Please see the post below for details and ways to help; also, if you cannot help financially, please do spread the word, here and/or on Facebook! I know Linda and the cat rescue would be very grateful.
Originally posted by lindahoyland at Filipos Apollo
I fell in love when I saw this video. Filipos was found trapped in a car engine on a beach.
(do take a look, it's under three minutes long and you can see how adorable this kitten is!)
If anyone would like to celebrate the hoped-for arrival of a very special little boy, I'd be thrilled if you could donate to the charity arranging his adoption. Some friends are kindly planning to bring him to me and have asked for donations in lieu of travel costs.
God's Little People.
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I fell in love with another Greek cat last spring, but sadly he was too timid for the journey, then I spotted Filipos last month and fell in love and being a kitten he should travel easily.
If you think I've been distracted of late, this is why as I won't be able to relax or believe it till I have Filipos in my arms and my cat family is complete.
Cat! who hast pass'd thy grand climacteric,
How many mice and rats hast in thy days
Destroy'd? - How many tit bits stolen? Gaze
With those bright languid segments green, and prick
Those velvet ears - but pr'ythee do not stick
Thy latent talons in me - and upraise
Thy gentle mew - and tell me all thy frays
Of fish and mice, and rats and tender chick.
Nay, look not down, nor lick thy dainty wrists -
For all the wheezy asthma, - and for all
Thy tail's tip is nick'd off - and though the fists
Of many a maid have given thee many a maul,
Still is that fur as soft as when the lists
In youth thou enter'dst on glass bottled wall.
Posthumous and fugitive Poems
[Read the biographical context.]
The scholar and his cat, Pangur Bán
(from the Irish by Robin Flower)
I and Pangur Ban my cat,
'Tis a like task we are at:
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night.
Better far than praise of men
'Tis to sit with book and pen;
Pangur bears me no ill-will,
He too plies his simple skill.
'Tis a merry task to see
At our tasks how glad are we,
When at home we sit and find
Entertainment to our mind.
Oftentimes a mouse will stray
In the hero Pangur's way;
Oftentimes my keen thought set
Takes a meaning in its net.
'Gainst the wall he sets his eye
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
'Gainst the wall of knowledge I
All my little wisdom try.
When a mouse darts from its den,
O how glad is Pangur then!
O what gladness do I prove
When I solve the doubts I love!
So in peace our task we ply,
Pangur Ban, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.
Practice every day has made
Pangur perfect in his trade;
I get wisdom day and night
Turning darkness into light.
A medieval manuscript that was peed on by a cat
Scribe was forced to leave the rest of the page empty, drew a picture of a cat and cursed the creature with the following words:
“Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”
[Here is nothing missing, but a cat urinated on this during a certain night. Cursed be the pesty cat that urinated over this book during the night in Deventer and because of it many others [other cats] too. And beware well not to leave open books at night where cats can come.]
Cologne, Historisches Archiv, G.B. quarto, 249, fol. 68r
(from History Daily FB pg)
Minnow, go to sleep and dream,
Close your great big eyes;
Round your bed Events prepare
The pleasantest surprise.
Darling Minnow, drop that frown,
Not a kitten shall be drowned
In the Marxist State.
Joy and Love will both be yours,
Minnow, don't be glum.
Happy days are coming soon --
Sleep, and let them come...
Elizabeth Bishop, 1937
Firefighters in Topeka, Kan., rescued a cat from a tree. They also rescued its owner after she scaled the tree to fetch her cat.
A fire department shift commander said the woman and the cat were 16 feet up in a large tree when they were plucked out Wednesday.
And, he said, that kind of dual rescue isn't uncommon in Topeka. (AP)
Driven to succeed
"I felt like I'd achieved everything I really wanted to achieve. This was the one thing left..."
Christian Whiteley-Mason, 42, of Barnsley, England, who recently passed his driving test after 32 failures, 14 instructors and 85 lessons in 25 years
...I confess I am curious to know what this gentleman's other achievements are...
Write a story of any length on any topic(Family friendly, please in honour of the season).
Award yourself the banner and post the story on your LJ and any archive you please with a link to this post.
Here's another, more general 6-word writing challenge from lindahoyland: Reuben's writing challenge
And, here's my response to the Easter one; to borrow the phrase from methylviolet10b, there's "a metric ton of rust on the part of the author." Concrit welcome, as always!
( SH writes a letter: )
This is run by lindahoyland's friend Lynne; and if you're not on Facebook, but would like to submit a photo, please contact lindahoyland, and she can submit it for you!
Cats and all other pets are welcome; it only costs 1 pound per photo. There are several categories, such as "Best in Show", "Bright Eyes", etc., and every participant gets a pretty rosette in the mail!
The funds raised from the entry fees will be used for cat food and medicine for Lynne's cats, Missy and Chance.
Please repost and share if you can!
And here are lindahoyland's Harry and Reuben; this photo won in the "Judge's Favourite" category.
Sea lion Bella gives her keeper Sam Clark a smooch, Blair Drummond Safari Park, Scotland
Eleven more pics and two embedded videos under the cut.
( eleven more pics and two embedded videos, all child/work-safe )