Wednesday thoughts / Brendas thoughts on 29 November 2017

#Wednesdaywisdom
Sharing a moment of gratitude that I am actually here and alive. I would not be if not for a great-great-grandfather with a VERY thick skull and a chihuhuahua who saved my life when I was 16 by alerting the household & thus preventing an impending 3 a.m. fire.) Were it not for the chihuahua who picked me out — she was an 8th birthday present — I would be long gone. My father saved her life a short time after she had saved ours. She was terrified of thunder and accidentally hung herself on her leash when she ran and fell over the railing of the sunken patio, leaving her hanging, but her bark alerted us to her problem when she stopped mid-yelp. My dad gave her chest compressions and she came to wondering why he was doing this, and thought about biting him.

She was a great dog and I think of her often. (You can get your own chihuahua from any pound as sadly so many of them are tossed there! Perhaps bad owners do not like their feistiness and unique confident personalities.) Cats are also good at letting you know of problems and they are very much underrated as watch-pets (and family members) IMHO.

The story of my great-great-grandfather’s hard skull is told in THE THIRD BATTALION MISSISSIPPI INFANTRY AND THE 45th MISSISSIPPI REGIMENT. No one in the family knew how lucky we were to be here until my husband, the author, transcribed John Kern’s handwritten 19th century diary. Kern wrote of Bill being on picket and being hit in the head with a spent bullet. (And it happened the next week as well.) Bill was my ancestor, Private William B. Johnston of the 3rd Battalion Miss. Inf/45th Miss. Reg’t and all of his many, many descendants are amazingly lucky to have ever been here because all of this happened before he married Miss Samantha McEwen.

In other happy news, I want to share that my husband has five new books (or monographs) out this week!

They are on the families Gettemy (PA), Rose (of PA & OH & NJ), KEAGY (PA & includes John Brown’s second in command), Kirkbride (England & Ohio) and Williamson (Scotland & Ohio only). All can be seen and purchased at http://www.amazon.com/author/williamsond . Any bookstore can also order them for you. Have a peek to enjoy the covers too!

POEM OF THE DAY / Cats and pounds

“Where there’s life there’s hope,” my father often said. But he didn’t know kill pounds killed pets of the homeless, poor and dead.

by Brenda Perrott Williamson

If you are on social media, please share the plight of pound pets and help them find homes before too late.

New York City’s kill pound is called NYC ACC and you can find the cats they have put on “death row” daily through those who help try to find them homes or adopters — @urgentpodr and @mustlovecatsnyc

Eleven cats are featured tonight:

http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/category/featured/

Or view tonight’s list here: http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/tbd-cats-page/ .

@urgentpodr
helpcats@urgentpodr.org

For dogs:
http://nycdogs.urgentpodr.org/

@urgentpart2
helpdogs@urgentpodr.org

On Twitter, please retweet for cats in need of homes at @urgentpodr @mustlovecatsnyc @meowmiya88
@philafelines (Philadelphia, PA), @cutepetsnorfolk (Virginia), @cutepetsdenver (Colorado), @cutepetsadamsco (Brighton/Adams Co., Colorado) , @cutepetsriverside (California), @southernpinesms (South Mississippi) and so many more! The tweets (or on Facebook your Facebook shares) help them find homes or people who can pledge to help rescues afford to save them from the pounds.

Wherever you live, when it is time to add furry members to your family you can find any breed or any wonderful mix of breeds at the pound. Chihuahuas and loving cats who do not believe in being mistreated without comment seem to be dumped in hordes. A very sad and sick commentary on our country. If we all act, this can change.

AND ANOTHER POSITIVE, THANKFUL NOTE:
Again, I am thankful to be alive today and very thankful to have known the furry family members I have including the great ones that make our lives extra joyful right now. I am thankful for the cats who trained me to love cats in my childhood and the father who loved cats.

Our precious and amazing cat, WILDE OSCAR, is pictured on the back covers of the five new books as he joined the author in his author picture. Oscar survived Hurricane Katrina with a burned tail that had to be amputated and has been quite the CHEERFUL survivor guy. These appearances in the author photos are his first appearances on any book.

Every book in the five book series newly visible at http://www.amazon.com/author/williamsond is dedicated to a very wonderful (and unfortunately dearly departed) nephew who will live on through all he met even once and all he accomplished in his very short life.

And for Christmas book ideas, look at the other books David Williamson has written.  From DEAR LUCKY: LETTERS TO OUR CAT to his great Civil War books, you have choices that may interest you there.

Please do buy books for Christmas gifts!  Whatever books you choose, do buy books for Christmas gifts!

Everyone needs their own copies of of To Kill A Mockingbird, de Tocqueville, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs, Robert Burns’ poetry, and the poignant tales of 47th Indiana court-martial cases in THE 47th INDIANA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY:  COURT-MARTIAL CASE FILES.  (So many books to buy and read as the saying goes and so little time!)

 

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WWI poems, Brenda’s thoughts on November 12, 2017

I hope this finds you, my readers, enjoying a happy and safe weekend full of cats, books, and restfulness.  And a big thank you to those of you who are working while others rest and play.

CATS AND KITTENS

If you are on Twitter, please go to @urgentpodr, @urgentcatstampa, @mustlovecatsnyc, @cobbkitties, @cutepetsriverside, @cutepetsadamsco, @cutepetsdenver, @southernpinesms and all others you can to retweet their cat tweets to help those cats find homes.  Pledges will often help a cat survive a kill pound as they help rescues have the money to save a cat who isn’t to be saved in time by adoption or foster.  (Tonight — for one example — there are 7 great cats and kittens on death row in New York City’s kill pound alone!  They are in immediate danger at noon Eastern time.)  Facebook also has cat information and groups.

It is terrible that the United States has so many pounds that kill lost cats, stolen cats and the cats of the poor.   Many times when you read a cat’s biography you will realize that they were SEIZED when the humans were evicted and those who cannot pay their own rent are unlikely to have $75-200 to save their cats or other pets.  Two benefits of getting rid of kill pounds will be that more “shelters” will become actual shelters & not Orwellian mischaracterizations and THEY WILL NO LONGER BE PLAYGROUNDS (and training grounds) FOR THOSE WHO LOVE TO KILL.

“Who could kill a kitten?”  someone asked me when I was beefing about those who kill these great pets on a “death row” schedule?  GREAT QUESTION.  THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS PSYCHOPATHS.  THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH ANYONE WHO CAN KILL A KITTEN!  Or any other animal that is NOT endangering their very lives.

VETERANS / WWI

This Veterans’ Day weekend here is one of the great World War I poems and a web site with a bit more about it:

IN FLANDERS FIELD by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Here is a bit more on IN FLANDERS FIELDS courtesy of:

http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poems/john-mccrae-in-flanders-fields.htm

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Brenda’s thoughts on November 1st, 2017 including some suggestions for BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS

Nine great cats and kittens are on “death row” in New York City’s kill pound, NYC ACC.  Please go to the Urgent Pets on Death Row’s rescue page and see what you can do.  You can pledge from anywhere and will only owe if the cat’s life is saved.  You can see the cats on Twitter also — follow @urgentpodr and retweet there to help these cats find homes or fosters before kill time begins.  One way to pledge is to hit reply on the cat’s photo and type, “I pledge ___ for __ cat.”  Rescue groups have to have money to pull cats so your donation will help.  You owe the money when/if the cat is saved.

http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/tbd-cats-page/

How did Nov. 2017 get here so quickly?  Best wishes to all participating in NaNoWriMo this month and all who are writing in any month!

Happy reading also!

I will mention the dreaded “Christmas” word this early as if you are already choosing gifts I want to suggest books.

BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS may include any number of choices.

My husband’s cat book, DEAR LUCKY: LETTERS TO OUR CAT tells in charming vignettes of our little rescue kitten’s growing up years.  I took the photographs but the delightful fellow made it easy!  He was an indoor / outdoor cat & loved to run & jump & chase leaves.  (The cover photo was one he thought I could not take, semi-hiding behind a big pine tree — but a zoom lens does save the day!)  This book doesn’t have the sad moments that too many choices of pet books may have making it perfect for Christmas.  It comes in paperback and ebook.  You can easily find it in both versions (and other books by my husband as well) at his Amazon author’s website, http://www.amazon.com/author/williamsond .   DEAR LUCKY has a lagniappe story about a cat named COOKIE in NEW ORLEANS.

Everyone needs a copy of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.  Would you believe that in 2017 — the 21st century — there is an idiot school system in coastal Mississippi that won’t teach this in the classroom?  Every reader and every writer needs to read it.  The writing is exquisite and the story timeless and one is reminded of why some people ‘s books become classics.   It is not in most senses a happy book but it is a classic and should be in every person’s library in my opinion.

THE LITTLE BOOK OF CHRISTMAS JOYS by BROWNE is a delightful and fun-loving book that makes a great stocking stuffer.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS would be a good time to start someone on their Dickens collection, perhaps one could start with that fabulous illustrated version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

Ask children what BOOKS they want for Christmas as well as what toys to instill that little hint that one should want books.

DICK FRANCIS and also FELIX FRANCIS novels are pleasant reads in which you learn a bit about a given field while enjoying a good mystery.   TO THE HILT is set in SCOTLAND.

A complete book of ROBERT BURNS POETRY is something everyone should have in their library IMHO.  I believe a leather bound copy is even available.

More thoughts soon and have a happy and safe November!

 

 

 

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Brenda’s Monday Thoughts, 2 October 2017

VEGAS

First, I want to send my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed in the horrible Vegas shootings and all best wishes to those who were injured and their families and friends.

CATS

If you can tweet for cats, please go to @urgentpodr, @mustlovecatsnyc , @urgentcatstampa , @maree71439592 , @petsavers_nj and more as you can to help cats in need at kill pounds.  You can pledge to help the cats of many kill pounds (as in the case of Tampa and NYC ) even if you live far away.

Please remind people that you can find the world’s most beautiful cats (and other pets too) in a kill pound.  You do not need to buy from a breeder or a pet shop; and, indeed, those beautiful souls you save from a kill pound will appreciate being saved.  They KNOW you have rescued them and they will remember.  If you cannot bear to walk into a kill pound, then work with a rescue who can pull the cats for you.  New Yorkers and those in that area can email helpcats@urgentpodr for guidance.

Since this is poetry month, I will share once again one of my cat poems:

POETRY:  “CATS ARE A GIFT”

A cat is a gift,

a true treasure.

and one who will love you

without measure.

–Brenda Perrott Williamson

 

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Brenda’s Thoughts on July 17th

 

If you have a second to share cats in need please go to @urgentpodr and @mustlovecatsnyc and share the 17 NYC cats in death row need tonight.  They need you before noon Eastern time on Wed.  Who knew that if you were a cat and a man kicked you instead of HIM being in jail you’d be on death row?  That is the plight of 7 month old WHISKEY, a kitten who is still very loving and has a video.  The video will not save WHISKEY but pledges or that one adopter or foster may!  Many more stories of wronged cats too.   (Cats all over need you it is true.  I hope you will add cats to your life whenever you can and pledge for those in need too.  In the meantime, PLEASE SHARE ALL 17 cats’ and kittens’ stories with all you know or are on social media with.)

I was going to share my May Day poem with you belatedly as it is in a way about the return of the Gilded Age but WordPress has made it too difficult for those in a hurry so here is a new poem instead:

CATS ARE A GIFT

A cat is a gift,

a true treasure.

and one who will love you

without measure.

–Brenda Perrott Williamson

 

 

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APRIL THOUGHTS – 9 April 2017

I hope this finds your 2017 going as well as it can!  I will be blogging more regularly though not necessarily daily.

If you haven’t read THOMAS HARDY poems, this April is a good time to start.  Fascinating and still say so much today.  (And yes, he was in the era where they actually bothered to rhyme — content AND rhyme.)

Christmas: 1924

” Peace upon earth!” was said. We sing it,

And pay a million priests to bring it.

After two thousand years of mass

We’ve got as far as poison-gas.

 

http://poetrynook.com/poem/christmas-1924

FOUR GREAT CATS ARE IN NYC ACC’s death row.  Please do what you can for them before noon on Monday, 10 April.  (After that, you can try but it may be too late.  Pledges can be from anywhere.)  Please also check cats at @urgentcatstampa, @philafelines (where at least one great cat is on death row for Monday night), @cobbkitties, @southernpinesms and all you can.

FOUR FABS AT NYC ACC ARE DESCRIBED A BIT HERE:

SAVE FABULOUS LITTLE JAIME!! “A volunteer writes: A precious little girl relinquished … http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/jaime-a1105605/  #NYC #cats


SAVE HIM — “sweetheart Willey is a little shy and wary”! #ADOPT #FOSTER #PLEDGE BEFORE NOON MONDAY! #NYC #cats http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/willey-a1107783/ 


MACKIE IS “A SHY, PERFECTLY HEALTHY” BABY who needs a loving home! #ADOPT #FOSTER #PLEDGE #CATS #NYC http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/mackie-a1107910/ 


“SUPER HERO NEEDED TONIGHT FOR FREDERICK!” SAVE THIS FABULOUS BOY b4 NOON MON.! #NYC #cats http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/frederick-a1107972/ 

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NEW YORK CITY NYC ACC cats of noon Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Can you pledge for or foster or adopt a cat? You can pledge from anywhere! You can foster in specified area, adopt in wider area. Urls below that may help you help a cat. Or find your furry love.  These cats are in the kill pound NYC AC&C / NYC ACC.

These cats are in unknown categories and need pledges (from anywhere), fosters or adoptions from allowed area

http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/category/unk-cats/

20 cats on NYC ACC DEATH ROW FOR NOON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1st, 2015

http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/tbd-cats-page/

20 photos on Facebook in the album “12/01/2015 – Tuesday NYC AC&C Kill List”

2y BEGINNER #kitten ARYA SNOW reaches w/ OUTSTRETCHED PAWS begging attention! #ADOPT #NYC

SAVE BETRAYED DARLING #KITTEN BOLT- A1058514 WHO NEEDS U! PLS #PLEDGE #FOSTER #ADOPT #NYC http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/bolt-a1058514/
Hurry #PLEDGE #ADOPT #FOSTER BOLT! GOOD #KITTEN WHOSE EX didn’t know #NYC ACC WOULD KILL

#PLEDGE #FOSTER #ADOPT FOR “EXCITING ERNIE [who] IS A BEGINNER BOY} & get him out! #NYC http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/ernie-a1058438/
POOR CHARLIE CANNOT BELIEVE HIS BAD LUCK BEING N #NYC ACC DEATHROW! #PLEDGE #FOSTER #ADOPT
http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/charlie-a1058737/
“COQUITO – A1059018 **TO BE DESTROYED 12/01/15** COQUITO may be a mere snip of a girl … http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/coquito-a1059018/
COQUITO is a SWEET, COOPERATIVE LITTLE #KITTEN who does not understand why she was CAGED.
http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/coquito-a1059018/
#kitten ERNIE needs u to #PLEDGE #FOSTER #ADOPT & RT to SAVE HIM FROM #NYC ACC DEATH ROW!

BEGINNER DARLING ERNIE needs u to #PLEDGE #FOSTER #ADOPT to SAVE FROM #NYC ACC DEATH ROW! https://www.facebook.com/nycurgentcats/photos/a.1116603641690955.1073742883.220724831278845/1116603651690954/?type=3&theater

Loyal betrayed EMBER LIKES THINGS THAT DANGLE & STRING TOYS! SAVE FROM #NYC ACC DEATHROW
http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/ember-a1058920/
FLEEKO LOST HUMAN2HOSP, NEEDS U2 #PLEDGE #FOSTER #ADOPT &SAVE HER FROM #NYC ACC DEATH ROW

“Creamy little dreamboat”GLENN “is the nicest little boy, SWEET”! #SAVE FROM #NYC ACC DEATH

MANNERLY, SWEET GLENN LOVES HAVING HIS CHIN RUBBED,ROLLS OVER FOR PETTS! SAVE FROM #NYC ACC

CUTIE PIE JAX ALLOWS ALL HANDLING THOUGH HE HAS GRUMBLED A LITTLE IN #NYC ACC! SAVE HIM NOW
http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/jax-a1058951/
Want to be a #foster for #NYC ACC #cats?
Calm,tolerant LUCILLE allows all handling! #PLEDGE #FOSTER #ADOPT 2SAVE HER FROM #NYC ACC

#PLEDGE #FOSTER #ADOPT ” LUCILLE IS A SWEET BUT SHY … http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/lucille-a1058562/ #NYC ACC DEATHROW
SAVE “LUCY – A1058652 **TO BE DESTROYED 12/01/15** 2nd CHANCE TONIGHT, PLEASE MAKE … http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/lucy-a1058652/ #NYC
GORGEOUS 2yo LUKE PLAYFUL &TOLERANT OF KIDS. CARRIES TOY STUFFED MONKEY AROUND HOUSE! #NYC

Green-eyed great young #cat LUKE rolled into staff member’s arms,could not get enough. #NYC

MEG IS A GENTLE, FEARFUL, “SILLY” 4mo #KITTEN WHO NEEDS #PLEDGES FROM ANYWHERE, #FOSTER #NYC
http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/meg-a1058993/
NEWNIE”VERY FRIENDLY & GREAT w/KIDS”NEEDS #PLEDGES #FOSTER #ADOPT 2SAVE! DEATHROW #NYC ACC
http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/newnie-a1058973/

Pretty #tuxie NEWNIE great w/ kids! NEEDS #PLEDGES #FOSTER #ADOPT 2save from #NYC ACC DEATH http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/newnie-a1058973/

#PLEDGE #FOSTER #ADOPT LEST NEWNIE “BE DESTROYED 12/01/15 *** GREAT WITH KIDS, NEWNIE IS YET http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/newnie-a1058973/
SAVE CUTIE “POTATO SALAD *TO BE DESTROYED 12/01/15***PRECIOUS POTATO SALAD—TABBY K … http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/potato-salad-a1059036/ #NYC
BREATHTAKING #NEWHOPE SAMOA NEEDS U TO #PLEDGE #FOSTER & SAVE HER FROM AN #NYC ACC KILLING

9 mo #kitten SELMA NEEDS U TO #PLEDGE #FOSTER #ADOPT TO SAVE HER FROM #NYC ACC DEATH!

PERFECT SWEETHEART STANLEY ON DEATH ROW SHORTLY AFTER BEING IN #NYC ACC KILL POUND! http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/stanley-a1058896/ … #NYC pic.twitter.com/VVvBhnzbOV
SAVE “STANLEY – A1058896 ***TO BE DESTROYED 12/01/15***SWEET STANLEY IS PURRFECTLY … http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/stanley-a1058896/ #NYC
SAVE STANLEY,a PURRFECT SWEETHEART! PURRFECTLY HEALTHY! LANDED IN #NYC ACC & NOW DEATH ROW http://nyccats.urgentpodr.org/stanley-a1058896/
FRIENDLY LOVING TREBLE relaxed, NEEDS U TO #PLEDGE #FOSTER #ADOPT & SAVE HER FROM #NYC ACC

WONDER WOMAN purrs & rolls over, LOVES attention & affection from her human cousins. #NYC

WONDER WOMAN purrs & rolls over, LOVES attention & affection from her human cousins. #NYC https://www.facebook.com/nycurgentcats/photos/a.1116603641690955.1073742883.220724831278845/1116603715024281/?type=3&theater … pic.twitter.com/M7Nx71gJAv
#cyberMonday U can #PLEDGE from anywhere 2help one or more of 20 #cats of “12/01/2015 -Tuesday #NYC AC&C Kill List” http://fb.me/5jm5J4PI4

 

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