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  • Raised by opera-loving parents in a rock ’n’ roll world, Rich Copley has parlayed his broad interests into his career writing about arts and entertainment. Since 1998, he has covered performing arts, film and faith-based popular culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader, the daily newspaper in Lexington, Ky. It’s a pretty broad beat, but Rich delights in finding influences of the past in the present and showing fine arts fans the value of pop culture, and vice versa. ~ Copious Notes is a blog covering that broad spectrum. If you want to read about specific areas of interest, such as theater or opera, click on one of the categories to the right and you will be whisked away to all posts in that category. Also, look around the blog for links; multimedia items such as photo albums, videos, and interviews with artists; and other nuggets. Have fun, and thanks for dropping in. The header for this blog was designed by Danny Kelly and the illustration was drawn by Camille Weber.

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December 06, 2007

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Curt

Thanks for sharing this slice of your life with us. As a cat lover, it brings a smile to my day. And thanks for putting the picture in too. She's a beauty.

Alicia

Oh Rich, this is hysterical! I'm glad Chocolate emerged unscathed.

This somewhat reminds me of last year when my mom had to redo her entire tree after her new kitten got into it and mangled the lights and ornaments.

I haven't gotten a tree since I've had my cat so I'm not sure how she'd react. But she does like chew on wrapping paper and bows...

Heather

*snort* Now that's a diabolical cat, right there. She's only fooled you into thinking she's innocent, Rich.

Me, I have an obnoxious Jack Russell, but he has no interest in my Christmas tree. It's the 3-year-old who wants his GI Joes to bivouac in my Nativity set that has me worried.

Rebecca Tyler

I loved the story about your cat and the Christmas tree.

About 3 months ago, my husband, three year old daughter and I purchased a yorkie puppy, who is full of energy. This year, my husband and I had a HUGE discussion where to put the Christmas tree. He wanted to put it in the family room, so, that our daughter would be able to enjoy it. I thought he was completely crazy! Not only would she enjoy it, but the puppy would as well. I was sure he would completely destroy the lower branches, as well as doing other male dog things to it -- like marking his territory. Needless to say, I won the discussion, and the tree is in the home office, where our daughter is able to enjoy it, and the puppy has no access.

Alison

You have a cat named Barbie? That's hilarious.

Glad Chocolate is okay.

Rich replies: Both came pre-named from their respective Humane Societies -- Lexington, for Barbie, I believe -- and we elected to keep those names. Given the chance to do it again, Barbie would be Psycho and Chocolate would be Spooky. I think I get that naming-by-personality trait from my dad who once dubbed a pair of Siamese that pre-dated me Genius and Stoopid (did I get the spelling right, mom?). But yes, I have a cat named Barbie who is as skinny as a Barbie, despite a voracious appetite. More than you wanted to know, eh?

Mollie

Oh, this is just too close to home. My kitty, Oliver, has decided that his name should have been Ebenezer, as he is systematically trying to destroy my Christmas tree. Artificial and already not the nicest thing, but what a college junior could afford, has had every lower branch bent to the ground. My fiancé says it looks like the tree has had a stroke. And there are more ornaments in my dresser drawer, collected at 3 a.m., than there are on the tree. All my glass ornaments are still in boxes, for a reason. The Christmas village under the tree is visited daily by a feline Godzilla, who carts off trees and school buses to be batted around the apartment.

*sigh*

Merry Christmas – if our trees make it to then!

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