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Cobalt Wings

July 31, 2014


One of the best things about freelancing is intermittent bird-watching. While working this afternoon I glanced up from the monitor to see two adult House Sparrows feeding their fledgling while a Blue Jay looked on protectively from higher up in the tree.

My apologies for the brevity of the entries here lately. I’d love to write more, even now, but it’s nearly 3:00 a.m. and I still have two short pieces to write by midnight tomorrow. Tonight. Thursday. You know what I mean. Point is, it’s off to sleep.

However, I have an idea for some reader participation as next week my schedule will be somewhat less chaotic. Stay tuned!

I Am Here

July 28, 2014



This little guy was about 3/4 of an inch in size. He was waiting under my step, lazily resting his front leg on my welcome mat. He was the third one I saw on my morning walk, and he wouldn’t budge. Unfortunately, no matter what I did, my camera kept focusing on the welcome mat and not his wise little face, but I think you can see the point he was trying to make.

When I moved the mat, he let me touch him, and then he hopped off into the grass.

I really wanted to join him.

(Poem created with the online Nature Magnetic Poetry Kit.)

The Middle East In One Paragraph

July 26, 2014

Thus far, I have remained silent on the Middle East. Unusual, for one known for having an opinion on everything.

Well, let me sum it up, then: They’re both wrong, and as far as I’m concerned, that two groups of people with a common ancestry divide themselves up on a map and kill each other because one believes in Allah and reads the Koran and the other believes in God and reads the Torah while those 3,000 miles away stoke the fire of hatred between them because they believe in Jesus and read the Bible is exactly why the world would be better off without religion.

And that’s all I have to say about that.


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