The phrase "Curiosity killed the cat" originated as "Care killed the cat", which meant that worry killed the cat. The original phrase was first recorded in Ben Jonson's play, Every Man in His Humour, written in 1598: "Helter skelter, hang sorrow, Care'll kill a cat, up-tails all, and a Louse for the Hangman." 

Explanation taken from www.phrases.org.uk, an interesting site well worth a visit.


First Contact, Take Five

 Well here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why.

--Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five 


Green Cars

Battery packs in cars sold in the United States are guaranteed for a minimum of eight years, or 100,000 miles, but some manufacturers offer lengthier coverage. Wind-up cars equipped with Sumo wrestlers are guaranteed for the life of the wrestler, but they tend to be more expensive because Sumo wrestlers eat quite a lot of food.



The Pied Piper Strikes Again

 Into the street the Piper stept,

Smiling first a little smile,

As if he knew what magic slept

In his quiet pipe the while....

--Robert Browning, "The Pied Piper of Hamelin"


Sleepy Weekend

Sometimes a little snooze can make life easier. 

--Photo of Lucy taken by Renée Smith


No Child Left Behind

If it's true that there are people who love each other

If children are all the same

Then we'll have to tell them....

--Francis Cabrel




The World isn't Big Enough For Both of Us

 Cats are the ultimate demolition experts. When they claim a territory, nothing is allowed to share it unless they have granted express permission for it to exist.


How to Beat the Odds and Get a Manuscript Published

 Approximately 2% of submitted manuscripts are published. Many rejected manuscripts are so seriously flawed, they don't warrant more than a casual glance. You can improve the odds substantially by mastering grammar and spelling, by understanding and making use of the principles of good storytelling, by reading and analyzing a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction, and by turning yourself into a vampire and writing about your experiences. 

Getting Down to Work

 Morning roots and grubs.


Modern Art

 Look at the art, nod your head with a thoughtful expression, and pretend to those around you like you understand its purpose. In doing this, you look cultured and knowledgeable. You could also add an understanding hum for additional effect.

--Irradiated Spoon, on Reddit (How to appreciate abstract modern art)


Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came

....in a sheet of flame 

I saw them and I knew them all. And yet 

Dauntless the slug-horn to my lips I set,

And blew "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came."

--Robert Browning



The Wondrous Nature of Ordinary Things

Curiosity in cats is a survival mechanism. Their ancient ancestors never knew when they might be attacked by a washing machine or a vacuum cleaner, or even a Brussels sprout, so they learned to study these devices carefully to make sure they were either dead, or fully occupied with the clothes they had eaten. This instinct was handed down from generation to generation. 



How to Shrink a Cat

It is not easy to convey, unless one has experienced it, the dramatic feeling of sudden enlightenment that floods the mind when the right idea finally clicks into place.

--Francis Crick



Feed Me NOW!

 Love doesn't equal unlimited amounts of food.

--Cornell Feline Health Center


Alien Cowboy

 Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam

where the deer and the aliens play

where seldom is heard a discouraging word

and the skies are not cloudy all day....

--a slightly altered version of Brewster Higley's lyrics.


Jungle Cat

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, 

In the forests of the night;

What immortal hand or eye,

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

--William Blake


A Little Dispute Over a Chair

 I'm a little territorial and defensive. I don't like having my space invaded.

--Shia LaBeouf



Boredom is a Universal Affliction

 Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom.

--Terry Pratchett