Friday, December 21, 2012

The Return of Skittles, The Huntress

I'm back!  My pet human has committed to letting me use the computer again.  I'm still bringing over old posts from Wordpress.  But let's get this started!!!!


Blogger sure has changed since I last used it.  Good grief, I still have stuff up from my presidential campaign from 08!

But, aaaaah, yoga classes again!

Luv,
Skittles

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Wedding of Sly and Skittles

Welcome to the wedding of Skittles and Sly
We are so happy that you could join us on this very special day!
(there is a chatzy room open as well - password is wedding1)
On this happy day, Skittles woke up for an early morning stroll through the garden - and to check out the preparations there for the wedding.
She came across the handsome groom, Sly.
The two of them had a short conversation, because really, the groom should not
see the bride before the wedding!

After their conversation, the groom went and changed into his wedding clothes. With him
were his groomsmen, his brother Kon and his wonderful friend Monty Q
It was time for the ceremony so they headed over to the garden.

And here come the beautiful flower girl, Daisy!
As the Bridal March continues to play
they are joined by the Junior Bridesmaid Billy SweetFeets
And here comes the Maid of Honor
Skeezix!!!
The Bride and Groom are joined by the Minster, Beau

Beau assists Skittles and Sly in reciting their vows to each other:

Beau:
“Dear friends and family, we have watched the love of Skittles and Sly grow and deepen into an everlasting love. Now, we gather today to witness the marriage of Skittles and Sly as they join their hearts, minds, and souls into one, before their God. Marriage is a sacred union not to be entered into lightly.
“So Sly and Skittles, I ask you these questions:”
“Do you take each other to be your wedded spouse, forsaking all others, To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, in good times and in bad, to love and to cherish 'till death do you part?”

Sly: “I do, and hereto I pledge you, Skittles, my faithfulness.”
Skittles: “I do, and hereto I pledge you, Sly, my faithfulness.”

Beau:
“Place the rings on each other's paw and repeat after me: With this ring I thee wed.”

Sly: “Skittles, with this ring, I thee wed.”
Skittles: “Sly, with this ring, I thee wed.”

Beau:
“You both may know exchange your own personal vows to one another.”

Sly:

“Skittles, from the many evenings we spent together lovely dinners, to your yoga classes and our adventures in politics, I just loved being near you.
Marriage is a joining together, and I want to be together Forever.

I promise to take seriously all of my husbandly duties.

I promise to honor and encourage your independent spirit, even through the challenges that may arise.

I promise to spend time with you strolling in the garden and on many more adventures to come.

When I was a kitten, I didn’t know what to expect from this adventure called Life. But I was blessed with a Forever Home.

I promise to make you my Forever Wife.”


Skittles:

“Sly, I promise to love you faithfully with a love that transcends earthly love.

I will be with you in spirit and in body throughout our life together. Whatever life may bring, joy or sorrow, I will be your companion, your helpmeet, always encouraging you, always seeking out your guidance.

I was alone, and forsaken as a kitten. I scrounged for survival in a warehouse on a Navy Base. I was forever in despair, yet I knew of nothing else. I too was fortunate to find a forever home, and I am fortunate to have found my forever husband, a cat of great love, integrity and strength.

I promise to be your forever wife, faithful and true.”


Beau:

“Friends and family, as Sly and Skittles, have pledged their love and their lives to one another before you and God, I pronounce them husband and wife by the power vested in me by the Cat Blogosphere.

Sly, you may kiss the bride!!!!!!

I present to you the happy couple! They have asked that everyone please join them at the reception following.”

The Happy Couple and the entire wedding party
We raise a glass to the Happy Couple
Congratulations Skittles and Sly!!!


The Reception will begin at 2pm EST (11am PST)

Congratulations to Skittles and Sly!

May the saddest day of your future be no worse
Than the happiest day of your past.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

All the Best !!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS SKITTLES & SLY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!





We wish you both the happiest life together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

Friday, July 10, 2009

Have the Happiest Wedding Ever Skittles & Sly

Skittles & Sly! We have a special bottle of Champagne for you two, a Limo to whisk you away to your honeymoon, two special presents and two turtle doves to bring you Blessings every day of your New Life together!! Your FL furiends, Samantha, Mr. Tigger and Maverick

Concatulations and Best Wishes on your marriage


We give you these glasses to toast each other with! Concatulations Skittles and Sly, we wish you much happiness!
Zippy, Sadie and Speedy

Purrrrrrrrrs for a Happy Marriage!

We wish you all the best Skittles and Sly!



His and Hers Yoga Mats should be fun :)

Purrrrrrrrrrs,
Sanjee, Boni Maroni, Mini, Gree and Pepi of HotMBC

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Going, going, going.....to

Wordpress.com. I am currently migrating over to Wordpress, which is why I haven't posted much recently. I'm going to have a new, spiffy website! Yeah for me! Plus my pet human gets her own stuff back.

Here's one of my pet human's favorite photos from the archives.


and here is one from her photos archive. Which direction should I go?

I'm expecting the unveiling of my new site around Christmas Day. Happy holidays to all!

Luv and Peace,
Skittles, The Huntress

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Day Thursday Thirteen

A heartfelt happy Thanksgiving to all.
I think it's really neat that Thanksgiving falls on a Thursday. I can give my thanks as a Thursday Thirteen.

What Am I Thankful For?

1. My pet human

2. My special mancat, SlyCat, of Evanston, Illinois. He's very special!

3. I get to go outdoors. There are no predators around here to worry about (HA!!! except for me!)

4. Temptations!


5. Catnip

6. My new authentic DKM Snuggle

7. My teddy dog (my pet human wants me to leave that out. FAT CHANCE!!!)

8. I must admit, I'm also thankful for Sam, The Marmalade Cat. I can't help myself for bopping him on the nose or growling at him. But he is a pretty nice gentleman.



9. Bob and Julie.

10. Living in Point Loma

11. My garden

12. My unpaid political advisors, Ginny and Bill

13. For all of my kitty friends on the blogosphere. You are one fantastic bunch of friends!




From WW: I posted this two years ago for Thanksgiving. It holds true today:

I recall a time during my childhood when each family member would say what he/she was thankful for before saying the Thanksgiving Dinner blessing.

In retrospect I think the adults did this for the benefit of the children. Yet, this year it seems appropriate for me to list what I am thankful for, just as a child might do, but with one eye fixed on the great feast laid out in front of her. The road I have travelled upon the last 6 to 7 years, and especially the last 5 years, has been one with many roadblocks, U-turns, and detours. Yet, I have much to be thankful for. So here goes:

I am thankful for:

The expanse of the azure sky
The sparkling oasis in the desert
The warm sun and the cool moon
And the pounding surf at the Cove
For:

My friends, loyal and true.
Glistening shards of wisdom,
Slicing through my soul.
The kindness of doctors.
Hiking partners, old and new.






For:

The antics of a particular tabby,
Cantering with my palomino







For:

A cup of ramen noodles

For:

The gift of a silent voice.
Silence
Stillness
Clarity and insight hard won.



All these things and more.



Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

SNUGGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My first ever DKM snuggle arrived recently. Oh, my!!! I think I understand all the hoopla now.

It's a lovely hunter green with the color of fall leaves interwoven. But that's not the best part.
There was catnip inside, and the snuggle smells like buns! Wahhhhooooooooooooo! I even got a bottle of Eau de Fiona. I almost fainted when I took a whiff of that potent perfume.
I hereby give the Skittles Goodhousekeeping Seal of Approval to the DKM Snuggle. I highly recommend the product to any cat thinking of purchasing one.
Hurry to your phones. Supplies are limited and you won't want to miss out. The holidays are coming, and you know your secret paws recipient will just love this. DKM is offering special holiday editions of these unique gifts. Go the DKM and The Fluffies for information on how to purchase this important accessory for your collection or for your favorite kitty.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Yoga Tuesday

Welcome to Yoga Tuesday! It's been a while since I led a yoga class for everyone. I was so busy with my campaign! And of course I'm now planning to head to the White House. 12 votes in my poll, and 8 were for me!!!! I beat Obama! My pet human just shakes her head and says something about electoral votes.

Anyway, let's make this a special relaxing and rejuvenating class. Let's start with incense for a pleasing soothing atmosphere.
I've lit candles all around for a golden glow.

Now, everyone close your eyes, breathe in slowly. Feel the feline harmonic waves come through cyberspace. We are all one with the world, we are at peace with ourselves and others. Oooooooohhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

My! I feel a million times better. Excellent class everyone.

And of course my favorite part of yoga class is the party afterwards. Please join me at the buffet and help yourselves to some refreshments.

Ham for Miles!!!!!
Some champagne perhaps? I'm serving Schramsberg.
Or perhaps you would like to start with a light seafood cocktail with lobster and crab?
Grilled salmon with hoison glaze and plum ginger relish
And roast lamb with marion berry and pecan crust


Thank you all for joining me. I'll try to hold class more regularly now. I can't wait to have all the visiting heads of state follow along with my yoga class. Do you think Putin does yoga? He will with me!

Luv,
Skittles

Friday, November 14, 2008

SSSNNNNNNNNZZZZZZZZZZzXXXXXXXxxxSssXXXXXXX!

Yawn. I'm planning a special yoga class this coming Tuesday, Nov. 18. Please join me for some relaxation and meditation.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Scenes From The Sierras

That lovely, stunning, sleek tabby named Skittles will be back next week.


Sunday, November 09, 2008

The Illogicality of Christianity

the following was written by The Lutheran Surrealist.(Oct. 14 2008) It is republished here with his permission.


THE ILLOGICALITY OF CHRISTIANITY

I am often reminded by non-Christians that Christianity isn't scientific, can't be proven, doesn't speak in logical terms.

It's not just Max. It's everywhere I go, I run into this THING called logic. It's supposed to be an insuperable argument, and on its own terms, it is.

That is, if you are going to believe only in what's logical, then it's only logical that you can't be a Christian.

Again -- it's not just Max. It's Christopher Hitchens, it's Richard Dawkins, it's the culture, stupid.

The problem is that Christianity IS stupid. That is, it was never an extension of Greek logic emerging from Aristotle. It was never even an extension of Jewish wisdom extending out of the OT. It's something else.

Jesus said, "I will bring to nothing the wisdom of the wise, and destroy the cleverness of the clever."

What did He mean by this?

He was ushering in the realm of the surreal. Jesus was the world's first surrealist. He ushered in a realm of the marvelous that was beyond understanding.

If we are not powerful, and haven't got a lot of property, it makes sense that we should not ride into Jerusalem on the back of an ass, and upset all the applecarts of the city, and presume to upbraid our elders.

If we are the son of God, it makes sense that we would end up running the world, rather than being nailed to a cross to die in utter devastation.

I'm reading a book by Alain Badiou, called St. Paul. (Stanford: SUP, 2003). Badiou is a Marxist who is trying to use St. Paul to discuss the notion of "universalism." He admires St. Paul but wants to hijack the logic of St. Paul to use it as a intervention in Marxist discourse (I'm not yet done with this wonderful book so I don't know precisely where he's going).

Paul, Badiou writes, was stuck between Jewish wisdom, which consisted of signs, and Greek logic, which consisted of logical discourse.

"The philosopher knows eternal truths; the prophet knows the univocal sense of what will come (even if he delivers it only through figures, through signs). The apostle, who declares an unheard-of possibility, one dependent on an evental grace, properly speaking knows nothing" (45).

Paul's "knowledge" consists of having been blinded by grace on the road to Damascus. (Evental, in this translated text, stems from the word "eventiellement," in the French original, which means of or having to do with an event.) A single event, rather than being caught up in logic, or having looked to the future for a sign, is what determines Paul's scandalous news that he seeks to spread throughout the Roman empire.

Everywhere he is met with Greek and Jewish resistance. His only weapon is a kind of outlandish love, an eternal love that he brings into the finitude of Greek logic in order to cause it to explode, and into the communal savvy of the Jewish upper crust of Jerusalem (about to be dispersed only ten years later when they finally provoke Roman fury to its limits with their riots in the years around 60 AD, just a few years after Paul's head is lopped off and bounces thrice to herald the Trinity).

Paul declares a new kind of truth that has nothing to do with science. It is not concerned with the niceties of logic or the proof theories of science. It has nothing to do with the priesthood and its elect.

This is a new truth, one that flies past logic like a dove. It is not part of any elite. It is for the poor, and the outcast, and argues that God arrives in the form of an outcast in a tiny province, and was born in a barn, and that its only message is universal love.

Badiou cites Paul, "Knowledge will disappear!" (1st Corinthians, 13.8).

In scientific terms, in terms of knowledge, in terms of verifiability, Christianity is a form of retardation in politically correct parlance, we would have to say that it is severely "mentally challenged." It is, in the words of a current film, "religulous." But that is precisely its point. That is precisely its sublimity.

This is a beautiful message which the mentally challenged of the world are more likely to understand than the scientists and Ph.D.s. It operates at a strangely tilted angle to knowledge-centered societies, and "brings to nothing the cleverness of the clever." The clever look at it and say, "But this doesn't make sense! It must be banned! Please make it stop! It's so STOOOPID."

And to the consternation of the clever, it continues to grow. Throughout Africa, there are people who get it. It's racing through the ranks of the untouchables in India, where the number of adherents continues to grow. Christianity tumbles men and women like dominoes in order to lift them up in the name of the Lord.

This most baffling and paradoxical of religions is defiant toward Greek knowledge and toward hierarchies of wisdom. It mocks the caste system in India, terrifying and embittering the Hindu hierarchy. Even the Buddhists look upon Christianity as a bloody mess filled with pain and sorrow, and can't see past the finite aspects of blood into the eyes of eternity itself. Christianity turns the tables on everyone and everything, and the "tables once turned, keep on turning" (apologies to Mike Kettner for stealing his long-lost one-line poem, and redeploying it in a different context), never coming to right, making it difficult to eat anything and not consider it a miracle, loaves are loves, coming to light.

The Christian isn't required to be from any class, any race, or any sex. Unlike Nazism, it doesn't speak for a self-selected elite. Unlike Judaism, there is no chosen race. Unlike Marxism, it doesn't even speak for a class. It is infinite in its line of flight, constantly deterritorializing every settled structure, turning all conventions on their head, and instantiating a laughter that can only be seen as mentally challenged by the Greeks, and as impossible by the Jews.

When I read the astonishment and anger of the Christopher Hitchens', and the Richard Dawkins', I am reminded of the astonishment and anger of the authorities in Athens who laughed Paul out of the city, and of the astonishment and anger of the authorities in Jerusalem, who had Christ put to death for the audacity of his hope.

But in the strange face of Jesus I nevertheless see something infinite, something that can never be known, something so vast and puzzling, that the human mind looks upon it, and can only combust before its endless surrealism. Hosannah! Hosannah in the highest!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Taking A Break & Flower Friday




Dear Friends,

I'm taking a brief break from blogging, as my pet human needs to spend her blogging time managing the website for a mission to China.

If anyone wants to read some highly descriptive travel stories about life in China, as seen through the eyes of some visiting Americans, go here:



PLCPC Mission to China




(of course, my pet human tried to schedule a brief training course on blogging for the two doctors, who are doing the China trip. But unfortunately, time got away. So they are emailing all the info and letting my pet human do the work.)







I will be back in a week or so.








Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

BlogBlast 4 Peace!!


PEACE TO ALL NOW AND FOREVER!!!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Monday, November 03, 2008

Election Day

It's finally election day. Whew!!!!!!!!!!11!!!1

Whether you are a sleek tabby, a blue donkey, or a red elephant, PLEASE VOTE!!!!1

My pet human said: "I'm so glad it's going to FINALLY be over."

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Friday, October 31, 2008

Clouds Rest

Yosemite Valley. Atop Clouds Rest looking westward into the valley. Half Dome is on the left.

The final approach to the peak of Clouds Rest, looking eastward towards Tuolumne Meadows.

This is why I climb mountains.

WW

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My 2nd Blogoversary

I called my pet human into my office today. I asked her if she recognized this photo. Yeah, she said.

Yeah, what??? I said. This is the first photo I ever posted to TWKK.

You're in the doghouse, I said. I saw that you posted over at Facebook that my first blog entry was Sept. 12, 2006.

Did you forget something???? Like my blogoversary?

I will expect a HUGE party soon to make it up to me.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Thursday Thirteen


Thirteen Things Heard Around My House This Week:

1. Skittles, just how many mancats follow you any way???

2. Don't bop Sam on the nose!

3. Don't go near that raccoon.

4. What's so fascinating about watching Bob take a shower?

5. I'm not throwing out a whole bowl of Friskies just to refill it again. Eat what's there!

6. I'm sick to death of politics!

7. You've been sleeping with Bob when Julie's away, haven't you? Traitor!

8. Get off the dining room table!

9. Don't play with the teddy dog!

10. Hey Skittles, here's a new teddy for you. It's a teddy hippo! Do you like it?

11. Hey, Skittles, you must be really special. You got TWO Halloween cards from your friend, Skeezix.

12. Don't you just LOVE your new teddy hippo?

13. Get off the dining room table!

p.s. I apologize to all who clicked on Sam, The Marmalade Cat's link in the Mr. Linky section today, only to find my site. The Pet Human will be soundly whapped for making that error.

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Return of Skittles, The Huntress

I'm back!  My pet human has committed to letting me use the computer again.  I'm still bringing over old posts from Wordpress.  But let's get this started!!!!


Blogger sure has changed since I last used it.  Good grief, I still have stuff up from my presidential campaign from 08!

But, aaaaah, yoga classes again!

Luv,
Skittles

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Wedding of Sly and Skittles

Welcome to the wedding of Skittles and Sly
We are so happy that you could join us on this very special day!
(there is a chatzy room open as well - password is wedding1)
On this happy day, Skittles woke up for an early morning stroll through the garden - and to check out the preparations there for the wedding.
She came across the handsome groom, Sly.
The two of them had a short conversation, because really, the groom should not
see the bride before the wedding!

After their conversation, the groom went and changed into his wedding clothes. With him
were his groomsmen, his brother Kon and his wonderful friend Monty Q
It was time for the ceremony so they headed over to the garden.

And here come the beautiful flower girl, Daisy!
As the Bridal March continues to play
they are joined by the Junior Bridesmaid Billy SweetFeets
And here comes the Maid of Honor
Skeezix!!!
The Bride and Groom are joined by the Minster, Beau

Beau assists Skittles and Sly in reciting their vows to each other:

Beau:
“Dear friends and family, we have watched the love of Skittles and Sly grow and deepen into an everlasting love. Now, we gather today to witness the marriage of Skittles and Sly as they join their hearts, minds, and souls into one, before their God. Marriage is a sacred union not to be entered into lightly.
“So Sly and Skittles, I ask you these questions:”
“Do you take each other to be your wedded spouse, forsaking all others, To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, in good times and in bad, to love and to cherish 'till death do you part?”

Sly: “I do, and hereto I pledge you, Skittles, my faithfulness.”
Skittles: “I do, and hereto I pledge you, Sly, my faithfulness.”

Beau:
“Place the rings on each other's paw and repeat after me: With this ring I thee wed.”

Sly: “Skittles, with this ring, I thee wed.”
Skittles: “Sly, with this ring, I thee wed.”

Beau:
“You both may know exchange your own personal vows to one another.”

Sly:

“Skittles, from the many evenings we spent together lovely dinners, to your yoga classes and our adventures in politics, I just loved being near you.
Marriage is a joining together, and I want to be together Forever.

I promise to take seriously all of my husbandly duties.

I promise to honor and encourage your independent spirit, even through the challenges that may arise.

I promise to spend time with you strolling in the garden and on many more adventures to come.

When I was a kitten, I didn’t know what to expect from this adventure called Life. But I was blessed with a Forever Home.

I promise to make you my Forever Wife.”


Skittles:

“Sly, I promise to love you faithfully with a love that transcends earthly love.

I will be with you in spirit and in body throughout our life together. Whatever life may bring, joy or sorrow, I will be your companion, your helpmeet, always encouraging you, always seeking out your guidance.

I was alone, and forsaken as a kitten. I scrounged for survival in a warehouse on a Navy Base. I was forever in despair, yet I knew of nothing else. I too was fortunate to find a forever home, and I am fortunate to have found my forever husband, a cat of great love, integrity and strength.

I promise to be your forever wife, faithful and true.”


Beau:

“Friends and family, as Sly and Skittles, have pledged their love and their lives to one another before you and God, I pronounce them husband and wife by the power vested in me by the Cat Blogosphere.

Sly, you may kiss the bride!!!!!!

I present to you the happy couple! They have asked that everyone please join them at the reception following.”

The Happy Couple and the entire wedding party
We raise a glass to the Happy Couple
Congratulations Skittles and Sly!!!


The Reception will begin at 2pm EST (11am PST)

Congratulations to Skittles and Sly!

May the saddest day of your future be no worse
Than the happiest day of your past.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

All the Best !!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS SKITTLES & SLY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!





We wish you both the happiest life together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

Friday, July 10, 2009

Have the Happiest Wedding Ever Skittles & Sly

Skittles & Sly! We have a special bottle of Champagne for you two, a Limo to whisk you away to your honeymoon, two special presents and two turtle doves to bring you Blessings every day of your New Life together!! Your FL furiends, Samantha, Mr. Tigger and Maverick

Concatulations and Best Wishes on your marriage


We give you these glasses to toast each other with! Concatulations Skittles and Sly, we wish you much happiness!
Zippy, Sadie and Speedy

Purrrrrrrrrs for a Happy Marriage!

We wish you all the best Skittles and Sly!



His and Hers Yoga Mats should be fun :)

Purrrrrrrrrrs,
Sanjee, Boni Maroni, Mini, Gree and Pepi of HotMBC

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Going, going, going.....to

Wordpress.com. I am currently migrating over to Wordpress, which is why I haven't posted much recently. I'm going to have a new, spiffy website! Yeah for me! Plus my pet human gets her own stuff back.

Here's one of my pet human's favorite photos from the archives.


and here is one from her photos archive. Which direction should I go?

I'm expecting the unveiling of my new site around Christmas Day. Happy holidays to all!

Luv and Peace,
Skittles, The Huntress

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Day Thursday Thirteen

A heartfelt happy Thanksgiving to all.
I think it's really neat that Thanksgiving falls on a Thursday. I can give my thanks as a Thursday Thirteen.

What Am I Thankful For?

1. My pet human

2. My special mancat, SlyCat, of Evanston, Illinois. He's very special!

3. I get to go outdoors. There are no predators around here to worry about (HA!!! except for me!)

4. Temptations!


5. Catnip

6. My new authentic DKM Snuggle

7. My teddy dog (my pet human wants me to leave that out. FAT CHANCE!!!)

8. I must admit, I'm also thankful for Sam, The Marmalade Cat. I can't help myself for bopping him on the nose or growling at him. But he is a pretty nice gentleman.



9. Bob and Julie.

10. Living in Point Loma

11. My garden

12. My unpaid political advisors, Ginny and Bill

13. For all of my kitty friends on the blogosphere. You are one fantastic bunch of friends!




From WW: I posted this two years ago for Thanksgiving. It holds true today:

I recall a time during my childhood when each family member would say what he/she was thankful for before saying the Thanksgiving Dinner blessing.

In retrospect I think the adults did this for the benefit of the children. Yet, this year it seems appropriate for me to list what I am thankful for, just as a child might do, but with one eye fixed on the great feast laid out in front of her. The road I have travelled upon the last 6 to 7 years, and especially the last 5 years, has been one with many roadblocks, U-turns, and detours. Yet, I have much to be thankful for. So here goes:

I am thankful for:

The expanse of the azure sky
The sparkling oasis in the desert
The warm sun and the cool moon
And the pounding surf at the Cove
For:

My friends, loyal and true.
Glistening shards of wisdom,
Slicing through my soul.
The kindness of doctors.
Hiking partners, old and new.






For:

The antics of a particular tabby,
Cantering with my palomino







For:

A cup of ramen noodles

For:

The gift of a silent voice.
Silence
Stillness
Clarity and insight hard won.



All these things and more.



Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

SNUGGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My first ever DKM snuggle arrived recently. Oh, my!!! I think I understand all the hoopla now.

It's a lovely hunter green with the color of fall leaves interwoven. But that's not the best part.
There was catnip inside, and the snuggle smells like buns! Wahhhhooooooooooooo! I even got a bottle of Eau de Fiona. I almost fainted when I took a whiff of that potent perfume.
I hereby give the Skittles Goodhousekeeping Seal of Approval to the DKM Snuggle. I highly recommend the product to any cat thinking of purchasing one.
Hurry to your phones. Supplies are limited and you won't want to miss out. The holidays are coming, and you know your secret paws recipient will just love this. DKM is offering special holiday editions of these unique gifts. Go the DKM and The Fluffies for information on how to purchase this important accessory for your collection or for your favorite kitty.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Yoga Tuesday

Welcome to Yoga Tuesday! It's been a while since I led a yoga class for everyone. I was so busy with my campaign! And of course I'm now planning to head to the White House. 12 votes in my poll, and 8 were for me!!!! I beat Obama! My pet human just shakes her head and says something about electoral votes.

Anyway, let's make this a special relaxing and rejuvenating class. Let's start with incense for a pleasing soothing atmosphere.
I've lit candles all around for a golden glow.

Now, everyone close your eyes, breathe in slowly. Feel the feline harmonic waves come through cyberspace. We are all one with the world, we are at peace with ourselves and others. Oooooooohhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

My! I feel a million times better. Excellent class everyone.

And of course my favorite part of yoga class is the party afterwards. Please join me at the buffet and help yourselves to some refreshments.

Ham for Miles!!!!!
Some champagne perhaps? I'm serving Schramsberg.
Or perhaps you would like to start with a light seafood cocktail with lobster and crab?
Grilled salmon with hoison glaze and plum ginger relish
And roast lamb with marion berry and pecan crust


Thank you all for joining me. I'll try to hold class more regularly now. I can't wait to have all the visiting heads of state follow along with my yoga class. Do you think Putin does yoga? He will with me!

Luv,
Skittles

Friday, November 14, 2008

SSSNNNNNNNNZZZZZZZZZZzXXXXXXXxxxSssXXXXXXX!

Yawn. I'm planning a special yoga class this coming Tuesday, Nov. 18. Please join me for some relaxation and meditation.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Scenes From The Sierras

That lovely, stunning, sleek tabby named Skittles will be back next week.


Sunday, November 09, 2008

The Illogicality of Christianity

the following was written by The Lutheran Surrealist.(Oct. 14 2008) It is republished here with his permission.


THE ILLOGICALITY OF CHRISTIANITY

I am often reminded by non-Christians that Christianity isn't scientific, can't be proven, doesn't speak in logical terms.

It's not just Max. It's everywhere I go, I run into this THING called logic. It's supposed to be an insuperable argument, and on its own terms, it is.

That is, if you are going to believe only in what's logical, then it's only logical that you can't be a Christian.

Again -- it's not just Max. It's Christopher Hitchens, it's Richard Dawkins, it's the culture, stupid.

The problem is that Christianity IS stupid. That is, it was never an extension of Greek logic emerging from Aristotle. It was never even an extension of Jewish wisdom extending out of the OT. It's something else.

Jesus said, "I will bring to nothing the wisdom of the wise, and destroy the cleverness of the clever."

What did He mean by this?

He was ushering in the realm of the surreal. Jesus was the world's first surrealist. He ushered in a realm of the marvelous that was beyond understanding.

If we are not powerful, and haven't got a lot of property, it makes sense that we should not ride into Jerusalem on the back of an ass, and upset all the applecarts of the city, and presume to upbraid our elders.

If we are the son of God, it makes sense that we would end up running the world, rather than being nailed to a cross to die in utter devastation.

I'm reading a book by Alain Badiou, called St. Paul. (Stanford: SUP, 2003). Badiou is a Marxist who is trying to use St. Paul to discuss the notion of "universalism." He admires St. Paul but wants to hijack the logic of St. Paul to use it as a intervention in Marxist discourse (I'm not yet done with this wonderful book so I don't know precisely where he's going).

Paul, Badiou writes, was stuck between Jewish wisdom, which consisted of signs, and Greek logic, which consisted of logical discourse.

"The philosopher knows eternal truths; the prophet knows the univocal sense of what will come (even if he delivers it only through figures, through signs). The apostle, who declares an unheard-of possibility, one dependent on an evental grace, properly speaking knows nothing" (45).

Paul's "knowledge" consists of having been blinded by grace on the road to Damascus. (Evental, in this translated text, stems from the word "eventiellement," in the French original, which means of or having to do with an event.) A single event, rather than being caught up in logic, or having looked to the future for a sign, is what determines Paul's scandalous news that he seeks to spread throughout the Roman empire.

Everywhere he is met with Greek and Jewish resistance. His only weapon is a kind of outlandish love, an eternal love that he brings into the finitude of Greek logic in order to cause it to explode, and into the communal savvy of the Jewish upper crust of Jerusalem (about to be dispersed only ten years later when they finally provoke Roman fury to its limits with their riots in the years around 60 AD, just a few years after Paul's head is lopped off and bounces thrice to herald the Trinity).

Paul declares a new kind of truth that has nothing to do with science. It is not concerned with the niceties of logic or the proof theories of science. It has nothing to do with the priesthood and its elect.

This is a new truth, one that flies past logic like a dove. It is not part of any elite. It is for the poor, and the outcast, and argues that God arrives in the form of an outcast in a tiny province, and was born in a barn, and that its only message is universal love.

Badiou cites Paul, "Knowledge will disappear!" (1st Corinthians, 13.8).

In scientific terms, in terms of knowledge, in terms of verifiability, Christianity is a form of retardation in politically correct parlance, we would have to say that it is severely "mentally challenged." It is, in the words of a current film, "religulous." But that is precisely its point. That is precisely its sublimity.

This is a beautiful message which the mentally challenged of the world are more likely to understand than the scientists and Ph.D.s. It operates at a strangely tilted angle to knowledge-centered societies, and "brings to nothing the cleverness of the clever." The clever look at it and say, "But this doesn't make sense! It must be banned! Please make it stop! It's so STOOOPID."

And to the consternation of the clever, it continues to grow. Throughout Africa, there are people who get it. It's racing through the ranks of the untouchables in India, where the number of adherents continues to grow. Christianity tumbles men and women like dominoes in order to lift them up in the name of the Lord.

This most baffling and paradoxical of religions is defiant toward Greek knowledge and toward hierarchies of wisdom. It mocks the caste system in India, terrifying and embittering the Hindu hierarchy. Even the Buddhists look upon Christianity as a bloody mess filled with pain and sorrow, and can't see past the finite aspects of blood into the eyes of eternity itself. Christianity turns the tables on everyone and everything, and the "tables once turned, keep on turning" (apologies to Mike Kettner for stealing his long-lost one-line poem, and redeploying it in a different context), never coming to right, making it difficult to eat anything and not consider it a miracle, loaves are loves, coming to light.

The Christian isn't required to be from any class, any race, or any sex. Unlike Nazism, it doesn't speak for a self-selected elite. Unlike Judaism, there is no chosen race. Unlike Marxism, it doesn't even speak for a class. It is infinite in its line of flight, constantly deterritorializing every settled structure, turning all conventions on their head, and instantiating a laughter that can only be seen as mentally challenged by the Greeks, and as impossible by the Jews.

When I read the astonishment and anger of the Christopher Hitchens', and the Richard Dawkins', I am reminded of the astonishment and anger of the authorities in Athens who laughed Paul out of the city, and of the astonishment and anger of the authorities in Jerusalem, who had Christ put to death for the audacity of his hope.

But in the strange face of Jesus I nevertheless see something infinite, something that can never be known, something so vast and puzzling, that the human mind looks upon it, and can only combust before its endless surrealism. Hosannah! Hosannah in the highest!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Taking A Break & Flower Friday




Dear Friends,

I'm taking a brief break from blogging, as my pet human needs to spend her blogging time managing the website for a mission to China.

If anyone wants to read some highly descriptive travel stories about life in China, as seen through the eyes of some visiting Americans, go here:



PLCPC Mission to China




(of course, my pet human tried to schedule a brief training course on blogging for the two doctors, who are doing the China trip. But unfortunately, time got away. So they are emailing all the info and letting my pet human do the work.)







I will be back in a week or so.








Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

BlogBlast 4 Peace!!


PEACE TO ALL NOW AND FOREVER!!!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Monday, November 03, 2008

Election Day

It's finally election day. Whew!!!!!!!!!!11!!!1

Whether you are a sleek tabby, a blue donkey, or a red elephant, PLEASE VOTE!!!!1

My pet human said: "I'm so glad it's going to FINALLY be over."

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Friday, October 31, 2008

Clouds Rest

Yosemite Valley. Atop Clouds Rest looking westward into the valley. Half Dome is on the left.

The final approach to the peak of Clouds Rest, looking eastward towards Tuolumne Meadows.

This is why I climb mountains.

WW

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My 2nd Blogoversary

I called my pet human into my office today. I asked her if she recognized this photo. Yeah, she said.

Yeah, what??? I said. This is the first photo I ever posted to TWKK.

You're in the doghouse, I said. I saw that you posted over at Facebook that my first blog entry was Sept. 12, 2006.

Did you forget something???? Like my blogoversary?

I will expect a HUGE party soon to make it up to me.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Thursday Thirteen


Thirteen Things Heard Around My House This Week:

1. Skittles, just how many mancats follow you any way???

2. Don't bop Sam on the nose!

3. Don't go near that raccoon.

4. What's so fascinating about watching Bob take a shower?

5. I'm not throwing out a whole bowl of Friskies just to refill it again. Eat what's there!

6. I'm sick to death of politics!

7. You've been sleeping with Bob when Julie's away, haven't you? Traitor!

8. Get off the dining room table!

9. Don't play with the teddy dog!

10. Hey Skittles, here's a new teddy for you. It's a teddy hippo! Do you like it?

11. Hey, Skittles, you must be really special. You got TWO Halloween cards from your friend, Skeezix.

12. Don't you just LOVE your new teddy hippo?

13. Get off the dining room table!

p.s. I apologize to all who clicked on Sam, The Marmalade Cat's link in the Mr. Linky section today, only to find my site. The Pet Human will be soundly whapped for making that error.