Cotton Candy Wolves

A viewer condemned the producer of a wildlife documentary for showing a wolf catching a rabbit and tossing the squealing victim into the air before tearing it into pieces and eating it. The viewer would have been pleased if the production team had taught the wolf to eat cotton candy instead.img_2026

While I might sound like I’m condemning the clueless viewer, I understand. I refuse to watch Old Yeller ever again and I know when to close my eyes during movies and wildlife documentaries.

Just think of a cotton candy world where everything is soft, fluffy, and sweet! Unfortunately, this isn’t it.


It’s strange even to me that I write mystery-romance-suspense books with unhealthy doses of murder included. Perhaps it’s because my experience in the world so far—starting when I was a child rape victim—has included evil. Writing or reading cotton candy stories doesn’t appeal to me. Evil is real, alive, and lives in this world. Thankfully, so does good – and God gives everyone a choice. The battle between good and evil and the triumph of good is infinitely more fascinating to me than a diet of feathery sugar. And as Evan says in Texas Miz Mike’s Bridge to Brigadoon, “Aye, murder is nicer in books. We are safely distanced from it.”


Dixie lived next door. She eschewed God and mocked Christians for reciting “do nots” while she “had fun” hanging out in local bars. She was seldom home and her young daughters often called out-of-town grandparents to rescue them when their mother vanished with a new conquest – often a just-released felon from prison. Dixie left this world at 34 in a motorcycle crash just down the road from her favorite bar.

Author Alan McKean’s mom recently turned 100 and received a birthday card signed by Queen Elizabeth II. God holds life and death in His hands. Only He knows the secret of longevity. However, I find it noteworthy that Alan’s mom reads from the Bible, sings hymns, and prays every day.


Cotton candy wolves will exist in the future. Isaiah, Chapter 11 promises that after Jesus returns, “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb. The leopard shall lie down with the young goat. The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD.”


A cotton candy world! Meanwhile…I’ll keep writing mystery-romance-suspense books with an unhealthy dose of murder thrown in because evil is real and present in this world and wolves don’t eat cotton candy…yet.

10 thoughts on “Cotton Candy Wolves

    • Of course by you and I writing of a “better world” we’re assuming the good, better, best approach, a kind of sliding scale of which we’re upon a less than perfect part. That’s exactly what the Scriptures are about, they’re about God and those very special men and women who could see and experience beyond our veil of tears and live for their Father in Heaven. The nature of the beast isn’t simply harsh pain, but also hope, we’re people who see the universe in the light of design, meaning, value and purpose, those things which we rightly discern are found in the person of Christ.

  1. You are right. Still, we can each do our part in the little circle where we live to make it better. And this world is not our home. It’s a stopping off place. When we get to Heaven, there will be no more pain, death, sorrow, illness, or death. I have a son there now waiting for me. So things are brighter than they often seem. God bless. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Congratulations to Alan’s mum, Stephanie! What an achievement! And she still looks bright and pleased to be alive. I agree a cotton candy world is not realistic: nature can be very cruel, but it rarely intends to be. Animals kill others to eat and it’s a rogue beast indeed that kills for fun. I think that’s the major difference and that despite the harshness of nature, theirs is still cotton candy in comparison to the world man has made. We must all do our own bit to spread the good. The ripple effect can work!

    • Words seeped in wisdom. You are so right, Val. Animals are not deliberately cruel, unlike humans. We do have control over our sphere of influence and can make things better there. Kindness does indeed have a ripple effect. Thanks for the kindness you send radiating out from your sphere.

  3. Hi Stephanie, I admit sometimes I would rather surround myself with cotton candy than face the tough issues of the world.. you make many good points here.. it’s great that you are so genuine with us xx

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