|Anyway, there is nothing a dog can do that I can't. Normally, a lot better! I can even wag my tail. What a stupid habit! I suppose, I can’t really blame them, though. Some canine twit must have started it God knows how many eons ago, and now, if they don’t wag their stupid tails, nobody believes that they are happy. It’s like people smiling. Why stretching one’s lips from ear to ear should indicate a happy state, I shall never know. Often it looks positively painful, almost scary. Especially, when some of them seem to have teeth twice the size of their mouths. Now a gentle purrrr—makes sense. It sets up vibrations from my throat, through my spine, right to the tip of my tail. Well, almost. |
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CATS AND DOGS SERIES
By Stan I.S.Law
If you follow me, you know by now that if I see a title like this, I'm going to read it! This is an anthology and I wouldn't normally include the individual titles, but they are in themselves funny, so here goes:
- Anthology of Verse and Short Stories Our Park, My Cat is Fat, The Ark, I am a Fat Cat, Just my Luck, I am still a Fat Cat, The Broohos, Sphinx, Two of a Kind, Sharing, Dreamax, Bad Apple, To Sleep or not to Sleep, The Good Witch and the Warlock
Brandy and Cognac are the first dog characters introduced. This is a delicious romance only marred by the need to get around their masters in order to meet... A truly grrrrrrand affair!
And then there is the trials and fears of those animals that lived during Noah's big project. You realize, of course, that only two were to be taken on the Ark, right? Well, Noah had quite a lot of animal friends that were right there involved in the planning and building. All they heard was that they would be loading two by two...A real horror story as they feared for their own lives, their families...who would be chosen?
I think Sharing was my favorite in this funny, emotional and thought-provoking anthology...Here's just a short quote: “The need for sharing is a strange desire. Success resulting from adamant pursuit of ideas generated by an inquisitive mind loses its joy, when contained in an emotional vacuum." Many of us have turned to the Internet to share and we spend considerable time interacting with people we have never or will never meet, right? Now, interestingly, I have been bombarded by one of my cats to "talk" recently...She is the only one inside after a group of kittens had become old enough to stay out... Well, she has driven me crazy talking...and wanting to be close...Yes, it is not hard to know that Ricci wants to share her private time with me...Cool, isn't it?
Law has written extensively on our reality in his nonfiction works. Here he does a simple, easy, and wonderful set of stories and reminders to each of us, encouraging us to smile at the antics of our animal friends. He also, however, uses his stories to make us stop and ponder our own relationships, with animals, with other humans, and with a spiritual entity, reminding us that, for instance, both Adam and Eve were kicked out of that garden so long ago...
I enjoy when an author considers the world from an animal's point of view. It is, in my opinion, an earnest opportunity and intent to learn more about ourselves and the world around us. The author is an expert; however, not all of us are... This easy-to-read fun book has much to say and can be inspirational as well as funny. Enjoy this one! For many reasons!
Stanislaw Kapuscinski Writes as Stan I.S. Law
An architect, sculptor and writer was educated in Poland and England. Since 1965 he has resided in Canada. His special interests cover a broad spectrum of arts, sciences and philosophy. His fiction and non-fiction attest to his particular passion for the scope and the development of Human Potential.
Under his real name he published six non-fiction books sharing his vision of reality. He also composed two collections of poems in his original native tongue in which he satirizes his view of the world while paying homage to Bozena Happach's sculptures.
As an architect [RIBA, MRAIC, OAQ ret.] he designed a number high rise buildings in Montreal, including Regency Hyatt Hotel (now Delta), Place Mercantile, Headquarters for the Mutual Alliance, as well as a number of low and middle rise structures for private clients. In the National Capital he was the associate in charge of design of Royal Bank Headquarters on Sparks Street.