Happy 2019 From All The Writers (and the cat) at Through the Shattered Lens!


(Picture by Erin Nicole)

You did it!

You survived 2018!

2018 was a year when humans everywhere proved that they should just be quiet and let cats run the planet.  Well, 2018 is over now.  It’s 2019 and hopefully, everyone will try to do better over the upcoming 12 months!

Here’s what we have to look forward to in 2019:  The Oscars.  The release of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.  Another Star Wars film.  The Cannes Film Festival.  Terminator 6.  Zombieland Too.  Another season of The Walking DeadIt: Chapter Two.  Captain Marvel.  Avengers: Endgame.  Spider-Man: Far From Home and Toy Story 4.  Mike Posner’s A Real Good Kid and Outer Peace from Toro y Moi.   A lot of original films on Lifetime and a chance to see if SyFy will ever have another franchise as successful as Sharknado.  Stephen King will probably release another 900-page novel about Maine. And, of course, so much more!

On top of all that, In 11 more months, this site will be ten years old!  Can you believe it!?

So, sit back and enjoy the ride.

2019 has arrived!

Thanksgiving Greetings From The Shattered Lens!


From all of us at the Shattered Lens to everyone who will be observing and celebrating the holiday today, Happy Thanksgiving!

When the citizens of Jamestown, Virginia celebrated their first Thanksgiving in 1610, they had no way of knowing what the future would hold for not only America but also the rest of the world.  In fact, they had no way of knowing that we would someday have movies, music, television, social media, Netflix, dark web paranoia, and hungry kitten videos on YouTube.  If you had told them that the United States would someday have a literacy rate of 77%, they would have laughed at you.  If you had told them that, at some point in the future, a black cat would send holiday greetings to humans, they probably would have accused you of practicing witchcraft.  Silly pilgrims!

But today is Thanksgiving.  It’s not only a time for giving thanks but also a time for appreciating not only what you love but also what loves you.  Be kind to your family, your friends, your cats, and even your dogs.  As for those of us at the Shattered Lens, we are thankful to you for reading and commenting.  The flame-haired one tells me that, in another month, we will be coming up on the 9th anniversary of the founding of this site!  We’re thankful for those 9 years and even more thankful for the years to come!

Thank you for reading and Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Labor Day From The Shattered Lens


What is Labor Day and why do humans celebrate it?

Is it so unusual to work that human need a holiday to remind them to do it?  Cats don’t need a special day to remind them to do their duty.  A cat wakes up everyday knowing what needs to be doing and preparing to do it.  A cat knows that importance of exploring its territory.  A cat knows the importance of keeping a strict schedule.  Also a cat knows that it can get away with sleeping on the job.  In fact, sleep is a large part of the job!

The flame-haired one thinks that Labor Day is a “left-wing, communist plot” but I don’t understand what any of those words mean so I just let her ramble on until it’s time to be fed.

Today is Labor Day so sit back, do no work, and make it a great one!  If you need something to do on this Labor Day, there are over 11,000 posts on this site, the earliest of which was published all the way back to 2009!  Feel free to explore and let us know what you think.

Fear not, the cat will keep an eye on things until you get back…

Happy Friday the 13th From The Shattered Lens!


Happy Friday the 13th from the Shattered Lens!

This is the second Friday the 13th of 2018!

What does that mean?

It means that today is going to be even more unlucky than the previous Friday the 13th!  You know what that means!  Don’t walk under ladders!  Respect black cats, even more than usually do!  If you break a mirror, give up all hope!  If you’re camping in the woods, listen to crazy old Ralph or Eustace or Earl or whoever the local weirdo may be!  No late night naked swimming!  No running around in the rain in your underwear!  No comments about how life’s too short!  No drugs!  No sex!  No fun of any kind!

I know, I know.  We all like to live dangerously but if all of our readers die, who will be around to read the site?  Think about it!

Anyway, have a happy and safe Friday the 13th!  And remember the human-turned-zombie who made this holiday famous.  Today is his birthday…

Happy Friday the 13th From The Shattered Lens!


To all of our readers, Happy Friday the 13th from all the cats and humans here at the Shattered Lens!

Why is Friday the 13th considered to be unlucky?  It all links back to 13!  Some human historians think that the superstition about 13 being unlucky may have started in the Middle Ages, as a result of Judas being the 13th disciple.  However, it’s believed that the first references to Friday the 13th being unlucky were made in the 19th Century, specifically in 1869 when the writer Henry Sutherland Edwards wrote a biography of the composer Gioachino Rossini.  Rossini died on November 13th, a Friday.

Of course, human conspiracy theorists link Friday the 13th to the Knights Templar, mostly because they blame everything on the Templars!  October 13th, 1307 is when Philip IV of France began his persecution of the Templars.  That year, October 13th fell on … wait for it … a Friday!

Of course, in Spain and Greece, Tuesday the 13th is considered to be unlucky.  And in Italy, it’s Friday the 17th that you have to look out for!  Humans sure do have a lot of unlucky days!

Anyway, be safe today and stay out of the woods!