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ODD OGG

Updated: May 10, 2023



Odd,Ogg,

As it seems,

I think on,

The Second Day of Christmas,

I’ve found,

The cure for the common Cold,

Two turtles,

In my manger,

And from old,

A bunch of Love,

Among each other,

From above!



*Just like snowflakes, no two Calico Map Turtles are exactly alike ! These Turtles are crazy little explosions of color all over their shells, heads and skin, that hold their patterns and bright colors as they grow. They are actually a geographic variation of Mississippi Map Turtles. Calico Map Turtles originally evolved in one isolated lake that allowed them to develop spectacular patterns and colors not seen anywhere else in their natural range. The turtle depicted is not a Calico but a photo courtesy of the Biodiversity Library and is in the public domain.



Author’s Note: Dr. Nicole Ogg is my PCP, with a local Family Practice in my hometown of Weaverville. When’s the last time you lived in small town Appalachia of 3500 people and could walk to the doctor’s? She’s the best! If you visit her office she has an enormous collection of tiny turtles laying all around every which and aware’s, kinda like a turtle museum. Not having any turtle photo/poems, On my way to visit her on this Second Day of Christmas (for my common cold), I decided to work up a photo/poem as a gift for Dr. OGG. Instead of “two turtle doves,” why not just two turtles, I thought. Two very uniquely indigenous “Mississippi Map Turtles.” Why not? They love crawling all over the manger set, stepping on Baby Jesus and playing in the little pond bowl of water. Jesus doesn’t seem to mind at all, nor do I.

Happy twelve days of Christmas to all y’all and a heathy Happy New Year!


tom tenbrunsel

Poet Laureate of My Domain


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Unknown member
Jan 02, 2022

Happy New Year Everything . . . I hope the best is yet to come! I will also know you as Tommy.😉

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b.cjmetzler
b.cjmetzler
Jan 01, 2022

OMGosh. How beautiful. I didn't know about Mississippi Map Turtles. just the average every day turtles. Why are they called "Map?" They are gorgeous. I'm sure Jesus doesn't mind them crawling all over Him. They probably give Him a laugh. There are 2 mice adoring The Baby at my stable. I have a cat who has stuffed mice that she likes to throw around ... but Lucy (isn't that an original name) hasn't bothered them. Just looking at the scene last night. Maybe she has an inquiring mind and eventually she can relate to Him.

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tenbrunsel2
tenbrunsel2
Jan 01, 2022
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Bev - What a great perspective you have in the meaning of life. I’m sure Lucy knows more than she lets on about Him! The older I get the more I understand and respect the creation of all our animal companions.

Tommy

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That’s amazing. Good message. 😁 - Annie (9)

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tenbrunsel2
tenbrunsel2
Jan 01, 2022
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Annie, being woven throughout my works, shows you her importance to my existence, and you❤️❤️

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your comment is a blog post in itself!

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tenbrunsel2
tenbrunsel2
Dec 29, 2021
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That’s what I been thinking. Might put it out there. After first of year. Opening poetry reading and Zoom readings in January😉

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Delete it or not here I come! You engage with everyone you have ever met.

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tenbrunsel2
tenbrunsel2
Dec 29, 2021
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😉 parking lot/St. Joseph’s grammar school playground, right next door to Colonel Morgan’s mansion on Gallatin Pike😎

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