Friday 15 December 2023

Write … Edit ... Publish ... Bloghop: Out of Africa …


Out of Africa – never – so true that phrase – anyone having spent time or lived in Africa - it is not possible to take Africa out of one's system ...

Film poster

embedded for ever – perhaps tied to the roots of the human race, or perhaps just imprinted into this blogger's life … BC blogging …

Out of Africa - first
edition cover of the book
then along comes the Write Edit Publish group with prompts for the blogger of positive intent to join in with … at first with trepidation, then later with random abandon, as the poor Phantom of the Opera found out, regarding her input …

Freedom Morning has arrived … Freedom of Speech was accomplished … the Caged Bird escaped into the WEP world …

A bit late for this to
appear ... ne'er mind!

A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall … which created an Urban Nightmare from The Great Wave … but The Kiss had a fun story to tell …

There was Grave Mistake, a smelly Antique Vase, a pretty Jewel Box, Long Shadows spread over a delicious meal, Horrible Harvests did not prevail at that time, Dark Places were brightened with memories of the Red Wheelbarrow days …

Not to be read before a meal!

There was a Thriller in the authorship of A Change of Heart (ugh!)Gone with the Wind hastened the Unravelling of the Yarn

A Grave Mistake could have been made when the Back of the Drawer was opened to find the Letter that was begging Please to be Read, while the Moonlight Sonata resonated in the background …

Probably my 
favourite entry
Bridges were mended, a Reunion would take place in the Cafe Terrace, besides the river where Like Water for Chocolate was enjoyed by all the WEP group remembering All You Need is Love

The Last Remembrance we will have is of Footprints for our memory bank … while we as a group will all reflect Peace and Love for the world.

Write one's memories
to be held for the future
The little Voodoo is doing its thing weaving, diving, spinning and in true childish passion will be remembered in our penned compositions …

Prompt for Dec 2017
From this Blogger to all WEPpers, particularly the administrators, I acknowledge you … and even though I for The First Time I Ever Saw Your Faces was and is on the screen … where you were Unmasked … this End is now the Beginning for you to enjoy your Freedom Mornings

This another personal prompt

before I get In Too Deep and mushy in thought … I will say Farewell to WEP and thank you all profusely for organising, initiating the fabulous thought provoking prompts, for all generous commenters, and supporters …

A fond goodbye to Write Edit Publish … and I've just scraped into the time frame … though Out of Africa was going to be my last WEP – it changed its spots! …

Proposed mock up for the
2024 WEP Anthology

however if a piece for the Anthology is required, please administrators let me know … and I'll craft an entry before the year end.

Cheers from the Positive Blogger …

Note all highlighted phrases or titles were prompts ...

Hilary Melton-Butcher

Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

Thursday 7 December 2023

Loveable Independent Slinky Literary Cats ...


Literary Cats, the loveable, independent creatures, that so many people in the world love, and who give comfort to their owners.

The Literary Cats tea towel
Radical Tea Towel company

Here are some quotes found by the British Radical Tea Towel company, offering political and social statements, for the kitchen and home, inspired by history.

"If man could be crossed with the cat,

it would improve man, but it would deteriorate

the cat.”

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 – 1910) known by the pen name Mark Twain

Christopher Smart pre 1750

"For I will consider my cat Jeoffry for he is an instrument for the children to learn benevolence upon.”

Christopher Smart (1722 – 1771) was an English poet. 

He was a major contributor to two popular magazines, The Midwife and The Student, and a friend to cultural icons like Samuel Johnson and Henry Fielding.

Interestingly he was infamous as the pseudonymous midwife “Mrs Mary Midnight” … see link below by GrubStLodger …

And see his poem on Jeoffry, his cat, – from his Jubilate Agno poem (written 1759 – 1763).

A cat eating a fish under a chair -
a mural found in an Egyptian tomb,
dating to the 15th century BC

"A cat is an animal who has more human feelings than almost any other being.”

Emily Bronte (1818 – 1848)

"You may think at first I was

mad as a hatter

When I tell you, a cat must have


"The cat is the best anarchist.”

Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961)

"God invented the cat so that mankind

could have a tiger to stroke at home.”

Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885)

(ha ha - love it!)

"Cats are mysterious folk. There is

more passing in their minds

than we are aware of.”

Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1832)

Not quite Boot - but so near ... he was a dear!

From a 20th/21st lover of cats … especially one called 'Boot' – why I've no idea!

The Grub Street Lodger blog - on 'Christopher Smart, drag and Mrs Midnight's oratory'

Hilary Melton-Butcher

Positive Letters Inspirational Stories