed her at his table every day, on a diet of fish and rice... https://celebratingcats.com/lucinda-...airy-tale-cats
    Why do cats like boxes?... https://www.inverse.com/article/3825...rce=newsletter

    Perhaps some nano stories ?

    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
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    who am I but a stitch in time
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    A different kind of music (the talking bit is very short):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL8GfZ0B4HU

    Long may you love your pensioner mouse,
    Though one of a tribe that torment the house:
    Nor dislike for her cruel sport the cat
    Deadly foe both of mouse and rat;
    Remember she follows the law of her kind,
    And Instinct is neither wayward nor blind.
    Then think of her beautiful gliding form,
    Her tread that would scarcely crush a worm,
    And her soothing song by the winter fire,
    Soft as the dying throb of the lyre.
    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poe...sed-to-a-child
    Enjoyed the apes with their private swimming pool. Now, what you would think of having this fellow in your garden?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpK1lZJmbJY

    But boxes aren’t just for little kitties to enjoy. Big cats in wildlife reserves have also been known to enjoy sitting in boxes, bringing “if I fits, I sits” to a new level.
    LoL! Tino loved cardboard boxes, but he despised those out of unscratchable cardboard. By the way , who invented the cat first person conjugation?

    Liked “The Cat in the Mourning Hat”. This time the cat comes out well.

    https://www.hillspet.com/cat-care/be...-tail-language

    Now really! Nano stories in this thread! Where did you get that idea!
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    Two cool cats with some very soulfull music.

    Enjoyed the poem; especially:
    ... Then think of her beautiful gliding form,
    Her tread that would scarcely crush a worm,
    And her soothing song by the winter fire,
    Soft as the dying throb of the lyre.

    ... But likings come, and pass away;
    ’Tis love that remains till our latest day:
    Our heavenward guide is holy love,
    And will be our bliss with saints above.
    The panda cub is adorable.

    re: "who invented the cat first person conjugation?"... lol, a whimsy I believe on my part; googling other possibilities gave me hours of fun but no real answers (other than an i iz cat reference at https://www.iizcat.com/)

    And lastly... more whimsy for those tense moments (including a nano story sneaked in at the end!)... https://thegrammarcat.com/tag/past-tense/ - with more helpful informative "stuff" on the side links (recht).

    And my own nano attempt:

    I fell in love with Figaro at first sight; a mewing ball of fluff castaway under our home. I retrieved her by getting her to cling to a broom head and drew her near. She became my constant companion as I crafted poetry on my old desktop... ofttimes whispurring suggestions.

    10/2/2019

    Lastly, some music - a genre I explore on occasion when the mood suits me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hxv...KCn7S4&index=5

    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
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    who am I but a stitch in time
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    A bit more about cat first Person:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolcat

    and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBG6agP2gKk

    Loved the tense moments + nano story, very helpful in an English class.

    Cute nano story about Figaro. Seems now we are going seriously into nano stories.

    It would be good perhaps to establish a chalenge. A very usual one, 99 words,no more, nor less(title not included) so here is my attempt:

    Babalú

    When we found Babalú, she was 70% scabies and only 30% cat. The boy of the neighbors offered her some food, she raised her tired little head and ate. Even with scabies she was charismatic, people fell instantly in love with her. She received food and milk and a cardboard for sleeping. After medication, she developed into a beautiful silken black cat. When I invited her home, she inspected fastidiously every corner of the house. During three days, she forgot about the garden.

    We had a good time together. Then, one day, she vanished for ever.
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    Thanks for the music, reminds me of my yoga days.
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