Broomsticks, Walter de la Mare

Broomsticks was written by Walter de la Mare (1873-1956), and was included in his Collected Stories for Children (1947).   Broomsticks Miss Chauncey’s cat, Sam, had been with her many years before she noticed anything unusual, anything disturbing, in his conduct. Like most cats who live under the same roof with but one or two humans, he had always […]

Zut

ZUT Guy Wetmore Carryl             Side by side, on the avenue de la Grande Armée, stand the épicerie of Jean-Baptiste Caille and the salle de coiffure (hair salon) of Hippolyte Sergeot, and between these two there is a great gulf fixed, the which has come to be through the acerbity of Alexandrine Caille (according to […]

Cat Poems – Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973, Chilean) is best known for his surrealist poems. He was also a diplomat and a senator. As a communist, a warrant for his arrest was issued in 1948. However, his friends hid him for months until he could escape from Chile to Argentina. He did not return until he accepted his Noble […]

The Cat on the Dovrefjell Christmas Story

An ancient Nordic Christmas tale The Cat on the Dovrefjell Christmas Story was retold by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe in Norske Folkeeventyr, published 1841. Once upon a time there was a man up in Finnmark who had caught a great white bear, which he was going to take to the King of Denmark. […]

The Legend of the Yule Cat

The legend of the Yule Cat is a Christmas story that is celebrated and told to Icelandic children even today. Every year a large Christmas cat is erected in the Laekjartorg square in Reykjavik.   Based on Icelandic folklore, the poem, The Christmas Cat, written by the poet Jóhannes úr Kötlum (1899-1972), describes a gigantic […]

How the Willows Came to be Called Pussy Willows

From The Sacred Heart Review, Volume 15, Number 15, 11 April 1896 The legend of cats and pussy willows.  There was once a great city in Asia which was built so long ago that even the name of the city and of its people has been forgotten and everything else about it except one little […]

The Christmas Cat, The Cat Who Loved Christmas

The Christmas Cat, The Cat Who Loved Christmas by David R. Warren, published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat that did What? I sat on the couch admiring our Christmas tree. My wife and I had searched several tree lots before finding the perfect blue spruce. It was about 6.5 feet tall, full […]

HISTORY OF BLACK CATS AND FRIDAY THE 13TH

ORIGINS The fear of Friday the 13th has a long history, and black cats have always been associated with the day as a bad omen.  The superstition revolving around this day may have started in the Middle Ages and is of course associated with Christianity.  At Jesus’s last supper there were 13 apostles on the […]

Cat Superstitions by Country

Throughout history cats have been seen as magical mystical creatures that are often times feared and sometimes revered.  Man’s emotional response, whether positive or negative, has given the cat an important place in superstition and folklore throughout the world. Most cat superstitions came into being during the 12th and 13th centuries. Due to the infamous […]

Barks and Purrs, Colette

BARKS AND PURRS   BY   COLETTE WILLY    TRANSLATED BY   MAIRE KELLY CONTENTS SENTIMENTALITIES ON THE TRAIN DINNER IS LATE SHE IS ILL THE FIRST FIRE THE STORM A CALLER PREFACE   Madame: There are moments when one seems to come to life. One looks about and distinguishes a creature whose foot-print closely […]

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