Flight to Wonder Blog

I had a wonderful Christmas present this year.  I checked the blogging I did under the pen name B. J. Deming at Flight to Wonder, expecting it to be as dead as it was when I developed a block there and switched over to this blog.

It’s actually quite popular right now!  

After some thought, I think it is going to work out best to go back to the B. J. Deming pen name and publish cat posts at Flight to Wonder.  I’m not signing out as Robin Huntingdon here or Barb Beier (my actual name) at the 50 Facts blog, but posts here will be less frequent. 

Thanks for your interest!


Interesting Cat People: Friedrich Schwangart


That’s what I would have said until I stumbled across his name while researching domestic long-haired fancy breeds and discovered the German Longhair.

After getting that down in my notes, I looked up Schwangart because there was a hiatus in the history about what he did and where he was during World War II, other than that he went from Dresden to Munich.

Was he a Nazi?  A Jew?  A look-the-other-way type?

It turns out this remarkable man lost his job because he was a Communist and a social activist who did not like the Nazis, but he apparently had enough prestige to preserve his life.
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Fancy Cats Come From Moggies

A fancy-cat is one of those fur-baby champions on display at a cat show.

Moggies are all the other domestic cats. This UK term for cats has spread throughout the English-speaking world partly because of the British Commonwealth and partly over the Internet.

It’s a cute word, much easier on modern ears than “malkin” or “grimalkin,” the really old English words for “cat.”

Back in the day, there weren’t any fancy-cats, just some pets that belonged to royalty, aristocratics, or religious recluses.

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Book Update

Just published Fact 24 as a blog post at 50 Cat Facts.

Yes, it’s now about a month before my latest planned publication date, and I’ve still got 26 facts to go.  When setting up the schedule, I expected these to be easier, as it doesn’t involve researching the development of the species and many of them already appear as blog posts, but now I know how difficult it is to write a good post.  Those earlier ones were too easy.

We’ll see.  I am not going to take that January 5th date too seriously – so glad I don’t have a contract at this point!

Excuse: It’s my first nonfiction book.  This experience is going to help a lot with the next one, on the rest of the modern cat family, which is still due out in late November 2018.

Featured image: Library of Congress.