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Mental illness is common among shrubberies these days; the stress of living among humans has become too much for them. 



Weather Forecast: Sunny with occasional flards (flowers mixed with shards of glass), clearing by noon.

But the cat came back the very next day

The cat came back, they thought he was a goner

But the cat came back, it just couldn't stay away

Away, away....


The Cat Came Back    


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Hunger makes everyone a little grumpy. 


Sketch: Hospital Corridor

 Rough sketch (2B pencil stub, cheap notebook) Standing room only, cots lined up all the way to the door, general air of misery. Charles Dickens would recognize it instantly. 

Rocks Concert

 A pun is worth a thousand words, as long as you don't get driven out of town for it.


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(Scientists) discovered the (parasitic love) vine was actually penetrating the wall of the wasp's growing chamber...sucking out nutrients and leaving behind a mummified corpse.


And where was gunwhale, there was now vine-trunk,

and tenthril where cordage had been,

grape-leaves on the rowlocks,

Heavy vine on the oarshafts,

And, out of nothing, a breathing....

--Ezra Pound, Canto II



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O Knights of Ni, we have brought you your shrubbery. May we go now?

--King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, scene 18, after the knights who say "Ni" have demanded a shrubbery. 


Queen of all She Surveys

  There was a princess long ago,

Long, long ago.

And she lived in a big high tower....

--nursery rhyme


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 The thing about doors, whether magical or not, is you can never be sure you will be the same person on the far side of the door.

The Dark Side of the Easter Bunny

 Eggzilla vs the Beaters. No eggs were harmed during the cracking of this yolk.


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 According to Wikipedia, the popular character, Igor, originated with the first Frankenstein film in 1931, although he was called Fritz in this film. Fritz was a composite based on a character in the play Presumption, or, the Fate of Frankenstein, in which he was played by Robert Keeley. Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein did not have a lab assistant and knew nothing of any Igors, or Eyegors, or Marty Feldmans.

The Igor in this comic, and in many other stories and half-finished novels by yours truly, is Polydoor, one of my imaginary companions (I have many, but not one of them will give me any money, or smite my enemies, so what good are they!)


The Last of the Easter Eggs

 Enjoying the last of the Easter eggs on a spring day in Canada.

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 'It is very unfair the way we Spiders are treated,' Miss Spider went on.  'Why only last week your own horrible Aunt Sponge flushed my poor dear father down the plug-hole in the bathtub.'

--Roald Dahl

Duck Soup

There was a last-minute reprieve when the duck said, quoting a line by Clint Duckwood: "If you eat me, you won't see a cent of that money."



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....but the presence of evil, which makes a thing evil, takes away the desire and friendship of the good; for that which was once good and evil has now become evil only....


This explains hard plastic bubble wrap.



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You gotta put down the duckie (put down the duckie)

Put down the duckie (put down the duckie)

Put down the duckie yeah, you gotta leave the duckie alone....



Releasing Spring

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.

--William Shakespeare


New Notebook

Starting a new notebook the only way I know how, by jumping in pencil-first and thinking later.


Origami Magic

"...we introduce a multi-fold universe Umf where non-locality is achieved by locality."

--St├ęphane H. Maes, "Quantum Gravity Emergence From Entanglement in a Multi-Fold Universe."

"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

--Lewis Caroll

"Perceptions come from the inside out just as much, if not more, from the outside in."

--Anil Seth

"Big, exciting changes are afoot."

--The New York Times

"Are we there yet, Daddy?"