Porcupine Love

I was once asked whether I had ever considered the mating habits of porcupines. Shuddering at the thought of all of those quills, I admitted that porcupine frolics were not something I had ever had any curiosity about. Then my brain went into overdrive, imagining how that would work. As it turns out, it’s much more about technique than position. When a male porcupine is interested in a female, he goes around back to check whether it is safe to proceed. The position they use is the same as most …

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Wrapped Around the Axle

Today has been a ‘wrapped around the axle’ kind of day. If you’re not familiar with the term, I’ll give you a quick visual that I’m sure you’re familiar with. Driving on the highway, you’re behind a car that has a plastic bag flapping underneath it. That bag is wrapped around the axle (or some other part,) flying along at a high rate of speed but not doing anything obviously useful or productive. Yes, today was one of those days. I am committed to seeing the positive in everything. It …

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Free is Good

I should take it as a sign that everything is in my favor when the first item rung up at the store is free. “Free,” said the cashier as she checked the clearance sticker on the cat toy I had impulsively picked up for Buddha, my 15-pound furbaby. “What? No, it’s about 40 cents, isn’t it?” I queried. Really? I’m probably the only person on the planet who would argue with free. The clerk was a darling and took the time to show me that the price actually was $0.00 …

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