Tuesday Talks.

New Feature on Snippets of SnapDragon, yo!

Hello, Dear Readers!

There’s a New Feature here on Snippets of SnapDragon!

It’s called “Tuesday Talks”. As the name suggests, each Tuesday I’ll offer a post with a specific question to spark discussion among us blogging friends.

Please note that while passionate, lively discussion is welcomed, disrespectful hate speech is NOT. But I’m sure you’re better than that, and this disclaimer is overkill, right? Okay, good. I thought so.

Anyway, stay tuned!

Love,

SnapDragon X.

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SnapDragon is a writer, painter, and lover of wine and exotic cheeses.

Follow her Two-Bit Musings and more on Snippets of SnapDragon.

Two-Bit Musings.

More.

Let’s have more crying laughter;

more TV time;

more dishes of rice and refried beans.

Let’s have more ice-cold beverages;

more singing in harmony as another day dawns.

I want more quality sleep; more books; more delectable cheeses.

More bottle-cap earrings; more hand-written letters; more dinners with friends.

More paints;

More petting of animals;

More unconditional love.

I. Want. More.

Two-Bit Musings.

𝙾𝚗𝚎 𝙱𝚒𝚐 𝙱𝚊𝚌𝚔𝚢𝚊𝚛𝚍.

𝚂𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝙸 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚒𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚜𝚒𝚕𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎.

𝙸 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚝𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚝 𝚊 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚍-𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚕𝚕, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚛𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚝𝚎𝚌𝚝, 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚊𝚗 𝚘𝚙𝚎𝚗 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚊𝚗𝚜𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚋𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚋𝚎𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚖𝚎.

𝚆𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚍𝚘 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎?

𝚆𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚍𝚘 𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝?

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𝙸 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚔 𝚘𝚏 𝙻𝚘𝚛𝚍 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙵𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚜. 𝙽𝚘 𝚎𝚡𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚐𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚗𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜; 𝚗𝚘 𝚎𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚌 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚕𝚘𝚒𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗.

𝙹𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚊 𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚏𝚞𝚕 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚞𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚜 𝚘𝚗 𝚊 𝚙𝚒𝚎𝚌𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝙿𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚎𝚝 𝙴𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚑.

𝙰 𝚏𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚑 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚝.

. . .

𝚆𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚍𝚘 𝚠𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍?

𝚆𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚜 𝚊 𝚏𝚞𝚕𝚏𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎?

𝙷𝚘𝚠 𝚍𝚘 𝚠𝚎 𝚑𝚘𝚙𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚟𝚘𝚕𝚟𝚎?

𝙱𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚒𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚆𝙴.

𝚆𝙴, 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝙼𝙴.

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𝚂𝚗𝚊𝚙𝙳𝚛𝚊𝚐𝚘𝚗’𝚜 𝙻𝚒𝚝𝚝𝚕𝚎 𝚁𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚙𝚎 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊 𝙷𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚝𝚑𝚢 𝙷𝚞𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝙴𝚡𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎:

• 𝙿𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚌 𝙴𝚍𝚞𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗

𝙸𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚜𝚠𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚘 𝚊𝚗𝚢 𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗, 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎. 𝙱𝚢 𝚝𝚎𝚊𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍 𝚊𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚌𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚋𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚜𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚏𝚒𝚌 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚌𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢, 𝚙𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚘𝚜𝚘𝚙𝚑𝚢, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚞𝚊𝚐𝚎 𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚜, 𝚠𝚎 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚜𝚎𝚎𝚍𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚑𝚞𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚎 𝚜𝚘𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚝𝚢. 𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚋𝚜𝚘𝚕𝚞𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚗𝚘 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚏𝚒𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚍 𝚙𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚌 𝚜𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚘𝚕𝚜. 𝙿𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚘𝚍.

• 𝙿𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚌 𝙷𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚝𝚑𝚌𝚊𝚛𝚎

𝙷𝚞𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚜 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚜𝚒𝚌𝚔. 𝙴𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚕𝚎 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚞𝚜. 𝚆𝚎 𝚙𝚊𝚢 𝚝𝚊𝚡𝚎𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚢 𝚙𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚌 𝚜𝚎𝚛𝚟𝚒𝚌𝚎𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚚𝚞𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚝𝚑𝚌𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚋𝚎 𝚗𝚘 𝚍𝚒𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚝. 𝚆𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚝, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚠𝚎 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚎 𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚒𝚝 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚑𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚕𝚎 𝚘𝚛 𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚘𝚌𝚔𝚎𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚌𝚎𝚗𝚝.

• 𝙿𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚌 𝚁𝚎𝚜𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚌𝚎𝚜

𝙸 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕 𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚑𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚢 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝙸 𝚜𝚎𝚎 𝚜𝚒𝚐𝚗𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚙𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚌 𝚕𝚒𝚋𝚛𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚜. 𝙸𝚝’𝚜 𝚊 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚞𝚗𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚌𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚢 𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛; 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚍𝚎𝚜𝚎𝚛𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚕𝚘𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗. 𝙻𝚒𝚋𝚛𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚜, 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚔𝚜, 𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚕 𝚜𝚎𝚛𝚟𝚒𝚌𝚎𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚊𝚜𝚒𝚌 𝚞𝚝𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚌𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚗, 𝚍𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚔𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚋𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚒𝚕𝚢 𝚊𝚟𝚊𝚒𝚕𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚞𝚜 𝚊𝚕𝚕. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚠𝚎 𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚞𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚗𝚍/𝚘𝚛 𝚙𝚛𝚒𝚟𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚣𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚌𝚎𝚜, 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚙𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚢 𝚠𝚎 𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎𝚐𝚛𝚞𝚍𝚐𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚕𝚢 𝚍𝚎𝚊𝚕 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛.

• 𝚂𝚞𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝙿𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚎𝚜

𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎’𝚜 𝚗𝚘 𝚜𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚜 𝚊 𝚏𝚛𝚎𝚎 𝚕𝚞𝚗𝚌𝚑, 𝚏𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚜. 𝙴𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚌𝚊𝚛 𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚎, 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚜𝚝𝚢𝚛𝚘𝚏𝚘𝚊𝚖 𝚌𝚞𝚙, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚝𝚞𝚋 𝚘𝚏 𝚋𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚠𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚐𝚘 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎. 𝙻𝚎𝚝’𝚜 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔 𝚝𝚘𝚐𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚊 𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚠𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚎𝚗𝚓𝚘𝚢 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚜 𝙰𝙽𝙳 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚎𝚗𝚟𝚒𝚛𝚘𝚗𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝. 𝚂𝚞𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚢, 𝚠𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚍𝚘 𝚋𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛.

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𝚂𝚘 𝚒𝚗 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚝, 𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚁𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚛?

𝚆𝚎 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚗𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚎𝚍.

𝙸𝚝 𝚖𝚊𝚢 𝚋𝚎 𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚗 𝚊 𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚎𝚢𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚜𝚢𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚖𝚒𝚌 𝚒𝚜𝚜𝚞𝚎𝚜, 𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚢 𝚘𝚏 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚌𝚑 𝚖𝚊𝚢 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚊𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚞𝚜.

𝙸 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚊𝚜 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚊 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚙𝚛𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚕𝚎𝚐𝚎: 𝙸 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚊 𝚏𝚞𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚢, 𝚊 𝚏𝚞𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚔 𝚘𝚏 𝚐𝚊𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚗 𝚎𝚡𝚌𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚍𝚒𝚝 𝚜𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚎. 𝙼𝚢 𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚜 𝚛𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚐𝚘 𝚞𝚗𝚖𝚎𝚝.

𝙱𝚞𝚝 𝚒𝚝’𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚖𝚎.

𝙱𝚞𝚝 𝚒𝚝’𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚖𝚎.

𝙱𝚞𝚝 𝚒𝚝’𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚖𝚎.

. . .

𝙾𝚗𝚎 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚎𝚝.

𝙾𝚗𝚎 𝚑𝚞𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚎.

𝙾𝚗𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚙𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗, 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚐𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚑𝚘𝚙𝚎.

𝙸 𝚑𝚘𝚙𝚎.

Two-Bit Musings.

𝙸’𝚖 𝙽𝚘𝚝 𝙱𝚞𝚜𝚢.

𝙷𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚘, 𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚁𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚛.

𝙸𝚝’𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚛𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚢 𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝙿𝚎𝚗𝚗𝚜𝚢𝚕𝚟𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚊. 𝙸’𝚖 𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚞𝚜𝚙 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊 𝚗𝚎𝚠 𝚓𝚘𝚋, 𝚜𝚘 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊 𝚋𝚒𝚝 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚒𝚖𝚙𝚕𝚢 𝚌𝚞𝚛𝚕 𝚞𝚙 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚜𝚞𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚖𝚎 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚎.

𝙸𝚗 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚝, 𝙸’𝚖 𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚢 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚖𝚢 𝚒𝙿𝚑𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚁𝚊𝚓𝚊 𝚒𝚗𝚜𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚗 𝚜𝚒𝚝𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝙾𝙽 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚙𝚞𝚝𝚎𝚛, 𝚜𝚘 𝚜𝚑𝚎’𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚝𝚞𝚌𝚔𝚎𝚍 𝚋𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚔𝚎𝚝 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚖𝚎, 𝚙𝚞𝚛𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚝 𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏.

𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚜 𝚠𝚎 𝚍𝚘 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚏𝚞𝚛 𝚋𝚊𝚋𝚒𝚎𝚜!

😻

𝙰𝚗𝚢𝚠𝚊𝚢, 𝚊𝚜 𝙸 𝚜𝚒𝚝 𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚖𝚢 𝚜𝚠𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚙𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚜 𝙸’𝚍 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚊 𝚖𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚍𝚎𝚌𝚕𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝

🄸 🄰🄼 🄽🄾🅃 🄱🅄🅂🅈.

𝙽𝚘𝚝 𝚝𝚘𝚍𝚊𝚢, 𝚊𝚗𝚢𝚠𝚊𝚢.

𝚆𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚐𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝙻𝙾𝚅𝙴 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚛𝚊𝚐 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚑𝚘𝚠 𝚋𝚞𝚜𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚢 𝚊𝚛𝚎:

“𝙸’𝚖 𝚛𝚞𝚗𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚖𝚢 𝚔𝚒𝚍𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚙𝚒𝚊𝚗𝚘 𝚕𝚎𝚜𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚜, 𝚜𝚘𝚌𝚌𝚎𝚛 𝚙𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚎, 𝙰𝙽𝙳 𝚝𝚞𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐!”

“𝙸’𝚖 𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚌𝚕𝚞𝚋!”

“𝙸’𝚖 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎!”

[𝙸𝚗𝚜𝚎𝚛𝚝 𝚎𝚡𝚌𝚕𝚊𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚘𝚏 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘𝚘 𝚋𝚞𝚜𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚊 𝚋𝚘𝚠𝚎𝚕 𝚖𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎.]

𝚆𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙸’𝚖 𝚐𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜:

𝙱𝚞𝚜𝚢𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚒𝚌𝚎.

𝚆𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝙸 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚗 𝚘𝚏 𝚖𝚢 𝚘𝚠𝚗, 𝙸’𝚕𝚕 𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚖𝚋𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙸 𝚜𝚒𝚐𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚞𝚙 𝚏𝚘𝚛.

𝚆𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝙸 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚘𝚗 𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚌 𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚊𝚟𝚘𝚛 𝚘𝚛 𝚑𝚘𝚋𝚋𝚢 𝙸’𝚕𝚕 𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚒𝚖𝚙𝚊𝚌𝚝 𝚘𝚗 𝚖𝚢 𝚍𝚊𝚢-𝚝𝚘-𝚍𝚊𝚢.

𝚆𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝙸 𝚊𝚌𝚌𝚎𝚙𝚝 𝚊 𝚓𝚘𝚋 𝚘𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚛 (𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚌𝚑 𝙸 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎, 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚔𝚜) 𝙸’𝚕𝚕 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝙸’𝚟𝚎 𝚖𝚊𝚍𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚍𝚎𝚍𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚖𝚢 𝚠𝚊𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎.

. . .

𝚂𝚘 𝚢𝚘𝚞’𝚛𝚎 𝚋𝚞𝚜𝚢?

𝙸 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚟𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞, 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎.

𝙱𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞’𝚟𝚎 𝚖𝚊𝚍𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚒𝚌𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚛𝚒𝚖.

𝙴𝚊𝚌𝚑 𝚘𝚏 𝚞𝚜 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚊𝚖𝚎 24 𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜.

𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝚎𝚊𝚌𝚑 𝚘𝚏 𝚞𝚜 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚞𝚝.

𝙰𝚜 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚑𝚊𝚙𝚜 𝚐𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝 𝚒𝚖𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚜𝚊𝚒𝚍,

“𝙷𝚘𝚠 𝚠𝚎 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚍𝚊𝚢𝚜 𝚒𝚜 𝚑𝚘𝚠 𝚠𝚎 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚜.”

. . .

𝙷𝚘𝚠 𝚍𝚘 𝚈𝙾𝚄 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚍𝚊𝚢𝚜, 𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚁𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚛?

Two-Bit Musings.

Those Gentle Beauties.

Land & Sea, 2018. Oregon. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved.

When I meet new people it takes about 30 seconds for them to realize:

I. Love. Animals.

Like, a lot.

Yes, I’m a vegetarian. But I promise I’m not crazy. I won’t throw red paint on your new mink coat. I don’t boycott chain restaurants. I’m married to a carnivore, in fact. I’ve happily cooked Thanksgiving turkeys and taco meat. I just won’t eat it.

Also, I can pretty much guarantee that my closet is home to non-vegan shoes and handbags. I’m aware of the contradiction, yes, seeing as I love love love animals. But I have never once proclaimed to be saving the planet by my dietary choices. I just hate the thought of blood or bones in my food. (Don’t you?)

But back to my original point: Animals make me ridiculously happy.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a pet, farm animal, zoo exhibit, or children’s illustration. Seeing the innocent eyes of a creature always makes me smile. I can’t help but coo and wonder aloud if it’s comfortable and happy and enjoying every moment of its animal life.

So it’s probably no surprise that I’m cat-mom to two sweet babies, Henry and Raja.

Henry, 2017. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved.

This is Henry. He was rescued from an alley in Kansas by my Mother-in-Law, and arrived at our door at six-weeks old. He’s a gentle giant. In fact, he has anxiety like me. If he’s not snuggling on my chest, you can find him “chirping” and roaming about the house. He loves to chase and play with our other cat, Raja. He is the light of my life (along with my husband, of course) and I’m pretty much obsessed with ensuring his every comfort and happiness.

Raja, 2017. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved.

This is Raja. As you can see, she’s not like most cats. She’s a sphynx. We adopted her at four-years-old from a friendly couple who could no longer give her the attention she needs. Similar to a dog, she follows us from room to room. She loves to perch on my husband’s shoulder, like a parrot. Just like Henry, she purrs and snuggles on my chest like a rabbit. She is beautiful, and perfect, and I get insanely angry when people say she’s weird or ugly. Fuck you.

And so, I have the joy of taking care of these beauties each day. I delight in seeing them interact, curious about every cog and corner of our home. When I see the gentle nature of their lives, it gives me pause. May we all enjoy the simplicity of each day.

Because truly: Isn’t life about feeling safe, warm, and loved?

So love your pets today, and always. Respect the animals who also call our planet home.

You won’t regret it.