A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked. -Anais Nin
In order to see birds it is necessary to become part of the silence. -Robert Lynd
I would rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach 10,000 stars how not to dance. -E.E. Cummings
Tree and Bird-A Havdalah Adventure, by Leora Lazarus, and Leon Lazarus, is a beautiful, insightful, and delightful book, about friendship between a bird and an olive tree. I highly recommend it, for your own child/children, grandchildren, classroom library, school library, and any personal library.
-Photographs Copyright, Lorri M.
“I think the most important quality in a birdwatcher is a willingness to stand quietly and see what comes. Our everyday lives obscure a truth about existence – that at the heart of everything there lies a stillness and a light.”
-Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother’s Memoir
“There is an unreasonable joy to be had from the observation of small birds going about their bright, oblivious business”
-Grant Hutchison, The Complete Lachlan
I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.
-Henry David Thoreau
I took the above photo a while ago. I loved watching the pelicans glide gently on the lake, and walk up onto the grass for a short respite, sitting near double breasted cormorants.
A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belly can.
He can hold in his beak
Enough food for a week!
But I’ll be darned if I know how the hellican?”
― Dixon Lanier Merritt
I took the grainy photo, above, through my bedroom window, a few days ago, of a robin redbreast. Robins are usually associated with the coming of spring. I found it a bit odd to see it flitting about in the snow, before it lighted upon a porch step to eat the worm it found. There were several robins running about, looking so adorable in their movements. I love seeing them run here and there.
You have learned, like Sir Proteus, to wreathe your arms, like a malcontent; to relish a love-song, like a robin redbreast.
-William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1590s), Act II, scene 1, line 16.
Welcome, welcome, little stranger,
Fear no harm, and fear no danger;
We are glad to see you here,
For you sing “Sweet Spring is near.”
-Louisa May Alcott, “To The First Robin,” 1840
Robin redbreast on the ground,
Pecking, hunting all around
For a tasty worm or slug
Or a creeping, crawling bug
A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all heaven in a rage
I do not ask to walk smooth paths nor bear an easy load. I pray for strength and fortitude to climb the rock strewn road. Give me such courage and I can scale the hardest peaks alone, And transform every stumbling block into a stepping stone. – Gale Brook Burket
Family heirlooms rescued from Nazis were allegedly stolen by Wells Fargo contractors.
Shame on Wells Fargo Bank!
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Illinois man knocks over nine-foot menorah, and is arrested.
Kirk Douglas and is wife will be donating $80 million in new gifts to various charities!
The Nazi Gold Train has been found, confirmed by Polish Ministry.
These particular scenes were not captured on a Sunday, but were taken almost one year ago.
The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use. – Dom Degnon