Saturday, December 13, 2008

cats in the cradle

The cat is the only animal without visible means of support who still manages to find a living in the city.
Carl van Vechten (1880-1964) writer & photographer


harry chapin's cat's in the cradle topped the billboard charts in december 1974, surprisingly it was harry's only #1 hit song. gosh I miss hearing this song. harry was another bright light that was extinguished way too soon, he died in 1981 when he was only 38 in an automobile accident in new york.

in december 1987, on what would have been chapin's 45th birthday, he was posthumously awarded the congressional gold medal for his social activism, particularly his work on world hunger. harry is regarded as the key player in the creation of the jimmy carter's presidential commission on world hunger in 1977. thirty plus years later we still have a problem with hunger in the world - increasingly so in light of today's world-wide economic crisis. however, according to hunger experts we have the means to end hunger in the world, what we lack is the will.


photo: cat on porch, cleveland. december 2008

8 comments:

tut-tut said...

Again, something I did not know! Kimy, your knowledge base is vast. Have a great weekend.

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R.L. Bourges said...

great song, petite souris. A question now: is the cat on the porch covering for the dog or has it replaced the dog, is the cat the dog's early warning device or... what's the story here? :-)

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Saretta said...

There's no denying it any longer...we definitely share a passion for cats! ;-)

The focaccia recipe you asked for is in the comments section for that day on my blog. Let me know if you make it!

Merle Sneed said...

y his death, like everyone else was.

Squirrel said...

cute kitty!

Barbara said...

Wouldn't it be great if there was just one day when everyone had enough to eat?

jenclair said...

I find it difficult to listen to Harry Chapin without crying. I don't know if it is the use of minor chords, the ballad narratives, or a reappearance of the grief I felt when he died. We have a video tape of his last concert that I cherish, but haven't been able to listen to for 20 years.

Megan said...

Thanks, Mouse! I always seem to learn something when I come over here.