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Judith enjoys Housewifery

Yesterday’s post was a little … heavy.  Thank heavens that all the googling produced not only the answers to the Questions of the Universe but also a delightful diversion:

The Housewives tarot — A Domestic Divination Kit.

Housewives Tarot

The Housewives Tarot is the brainchild of Paul Kepple (Author) and Jude Buffum (Illustrator), making good use of all the print advertisements that Baby Boomers remember.  And if you go to the website, you can get a Domestic Divination with an online tarot reading AND Secret Recipes for:

  • Divinated Eggs
  • Ice Box Fortune Cake
  • Prophecy Punch
  • Magic Meatloaf
  • Mystical Martini
  • Psychic Psalad

They even have downloadable desktops that match the hideous bathroom laminate of my childhood home!!

Best yet:  The Queen of Swords gets time off from the kitchen to prune her roses!  Donna Reed would be so proud.

Queen of Swords (2004) Jude Buffum

Jude Buffum, “Queen of Swords,” from “The Housewives Tarot: A Domestic Divination Kit,” Quirk Books ( (2004)

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2015 in something completely different

 

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One more! One more!!

How could I forget Judy Monroe?  How could you forget Judy Monroe?

In the musical A Chorus Line, Judy Monroe is a nervous, scatterbrained, gawky, tall, warm, and hopeful woman – who reflects on her problematic childhood during the audition in “Montage Part 3: Mother.”

Enjoy Heather Parcells as Judy starting about 11m20s.  She is the redhead in the mauve leotard who acts like a Judy.

 
 

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Not the end of the line!

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Judy on the deck of HMS Grasshopper

Judy the Dog was born in Shanghai Dog Kennels in 1937. A pure-bred liver and white Pointer, she was presented to the Royal Navy as a mascot at a young age and assigned to HMS Gnat, an Insect class gunboat. Judy was known for pointing out the approach of hostile Japanese aircraft long before any of the human crew could hear them. She was transferred to HMS Grasshopper, a Locust class gunboat, where in February 1942, the ship was attacked by fighter-bombers and was forced to beach on a nearby Sinkep island – uninhabited with little food and no apparent water. Judy appeared two days later covered in oil, and began to dig at the shoreline to unearth a fresh-water spring and is credited with saving everyone’s lives.

The crew, along with Judy, commandeered a Chinese junk and managed to sail to Sumatra, where they embarked on a 200-mile cross-country trek across the island in an attempt to reach Padang but were captured. The crew became prisoners of war and smuggled Judy along with them, hidden under empty rice sacks, for five days during the journey to the Gloergoer prisoner of war camp in Medan. There she met Leading Aircraftman Frank Williams (1919–2006), who adopted her and shared his daily handful of rice from August 1942 onwards. She was the only animal to have been officially registered as a prisoner of war during the Second World War. During her stay at the camp, she would alert the prisoners to the approach of the Japanese guards and also if other animals such as snakes or scorpions were around.

In June 1944, the men were transferred to Singapore aboard the SS Van Warwyck. Dogs were not allowed on board, but Frank Williams managed to teach Judy to lie still and silent inside a rice sack. When he boarded the ship, Judy climbed into a sack and Williams slung it over his shoulder to take on board. For three hours the men were forced to stand on deck in the searing heat, and for the entire time Judy remained still and silent in the bag on Wiliams’s back. The conditions on board the ship were cramped with more than 700 prisoners. On 26 June 1944, the ship was torpedoed. Williams pushed Judy out of a porthole in an attempt to save her life, even though there was a 15 feet (4.6 m) drop to the sea. He made his own escape from the ship, not knowing if Judy had survived.

Frank Williams was recaptured and was sent to a new camp without news of Judy’s survival. However, stories began being told of a dog helping drowning men reach pieces of debris on which to hold, and others recalled how the dog would bring them flotsam to keep them afloat. The dog would also allow men to hold onto her back while swimming them to safety.

Williams was giving up hope of finding Judy when she arrived in his new camp. “I couldn’t believe my eyes. As I entered the camp, a scraggy dog hit me square between the shoulders and knocked me over! I’d never been so glad to see the old girl. And I think she felt the same!” They spent a year in Sumatra, with the Japanese using the men to cut through the jungle to lay railway track. Rations were a handful of maggot-ridden tapioca a day, which Frank continued to share with Judy. Frank credits Judy with saving his life during his time spent there, “She saved my life in so many ways. The greatest way of all was giving me a reason to live. All I had to do was look at her and into those weary, bloodshot eyes and I would ask myself: What would happen to her if I died? I had to keep going. Even if it meant waiting for a miracle.”

The guards had grown tired of the dog and sentenced her to death. She managed to hide out in the jungle where she supplemented her diet with snakes, rats and monkeys.

Once hostilities ceased, Judy was smuggled aboard a troopship heading to Liverpool. With the help of the troops with which she had been imprisoned, Judy managed to avoid the dock police and was delivered into the care of the ship’s cook, who ensured that she was fed on the voyage home.
She was awarded the Dickin Medal, “the animals’Victoria Cross” – the highest military decoration awarded for valour in the face of the enemy. Her citation reads: “For magnificent courage and endurance in Japanese prison camps, which helped to maintain morale among her fellow prisoners and also for saving many lives through her intelligence and watchfulness”. At the same time, Frank Williams was awarded the PDSA’s White Cross of St. Giles, the highest award possible, for his devotion to Judy.

She was interviewed by the BBC for their coverage of the London Victory Celebrations of 1946 on 8 June and her barks were broadcast to the nation on the radio. Frank and Judy spent the year after the war visiting the relatives of PoWs who hadn’t survived; Frank remarked that Judy always seemed to give a comforting presence. On 10 May 1948, the pair left to work on a government-funded food scheme in East Africa. After two years there, Judy was discovered to have a tumour, and was put to sleep at the age of 13 (February 1950). Frank spent two months building a granite and marble memorial in her memory, which included a plaque which told of her life story. In 2006 her collar and medal went on public display for the first time in the Imperial War Museum, London, as part of “The Animals’ War” exhibition.

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I think she deserves a movie!

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Wikipedia – Judy (dog)

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2013 in something completely different

 

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HOW DID I MISS THIS??!!

One year ago today,  JUDITH OF BETHULIA (a “Burlesque Based on Ancient Themes”) opened off-Broadway.  Billed as a Biblical comedy, this is the brain-child of Charles Busch – an American actor, screenwriter, playwright and female impersonator.  UNBELIEVABLE!!! Judith and a female impersonator on the same stage – two of my favorites!!!

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the cast includes –

CHARLES BUSCH – Judith –
MARY TESTA  – Arga –
JOHN WOJDA – Holofernes –
DAVE AUGUST – Conan –
CHRISTOPHER BORG – Urdamani –
LARRY BULLOCK – Thor –
JENNIFER CODY – Naomi –
KENDAL SPARKS – Ozias –
JENNIFER VAN DYCK – Nathan –
BILLY WHEELAN – Simon –

Kendal Sparks, Charles Busch, Jennifer Cody, Billy Wheelan, Jennifer Van Dyck

Kendal Sparks, Charles Busch, Jennifer Cody, Billy Wheelan, and Jennifer Van Dyck

Mary Testa, Charles Busch, Jennifer Cody

Mary Testa, Charles Busch, Jennifer Cody discuss strategy

Dave August, Charles Busch, Larry Bullock

Dave August, Charles Busch, Larry Bullock at Judith’s arrival

Charles Busch, Mary Testa

Charles Busch, Mary Testa preparing for Holofernes’ banquet

John Wojda, Charles Busch, Christopher Borg

John Wojda, Charles Busch, Christopher Borg at Holofernes banquet

Charles Busch, Mary Testa, John Wojda

Charles Busch, Mary Testa, John Wojda prepare for the deed

 
 

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Judith and Temptation

Tyler Perry’s Temptation – to be more specific.  And Judith gets to be the name of the young, successful, hot chick.

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Seduction is the devil’s playground.

Judith is an Ivy League educated relationship expert who gives marital advice for a living, yet can’t seem to follow that advice in her own marriage to Bryce. Bored with her life, she breaks her professional code and begins an affair with a smooth talking client. After the initial excitement of their torrid relationship wears off, Judith realizes that she’s made a grave mistake. It will take every ounce of courage and forgiveness for Judith to escape the dangerous situation she finds herself in.

Looks like the image of Judith could finally get a make-over.

 
 

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“A Date With Judy” (1960, vol.79)

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End of the line.   For “A Date with Judy,” anyway.

… and I just now realized where I should have started.  With the Urban Dictionary.   They define what people see in Judy and Judith.  And I am honored to take those definitions.  Well, most of them.

Judy

  1. The sweetest, most kind-hearted, most beautiful, classy, hott, sexy, intelligent, amazing women in the world – and she has no idea how amazing she is. If you really know her you will always love her cuz she will always love you. If you don’t know her, then you don’t know love.  “I hope I can find a Judy some day.”
  2. A person who is very hott. “Damn,that girl over there is Judy.”
  3. Cute, cheery, upbeat, fun. The name of someone who is always cheery and happy, almost in an irritating way; because it’s hard to be around a Judy when you’re in a grumpy mood yourself. Saying the name Judy instantly creates an uncontrollable bounciness or giddiness in the person saying it.
  4. The most kind, beautiful, and lovely girl ever. They love to smile and laugh. They are always positive and outgoing. “I’d like to go out with a Judy. She knows how to enjoy life!”
  5. The best sister you can ever have. A girl who is the sweetest and the most caring of them all. If you find a Judy, you will never be depressed. She will be you shrink, your teacher, your friend, your sister, your everything. She will love you, and you will love her back very much. If you don’t love her and take care of her, you’re an idiot cause you lost the chance to have the “bestest” friend ever. She has her moments, you have to be there for her, trust me, if you have a Judy, you’ll always be there for her no matter what…Love her, and she’ll Love you. “Danggg, that girl right there is the most amazing girl ever! She must be a Judy.”
  6. A hot cocktail waitress with a bangin’ bikini body. “That waitress is so Judy!”
  7. Slang term for cocaine. The term refers specifically to cartoon character Judy Jetson, referencing the white color of her hair and how it calls to mind the white color of sweet, sweet cocaine. “Judy” can also be used as code in conversation, so as to refer to the drug without calling undue attention to one’s illicit habits, as well as for humorous effect.
  8. An older female name. Most women who have this name are usually in their 60’s or older.
  9. A lesbian. This term was originated by the lesbian community in Colorado due to the fact that there seems to be a disproportionate number of older lesbians named Judy. Judy can be used to refer to any lesbian but it is usually used in context of hot lesbians. “Check out all the ladies at this show! Yeah, this band really brings out the judy crowd.”
Judith
  1. A woman to be reckoned with.  She has her head screwed on right and is willing to fight those with Rectal Cranial Inversion, or what is more commonly known as, those with their heads up their ass.  A fearless heroine. Judith is a classic example of the courage of local people fighting against tyrannical rule. History’s best known Judith decapitated Holofernes, an invading general, then took his severed head back to her countrymen, so as to inspire them to stand up and fight for themselves.  She is what all little girls should aspire to be. She is the equivlant of Auntie Mame, seeking to share adventure and knowledge while despising the narrow minded, the selfish and the bigoted.  She is one tough bird who is not afraid of an uphill battle.  Judith is a beautiful yet fearsome creature. Be warned she is scrappy and will not back down from fighting words.  “With vanishing forests, rising ocean levels, fewer birds, and corrupt govornment and big business what this world needs is more Judiths.”
  2. Girl next door type with a pleasant sense of humor, often passed over by foolish men despite her many often reserved, yet highly desirable qualities. “Now that Tim’s finally over that controlling slag, I hear he’s gotten together with the Judith girl.”
 
 

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“A Date With Judy” (1960, vol.78)

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From  Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars:  Nagual del Judith Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

With tears in my eyes, I present to you the very first 100% Arizona Caduceus wine. Nagual del JUDITH, named after my late mother, Judith Marie, whose ashes are spread across this Northern Arizona vineyard. These vines and wines are her resurrection and her wings.

At the age of 30, Judith Marie fell victim to a series of aneurisms that left her unable to walk, write, read, or dress. Her peripheral vision, speech, and motor skills were significantly impaired, so suffice to say her dream of traveling the world was pretty much out of the question. However her memories were completely intact. During moments of clarity and focus she would, with great difficulty, describe a life long recurring dream. “Since I was a child I used to dream that I could fly. I would stand on one leg, look up towards the sky, and with my arms lifted out and up, my fingers stretched towards the sun, the wind would come and swirl all around me. And then gently lift me up into the air. This is how I would travel. This is how I was able to see the whole world.”

 

 
 

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