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A Mandarin Orange?

Nora With TangerineBeing famous would not be nearly as much fun without the help of my personal assistants, Burnell and Betsy. It leaves me more time to do what I do best: playing piano, of course, but also looking beautiful while doing it. Lately, however, I’ve become somewhat suspicious of Burnell’s motives as regards his photography, especially his photography of me. Why, today he went so far as to lay a Mandarin orange next to me as he began snapping away. I mean, what’s up with that? It has nothing to do with my piano. But he seemed so satisfied with the result (as I’ve said before, humans are so easy to please), that I’ve decided to allow it for the time being. He calls these silly images art photography. I guess it’s a small price to pay for the help he has given me over the years. I would, however, like to hear from my fans about this, so I’ve included his latest photo with this post. Please let me know what you think. (Click image to view larger.)

Oh, and there’s one thing I will never ever do: I will never pose with clothes on! I am a diva, after all.


  1. Bernadette

    Nora, we agree you do look best at your piano as we do simply soaking the sun into our black furs, but we felines need to also show others we make the world astonishingly beautiful simply by being in it. And if that means posing with a mandarin orange, or a couple of green apples, or other things our humans find inspiring, it’s all to our benefit for our entire species. We think you look lovely, and that mandarin orange ought to be darned glad. And please do keep your pledge never to wear…clothing.

  2. Sparkle

    I love the photo of you with the orange, Nora! And I am glad to know you are sticking to your principles and not allowing clothes-on modeling. I get forced into doing it sometimes and I always feel sleazy afterwards.

  3. vickeyb

    Nora you looked like you’re deep in thought, perhaps composing a new concerto. A tangerine could never detract from your beauty…this one enhances you.Yes, dear one, this is indeed art.

  4. Rose Marie

    Nora, the orange colouring makes your coat look even more gorgeous, if that is possible. So, I vote yes on the ‘art photography’ – it enhances your beauty and makes your personal assistant happy. Almost perfect!

  5. Jeane

    Hello, Nora … It’s been a few years since I’ve visited your website and am happy to know you are doing well. I love the pic of you with the “m. orange” …. it makes your beautiful coat stand out. You have such a sweet face and it reminds me of my soon-to-be 4 yr. old boy at home… Scamp. I hope you continue to bring pleasure to many. Have a great life.

  6. dorbarn

    maybe Burnell and Betsy are trying to inspire you to play Prokofieff’s :ove for the Three Oranges. Beginning slowly with one to see how you are inspired.

  7. Jenny Moore

    I agree with you, Nora, the mandarin has nothing to do with your piano playing skills but it is ‘art photography’. The colour of the mandarin matches the picture frame and offsets your beautiful colouring. Also I think all the curves in the picture (your beautiful feline curves and the curves of your cat tower along with the mandarin) offset the harsh straightness of the frame. All in all, it enhances your beauty, Nora. xo

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