Visitation by the HappyFace Virgin

Visitation by the HappyFace Virgin

The veterinarian shaved our cat Bella’s shoulder to check on a growth and the HappyFace (well, not broadly happyfaced) Virgin graced us with her presence.
Please make appointments if you wish to see her, as we anticipate pilgrims from around the globe.

About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at
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2 Responses to Visitation by the HappyFace Virgin

  1. Mike Roloff says:

    It is entirely unclear, to me, if Virginia appeared on the shaved part of the shoulder, that is whether this is the cancer virgin, or the expression on the cat’s face upon having her shoulder shaved.


    • Scott Abbott says:

      Her face was indeed incredulous. Still, most likely given the rash of these on trees and in omelets and on stucco and under overpasses, it’s a divine visitation! When the pilgrims start coming, we’ll be able to pay off the mortgage.


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