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Now there is more to a bluejay than any other animal. He has got more different kinds of feeling. Whatever a bluejay feels he can put into language, and not mere commonplace language…You never saw a bluejay get stuck for a word. He is a vocabularized geyser…

-Mark Twain, “Morals Lecture,” 7/15/1895

This fine bone china tea cup is part of the Birds of America, Series I set made by Queen’s Rosina China Co. Ltd. The Rosina China Co. was established in 1875 iin Staffordshire, England, but this particular set came out in the 1970’s, which means the value of my grandmother’s cup and saucer, is only sentimental. 🙂

Sammy Jay thinks he’s a very fine gentleman and is proud of his handsome blue coat and high cap. But Sammy often does things he shouldn’t do — like stealing. Nobody likes to be told he’s a thief — especially Sammy Jay!

Thornton W. Burgess

Time to put the kettle on and listen to sassy Sammy Jay. Happy Monday!