Category Archives: birds

The Last Good-bye

The other day I watched a video about grief and the facilitator gave us a topic to think about.  “The last time I saw you.” Why can’t I remember our good-bye the last time I saw you? It was hot … Continue reading

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Birding in the Wind

Cold wind, gusting hard punches trees and hurls the birds along. Most hunker down, concealed. But we birders search them out – red-cheeked, scoured, undaunted.

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The Secret Park

I threw on my hoodie – the morning was cold and shiny, just how I like it. I felt good, felt like walking somewhere different, somewhere outside my comfort zone. So I followed my nose for half an hour or … Continue reading

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For Mary Oliver, Poet

Mary Oliver, the poet, died last week at 83. Intensely private, she rarely granted interviews, but I heard one on the radio this morning. When gently probed by her interviewer, she hinted at a dark and menacing childhood, and said … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #8

The seventh excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose is taken from “Among the Isles of Shoals,” written in 1893 by Celia Thaxter, about her delight-filled childhood as a lighthouse keeper’s daughter on the Isles of Shoals, a group of … Continue reading

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Serenade

With morning’s bright song in my step, taking me three miles out and back, and then — a mockingbird singing. Somewhere very close. I stop dead. There she is in the middle of the fence-climbing shrub, by the sidewalk. Almost … Continue reading

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Air Boat Ride!

Engine roaring, wind whipping, water chopping, and everywhere the purple-gray sky of a coming storm. Racing across acres of water, lily pads, cat tails hummocks of grass. Coots skitter away, egrets and herons rise up from hiding, limpkins, bitterns, eagles … Continue reading

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The Screech Owl

I heard a high-pitched whinnying sound tonight at dusk. Coming from a woodsy area across the street. There are no horses around – at least not up in trees. So I googled “bird that sounds like a horse.” It’s a … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #4

Here’s the fourth excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose. I picked up a travel magazine in a doctor’s waiting room and was mesmerized by the winter scene described by the writer. From Travel and Leisure Magazine, “Venice at Christmas,”  … Continue reading

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The Oasis

Every once in a while you’re going about business as usual and find yourself in the middle of something special. Yesterday was that kind of day. It was a warm August morning in my part of Florida and getting warmer … Continue reading

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