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Monday, January 25, 2016

Six Impossible Things, Abstractions, 101 Dalmatians, Being Thankful
Is it really the last week of January already? One twelfth of the year is coming to a close. Wait! Stop the world, I want to get off! Last week was a rough one, but I'm not going to get into the particulars. Suffice it to say I'm glad it's over with, hopefully, better days to come.

Because of this, it's the perfect time to think of Six Impossible Things.

The White Queen, in Through the Looking Glass, said to Alice: "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." 

When life gets you down think of, or believe, six impossible things before breakfast. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. If you are aren't smiling by the sixth thing, think of six more. Keep thinking of impossible things until you smile, or until you understand that life itself is impossible. Yet here we are.

Here, for your entertainment, are Six Impossible Things. You can believe them or not as you wish.

1. Cheese and wine with Joan of Arc.
2. Being able to know what redwood trees think.
3. Tea and poetry with Emily Dickinson.
4. Breathing under water - without the aid of scuba gear.
5. Sailing with Darwin on the Beagle.
6. Discovering the cure for the common cold.

An abstraction is a concept that acts as a super-categorical noun for all subordinate concepts, and connects any related concepts as a group, field, or category. (Clear?) An abstraction is a word like love, hate, joy, beauty, cunning, disgust. In this game we turn them into a kind of poetry or a piece of flash fiction.

The rules are simple. You can change them around.
 1: Abstraction plus verb plus place
 2: Describe what the abstraction is wearing
 3: Summarize the action

Prayer, wreathed in incense, calls to our hearts as she kneels at our feel.


Today,  One Hundred and One Dalmatians is 55 years old. You can find out more about the film HERE.

I have fond memories of seeing this movie in Puerto Rico with my cousin, JohnJohn. We were twelve. While my sister, Erva, and his sister, Frances were watching Ben Hur, we were at the matinee, where the movie ran continuously. One price, stay in the theater and watch it til your nose bleeds. And we had to stay there until we were picked up.

First time through we were cracking up. Second time through we were splitting seams. Third time through, we moved to the front row and were just about rolling on the floor.

One of my favorite scenes is with Horace, Jasper, and the cat.

I still love it.

Being Thankful
Today I'm thankful for prayer in all the many forms it takes.

Prayer flags (lots of them) at the Khardung La (10001182746)

Jew praying at the Western Wall


India - Varanasi candle temple - 2196

A praying Nepalese, Buddhist culture religion rites rituals sights

Muslims praying in a Masque in Bangladesh

Prayers in Congo

Barack Obama at Sandy Hook interfaith vigil

A reza

FEMA - 957 - Photograph by Liz Roll taken on 04-12-1998 in Alabama

Nyota, Kenya 01

Prayers of an old lady

What are you thankful for? Care to share something impossible to believe in? What about an abstraction? Do you remember seeing 101 Dalmatians?


  1. Oh, I remember 101 Dalmatians. And always great to be grateful for prayers.

  2. Hi Bish - 101 Dalmations is great fun ... I watched the Cruella de Ville one with my mother and we laughed ourselves silly ... so lovely to do that with my Mum at that stage in her live.

    Prayer - yes she was always thinking of that too .. and today we need many prayers, and a lot of hope for the world ..

    Lovely post ... cheers Hilary

  3. Moving images.

    I would love to be able to breathe underwater. When I swim, I spend as much time under the surface as I do above it.

    I liked the 101 Dalmations movie, but I loved the book even more.

  4. Amen! Prayer is important.
    Maybe the trees are thinking about squirrels?

  5. An impossibility: me looking as disinterested as my cat.

    Beautiful images, Bish.

  6. Wow. 101 dalmations is that old?
    I'm grateful for life and the many blessings that flow from it.

  7. The picture of children sitting at a long table and eat a meal---that one touched me, motivated me.

  8. 101 Dalmatians was one of my favorites. I actually wanted a Dalmatian so bad, but my mom is scared of them. (Had a run-in with a not-very-nice one when she was still a toddler.)

  9. I love 101 Dalmations. I can't see a spotted dog without thinking about Cruella De Ville.

  10. Impossible things...I would travel all over the world. Every single part.

  11. I'm thankful the dryer vent has been cleared of snow and I can do laundry again. I'm thankful my sons boss saw fit to let them stay home during the worst of the snow storm. They're both night delivery drivers and most of their deliveries are in the mountains. 101 dalmatians, too cute! Love the abstractions quote!

  12. 101 Dalmatians was always one of my favorites as a kid too, even though Cruella scared me to bits.

  13. The first 101 Dalmations was the best. None of the others have really done it justice. Love all those prayer pics. Some are quite moving.

  14. Wonderful abstraction and I love the photos.

    I have only seen bits of the movie. I need to see it in its entirety.

  15. Sorry to hear last week was rough- sounds like you have a positive attitude and I love the idea of six impossible things. Such fun!

    I haven't seen 101 Dalmations in ages. I loved hearing about your memories of the movie- sounds like a blast. Awesome that the movie was on loop! :)


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