The mind is an interesting thing to follow. And it can surprise you! Not in a bad way but in a humorous way. Not too long ago T.S. Eliot’s Jenny Any Dots popped into mine out of the blue.
Jenny Any Dots is a character in T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Old Gumbie Cat”. Wikipedia states “Jennyanydots is an “Edwardian do-gooder” who enjoys making sure everything is in order. During the day, her human family thinks she is lazy because she sits around doing nothing. However, she goes to work once the family is asleep, forcing the household pests to undertake productive activities. She teaches the mice music, crocheting, and tatting and employs the cockroaches as her “troop of helpful boy-scouts” to counter their destructive habits. She even created a beetles tatoo and taught them how to tap dance. She is also very protective of the kittens and does not allow any of them to touch Grizabella initially, though by the end of the musical she accepts Grizabella back into the tribe.
Jennyanydots’ titular song (“The Old Gumbie Cat”) involves her leading the cast in a tap-dancing number. It is sung by Munkustrap and the “Gumbie Trio” Bomalurina, Demeter, and Jellylorum. (Other cats.) During the song, the character’s “fat suit” is removed to reveal a bright orange and yellow flapper-style costume underneath. Jennyanydots is a tabby cat with a coat that is covered with tiger stripes and leopard spots.
I recommend seeing the original Cats. It is a wonderful musical. Just why she popped up in a flash I am not sure. Do I feel a bit Jenny Any Dots? Perhaps. I will think about this? This kind of thing is not a bad thought to crop up.
By Pejj Nunes
I live in Southern Maine. I am the owner of Anisette Studios. My website is https://www.anisettestudios.com/ Here you can view and purchase Shibui, sign up for my newsletters, blog, and read articles about Shibui Found Image Art. Patrons get great deals several times a year and special items at times. My site makes it easy to contact me. My primary art form is Shibui Found Image Art. Shibui begins with action art and stems from the imagination. It is like seeing something in the clouds or solving a puzzle. Its creative process has its own rules and requires what I call reverse engineering due to a lack of an understructure and purely out of the imagination. In addition to those who patron me, my target groups are those who use art therapy. I will soon be teaching live. Contact me if you would like to learn live. I use Zoom. I request that although my art, other images, and what I write is now published by me here on WordPress; I do ask you do not to use my artwork, poetry, or the information about Shibui Found Image Art without my permission. I am quite available to make such requests. I wish to share the following: The existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote a book called The Ethics of Ambiguity. In it, she lays out a guiding ethic in response to the philosophy of existentialism. It might be somewhat familiar to you already. She writes, “To will oneself free is also to will others free. This will is not an abstract formula. It points out to each person concrete action to be achieved.”
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