The photograph atop this entry features a Northern mockingbird alighting on the branches of a shrub known as a Continus Coggygria (Smokey Bush) which has been growing in my urban garden for a number of years. I took the image when the lovely creature stopped by to spend a good deal of time with me this past Friday evening.
As you may recall, dear reader, I recently published an entry (here on Blogger) about another visit from this special creature (on Thursday, April 6th), where I included poems (by Mary Oliver) re the Northern mockingbird.
In the aforementioned blog entry, I also included an observation re humans and this bird type, which was made by Emily Ramos. Her observation refers to the process of writing. Ramos states that "We are like the mockingbird, afraid to sound our own voice and instead pulling all the stories we hear to ourselves and simply replaying them. Too many people never find their own voice and simply repeat the things they have heard for their entire lives. What we need to do, in writing and in life, is be brave and let our voices be heard. Be yourself when people are around, try not to be afraid of what others will think of you for letting your opinion be heard. Share your voice with the world, even if you are still finding it. The only way to know what you believe and feel is by expressing yourself. Listen to the stories around you and let them shape you – let yourself find your voice and use it."
I am repeating Ramos's philosophy at this time because I've been trying to return to volume two of Cam's first endeavor, Words In Our Beak Volume One; a book that is available as an interactive digital read,
as well as in a "have and hold" version that is in soft-cover format.
Meanwhile, I ultimately shared my news of having a Northern mockingbird spend an evening with me by phoning Peggy's brother, Robert Wood. He can be seen in the collage below,
that I created to honor Peggy's eighty-ninth birthday, which turned out to be her last (she died seven months later). In any event, I told Robert about how much the mockingbird caused me to think of Peggy, and her support of me, when I was writing the iBook version for volume one of Words In Our Beak. We also discussed the fact that at the present moment, the soft-cover version is only being sold in the MagCloud On-Line Bookstore; and that a few people have informed me that they do not use a computer and are wondering how they can purchase the soft-cover version of Words In Our Beak Volume One.
Right now, the only possibility for someone to purchase the book without the use of a computer would be for me to buy it and sell it to them. But at this time I cannot afford to do this, and upon hearing my plight, Robert Wood, who owns a copy of the soft-cover version (which he is showing to others), offered to buy me ten copies so that I could sell them!
I'm grateful for Robert Wood's generosity! His actions caused me to recall one of the meditations at The Sixth Station of the Cross, which goes something like this, "a faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one, finds a treasure; a faithful friend is a life saving remedy...no sum can balance his worth...;" and it is a meditation which I've written about in prior posts here on Blogger.
The void in my life from Peggy's passing has been painful, but the friendship of Robert and his wife Lynda, has truly been consoling. I hope that, if, Words In Our Beak has success (or perhaps I should say when Words In Our Beak has success); that I will be able to reach out to others, in the same manner in which Robert has done for me.