my own bird’s eye view

Do you see that white thing on the top of the tall, grey pole? That’s a cockatoo. I watched this cockatoo sit there on a very windy day for what…

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school supplies

At the end of summer, when I was a kid, I'd keep my eye on the Sunday newspaper. It had ads for great sales on school supplies. I'd coax my…

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need a lift?

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”– Booker T. Washington This goat sculpture had no idea they would be supporting a water dragon on a sunny…

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on the look-out

"Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging." – Joseph Campbell Each of us is having an individual, distinct experience of this pandemic, depending on…

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not quite blending in

What happens when you’re built for camouflage, but you’re out of your normal habitat? You know, the one where your camouflage works so that you go unnoticed? Where is your…

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rekindling

Like most everyone, I have moments of feeling stir-crazy during this time of "sheltering in place". One evening, I was reading a history book for a new writing project. The…

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guessing what

As a kid, whenever I shared really cool information, I prefaced it with "guess what". It may be a juvenile colloquialism, but it still comes out of my mouth on…

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the cycle of the milky eyes

It’s common knowledge that snakes shed their skin. What might be less widely known is that part of that skin includes clear scales over the snake’s eyes. Prior to shedding,…

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sweet as candy

As a kid raised on Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, I had respect and fascination for the postal worker who delivered our mail. We had a ritual whenever I'd see him. I…

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