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Books and Bengals

 

B is for Baserville Old Face

Baskerville Old Face is a font that was designed by John Baskerville in England in 1757.

Bing has some great images of this font at http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=BASKERVILLE+OLD+FACE+FONT&qpvt=BASKERVILLE+OLD+FACE+FONT&FORM=IGRE

I found this great site for fonts. Besides giving information on an incredible array of fonts, this site will identify fonts for you. Totally cool.  http://www.typophile.com/typeid

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS

I have a pile of books as tall as I am stacked up beside the bed.  The books in this pile are my “read now” choices.  There are other piles of books scattered through the house also  awaiting their turns to be read and treasured.  And lastly there are a few piles of “wow, these are treasures and I’m going to find a place for them  on my overflowing shelves.”  I’ve been accused of inhaling books faster than they can be printed, but alas that’s not true.  I read often and read well, but not  faster than the industry can publish.

I’m also  always looking for more books. Do any of you have recommendations for “Must Reads”? What should I add to the top of my reading pile? I’m always interested in discovering the next great book. In future blogs I’ll be talking a fair amount about authors and books. Send me your suggestions and I will try to include them.

To start off here are a few of the non-fiction books I’ve recommended in the past.

QUIET by Susan Cain
I cannot say enough good things about this book. I’ve been trying most of my life to overcome shyness and the label of being one of those “introverts”. I find this book incredibly inspiring and affirming. It’s a good challenge to common assumptions about the value of different personalities. SPOILER ALERT: They’re all good and all have equal worth. See also http://www.thepowerofintroverts.com/susan-cain-ted-talk-2014-quiet-revolution/comment-page-1/#comment-40255

I COULD PEE ON THIS AND OTHER POEMS BY CATS by Francesco Marciuliano
My most favorite poem in this collection is “Forever”, followed by all the rest. Seriously, if you know cats, then you know that there isn’t a single poem in this book that misses the mark. Thank you Francesco!

THE CITY IN HISTORY  by Lewis Mumford.
Erudite, comprehensive, thick and challenging. This is a must for anyone who wants to understand the form and function of cities; their histories from prehistory to today and their potential. It also provides long convoluted sentences that are a delight to break down into component parts and have the fun practice of diagramming sentences. Not for the trepid.

RATS by Robert Sullivan.
A creepy, but enlightening book. I may understand rats better, but think I’m more scared of them now than I was before. To call a human a conniving rat, is far more of an insult than I originally imagined.

THINK SMART: A NEUROSCIENTIST’S PRESCRIPTION FOR IMPROVING YOUR BRAIN’S PERFORMANCE by Richard Restak, M.D.
It is a touch didactic, but inspiring. Makes me wonder if anyone has written any dog or cat equivalents addressing the subject for them. I would guess the answer for our beloved four-footed friends is probably play and play some more.

THE SECRET LIFE OF SLUGS AND SNAILS: Life in the Very Slow Lane by David George Gordon.
Did you know that slugs have 27,000 teeth?

IN THE COMPANY OF CROWS AND RAVENS by John M. Marzluff and Tony Angell.
I will never again look at crows the same way. It is a witty narrative that tells you everything you ever wanted to know about crows and everything you never knew. There are over forty species and they all mate for life. These are highly social birds that communicate and demonstrate some social learning. And here I thought they were all just the carrion crows of Tolkien’s worlds.

BENGALS

And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The Bengals
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“B” for Bengal = “B” for Busy… very busy. Most cat experts would say that Bengals are not for inexperienced cat owners.  I would tend to agree.  Bengals are active and expect their companions to be equally active and engaged. These cats will find ways to entertain themselves such as: TP unraveling or rabbit kicking it into a snarled tube of inseparable paper, wall-climbing, the floor-is-lava games, bottle cap hockey, feather stick jousting, cupboard opening, dog-riding, bathroom yodeling (great resonance in there), house galloping, paper or plastic chewing, houseplant taste-testing, poltergeisting (“Really, they did, the shoes moved all by themselves.” & “Keys? What keys?”), shelf vaulting, knick-knack soccer, and the list goes on. This is what my cats do when bored and we have play sessions several times a day besides having their Bengal companions to keep up with them. I firmly believe that Bengals should come in twos. Their appetite for attention and stimulation is quite large.
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I have seen my cats go downstairs without touching the stairs, but instead bouncing cartoon-style from one side of the wall to the next with a rain of pictures falling in their wake. That said, my Bengals are the sweetest, most-attentive companions and joys to be around. They are very very smart, maybe I should toss in a third ‘very’ to emphasize that. They help with everything and will try to mimic you (typing, opening doors, taking baths, answering the phone). Did I mention that the majority of Bengals sort of like water? They will play in their water dishes, and jump into the bath with you — until you start locking the door for privacy. And you start locking the door for privacy after you find out they can open an unlocked door on their own. I was warned that Bengals are companion cats, but not cuddle cats. They get bored with being held and don’t like their freedom restricted. That works for me, but somehow I have three very talkative Bengals that are quite happy spending the whole day on my lap, especially if one of their brothers is already there. These are big, leg-numbing cats (mine range from 12 to 16 pounds). I love that they are so affectionate and involved with my life, but it takes a fair amount of patience to adopt this breed and adapt to each cat’s unique personality.

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On a final note because anytime you talk about Bengals you need to put it in, Bengals are hybrids of domestic cats and Asian leopard cats. They have to be at least fourth generation down from the wild cat to be counted as domesticated. And one more endearing quality: like proverbial dragons, Bengals like shiny objects and other stuff they for some reason label as treasure. They will steal and hide these treasures from you or bring them to you as rewards for your good behavior.  There are many rewards for having such constant wonderful companions.  There will most certainly be more Bengals in future posts.

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