Monthly Archives: January 2016

stick with love.

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worth the century-long wait.

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100 Years Later,

Beatrix Potter’s Tale Of A Fanciful Feline To Be Published

At long-lost Beatrix Potter book, The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, is set to be released this fall, 150 years after the beloved author’s birth.

The tale about a sharply dressed feline has “all the hallmarks of Potter’s best works,” editor Jo Hanks, who stumbled upon the story, says in an interview with Penguin U.K., which will publish the book.

At the time Potter was writing Kitty-in-Boots in 1914, she told her publisher that the story was centered on “a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life.”

Hanks says she “stumbled on an out-of-print collection of her writings” and saw that reference to the story in a letter from Potter to her publisher.

This led her to the publisher’s archive, where she says she found “three manuscripts, two handwritten in children’s school notebooks and one typeset and laid out in a dummy book; one rough colour sketch of Kitty-in-Boots and
a pencil rough of our favourite arch-villain, Mr Tod.”

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which Beatrix Potter illustrated herself.

The tale features a favorite Potter character — Peter Rabbit — “albeit older, slower and portlier,” Hanks says. Potter told her publisher in letters that the story went unfinished because of “interruptions” — including the start of World War I and her marriage.

And because Potter finished only one drawing for the book, it will be illustrated by Quentin Blake, who is best-known for his art in many of Roald Dahl’s books.

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Quentin Blake’s Kitty in Boots.

“Quentin revels in rebellious characters and humorous stories with spiky edge to them; he’s brought anarchic energy to the character of Kitty and embellished her already endearingly flawed character with his trademark wit and charm,” Hanks says. The news about Blake’s illustration has delighted many Potter fans. Others are more skeptical about the pairing.

Here’s an excerpt from the story released by Penguin, with a cliffhanger ending:

“Once upon a time there was a serious, well-behaved young black cat.
“It belonged to a kind old lady who assured me that no other cat could compare with Kitty.“She lived in constant fear that Kitty might be stolen — ‘I hear there is a shocking fashion for black cat-skin muffs; wherever is Kitty gone to? Kitty! Kitty!’
“She called it ‘Kitty’, but Kitty called herself ‘Miss Catherine St. Quintin’
“Cheesebox called her ‘Q’, and Winkiepeeps called her ‘Squintums’. They were very common cats. The old lady would have been shocked had she known of the acquaintance.
“And she would have been painfully surprised had she ever seen Miss Kitty in a gentleman’s Norfolk jacket, and little fur-lined boots. “Now most cats love the moonlight and staying out at nights; it was curious how willingly Miss Kitty went to bed. And although the wash-house where she slept — locked in — was always very clean, upon some mornings Kitty was let out with a black chin. And on other mornings her tail seemed thicker, and she scratched.
“It puzzled me. It was a long time before I guessed there were in fact two black cats!”

You’ll have to wait until the book is published in September to find out what happens next.

 

credits: quentin blake, beatrix potter, penguin press, express newspapers, getty images, npr

the struggle is real.

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my friend/great mother of 5 active young children

is at it again –

the following quote was her post

yesterday on Facebook

and i think she’s great:

“Wishing I had a fairy godmother…

Or maybe just a cleaning lady (or man).  

Kids are gross.

Nobody warns how gross they can be.

Do you know what words I uttered today?  –

” Who peed in the toothbrush rinse cup”?

Honestly …. The struggle is real.”

-nm

her friend replied –

“i like that, but remember that time your twins peed in the cat litter?”

you wouldn’t want to move if you sat next to me on the bus. or maybe you would. – richard dawson

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‘ i’d rather go by bus.” – prince charles

my subaru tribe

has come through once again.

after dropping my car off for service

they offered me a ride home

on their courtesy shuttle

 i was happy to hop on the bus.

it was

the three of us

myself

 happy driver carl

and

 quiet student tim

from the university music school

 bus mates through circumstance.

we struck up a conversation

i asked tim what he planned to do

after music school

he said everyone asks him that

i told him not to worry

about what people say

he’d find a way

to use what he loves

to do something he loves.

my own school, life, career

had taken many

unexpected and interesting turns

 somehow

i always landed

exactly where i was meant to be.

carl said he knew someone

connected to my old career in advertising

how he liked driving the bus

how he still gets lost sometimes

how he enjoys meeting people

how the street we were driving on

has three different names.

i talked about

working with kinders

how they are so open to music

uninhibited

how they think i’m a good singer

how i still get lost a lot.

tim told us

how he loves subarus too

how writing music

playing saxaphone

makes him feel

what it was like moving here

from the east coast

how he still gets lost.

and

then suddenly

i was home.

tim said

‘you’ve really made me feel better.

i somehow feel like i’ll find my way and there’s hope for me after all.’

carl asked if i needed a ride back

i almost wished i did

it was a good 3 mile trip.

“you can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what’s in your heart.”
– carol ann duffy

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image credits: google.com, subaru motors

all my children?

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possibly my family holiday photo

i had my taxes done yesterday

by a woman

who has done them

for over 10 years.

while there

as always

we talked about

all that has happened since we last met.

this time however,

when finishing up

she casually asked:

‘for some reason the i.r,s, shows that you have 25 children

and  i can’ t get it to delete. any life changes since last year?’

‘nothing of that magnitude, really,

at least not that i’m aware of.

but maybe that’s what all that commotion is in the lobby?’

we always enjoy our time together

but this really kicked it up a notch.

same time next year?

absolutely.

bureaucracy has more than a few quirks

and i so appreciate her

for helping me to navigate through the crazy system

and somehow try to make some sense of it.

my 25, could make this

 the best year of deductions ever!

‘we’ll try to cooperate fully with the IRS, because,

as citizens, we feel a strong patriotic duty not to go to jail.

– dave barry

image credit: edinphoto.org

cold calling.

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Would You Live in an Antarctic Penguin Post Office?
Applications soar at post office in Port Lockroy, Antarctica

 

Job location: A soccer field-sized island in Port Lockroy, Antarctica.

Job duties: Process 700,000 pieces of mail, teach 18,000 cruise ship visitors and monitor 2,000 stinky penguins in less-than-ideal conditions.

Sound like a dream job? If so, you’re not the only one—officials at the U.K. Antarctic Heritage Trust say that they’ve received over 1,500 applications for a job at the “Penguin Post Office,” up from just 82 last year.
The BBC reports that the post office on Goudier Island has “comfortable” living conditions, but the lodgings aren’t exactly hotel-quality. With no power grid, heat or hot water, limited communications and 24-hour daylight, applicants must be willing to withstand harsh Antarctic conditions to apply. In return, they will receive a $1700 per month stipend and spend the summer as the stewards of the island’s thousands of gentoo penguins.

For over a decade, the island has been home to a wildlife study aimed at collecting environmental data about how humans impact penguin populations. But though the island is popular with cruise ship visitors, it’s carefully regulated to protect the penguins, and the entire eastern half of the tiny island is off-limits even to post office protectors.

  When this year’s four winning applicants take possession of the island from November through March, they’ll take their place alongside the 4,000 scientists who study in Antarctica throughout the summer.

 

credits: smithsonian.com, eric blakemore, bbc, pbs