Catawampus – A Short Story

In just a few short minutes my life went from neat and orderly to a catawampus mess…all because of an actual cat.

Not just any old regular cat though. NO! This ferocious feline was a tiny, terrifying tyrant. Oh sure, she looked sweet and adorable at the shelter with her big greenish gold eyes looking so innocent and her soft fur so well coiffed. As soon as I came into view of her kennel the little actress started up, mewling and purring and looking deep into my soul….of course I took her home immediately!

At first she snuggled her soft, warm body into the crook of my arm and accompanied through a Netflix bender. I guess she got bored with the movie after I fell asleep though because I woke up to see her nibbling on my leftover burrito. Within seconds something changed though and suddenly there was a MONSTER destroying my pillows.

My once soft and sweet siamese must have been a secret Gremlin! Sharp nails and teeth tore at everything in sight. Fluff and saw dust covered what used to be my seating area, cords were quickly clipped, torn, and frayed, and my shelf of ceramic Care Bears was teetering dangerously in no time.

I tried to stop the madness, I really did, but as soon as I moved, she turned glowing eyes in my direction and hissed. There’s not way I’m getting my security deposit back now!

I guess that’s what I get for naming her Gizmo. Next time I think I’ll get a nice big dog instead!

50 Years of “If I Was…”

The amazing play/movie musical Fiddler on the Roof ran for the first time in the year 1964. 50 years later, we’re still humming along with Tevye and his lot. I will admit that I have sung and danced a few times to the soundtrack from this story…and played my flute to the sheet music more times than that!

My Dad, a church of Christ minister and Biblical Studies Professor, has sung and shimmied Tevye’s famous lines in front of many different types and ages of audience…and has quoted the nightmare scene as well! My daughter, when she was an infant, spent a night in which the only time she would stop crying was when Fiddler was playing. As you can tell, my family has a history with this great production.

So when I was given a free copy of the 50th Anniversary Edition Script (with sheet music) in exchange for an honest review, I was worried that it would fall short of the show. Scripts, sheet music, and books often fall short when we already have that visual in place in our memories.

Luckily for me, the book exceeds expectations by a large margin. The illustrations and cover are gorgeous, the book is well put together, and my prior knowledge only enhances the experience of reading such a heart-string tugging story.

If you get the chance, watch, read, and listen to this great story whether for the first time or the fiftieth, and take a moment to appreciate the beauty, history, and effort that have molded together to bring a people and family to life. Then give a little shimmy and kick your legs up, the fiddler is at it again!

I give this book 5 out of 5 dragons!

Reading the Movie

I am currently reading “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak and, I admit, I’m mostly reading it because the previews for the movie caught my eye. That got me thinking though, how many books do we read because of previews? How many times have you been walking through the store and seen a book with that shiny “Now a Motion Picture” cover and thought, “If they made a movie about it, it must be a good read…”?

I was a ‘Potterhead’ before the first Harry Potter movie came to theatres, I read Twilight because I was teaching a class full of teenage girls who were gushing about it (is that, in itself, a preview?), and I’ve been a fan of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings since elementary school (yes, I know, I am a geek). But what about the rest of those books turned movies that I have lined up in my reading nooks? The romantic comedy books…read because I loved the movie. The books on the Greek pantheon’s half-blooded children…read because we took my cousin to the first movie and I was intrigued. The list goes on and on and on….

So what book are you reading right now? Is its movie out yet?

If you have any suggestions on new books, not yet filmed for my viewing pleasure (or displeasure as the case may be…anyone else still irate about the lack of House Elves…) please let me know. I want to do at least one in-depth review a month and would love to find some stories that aren’t plastered across the local marquee signs!

Whatever you read please remember, the book is better if only for the simple fact that your imagination as to be engaged to ‘see’ the story. When your imagination is engaged, everything can become a new story.

May you have a day fueled by imagination and blessing beyond even what you can imagine!