Feline Spirituality: Lessons Learned from Christopher’s Cat

Christopher Smart c. 1745

"For he purrs in thankfulness when God tells him he's a good cat." Eighteenth-century English poet Christopher Smart was a complex man. A gifted poet and writer, a successful magazine editor and composer of music for the theatre, Smart was nonetheless known for excessive drinking and reckless spending. He suffered from a religious mania that compelled him to continuous prayer. His good friend, poet Samuel Johnson, commenting on that aspect of his personality, wrote, "My poor friend Smart showed … [Read more...]

Well Mannered Dogs Say Grace Before Meals

Dogs Say Grace Before Meals

And you thought your little puppy was smart!These Chinese dogs say a heartfelt prayer before meals.And when they're done, they bus their own dishes. … [Read more...]

MY BOOKSHELF: Sharks Are Scary! And Other Things Children Like to Think About


Y’know what’s REALLY scary?  My “To Read” List is scary, it’s so long!With so many great books to tell you about, and with the Christmas holidays coming up so soon, I’m planning to do more, much more in the way of book reviews and recommendations over the next two weeks.For adventurous children, I have on my shelf two books about the strange and wonderful creatures which inhabit the sea.Sharkopedia: The Complete Guide to Everything Shark was published in the weeks leading up to the Di … [Read more...]