Bodie Parkhurst Skins Cats

Actually, she wrote a post called “Skinning Cats” today, elucidating how Brenda Peterson and I explore the yin/yang of spirituality/religion. She’s a thoughtful reviewer and Brenda Peterson’s book sounds well-worth reading. I just ordered my copy. 🙂

WRITING PROMPT: Pick two dissimilar books and consider how they handle the same topic. Women, men, love, food, animals….


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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  1. Mary Montague Sikes

    September 30, 2010 at 4:17pm


    That is quite headline to grab readers, but as I wrote on Bodie’s blog, I wonder how folks ever came up with these terrifying expressions. Research into that would make an interesting topic for a blog post!


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      Marian Allen

      September 30, 2010 at 5:04pm

      Nobody seems to know how this one came about. Let’s replace it with, “There’s more than one way to peel a grape.” 🙂

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  2. Bodie P

    October 3, 2010 at 3:27am

    True story here: when I was very young, my dad was a logger. His job was dragging logs from where they were cut to where they were loaded onto the trucks. He was called a catskinner. Because of the strong reaction to my use of an old expression, I looked it up: “Catskinner” just means a person who operates any vehicle with Caterpillar treads–it’s derived from “Muleskinner,” which meant a person who drove mules.

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  3. Bodie P

    October 3, 2010 at 3:30am

    I also found out that the expression is first used in Mark Twain’s book A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and is derived from an earlier British expression that even more graphic. I’m sparing you that.

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      Marian Allen

      October 3, 2010 at 8:34am

      I looked it up, too. It’s gharstly, isn’t it? Ah, linguistics! I love linguistics, especially with garlic bread.

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