The American Academy of Poets welcomes in Women’s History Month (March) with this list of poems:
That first poem is a “rewrite” of a famous John Donne Holy Sonnet Batter my heart, three-person’d God which is one of my favorite poems. What do you think about what Day did with the Donne poem?
I do have an update on my cat Tiger and the test for pancreatitis. Her test is at the very high end of normal. That result, coupled with her other out of whack test results could mean that she has an inflammation of the pancreas. The question is whether she has an inflammation that can improve, but has started a slow decline (kidney disease, for instance) because of her age (15)–or if it’s the beginning of a very serious disease. She is asking for prayers and healing vibes. OK, I am asking on her behalf, but she does want them!
Here is a cool reading opportunity, as well as an opportunity to help shelter animals, at the incredible bargain price of $.99! That’s LESS THAN A DOLLAR, FOLKS! One of the recipients of the funds is Home Fur Good, the shelter where I volunteer!!!!!!!!! An all-female group of cozy mystery writers wrote a story collection which is available for preorder now through the following sites. Summer Snoops Unleashed. Each story is the length of a novella, between 15,000-30,000 words.
Preorder it now because: All the royalties from pre-orders will be donated to the Rescues. Royalties collected after release will go to help authors defray the cost of publishing and marketing. So the time to buy is NOW!!!! I just purchased mine through Apple iTunes!
Maria Grazia Swan is a mystery writer who also volunteers at Home Fur Good. Her story is included in this collection. Maria has published several mystery series, and they are wonderfully written, fun cozies, featuring dogs and cats.
Lastly, a lil ole reminder about Kin Types as a good addition to Women’s History Month.
“Kin Types exhumes the women who have died long ago to give life to them, if only for a few moments. Through genealogical and historical research, Luanne Castle has re-discovered the women who came before her. Using an imaginative lens, she allows them to tell their stories through lyric poems, prose poems, and flash nonfiction.”
79 responses to “Cats and Dogs and Poems, Oh My! And Mysteries, Too!”
Hugs for Tiger!
I am letting you know that I made an error in the price of the set of mysteries. It’s 99 CENTS, as in less than a dollar!
Good vibes for healing to Tiger! And for all the great support you give the shelter animals!!
Thank you, Eric! I try! And I was thrilled to see these other writers writing for the animals :)!
Update, Eric: I made an error in the price of the set of mysteries. It’s 99 CENTS, as in less than a dollar!
Prayers for Tiger!
Thank you! How are you feeling, Jill?
Not good, but thank you for asking. xo
I’m so sorry, Jill. I’m praying for your swift recovery.
Thank you! <3
I was thinking about you yesterday, Jill. The huge lobby are of the Kimmel Center has a sort of playground (swings with virtual headsets) and there are table that had games and jigsaw puzzles! I wondered if anyone came in and just sat there all day working on a puzzle. 🙂 Hope you feel better soon!
LOL! I would definitely be one of those people who would sit there are day working a puzzle, Merril. Working the puzzle doesn’t hurt my eyes like the computer. 🙂 Thanks for the well wishes. I think my eyes are drying out into dust!
Oh dear. Sorry to hear that. Hope you find some relief.
Oh, Jill, I’m sorry to hear your eyes are still troubling you. Does it hurt your eyes to write longhand? Maybe you can find a typist (maybe a friend) who could type up your work, give you more time away from the computer. ♥️
Thank you, Marie. I have been writing longhand. There’s not much I can do about the day job, though. <3
Dang day job …
Yeah, but good health insurance to pay for my eye issues! 🙂
Oh, dear, yes! Health insurance! That’s what keeps me tethered to my day job 😉
I made an error in the price of the set of mysteries and want to let everyone know. It’s 99 CENTS, as in less than a dollar!
Wishing tha best for Tiger
Thank you, Derrick!
Derrick, I made an error in the price of the set of mysteries. It’s 99 CENTS, as in less than a dollar!
I will have to come back to read the poems, but thank you for the list.
Thinking good thoughts for Tiger! Poor baby! At least it’s not totally bad news (says the optimist).
The book is such a good idea, and of course Kin Types!
What a difference a PERIOD makes.I made an error in the price of the set of mysteries. It’s 99 CENTS, as in less than a dollar! Man oh man. The listis fabulous!
Thank you about Tiger and Kin Types, Merril. The book for the shelter animals is a great idea. So wish I had put that period in that to begin with. This shows how I tired I am with so much family/friends in town.
It looks like you’ve been having a great time! 🙂
LOL! We did. It was fun meeting Jason’s parents and spending time with them. Then Mom is here. And Uncle Don. (Keeling over from exhaustion)
Hang in there! 🙂
It’s so hard when our fur babies are ill. They can’t tell you what they want you to do so I’m just sending good vibes and prayers. I love the idea of writing stories in support of rescue shelters. I’ll have to figure out how to get a copy as I love stories with animals in them. It seems they aren’t sold through Amazon. ;(
The package will be sold on Amazon in April. IN the meantime, you can buy through Barnes and Noble (not sure if that’s only for the Nook or can be used by other devices) or iTunes through Apple to use on phones, ipads, etc. There are some other places through the link I posted here, but I am not familiar with them.
I’ll look for it.
Thank you! And the furbabies thank you!
Re Tiger, thank you SO much! She has been eating much better and actually gained a little weight in the past couple of days!
Hello Luanne, thank you so much for posting this.
Maria, a huge thanks to you and the other writers for writing these stories to benefit the shelter animals! xo
The fur and skin folks here are praying for Tiger.
Thank you so much! I realized this morning that Tiger has put on a little weight in the past couple of days so that seems good to me! She was getting very skinny.
Diving into the Wreck has always been a favorite. I’m not familiar with some of these poems, so I will go back and read them.
Tiger is in my prayers, and I’m sure Bootsie, Sylvie, Penny, and Flora are remembering to pray, too. They all have different methods of prayer as they belong to varying religious affiliations (I know it’s strange, but true!). But I know they’re praying for Tiger. Our minpin, Demi, had chronic pancreatitis. I sure hope for the best for your kitty.
That’s such a good idea for a fundraiser. Is the price for the entire set? Can anything be purchased individually?
It’s $.99 for the set, so go PURCHASE :)! Yes, I wrote a paper on Diving into the Wreck exactly one million years ago!
Thank you and please thank your fur congregants for their prayers, too! Tiger and I both appreciate it very much!
I’m embarrassed! I must’ve sounded so miserly and cheap. I thought it was $99.00! 🤣 of course I will buy them all! Thanks!
🤣🤣🤣 I accidentally wrote it that way at first! My bad.
Hoping that Tiger will continue to improve! Thanks for all the great information about poems and pets! Sending love.
Best wishes and prayers for Tiger and of course, for you!
Hugs and kisses to Tiger and you, thoughts and prayers as well. We know our cats (as well as us) go into decline, but we just want it to be slow and easy.
I’m so sorry about Tiger.
Luanne, thank you for the update on Tiger, sending good thoughts and prayers your and her way!
Thank you so much, Theresa. She seems to be doing pretty well right now!
That’s great! Good to hear she’s holding her own!
She’s sitting right here. So cute and so tiny. She doesn’t seem worse at all !
Yay Miss Tiger! Our Mittens has been seen attempting to groom her nether half recently, so that’s a good sign. We still do the half-baths, as her size precludes her being able to do the full grooming. 🙂 Thanks to you for suggesting it!
Oh, I am so glad she’s been so proactive about her grooming! Hahaha, you’re welcome.
Well, it’s funny because she tries but can’t quite reach certain places … and then she mildly de-furs the substitute places as a result of the grooming instinct. We’re keeping going with our part, though. It’s a challenge for all of us. 🙂
It sounds like a big challenge! (pun?)
Big, yes. Definitely!
I hope Tiger’s doing well! Our Daisy cat actually became more ill, so we chose to do the humane thing and end her suffering. I’ve never had to do that before. At least we were with her in the end.
Oh, I’m so sorry, Robyn! RIP sweet Daisy. I’m glad you with her through it all. XO
Luanne, I know you’re super-swamped right now, but just wanted to let you know I saw your action-packed post with the cute photo of Perry & Felix, loved the observation from Felix’s mind, was so sorry to hear about your little health challenges, and about the broken lamp, and then I was touched by your mention of our visit and your sharing the poem. 🙂 I’m thinking of you, wonderful memories of our talk! XX Hoping things get back to near-normal soon.
Thank you–I sure hope so! It continues to be weird here. Isn’t Felix a hoot? He keeps a lot to himself, but sometimes he’s just gotta let it out. The gardener glued the lamp and you have to look right at it to see the crack because it’s a patterned base! Hope your week is going well!
He was wonderful. I’m soooo glad to hear about the lamp-gluing success. It reminds me, we had a broken-bowl occurrence a couple of months ago, one of those “kid-handprint” bowls that I did with Erica at a professional ceramics place back in ’98 when she was 4. It’s a large serving-bowl with her handprint in the middle and my careful lettering around the edge of her name and the year. The bowl was dropped on our hard-surface countertop and the center remained intact, but the sides broke into pieces. My husband is also a gluer-extraordinare, and he carefully re-assembled it, and it looks fine enough, though you can see all the cracks, it’s that white-clay ceramic they have in pottery places. However, just after I read an article that mentioned the Japanese concept of embracing breaks or age-related defects in objects, as an indication of how long you have enjoyed them and what the objects have done for your family. I decided, then, just to try enjoying the item without rueing it got broken. 🙂
I am having a problem with my iPad. I responded to all three of your comments on thursday, and when I check today my comments are not there. This has been happening with more frequency. I suspect that the iPad goes in and out of connection and when I think I’ve posted it hasn’t really “taken.” So frustrating.
Darn! So frustrating. I feel fortunate you’re persisting because I really feel connected through your messages! 🙂
Aw, shucks ;)! Me too, Theresa!
You’re mentioned in my minutes-ago Sunday night blog post, Luanne! Reveling time!
Anyway, the point I tried to make before was that I LOVED this Japanese concept you talk about. I am embracing that about my lamp, as well as a heck of a lot of other things around here (including people). After all, the crack is where the light gets in, right? 😉
Oooh! This might be a fun topic for a future poem or blog post! “The crack is where the light gets in.” That’s really nice. 🙂
It’s a botch of a quote from Leonard Cohen, although he’s not the first one with the idea. “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” from “Anthem.” It would be interesting to research the idea and how many places it comes from!
Oh, I see! very cool. Thanks for mentioning it!
I found this link, might be interesting to you as well! https://makezine.com/2015/08/17/kintsugi-japanese-art-recognizing-beauty-broken-things/
And yes, at first I was really disappointed to see the cracks in Erica’s hand plate. One of those things that you’ll never replace since they were a child when it was done. But now I’m feeling more calm about it and when I look at the cracks I think, “history.” And history reminds me of you, too! 🙂
Thank you! I will check it out!!!
Praying for your little Tiger and that you have received some good news and prognosis for her!
Thank you, Linda! She still is too skinny, but not as skinny, and acts hungry sometimes when she shouldn’t, but she doesn’t act sick, so I am hoping that she is actually getting a little better.
I’m praying that’s the case! 😻💕
Thank you xo!