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I tripped over an elaborate cat toy this morning and I won’t try to explain it to you in detail because I imagine it would be like hearing about my dreams from last night, but I need you to know that I nearly lost a toe in the ordeal, which is something you don’t necessarily see on the horizon on a very basic Thursday. I’m sharing this as a cautionary tale about over-confidence, specifically in leaving cat toys scattered throughout your home. You think they won’t betray you, that there’s no way your one stupid toe could ever possibly find its way into the only hole available to it on the path from the kitchen to the sofa while you walk with a fresh cup of coffee. You think! But you might be wrong! So put those cat toys away. Thank you for coming to my TED talk and three-day wellness retreat. xo.

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  1. Jeanna’s article on Mary Oliver’s eroticism was so good. It really articulated something that annoyed me to no end in tributes to her and her work after her death. It felt like so many of those articles painted her as a sweet old lady who liked to walk in the woods, and while sure, that was true, she also wrote deeply erotic lesbian love poetry well into her old age.

    It was just so frustrating to watch the sexuality of her work being suppressed, so thank you, Jeanna, for writing an antidote to that.

  2. Last night I very nearly caused myself a very serious injury because in the time between me stepping in to the bath and stepping out of it the kitten had placed a small toy in the exact spot where my foot would land. Without my glasses on I could not distinguish a white mouse against the white tiles. Thus, I trod on it and went flying across the bathroom.

    Moral of the story: yes Laneia you are completely 10000% correct, put the cat toys away!

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