Notes from a parish cat and his author Julie Mackenzie

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I am Father Tom Fish, esteemed member of the religious team at Temptation of Christ Parish in the novels by author Julie Mackenzie. As to my background, I was invited into the rectory as a stray, laid on the charm, and was invited to stay, even honorarily ordained and no less spiritual than my sidekick Father Will. He dotes on me to high heaven and forgives all of my street cat proclivities, whatever the hell that means.

Friday, August 26, 2011

National Geographicat World: Caverns

In a rare opportunity to explore underground caverns as yet undiscovered, the team has stumbled upon the most unusual sight.

In the largest, most awe-inspiring cavern of them all, one junior explorer was heard to say, "Are those stalagtites or stalagmites? I always get those two confused."

Of course, once the giant cat closed his mouth and swallowed, it really didn't matter.


Jeez, all kidding, aside, Tom, I better get you to the dentist to get those back teeth cleaned.

You just don't want to say the word "vet."

You're right.

Anyway, that's next on our list.

Why do you get such a kick out of my yawns?

I don't know. I just do. They can say so much sometimes.


I even mention one of your yawns in the book. It helps to explain the relationship you have with the housekeeper's son.

I don't like him.


Here goes:

Young Father Will and Jerry are chatting in front of the rectory. The priest is on an errand and the young man has just arrived:

Will spent most free nights with a good book and the cat.

"Does he turn the pages?" Jerry laughed.

"No, he just adds to the plot."


"He sits and looks over my shoulder and his purrs get louder when there's suspense."

"That's pretty cool."

"It is. Once in awhile, we get disturbed, but not very often."

"I miss him. I can't have any pets in my new place."

Not a cat lover at the beginning, Will couldn't imagine life now without Tom. "I'm sorry to hear that."

The priest saw a couple cross over to their side of the street, then turn and point in the opposite direction. Looked like they were lost. Jerry hadn't noticed.

"Come on over later," Will suggested.

"I'd like that!"

"I'm sure Tom'll be thrilled."

Will and Jerry looked back at the front window just in time to see the cat in the middle of a head-splitting yawn, ears pinned back and teeth bared in a soundless shriek.

"Yeah," said Jerry, cracking up.


Everyone, please stay safe. At a time when we're all experiencing changes in our lives, we're facing a storm the likes of which we haven't seen in quite awhile. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the CB. We think of you any time there's news in your area. As for us here, we're a little nervous, but I'm putting lead weights on Tom to make sure he doesn't blow away.
Take care everyone!

Tom & Mom Julie


Marg said...

Oh this book is going to be good. Can't wait to read it.
We sure hope the hurricane doesn't hit where you live. We are all crossing our paws for ya. Take care.

Hannah and Lucy said...

We hope you will be safe if you are in the path of this hurricane - it has just been on the TV weather news in the UK. Unusually the forecast for today here is right (a rare occurance) it is cold and very, very wet - we just wish it was as acurate when the forecast is for sun!! We hope everyone will be safe.
When your blog came up today I looked at the first picture and thought - that looks like a big yawn - and then scrolled down and there was
Tom doing a giant yawn!! Great picture.
Luv Hannah and Lucy & mum Sue xx xx xx

Brian's Home Blog said...

Y'all keep safe and give us an update when you can! Love the book stuff...and the yawn!

Mariodacat said...

I can't wait to read the book either. Yes, by all means get those tooghies cleaned or you might end up like me - toothless in WI! If you is in the path of dat nasty hurricane, please stay safe. I'm so worried about all my pals out East along the coast.

Anonymous said...

Me loves a good book! Me is looking forward to it! And stay safe from Irene.

Cat Wisdom 101 said...

We're bracing ourselves for the tail end of hurricane Irene this weekend near NYC. Our mom wrote an article for weather emergencies and pets today at our blog.

The Florida Furkids said...

Wow that's an amazing cavern!!!

We're purring for all those in the path of Irene. She's way past us now.

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Cat Wisdom 101 said...

Tom, lucky you getting your teeth cleaned. We adopted two two toothless cats who weren't so lucky. We're bracing ourselves for the tail end of hurricane Irene this weekend near NYC. Our mom wrote an article for weather emergencies and pets today at our blog.

Fluffy and Heather said...

We were surprised to learn that so many members of the cat blogging community live in the path of the hurricane. Everyone is in our hopes and prayers at this moment.

By the way, we can't wait for the book! Your writing has sucked us in ;)

Summer at said...

Stay safe - and please let us know that you are okay!

The Island Cats said...

Oh this book is gonna be good!

We hope you all stay safe!!

Angel Prancer Pie said...

Great pic! We can't wait fur the book! Mom lufs to read and her head is glued in that Nook. Be safe! We are sending our purrs.

Tooki said...

May God keep all of you safe!

Zool Blogger said...

Hm. I don't like to read book..

Sweet Purrfections said...

That is some cavern!

Please stay safe on the East Coast. Luckily Irene bypassed Charleston, SC which is where Truffle is still living. She comes to live with me next Sunday, September 4.

Mom Paula

Kwee Cats said...

Wheeee! Our Mumsy has fun writing stories. And we all wuz to read...sooo we be liking this a lot!

We purring everyone stays safe and well.
Have a good weekend!

Willow said...

Purring for safety in this hurricane it has been historically bad weathe lately with so many affected. Been thinking it will be better soon as there is always light.

Tamago said...

Wow what a great cavern!!
I hope everyone stays safe... Have a great weekend!!

Mr Puddy said...

I'm sure it's going to be a great book , Father Tom : )
I'm so sorry I'm so so late ! I hope you safe and sound from Irene
Purrs lots of you

PS : thank you so much to cheer me up : )