Some foods are more important than others. Think about spinach, often called “the whiskbroom of the bowel.” And then there’s dark chocolate, a well-known “upper” that makes us happy and content. Now I ask you….

Why are so many older people good at staying home where they are safe from the virus? Because they are eating dark chocolate.


Did you know that micturition means “the act of peeing”? So DAMN probably means “dreaded, anxious micturition needs.”


Why did God make cats? Because He couldn’t resist, even though He knew He was asking for trouble.

Why did God make dogs? Because He knew how much we’d need them.

Why did God make cows? To create milk and cream for making ice cream, fudge, cheeses, and dark chocolate.


Question: If no one is coming to my house, which is true most days during this weird time, why should I bother to put on clothing? Pajamas are easier to launder and never need ironing. If I get chocolate on them, who cares? They are pajamas.

(Simple solutions are usually best.)

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  • Joan Carris

*** The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged

by the way its animals are treated. Mahatma Gandhi ***


Tiger, Tiger burning bright/In the forests of the night,

What immortal hand or eye/Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies/ Burnt the fire of thine eyes?

On what wings dare he aspire?/ What the hand dare seize the fire?

“The Tiger”--William Blake


Wee sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie,

O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!

Thou need na start awa sae hasty,

Wi’ bickerin’ brattle!

“To a Mouse”—Robert Burns


Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

~~ Mark Twain


The poet T.S. Eliot wrote Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the basis for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1981 musical CATS. The poems were written for his godchildren, only later collected in a book. (Eliot is the Old Possum here, a man who clearly knows and loves cats.) This small volume is a treasure.


The Cat. He walked by himself and all places were alike to him.

…He went back through the Wet Wild Woods, waving his wild tail, and walking by his wild lone. But he never told anybody.

Rudyard Kipling, “The Cat that Walked by Himself”

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  • Joan Carris

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.

--Frederick Douglas, April 1886

In our souls we long for justice—for life to be FAIR. I remember wailing at various injustices in grade school. “Nobody else has to go to bed at 8:30!” I would cry. Or, “Everybody else in the whole world has a dog… or a cat! Or just a little kitten! Pleeeeeze??” I begged. Often.

In my case, justice was done: I had three children who also wailed when life was not fair. Because life is NOT fair. Not everyone has an IQ like Bill Gates or Barack Obama. Few women are as beautiful as Hollywood actresses or as brilliant and lovely as Vice-President Kamala Harris. Hardly any are as gifted as the football player Tom Brady or golfer Tiger Woods—or tennis stars Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams—Hey, I played tennis and never got to be in a Big Tournament!

SO… we are not all alike, and that probably wouldn’t solve our many problems anyway. I believe we should thank all the gods there be if we are normal, regular folks, who are upset

when life seems blatantly unfair. Thus, I am submitting a few prayers-for-justice to all of the gods.

1. People who are deliberately mean or cruel to other people should be reborn as fire ants.

2. Those who shoot guns at animals or other humans should be placed with their guns on a deserted island in the middle of the Pacific, and left there to shoot it out.

3. Anyone who thinks that war is a solution needs a lobotomy.

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