Monday, February 29, 2016

A Favorite Food of Cardinals



Cam, the female cardinal seen in the first image above this entry, loves to nosh on black-oil sunflower seeds when in my urban (NYC) rooftop garden (seen in the second image). 

This is one of the many facts about wild birds that Cam discusses in her book, Words In Our Beak,Volume One which is now in Apple's iBooks Store as well as on Amazon. Additionally, there are reviews for Words In Our Beak Volume One available on Goodreads. Moreover, information related to the book is posted on Brian Lehrer's (of WNYC) A New York Values Vision Board.

Words In Our Beak's goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in my rooftop urban garden in New York City, my story is told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, who visits it. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The book includes hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author.

A Leap of Faith for Leap Year Day


Happy New Year, rather Happy Leap New Year! As you most likely know, this holiday only occurs ever four years. And in honor of the event, I'm including a copy of portion of a letter that the writer E.B.White wrote to Gluyas Williams in the 1970's: "The only date I would like to see shifted is December 25th, which I would like shifted to February 29th, so that occurs only once every four years. This would have a profoundly beneficial effect on the nation and would set me back even course again."

You may recognize the reference as I mentioned it a recent blog post where you can find E.B. White's entire letter to Glyas Williams.

Also in honor of this holiday, I'm including a photograph (above this entry) of one of the musicians in residence in my indoor succulent garden. As most of you probably know, I have an outdoor (rooftop) garden as well (pictured below).



And you may also know that my rooftop garden is the setting for a book ("Words In Our Beak Volume One") that I wrote with Cam, a female cardinal who was a regular visitor to it.

In any event, the musician in residence that I am featuring today may also be familiar to you, dear reader, for he has been here on Blogger in bygone years to announce the onset of spring. However, today he is here to exercise his bragging rights in relation to Leap Year's Day.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

A Shared Habit of Birds & Humans



In Cam’s (the cardinal pictured in the second image which was taken in my my garden), book, Words In Our Beak Volume One,”she points out the male house finch bird type (seen in the first image, also taken in my garden) like herself, share a behavior that she has observed in humans. Cam writes that she’s noticed that people “might throw their arms up as a gesture to indicate they are frustrated, or giving up, and our bird types (finches and cardinals) flap our wings in a similar manner, when we want to indicate these emotions or feelings!” This is one of many observations that Cam makes when she watches people. Read more about what she has noticed in her book (”Words In Our Beak)”, which is now in Apple’s iBooks Store and is also on Amazon. Moreover, reviews for it our posed on Goodreads, and information related to it is available on Brian Lehrer's board for WNYC called A New York Values Vision Board.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Orange Roses


Cam (my visiting cardinal as well as co-author) and I are at work on volume two of our book series, Words In Our Beak. Volume two will include some cool facts about the dark-eyed junco, which is the bird type seen in the first image accompanying this Blogger post.

This picture, and all the other pictures in today's Blogger entry were taken in my urban (New York City) garden
Moreover they were all included in volume one of Words In Our Beak, (available in Apple's iBooks Store as well as in Amazon's ePub books department). Additionally, Words In Our Beak Volume One has been reviewed on Goodreads and information relating to it is availavble on NPR's WNYC's A New York Values Vision Board!


In the book Cam stated: 
"In addition to yellow and red roses, the other rose type that grows in TLLG's garden is orange."








And Cam writes "I have read that orange roses were seen as a bridge between friendship symbolized by yellow roses and love represented by red roses.I don't know how true this is, I happen to like the color of orange roses as it is in the color range of my beak. The dark-eyed junco . . . "

Friday, February 26, 2016

How to Determine a Mourning Dove's Gender




The gender of house finches (first image) and cardinals (second image) is easy to determine. In both of these bird types, the males are red. But the gender of the mourning dove bird type (third image) is a bit harder to determine.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Cam and Brian Lehrer's NY Values Vision Board


The image above today's entry is from WNYC's "A New York Values Board." I have included it with this entry as I am thrilled to announce that one of my images of Cam (posted below), with a passage from her book, Words In Our Beak Volume One , has been accepted to be on Brian Lehrer's WNYC's A New York Values Board.


Please go to the link, scroll until you see Cam, and if you feel it worthy of your liking — and there is an option to do so — I would truly appreciate it! AND if Cam was still around, I'm SURE she'd appreciate it too!

Monday, February 22, 2016

A Post In Honor of George Washington's Birthday




Last Monday, February 15th, our nation celebrated Presidents' Day. It is a holiday that is celebrated here on the third Monday in February. The holiday of President's Day was originally established in 1885 in honor of President George Washington, and was traditionally celebrated on February twenty-second, the actual birthday date of George Washington, which is today.

According to history.com, "the holiday became popularly known as President's Day after it was moved as part of 1971's Uniform Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three day weekends for the nation's workers." 

Be that as it may, George Washington's was born on February the twenty-second, and the switching of the day to observe this, was a topic E. B. White wrote about in his correspondence with Gluyas Williams in 1971. White's humorous attitude toward our government's switching the celebration is something I discussed in my post this past President's Day and I included E.B. White's musings on the matter. On another note, George Washington has been linked to the creation of our American flag, and that is the reason I'm including photo-ops of my patriotic friends within my entry for GeorgeWashington's birthday.    



However, it seems there is some controversy over Washington's involvement with the creation of our flag, which you can read about in a Wiki Page by clicking here. For my focus in this blog post honoring George Washington's birthday is to provide information on an interest I share with him which is birds.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Frigid Temps are for the Birds!





Sometimes the wild birds that visit my urban (NYC) garden as well as the Ailanthus trees in the adjacent courtyard, got a break from being scrutinized by yours truly though the lens of my camera. This is because I go down by the river side to see how the Canadian geese are faring in the freezing waters of Hudson River. These photo-ops show how this bird type responded to the conditions occurring in the river.

It seems Canadian geese are good candidates for The Polar Bear Swimmers!
The Polar Bear Swimmers are a group of folks that always ring in a given new year by swimming in the bitter cold wintery Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island.
Info on The Polar Bear Swimmers can be found by clicking here.

Some info on the Canadian geese who frequent the Hudson River  can be found by clicking here as well as here.

Friday, February 19, 2016

In Honor of Harper Lee's Passing 2-19-16



Even though Atticus Finch said (in the novel #ToKillAMockingbird) that it was OK to ‘Kill all the bluejays you want….’ my blue jays mourn ‪#‎HarperLee‬’s passing as do I. She died today and in her honor, I’m offering a link to a post (on Fb) that featured how Ms. Lee had time to kill in order to write #ToKillAMockingbird.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

#Cactus FlowerING

There has been an awful virus/cold going around, and I was bitten by it two weeks ago, and I am just now on the mend! During most of those two weeks, my symptoms caused me to remain homebound, but unfortunately I felt too ill to work on the sequel to Cam's book, "Words In Our Beak Volume One."

All I could do during those days was sleep, take hot showers/baths, sleep, go on Twitter, sleep, go on Twitter, sleep... In any event, since circumstances "forced" me to spend so much time on Twitter, I got up in a few topics that were trending. One such topic was #AddINGToAMovie, meaning change a given movie's title by adding "ing" to a word within that given movie's title.

The following were my "takes" on this "endeavor."

In honor of #NationalWine Day, February 18th!

In honor of #NationalWine Day, February 18th!


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Observing Birds for The GBBC & Beyond


The screenshot posted atop todays entry was taken by me earlier in the month soon after I had registered for The GBBC (Great Backyard Bird Count). It is something that I first participated in during 2014's GBBC. During my observations that year I was able to document an array of birds.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Switching Holidays

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

I have something to share with you on this Presidents Day, which is a "copy" of an excerpt from a letter that the writer E.B. White wrote to Gluyas Williams in 1971:
"I am not used to celebrating Washington’s birthday on the 15th of February, so I walked up early this morning and deposited letters in our mailbox. Then had to return and retrieve them an hour later when it dawned on me the mails weren’t moving today, even though George is still locked up tight in his mother’s womb and won’t emerge for a full week. This country is nuts. The only date I would like to see shifted is December 25th, which I would like shifted to February 29th, so that occurs only once every four years. This would have a profoundly beneficial effect on the nation and would set me back even course again."
The letter is included in an anthology, "Letters of E.B. White," and a picture of the book accompanies this entry.

Thankfully, Elaine was wrong!



Well, since it's nearly 4:00 AM in NYC on February the 15th of 2016, I think it's safe to say that Elaine, the psychic who appeared on Peter Venkman's TV show,"World of the Psychic," was wrong re her premonition which, as you just heard, was this: “According to my source, the end of the world will be on February 14, in the year 2016.” Thankfully, it appears the world did not end last night as Elaine had thought it would.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Library Lovers Day

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Today in addition to it being the holiday of Ystävänpäivä in Finland and Sõbrapäev in Estonia, as well as Valentines Day in most places, it's Library Lovers Day!
And one of my favorite libraries is the moveable library at Long Beach In New York, which can be seen in the first picture accompanying this Blogger entry. But since it's only nine degrees today I have no plans to visit it today.
However, once it gets warmer I hope to Long Beach, donate some books to the library, and enjoy the antics of the beach-bum birds!


Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.


Happy Valentines Day to You & Yours!

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Happy Valentine’s Day, dear reader, from me, as well as the entourage of whimsical characters who have graciously been lending their voices to my social media entries since February 1st 2016.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Valentine's Visitor Heads to NYC's Fashion Week

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon

New York City's Fashion Week officially kicked off this past Wednesday. The rumor is that "this may just be the final one that follows the timing and format developed over the last few decades." Therefore, because he likes the format that's been the standard for decades, one of my whimsical pre-Valentine visitors (photo one) slipped out of my place to see if he could get a glimpse of those modeling a new collection of playing cards (photos 2-4)!
He was also hoping to lure one of the aforementioned models into a date for Valentines Day, he even had a pink valentine with an enclosure to entice a prospect! 
But before he left, he asked me to tell TLLG Blogger readers that he concurred with his whimsical Valentine comrades (who have been appearing here on Blogger since 2-1-2016), giving the gift of Cam is a great thing do for Valentines Day!
Many of you know by now that when my fashion-week-groupie says "the gift of Cam," he is referring to a cardinal that visited my urban rooftop garden for a number of years and co-authored the book (Words In Our Beak Volume One) with me.
In fact he likes the idea so much that the enclosure in his pink Valentine is a certificate for Cam's book which is now available in iBook and ePub format!
I hope he meets someone at the NYC Fashion event and I look forward to hearing about his experience there! For I'm stuck at home with a nasty cold and that shouldn't stop him from enjoying happenings in the city!

Friday, February 12, 2016

February the 12th




The pictures posted atop today's entry, February the 12th of 2016 are in honor of Charles Schultz who lived on this earth between the years 11/26/1922—2/12/2000, but, to this day, lives on in the hearts and minds of countless people.
As you may know, in bygone years, I’ve written about Schultz and his characters here on Blogger. In any event, the characters that Schultz created in his comic strip “Peanuts” have brought such joy as well as tears to all who have encountered them through the comic strip itself, as well as television specials, and even at The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.  
The pictures included with this Blogger entry are of some details of a couple of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade  balloons that were inspired by Schultz’s characters. The images were shot in this manner to give you a sense, dear reader, of just how gigantic those balloons are!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

For A Prisoner of Love

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon
Ever since February 1st 2016, in honor of Valentine’s Day prep, I have been sharing the stories (here and on Blogger as well as Fb) of an array of whimsical characters who have come to visit me during this time period. Since today is already February 10th and Valentine’s Day is only four days away, they will be leaving soon, and in anticipation of this, one of my whimsical characters has confided in me that he is a prisoner of love, and cannot seem to get the key to his girl’s heart. This character has apparently heard #Delilah on the radio as he knows she plays songs to help her callers to cope with their (mostly) love life situations. Because he could not get through her busy phone lines, he asked ME to play a song to help him understand his situation, and I thought of “Prisoner In Love,” the instrumental version by Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SHROVE TUESDAY, FOUR YEARS LATER


Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

First off I'm just checking in to see how your Chinese New Year's Day fared, dear reader! As I stated here on Blogger yesterday, this is The Year of the Monkey. 

My sister was born in The Year of The Monkey, which is one of the reasons I included a picture of the gals atop today's entry. They call themselves the Valentine sisters!

They are among a number of other whimsical types who are visiting me in honor of Valentines Day. As you may have noticed, I've been including different figurines in a given post (ever since last week), in preparation for Valentines Day.

For even though it's considered by a number of folks to be a retail-based holiday, Valentines Day, is always a good time to reach out to those you love; and it doesn't have to be a significant other.

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Year of The Monkey

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.


Happy Chinese New Year to you and yours, dear reader. I guess you know that in their calendar, tis The Year of The Monkey.

Perhaps Julius The Sock Monkey is happy about this news, for any time  it’s the year of a given animal, folks begin to think more about that animal type.

However, Julius The Sock Monkey may not need The Year Of The Monkey as an excuse to endear others to him. After all, he has notoriety from being the fictional character created by cartoonist and fashion designer, Paul Frank. And he appears in a variety of media today, including The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Remembering Bob Marley


Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.


Yesterday, in addition to it being eight days before Valentines Day, and two days before the onset of The Year of The Monkey in this 2016 Chinese New Year, as well as one day before the Super Bowl (which I know NOTHING about); it is the birthdate of Bob Marley. (He was born in 1945 and died in 1981.)

Mr. Marley is known for many quotations and songs, but one that is fitting for me at this time is "Three Little Birds," which you can hear via Vimeo.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

"Perfect love sometimes does not come until after the first grandchild." REPRISED

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Once upon a time, here on blogger, I pointed out that according to a Welsh proverb, "perfect love sometimes does not come until after the first grandchild."
And I stated that I "imagine perfect love probably comes with any grandchild, or child for that matter (although I have neither, and my maternal instincts are mainly exercised in the extreme care I offer in tending my terrace garden as well as tending to the needs of the birds that visit it). In any event, whether perfect love comes with the first grandchild or not, the fact that I am my maternal grandparents' first grandchild causes me to like to believe that the proverb is true! Not only am I my grandparents' first grandchild, but I was born on their wedding anniversary!"
In any event, my wonderful grandmother died a number of years ago, but before she passed, she said to me that I "should get back to writing,"  which I finally am.
And if she were alive today, I would certainly give her a copy of the book, "Words In Our Beak Volume One," which Cam, the cardinal  who visits my urban (NYC) garden, wrote with me.
If, dear reader, you are fourtunate enough to still have your grandmother, you might want to consider giving her the gift of Cam, which according to my "love birds" makes a wonderful Valentines gift!
Perhaps some of you are grandparents, and if so, you must know all about perfect love and grandchildren bringing it into your lives! Since children have also enjoyed Cam, you might want to consider expressing your love for your grandchildren by sharing Cam with them for Valentines Day.
The V day holiday is only eight days away so I'm just sayin....

Friday, February 5, 2016

Whimsical Characters Who Multi-Task!

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.


I have some whimsical characters visiting me for the upcoming holiday of Valentine's Day, and the ones that are pictured here, happen to be multi-tasking!
They are here to remind me, as well as members of TLLG's Fb community, that Valentine's Day will be here in nine days; and if you want to get a gift for that special someone in your life, you might want to consider giving the gift of Cam!
Cam, as many of you know, is a beautiful as well as prolific cardinal who has been visiting my garden since 2012. You may even know that she and I have published a book together, a story told in her voice.
The book is called, Words In Our Beak Volume One, and its goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in my rooftop urban garden in New York City, our story is told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, who visits it. "Words In Our Beak Volume One" is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective.
The book includes hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author, and it makes a great as well as unusual Valentine's Day gift!
But, don't take just my word for it, check out what's been said about "Words In Our Beak Volume One" on Goodreads.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

News About SONIC!

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.Sonic, the hedgehog can be seen here, in a photo from bygone years where she is racing along the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade route!
And to think I nearly forgot that February 2nd's holiday of ‪#‎GroundhogDay‬ was Sonic's day too! She shares this day with a groundhog because the animal type she represents was the first ever to be given the task of predicting the onset of spring!
I spoke about this on Fb earlier this week.

But Sonic has other things to celebrate besides the commonality of hedgehogs and groundhogs serving as predictors of the onset of spring! 

Sonic the Hedgehog's media presence occurred on February 2nd, albeit a number of years ago, and this ultimately led to her likeness being rendered into a Macy's balloon!