Day 864: Just Talk

Yesterday started off with a demonstration of how just talk does NOT bother a cat as much as it might bother human beings.

Here’s Oscar’s response to Michael talking trash by saying, ” Who’s a BAD Kitty?”

And here’s Oscar’s response to Michael’s complimentary talk, “Who’s a GOOD kitty?”

Finally,  here’s Oscar’s response to no talk at all:

With just talk after that demonstration, I told Michael I wished I could be more like our cat Oscar — caring less about just talk (or lack of talk).

A short time  later, on my way into work yesterday,  I heard much more than just talk, composed by two of my favorite musicians:

It’s not just talk, from me,  to say that listening to a favorite tune by guitarist Pat Metheny and keyboardist Lyle Mays has kept me going through challenging times —  when just talk has not been enough.  Therefore, here‘s another, live version of “(It’s Just) Talk,” by the Pat Metheny Group:

It’s not just talk when I tell you that I saw all these things, yesterday,  while not talking and  listening to “(It’s Just) Talk”:

It’s not just talk when I tell you, now, that I can’t identify just artwork in the  window of The Pavement Coffeehouse in Boston, as shown above. If you know what that image is supposed to be, just talk about it in a comment, below.

It’s not just talk when I tell you I got a free sample of Frozen Hot Chocolate at work yesterday:

… or that my therapy group did more than just talk about “People Who Are Good For Me” :

It’s not just talk to tell you that whenever I disclose something here from one of my therapy groups, it’s totally in keeping with the pledge of confidentiality that we all talk about. Therefore, all the talk from yesterday’s group, shown above,  is just mine.

It’s not just talk that I saw all these other things, last night:


I don’t know “who nearly destroyed the English language” — according to just talk on that magazine cover, shown above  — but I’m assuming  it’s not me, with this blog.

In the highly unlikely chance it IS me described in that nagazine, I’ll just try to be more like Oscar ….

… in my responses to criticism, praise, and/or silence.

It’s NOT just talk for me to thank Michael, Oscar, Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, the Pat Metheny Group, my therapy groups, frozen hot chocolate,  The Moth radio show (which I’d like to appear on some day and which is much more than just talk), TV binge watchers, bunnies, shelter cats, posing hamsters, Whole Foods, and you — of course! — for exactly the talk you bring here today.

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44 thoughts on “Day 864: Just Talk

  1. The difference between dogs and cats is that dogs have masters and cats have staff.

    I hope your day starts off outstanding, but gets better.

  2. (Smile) Oscar knows its not just talk…. Do you think he is taking his Zen practice more seriously these days? 🐯

  3. Always happy to see your blog in the morning. Have a great day, Ann! And that’s not just talk! Who’s a GOOD blogger???

  4. Oscar looks like a real listener to me, which is sometimes more important than just talk. I would like to join your therapy group as the talk that seems to go on there always gives me a positive take away for the day, and is certainly not just talk. 😀

  5. Just talkin’ about how good you blog is the best talk ever!

    Inscrutable Oscar knows if it’s worth talkin’ about, it’s also worth not talkin’ about!

    And if I’m talkin’ about that coffee window art, it looks like the coffee aromas wafting up in steamy silence.

  6. “nagazine” is a perfect description of those types of publications! Just sayin’ or talking, I guess. 😉

  7. yeseventhistoowillpass

    Oscar and Toonce could be cousins….

  8. Ann, by now you’ve probably deciphered that I love the blues. Here’s the first song that came to mind when I thought about unnecessary talking….

    I like your kitty’s response to talk! ❤
    Diana xo

  9. I hope this is only a dream… and that it’s just talk that there’s a chicken somewhere:


  10. I think that window art is a rabbit, Ann, but to be sure I’d have to Go Ask Alice.

    • I don’t think it’s a rabbit, Mark, but that’s just talk from me. As always, many thanks for talking to me.

  11. Oscar! Always cute to see your purrfect friends. Where would we be without the constant assurances that our animal kingdom provides?

    Talk, talk, talk. Ann, it is sensory overload for me, at times. I will find myself methodically seeking a comfort zone, one of solitude and always near one of my animals. They understand and know us well, more so than I think the scientific community has yet identified.

    The cloud reflection took my breath away…I did a double-take. ❤️

    Seeing the cat caged, ripped at my soul. No one deserves to be abandoned, including God’s precious animals.

    Enjoy your day, Ann! 🎀

  12. LMAO on cat talk.
    I have a Bulldog & sometime he has that same attitude. He is a special kind of dog. 😉

  13. You and animals… There’s more going on than just talk. Did that hamster stand up just for you?

    Your therapy sessions look like fun. Any chance you’ll start holding them online?

    • There were other people talking when that hamster stood up, but I was the one who captured him talking the talk on my phone. I’ve never thought of doing talk therapy online, but it’s an interesting topic, Maureen!

      • Could be more “type therapy” than “talk therapy” …. 🙂 There’s a lot of evidence here that you’d be good at it.

  14. Oscar could certainly teach us a thing or two about responding to comments, particularly critical ones. Clever puss. 🙂 I really like your list of ‘people who are good for me’ – it’s very thought-provoking. You are good for so many people, Ann, including all those who love to read your wonderful posts and benefit from them. 🙂

  15. What’s better than just talk while I’m having my morning coffee? Just talk with Ann. Poor cat who had to move out of his home because a dog moved in. As Rodney King once put it, “Can’t we all just get along?” 🙂

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