Monday Morning Musing

Before I left my daughter’s home in Missouri last week, she gave me a cutting from a plant in her yard. I don’t remember what the plant is called, but it loves sun and I put it in a place on my front porch that gets a lot of light. The smaller, darker green leaves you can see in the pot are Virginia Creeper that was growing along with the other plants in my daughter’s yard. She told me that was a bonus. 🙂

Some years ago I got a cutting from the plant on a previous visit to Missouri. It thrived and multiplied after I planted it around the old plow that used to be in the front yard in my Winnsboro home. Butterflies love it, and if you look closely, you can see a butterfly on one of the blossoms.

It was a terrific night at the Tony Awards on Sunday.  The musical “Hadestown” won eight awards including a win for the director Rachel Chavkin. That was a first for a woman directing a musical, as was the win by Ali Stroker, who was the first actor in a wheelchair to win a Tony. She has been paralyzed since she was 2 and won for featured actresses in a musical for her work in a current run of “Oklahoma!”

 There’s more Tony news in this report at Newsmax.

Want to live longer? Consider adopting some of the lifestyles of the people who live on the small island of Sardonia. As reported in NBC News by Nicole Spector, the people there live longer due to a number of factors that includes: respect for elders and family tradition, functional exercise, a big daily lunch, and a relaxed work life.

After seeing the picture of a beach on Sardonia, I think moving there would probably increase a person’s lifespan. What a beautiful place to be.

They also have a wine called Cannonau, a rich red wine that is said to be rich in anti-oxidants. Luckily, you don’t have to go to Sardonia to get the wine, but a trip there would be nice.

Do we or don’t we take a selfie? That’s the question that most political candidates are asking, with some embracing the idea, and others shying away. In this article by Alex Seitz-Wald on NBC News Online, you can find out which candidates are making time to incorporate selfies into their campaigns.  Elizabeth Warren leads as the candidate who has taken the most selfies, but most of the candidates recognize the political power of reaching out to individuals in an impromptu photo shoot.

Some fun things about cats

This first is from Daily Kos headlined Why Cats Aren’t Republicans

Living with a cat for the first time, you quickly pick up on its behavioral quirks, many of which are common among other cats. What you soon find out is that cats aren’t Republican. Here are 12 reasons why not:

1. Cats are curious about what you do in your bedroom, but they don’t try to legislate away your freedom to do it.

2. Cats may take away your cushion, but they’ll give it back to you with a gentle push.

3. Cats give you attention and sympathy when you’re sick.

4. Females are treated with importance in the cat world.

5. Cats make use of solar power, often all day long.

The rest of the list is on the Daily Kos site if you are interested. While they are a tad snarky, they’re also kinda funny.

Are you living with a bi-polar cat? When I saw that subject line in a recent e-mail from Pretty Litter, I couldn’t resist clicking over to the blog post. The short answer to the question is this:

According to the Mayo Clinic, bipolar disorder in humans is a serious mental health condition characterized by dramatic swings between states of depression and states of elation or mania.

While it makes sense to try and define our fur baby’s crazy behaviors in terms that we use for our own human mental health, a bipolar cat isn’t common or easily diagnosed — especially given how fickle most felines tend to be in general.

But there’s more in the blog post of interest. At least to me and other people owned by cats. Those of you who are not, can skip the article and move on to whatever Monday plans you have.

If any of you who follow my blog have read my new book, Evelyn Evolving, and are so inclined, I’d love for you to leave a short review on Amazon. Those reviews not only mean a lot to an author, they make the algorithms on Amazon really happy. I understand happy algorithms are a good thing. 🙂

That’s all for me for today folks. Be happy, be safe.

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