Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Perhaps I will be in deep trouble





Ever since senior cat Ada left us last week

Poor skinny Ada


Junior cat Adelaide has demanded attention as only cats can



Adelaide looking at the birds outside.
She has been around my ankles whenever I have been seated;  znd mostly when I have wanted. to read a good book.(This is new behaviour) 

But mostly Adelaide has demanded  to be outside  (to search for Ada maybe?).

Adelaide takes no prisoners.    She begins her yowling to be let out  (and it us a "yowl" not a "miaow") as early as 4:00 a.m., and she keeps it up for up for as much as forty-five minutes; indeed she keeps it up until I bow to her superior will.

I think that domestic cats should also be indoor cats.  In principle I prefer to keep them inside where they will be much less susceptible to disease, and  unable to prey on small birds.

Nevertheless my high minded principles have had to submit  to Adelaide's  incessant pleas.

All this is in the face of the rules of my Condominium Association: rules which insist that cats be kept inside.  

I respect those rules in principle,.  

I disrespect the rules  when "Addie" has worn me down with her sad cries.

The Condo Assoc. has the right to fine me, or to imprison me, or  to transport me to Catalonia.

I refuse to bow down before the rules in the face of these possible penalties. I will allow Adelaide her freedom ........

..... except and unless the Condo. Assoc rules that I be flogged with  this


Do you know what it is called?


Tongue in cheek as ever!









Monday, 26 September 2016

On the night of the so called presidential debates

26th September 2016



“wherever the TV glows, there sits someone who isn't reading.” 



― John Irving




Sunday, 25 September 2016

Of course I am crazy for the novels of John Irving.

I suppose that I read  his novel "A Prayer for Owen Meany"  soon after it was published in 1989.  It blew my mind away, even though I did not entirely comprehend it. 

The "denouement" ( if that is the right word) of the novel devastated me  ( I had missed the clues along the way).

I plan to read it again.







Later on I read "The Cider House Rules"




What a great book.  Irving is courageous and  deeply honest regarding the "taboo" subject of abortion. He goes where  venial politicians, pastors and moralists cannot go for fear that their unformed prejudices will be challenged, whilst women suffer.

Just now I have read  Irving's "In One Person"  (2012)



This novel blew my mind away as had "A Prayer for Owen Meany". 

It made me glad and sad.

GLAD that I am still amongst the living.

SAD that I have tried so hard to keep my soul pure that I have never been able to let my body enjoy sexual pleasure sans guilt.

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Thank you John Irving for pointing me to the direction of freedom.  If only I/we could believe what he writes.

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As Irving writes:



“Your memory is a monster; you forget—it doesn't. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you—and summons them to your recall with will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!” 


― John IrvingA Prayer for Owen Meany









Saturday, 24 September 2016

My life (2000 - 2006) catches up on me.

Between 2000 and 2006 I was the Rector at St. James's Church in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA,

My home was in Medford, MA.

To get to my Church office from home  (and vice-versa)  I drove through Somerville, MA.

Some local streets in Sarasota, FL remind me of those years and the almost daily journeys I took.





What a hoot!