Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Words in Our Beak" UPDATE

It has been a little over six months since my last entry (May 14, 2014) here on Blogger; and in that post, I mentioned I was taking a hiatus from Blogger to work on a book (WORDS IN OUR BEAK), that I'm co-authoring with Cam, a cardinal who visits my urban garden.

Progress is being made and if you'd like to see the details, please click here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


This image is of a sign in a store front on Columbus Avenue in NYC. It was posted in an Indian restaurant that never re-openned and ultimately was taken over by someone else and turned into an expensive wine bar. 

I don't know for sure but I assume that when the sign was posted (September of 2011), the proprietors of the Indian restaurant intended to only be closed for the day, not permanently. But alas things happen. And as I've said in prior posts, and will probably say again (re quoting an anonymous scholar), "if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans." 

As a writer, my take on the quotation has always been, if you want to make your muse laugh, tell him/her your plans, and I must've really had my muse laughing when I laid out my intent for this blog going forward (in an entry I made here  two months and eight days ago). 

For  at this time, I am unable to post regularly on Blogger (and hence one of the things I will not be offering here is my annual garden review series). My reason for no longer being able to commit to a schedule here on Blogger is because the book (Words In Our Beak) that I am writing (which I mentioned in my entry two months and eight days ago) is about the only writing endeavor my muse will allow, except for posts on TLLG's Facebook Page, which I hope you will follow in my absence from Blogger.

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Consequence of Reporting on Sturnus vulgaris (European starlings)

On Sunday, March 16th 2014, the day before a number of folks were due to celebrate the Saint Patrick's Day holiday, and two days after my last post here on Blogger, I realized another holiday was taking place, which was the 124th anniversary of the arrival of the bird type known as Sturnus vulgaris (European starlings) in New York City, the city where I live and have an urban garden that this bird type is now visiting.

I'm not happy about this situation as these European starlings seem to have driven Emily, my lone Baltimore oriole away, for as I said in my last Blogger entry, "I've not seen her since February 16th 2014, which was the third day of the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBCC), and thankfully I was able to enjoy her antics (which I've documented) on that day."

In any event, whether I care for starlings or not, is hardly the point, for, I did find it interesting to learn about the circumstances surrounding the anniversary of the their arrival in Manhattan and I posted the information on hometalk in honor of their day, March 16th 1890.

The following day, Saint Patrick's Day, on TLLG's FB Page, I made note of the fact that starlings had green coloring in their feathers. After all, it seemed apropos, on a holiday when some folks wear green to honor the Saint Patrick's holiday, to make mention of birds that have green coloring in their feathers. And, once again, whether I care for starlings or not, is hardly the point, for, I did find it interesting to see green in their feathers on Saint Patrick's Day.

I could never have anticipated an email that I got from a stranger who was outraged at me, and stated, "there is no room in the gardening world for people who love starlings."

Now, I must confess, that just as some of my visiting birds have been intimidated by the presence of starlings in my garden, I am a bit intimidated in posting within my own cyber-venues!

Friday, March 14, 2014

MARCH: The month of NO's?

Thomas Hood wrote a poem called "No." Here it is:

No sun - no moon! 
No morn - no noon - 
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day. 
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, 
No comfortable feel in any member - 
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, 
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! - 

Hood's poem may be familiar to TLLG's readers for I've referred to it in a number of cyber venues. including a prior post here on Blogger.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

an UPDATE: Tweeting and Reflecting (Details on The New Direction for TLLG on Blogger)

Tweet! Tweet! (View One)
I also posted this image on WBU-MICH FB Page
Tweet! Tweet! (View Two)
I also posted this image on TLLG'S FB Page

It has been over a month since I posted here on Blogger, and I'd like to use today's entry as an opportunity to state what my intentions are for this blog in the days to come, for I feel I have gotten away from my original hope re this endeavor, an endeavor I began on the last day of 2009, when I set up this blog, stating:

"Now that I've gotten the setting up of my blog underway (and making my New Year's resolution to stick with a posting schedule, it seems I may be passée. I understand many people have moved on to Tweeting. It is my life story summed up in ten words: at the airport when the ship comes into the dock. Being a reflective soul, I'll probably stick to blogging over tweeting. Besides, as it is, while some of my posts will be snippets and captions, others may border on mini essays. My temperament reminds me of Herb Gardener, whom I happened to meet while working at a theater (but that is as 'they' say, another story), and he told me that before becoming a playwright, he was a cartoonist and when the 'bubbles of dialogue got bigger than the cartoon-characters, it was time to be a playwright.' Similarly, as opposed to tweeting, blogs let you generate more in-depth content. I see them having greater resilience in terms of perception. But they require what many people seem to consider long-term commitment today:setting aside 20-90 minutes daily, weekly or semi-weekly. Still some bloggers are providing insightful or informative blogs which I hope to do also. I am in it for the long haul, and perhaps the Charles Schultz cartoon posted below sums it up:"

Now, today, March 6, 2014, as I look back on my initial (December 2009) intent for this blog, which was at a time I knew very little about social media, I realize that in some ways, I've succumbed to the "pressure" of tweeting, albeit through my Facebook (FB) and Pinterest postings being automatically tweeted (it's rare that I compose a direct tweet from twitter), and I've neglected what is near, as well as dear, to my soul: generating more in-depth content.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

"another year over AND a new one just begun . . . " PART TWO (For February 2013)

Hello and welcome to part two of my 2013 year-end garden review which I introduced in a prior post here on Blogger when I discussed certain "events" that occurred in my urban (NYC) terrace garden in January of 2013. 

Today's post will focus on a specific event that seemed to be the main focus re my garden in February 2013. That event was the unexpected and brutal "attack" of Nemo, a nor'easter causing a couple of my trees to topple over from the wind and weight of heavy snowfall; and not from the cocktails they may or may not have been drinking.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The PLOT Thickens (Re Emily)

The last time I posted here on Blogger, which was January the Fourteenth, I made a link available re a tribute I'd written in honor of Emily, the Baltimore oriole featured in the images above and below this narrative.