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Monday Mentions: Blonds, Pirates & Two-Legged Cats

by | Jun 18, 2012 | Cat Behavior & Care, Dog Training & Care, Writing Advice & More | 14 comments

Fresh fruit right off the tree just tastes better than anything you can buy in stores. We had a bumper crop this year on our little peach tree. And last night I turned some of those peaches into cobbler–yum! Today’s blog also has some “fresh picks” that I hope will be just to your taste. 🙂

Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Some of this “schtuff” can be hard to categorize and may fit more than one topic so I urge you to at least scan them all.

I also urge you to check out last week’s Woof Wednesday and Feline Friday blogs for a chance to have YOUR pet’s name featured in my upcoming thriller LOST AND FOUND.

WRITER-ICITY SCHTUFF

Desk Posture Conundrum–Sitting Straight “Bad” for Backs?

Class Action Suit Against PublishAmerica as reported by WriterBeware

Conan the Librarian from the fun blog of Myndi Shafer

Timeline Help from ScribbleCode when you have plot points that require detailed info to get it right! This looks awesome

World’s Smallest Artificial Heart should be great jumping-off point for you fiction authors

Dangerous Compassion–writing villains from real life experience. Scary blog post you’ll want to read!

Why I’m Trashing My “Blond” Card from the awesome writer August McLaughlin

Writing Treasures from Gene Lempp’s terrific blog, links to all-things-writerly

Facebook Friendly How to get FB to “pull” the right content in your posted links

Online Pirates & How to Send A Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Takedown Notice thank you Diana Capri for the link

PET SCHTUFF

PetFinder Is Hiring looking for a digital associate producer–love animals? love writing? Check out the link!

Litter Box Issues–Free Online Chat from certified cat behavior consultant Marilyn Krieger

National Dog Party Day June 22 from my colleague and awesome paw-ty animal Arden Moore. It’s also National Take Your Dog to Work Day sponsored by Pet Sitters International

Pet Tips for Road Trips

Alley Cat Rescue National Feral Cats Survey

Golden Retriever Lifetime Health Study helps cancer issues, bravo to Morris Animal Health! Enroll your Golden today.

Training Bras–for Cats? lessons from a true cat-aholic!

Elephant Care & Protected Contact, thanks to awesome dog trainer Gary Wilkes for sending the links to this article.

Iranian Cat Finds New Home

Finally, two videos that bring a smile to my face, and I hope to you, too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIdry2YnJII

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14 Comments

  1. August McLaughlin

    Brilliant mashup, Amy. Thanks for including my post!

    You’re so right about fresh fruit tasting best. Growing up with parents who garden and cook taught me this. I appreciate that more and more as an adult. 🙂

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    • amyshojai

      I never liked tomatoes until I tasted some right off the vine…incredible differences!

      Reply
  2. Marcia

    Fresh fruit and vegetables are my favorite foods. Those peaches look amazing! Pass the cobbler?
    Love the mashup! So much great stuff! August’s post was spectacular!

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  3. Tameri Etherton

    Ooooh, peach cobbler. Yum. Now I really, really want some!

    What an awesome line up. I’m just starting my day’s blog reads so I got lucky coming here first. Such a treasure trove of goodness.

    Reply
    • amyshojai

      Thanks Tameri. We had enough peaches to freeze some for more cobbler later. 🙂

      Reply
  4. Gene Lempp

    Training bras for cats! Okay, I am definitely reading that one. Great golden mashup, Amy. Thanks for the linkage 🙂

    Reply
    • amyshojai

      Absolutely Gene! I always read your blogs, they’re great.

      Reply
  5. Karyl Cunningham

    I saw that thing about sitting. Funny because that’s about the angle I prefer to sit at when I’m at work now. And when I get home, I don’t sit on the couch… I kind of flop instead. Can’t stand couches that don’t have a suitable shoulder resting spot on the edges.

    On the blonde article, I find it interesting: “men act dumber after seeing blonde women compared to others. The researchers attributed the findings to human nature: We tend to take on behaviors of nearby others” I wonder if they have also looked into the correlation between whether these men also consider blondes to be “more attractive”, as some studies have also shown that people, men especially (though I have known MANY women who do it too) actually start to act dumber around someone they find attractive. So is it really because they think the blondes are dumb, or do they think she’s hot and the blood goes… ah… elsewhere? 😉 More often, with my hair, I get mistaken for “sweet and innocent” and they get a little shocked when they try to pull something and find I’ve inherited the Irish temper from my grandmother. LOL Or that I can rough it up with the guys. I asked someone once why people kept mistaking me for this innocent demure little thing (which, admittedly, I used to be) – only thing he could figure was because the blonde hair made me look “angelic” so nobody expected me to crack some of the jokes I do or be as badass in the fencing salle as I was at that time (oh I need to get that back). No fool had mistaken me for dumb, though.

    Sadly with the temporary red dye, I haven’t been out in many social situations to see if people’s reaction to me is any different. The few times I’ve really been out anywhere, though, I haven’t noticed a difference. But I have to admit, being confused for “sweet and innocent” can be a fun little turnaround now and then. People trying to take advantage of my “innocence” can get a nice little scare when I bite back. I like to think that maybe it’ll scare them off from trying it with other people who really ARE that innocent. Yes, the wee elfin girl knows what you’re up to, and she called you on it – and yes, she WILL do it in public and embarass the hell out of you. 😛

    Though on the note of the nutrient deficiencies leading to “dumb” behaviors, I will note there is a certain type of b-vitamin deficiency that is statistically more prevalent in blondes. Not sure if it’s directly related to the hair color mutation, or if it’s linked to something else in the Scandinavian genome, but apparently the link is there.

    I wish more people knew about TNR and how it’s done, what it means, WHY it’s done, and the benefits for it. I’ve seen posts from folks who don’t know freaking out about some cat they saw with part of an ear trimmed off, not understanding why anyone would do such a thing. One even went so far as to worry that someone was doing some kind of horrible experiments on the cats after they were returning with stiches in their bellies. The amount of times I’ve had to explain… *facepalm* It’s usually younger users of some of the social sites I’m on, but not always.

    I have known SO many Goldies who died of cancer. 🙁 Hopefully the study helps them figure it out! Totally tweeting that one to spread the word.

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    • amyshojai

      Thanks for spreading the word about the Goldens–Morris does wonderful work for our dogs, especially their cancer initiatives. I had to LOL your comment about the TNR and the “horrible experiments…” That could inspire a pretty weird urban legend about swiping kitty kidneys for transplants or something.

      I used to be blond. Hair has darkened as I got older. I don’t recall if folks treated me differently or not. It’s true that I was more shy and put up with a lot more crap in my younger years but since then I found my inner b*tch, LOL!

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      • Karyl Cunningham

        Yeah I’m waiting for that legend to crop up. Or for somebody to write a book where people do that, and come up with some diabolical plan for why.

        My mom used to be blonde too – has hair about the color yours is now. Mine doesn’t seem to be darkening (though even before the dye it was getting some strawberry streaks). Finding your inner b*tch can be so freeing, can’t it? Big improvement from getting walked all over, at least. 🙂 As long as you don’t go too far the other way. LOL

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        • amyshojai

          My dog says, “Going too far? I don’t get it.” 🙂

          Reply
  6. Laird Sapir

    This is such a great mashup, Amy! Thanks for the mention! 🙂

    Reply

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