Monday, May 30, 2016
Another Memorial Day is upon us. In bygone years, I've written a number of posts about this solemn day here on Blogger. Please click on the aforementioned cyber-venue to refer to my Memorial Day musings.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Saturday, May 28, 2016
As I mentioned (on Fb) yesterday, which was the onset of Memorial Day weekend for 2016, Bramhall's cartoon/mini comic strip, (above) has always been one of my favorite Memorial Day commemorations. In bygone years, I've written about this solemn holiday here on Blogger, and you may refer to my musings by clicking here.
Monday, May 23, 2016
I've just learned that today, May 23rd, is World Turtle Day. According to Wiki, this holiday has been sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue "to bring attention to, and increase knowedge of and respect for turtles and tortoises, and to encourage human action to help them survive and thrive."
The picture featured atop today's blog entry is of a turtle at a lake just north of Strawberry Fields in NYC's Central Park, and he/she seems to be a perfect spokes-turtle for the occasion, given his/her quizzical expression. Turtles are often found sunbathing in this lake as they do their people-watching. This one was not camera-shy, another quality making him/her a great candidate for a spokes-turle on World Turtle Day (or any occasion for that matter). Other turtles – as is the case with yours truly — do not enjoy having their picture taken.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
In my last entry here on Blogger, which was International Migratory Day, I mentioned that as part of my paying homage to that official holiday, I had hoped to visit Super, the Northern Flicker whom I helped rescue on April 5, 2016.
As of last Saturday, Super was still rehabbing at NYC's WBF (Wild Bird Fund). Fortunately I was able to see him, have someone take this photo of him, and to hear detailed news re his prognosis. But, unfortunately, later during that same day, I had a horrific accident and have been unable to participate in much of anything, including my cyber-venues.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
According to Holiday Insights (HI) today, May 14th, is International Migratory Bird Day. It always falls on the second Saturday in May. Here's part of what HI says re this holiday. "International Migratory Bird Day celebrates the incredible journey that migratory birds take each year. They travel thousands of miles between breeding groups in North America. and their winter homes in Central and South America. Organizers say this day is to both support and to increase awareness of conservation efforts in support of migratory birds. They also suggest a field trip into a woods to look for and enjoy migrating birds."
I will not be able to make a trip to any woods today but in terms of paying homage to this holiday, but I do hope to go to Central Park as well as The Wild Bird Fund (WBF). An image of The WBF's storefront can be seen atop this Blogger entry.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
According to Wiki, Edward Lear, was born on May 12th or May 13th in the year 1812. He was evidently a man of many talents including the ability to create illustrations. One of his works can be seen in the image posted atop this blog entry. Lear's illustrations are worth checking out, but I'll leave that to your digression, dear reader. I chose to include this one due to my appreciation of birds.
In any event, it is today's date, May the Twelfth, that Holiday Insights associates with Lear. And they deem it to be Limerick Day. This is because another part of Edward Lear's repertoire is his limericks, which he popularized in The Book Of Nonsense.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
This past Monday, I went to visit Super bird, the Northern Flicker that I helped rescue on April 5th 2016. He is still at The Wild Bird Fund (WBF) in NYC, being treated for his injury. Super's prognosis is very iffy; and I was not allowed to visit him, as his cage was in an area that is near baths which were being sanitized. However, I did meet one of WBF's new patients, a pheasant named Donald. He can be seen in the picture atop this Blogger entry. For more info on Super's status and The Donald, please refer to my entry on Facebook.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
This morning I woke up to breaking news that an "Iowa man's knee was shattered after discarded peanut shells caused him to slip onto the floor of a national steakhouse chain's Cedar Falls restaurant." And he subsequently followed a lawsuit seeking thousands upon thousands in damages! Evidently this was not the first time an individual served a restaurant because he/she had slipped on peanut shells. According to the same news source, "In 2008, a woman received $43,000 after she slipped on peanuts and fractured her kneecap at a Texas Roadhouse."
My hearing the breaking new re suing over peanuts came the same time that I was about to post my own breaking news related to peanuts which is this:
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Mother's Day is for the birds!
ADENMENDUM: As of March 2, 2018, Words In Our Beak Volume One, is no longer available in the digital options listed here. A new digital option should be available sometime in the near future. Updates will be made when this happens, please stay tuned.
ADENMENDUM TWO: Words In Our Beak Volume One is available in hardcover format and so is Words In Our Beak Volume Two (as seen below):
If you are interested in purchasing either volume of Words In Our Beak, here's the info:
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Volume Two: ISBN: 9780996378536
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Friday, May 6, 2016
Cam, the cardinal in the photograph directly above, can be seen gazing upon a tulip known as Firesprays, which grow in my urban (NYC) garden.
In her book, "Words In Our Beak Volume One" (pictured below),
Cam discusses this tulip type. She also includes information regarding the other tulip varieties that I've grown here.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Yesterday, May 4th, was a National Holiday in the USA. It's a holiday known as Bird Day. However, while Bird Day is officially recognized on May 4th, it is an occasion I celebrate every day, as I truly appreciate the avian community. However, yesterday, I did spend part of the official Bird Day with Juan V, who was here to work with me in my rooftop urban (NYC) garden, where I'm working out the details re the placement of bird feeders.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
House finches have been spending time in a flowering crabapple tree which I have in my urban (NYC) rooftop garden. I overheard them debating the answer to the question, "If the April showers bring the May flower what does #TheMayflower bring?"