The young cardinal who is facing forward in the photograph atop this blog entry, is named Frannie for Saint Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is today, October the fourth. He is the patron saint of animals, ecology, as well as merchants; and he is represented in my home by a small statue which is on the book shelves above my desk (this can be seen in the next picture, where his figurine is at the far left).
In any event, Frannie was given this name by her mother, Cam; and within the image above this posting, Frannie can be seen spending time in one of her favorite places, the container which is home to my 'Tamukeyama', and on either side of her are house finches.
The green foliage that you see belongs to my Actinida kolomikta and Actimida (Kiwi Vines), who are the stars of my first urban garden-themed movie, The Kiwi Speaks! Fifteen Minutes of Fame...almost; which can be viewed within my Vimeo channel. Cam, as you may know is the author of the book, Words In Our Beak Volume One.
as well as in soft-cover (through the MagCloud store).
Be that as it may, in addition to his love of animals making him the patron saint of them; I've just learned that Saint Francis is also the patron saint of merchants.
And, now that Chris Deatherage is towards the end of the process of re-formatting Words Into Our Beak Volume One into a jacketed hardcopy format so that bookstores and other merchants, I'm hoping for some intercession from Saint Francis for success in this endeavor!
Meanwhile, I hope I can tone down my temper and follow the wisdom of Saint Francis and become "a channel of his peace," as expressed in the You Tube video directly below.
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.