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[Tidbits] Lion Reprised

Here’s the thing of it. One of the Fridays of my past reared its
head. Time for Tidbits. Vacuousness pervaded every pore and hollow of
my being. Nothing to write about. The hunt was on. And then I found
it… whatever it was. And with it came the dilemma. Should I write
first… should I scan first? This is a process I go through with
regularity. Without turmoil there can be no clarity.

But the gods like to play with me. When I find the topic… as I’m
ready to scan… my book… my magazine… my periodical… my bloody
reading material opens to a new page as if guided by an unseen force.
And there’s a new image… beckoning to me. It’s great. Here’s what
I’ll do. I’ll scan it now… write about it at a later time…

when things are dry. Only problem… by the time I’m ready… the
source and all memory of it has evanesced into the evening mist. And
this is where I am today. I have an image of a lion… I’ll tell you
about him in a minute. But I have no gem info. He’s from a past when
his image fell upon me… like the burning meteors of distant
pasts… erasing all memory of the source much as those ancient
meteors erased the living creatures of their time. So bear with me…
and then enjoy the image. It’s worth all this inane hoopla of an

He’s made of gold… of this I’m sure. He has a diamond mane and
diamond claws and a diamond tail tip. He has emerald eyes and a ruby
tongue. He has a textured body. He is bold. He is fierce. He is a

It is said that if one wears the eye of a lion under one’s armpit
savage beasts will be kept away. I find this concept rather quaint
for I wonder how much experimentation went under way before this
placement was discovered. Here Sidney. Try wearing it there and
surely the beasties won’t bother you when you go hunting. Oops!

Did you know that in order to cover its tracks it is believed the
lion erases all traces of his paw-prints with his tail. This can come
in handy if there’s a rooster in hot pursuit… for the rooster is
the one animal the lion fears. Don’t ask me why. A rooster in hot
pursuit doesn’t scare me at all.

All this of course makes no never mind. The question at hand is: Have
you ever seen a comical lion brooch made of gold and diamonds and
ruby and emeralds? If not… go with haste to you know where. I
assure you delight.

For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Current Tidbits… and you will see represented on our pages a
comical maned feline brooch whose sole purpose was to bring a smiles
to your face.

And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
Benjamin Mark