I don't want to let this day pass without paying homage to the dearly departed Peggy Wood (pictured above during her 89th birthday) who died on 12-31-2014.
She lived in a building a few doors away from the one where I live and helped edit the first version of Words In Our Beak Volume One, which was subsequently published in iBook format in June of 2015 and dedicated to her. That version is no longer available but many of Peggy's edits live on in the hard cover version, pictured below.
Thankfully, I'm still in touch with her brother, Bob Wood, who is also seen in the image atop this entry. He has been supportive of the Words In Our Beak series, and recently he posted a review of volume two (pictured below) where he stated: "Volume Two satisfies the hunger one has after reading Volume One for “more.” This series of books is spoken by Cam, the permanent female cardinal resident of a New York City fourth floor garden, who expands greatly on the other birds who feel comfortable and “at home” visiting the urban rooftop of author Patricia Youngquist, TLLG (The Last Leaf Gardener). One thing that impressed me was the creative imagination that Cam has about how she thinks about the other birds. The extensive photography of not only the birds (multiple images of 21 other birds) but also the wide variety of beautiful plants and flowers that are tastefully growing around the garden. For the purist, the Latin names of both the bird species and the plants are given. A hardback 6 x 9-inch book, the cover flyleaf has a stunning photo of Cam the cardinal. A surprising garden in the middle of NYC, just off Central Park --- and a surprisingly captivating book. Worth every penny. "
I am grateful for the times I had with Peggy and I appreciate that her brother has stayed in touch with me, for it seems that when someone passes away, friends and family of that person often disappear, making the loss even greater.