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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

This Wednesday's Wisdom is from the birds! (Some Facts Re Mallard Ducklings ETC)



I have something in common with the Mallard ducklings seen in the pictures atop this entry (where they are swimming in the Hudson River with their mother), I'm one of three...

... and I can be seen in the snapshots below which feature my sisters and me at various stages in our childhood.

With our maternal grandfather: I'm the one on the right. 
Thanksgiving: I'm the one on the right.
Halloween: I'm the one on the left.
On this day of Wednesday which I normally use to post something re wisdom, I have none — when it comes to my current relationship with either sister (ESPECIALLY the youngest sister) — and this makes me very sad. 

I'm trying to heed the wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt who is known to have said, "No one can make you feel inferior (or sad) without your consent," which is a quote that is included in volume one of my book series, Words In Our Beak.*

But at the moment the actions of my sisters — again, especially the youngest — have caused me deep sadness and since neither of them have no power do this to me, I guess you can say I'm allowing it.

They do not live in NYC as I do, but their actions continue to bring me down (which again I must be allowing as they have no power over me). Therefore, I absolutely must take the inspiration (and wisdom I received from one of the three ducklings featured in the top two images of today's blog entry (who is also seen swimming alone in the images below...




... and continue on with what I need to survive circumstances (in my case brought on by health issues, particularly those related to Neurofibromatosis).

Meanwhile, I'll leave you with a few interesting facts (from a web-page) re duckings:

1. Young ducklings can feed themselves as soon as they reach water, but must learn what is edible. They depend on their mother for warmth for a few days. She broods them regularly, particularly at night, as they easily chill in cold weather.

2. The down of the ducklings is not naturally waterproof. They get the waterproofing for their down from their mother. She also protects her ducklings from attacks by other mallards. Ducks do not tolerate stray ducklings close to their own brood, and females kill small strange young they encounter. 

3. Ducklings take 50-60 days to fledge (fly) and become independent. They are able to breed when they are a year old,


FALL 2018 ADDENDUM: 

Hardcover versions of Volume One, Two and Three can now be found wherever books are sold.



Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.

Additionally,  I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White Collection, Kaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.

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