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Monday, March 18, 2019

My FAA Tote Bags


Someone bought one of my tote bags from FAA (Fine Art America) that feature an image of the now famous Mandarin duck swimming in The Pond located in Central Park. She got it as a gift for her son and emailed me a photo of him "carrying" it. The picture she sent me is featured atop this entry (with her permission).

Moreover, she followed up with a lovely email stating, "The pouch with your photography really is absolutely beautiful. Great quality material and photo.  They absolutely make spectacular gifts.  My son loves his and we have it hanging on our kitchen chair to see every day..."

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Starlings came to NYC 129 years ago today.





Today marks the 129th anniversary of the arrival of Sturnus vulgaris AKA European starlings in NYC. A few photographs of "solo"  starlings visiting my garden at various times over the years are posted atop this entry.

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Ides of March

IMAGE CREDIT


Today, March 15th, is widely known as "The Ides of March," words made famous by the play, Julius Caesar (believed to have been written in 1599), where one character warns another to "beware" them.

However, the significance of The Ides of March was well established before the playwright, William Shakespeare ever wrote that play. I was not aware of certain facts re The Ides, Et tu, dear reader?

That being said, in honor of this day being The Ides of March, I will refer you to an informative article on the true meaning behind the line, "Beware the Ides of March," please click here to read.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

March 14 = Learn About Butterflies Day



On this unofficial holiday (Learn About Butterflies Day) it's good to remember words of wisdom from Jonathan Livingston Seagull who once stated, "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly."

With 2019's official onset of spring (in this hemisphere) occurring next week, it's an especially wonderful time to become acquainted with these insects. Both have visited my rooftop garden and are included in my collection of fauna-flora-insect-themed postcards (images of these cards are posted atop this entry).

Moreover, these insects are featured in volume one of my book series, Words In Our Beak.

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Volume One: ISBN: 9780996378529
Book Seller Info: http://bit.ly/2AFZDCz
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2zxVujM
Barnes & Noble On-Line: http://bit.ly/2AAnB26
book culture On Columbus (a bookstore on the UWS in NYC): http://bit.ly/2FsC1Uf

Volume Two: ISBN: 9780996378536
Book Seller Info: http://bit.ly/2q75g8e
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2DY0mz0
Barnes & Noble On-Line: http://bit.ly/2G65m6H

Volume Three: ISBN: 978099637853
Now available on Amazon @ https://amzn.to/2IYkmpA and can be ordered from any place selling books by giving them the title and/or ISBN which is 978099637853

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Make Sure Clocks are set Correctly! (Wednesday's Wisdom)


Days have passed since the onset of 2019's DLST and people are still discombobulated — just like Mooch! Once again the Mutts characters are spot on re consequences of Day Light Savings Time!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Side Affect of Day Light Savings Time (Tuesday's Truths WK 117)


This one hundred and seventeenth segment of my Tuesday's Truths series falls a couple of days after the onset of Day Light Savings Time for 2019 and I think this Mutts comic strip expresses how many feel about adjusting to the annual time change!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Saturday in the Park (S)


Usually anytime that I'm in a park on a Saturday, I find myself thinking of the golden oldie ("Saturday In The Park") performed by the band, Chicago. This past Saturday was no exception, except it wasn't a "Saturday in the park," rather it was a Saturday in the parks. The first one being Riverside Park, where I was moved by a "scene" I observed soon after I arrived: Two young boys were just leaving the site of a snowman that they had been creating.

One turned back to give their "sculpture" a final goodbye...

... then their creation was left to himself and/or for passers-by to enjoy...


... before the snowman would inevitably melt away and be gone forever!

Later that afternoon I came upon a coquettish looking snow-woman...


... in another park (Central Park ) with no evidence of her creators in sight; but there she stood, waiting to meet her inevitable fate once the sun came out in full force.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Identifying with Sally Brown


The Peanuts Comic Strip (as many of them do) posted atop this entry spoke to my heart the other day when I saw it in my FB Newsfeed. I am a landline cordless phone user who  has been without my phone service since November of 2018. This is due to a cable issue with Verizon which will supposedly be resolved April 3rd of this year.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The times they AREN'T a changing... (Wednesday's Wisdom)


As you can see, dear reader, the mini essay which is posted atop this entry was published on this day of March sixth in 1954. E.B.White wrote the piece and the sentiment within the it causes me to put a spin on Bob Dylan's lyrics: "...The times they are NOT a changing..."

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Mallards Doing the Otis Redding Thing (Tuesday's Truths WK 116)


In yesterday's post here on Blogger, all but one of the bird types included were ones I'd seen when in Central Park this past Sunday.

The birds in the photograph atop this posting (mostly Mallards) are ones I saw the Saturday prior to that when I was walking along the portion of The Greenway (on the UWS) which is parallel to the Hudson River.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Monday Musings: ON BEING AN ODD DUCK ETC


Yesterday morning I got the notification via a tweet from from Manhattan Bird Alert  which stated
"The MANDARIN DUCK and his reflection, continuing this Sunday at the Central Park Pond (60th and Fifth)" and upon reading it I made my way over to that area of CP.

However, when I arrived the Mandarin duck was no where to be seen, but The Pond, was being used by a number of other ducks, including male Wood ducks, such as the one seen in my photograph atop this entry.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Saturday's Sequel


It snowed again last night but the accumulation did not amount to much in my garden as you can see in the photo directly above and compare it to the one I included in yesterday's blog post, hence I'm considering this to be Saturday's sequel.

In the aforementioned  post, I also mentioned that March is National Peanut Month and I featured a quite a number of birds, including Northern cardinals, Blue Jays and Common Grackles, enjoying peanuts from various bird feeders in my garden.

Friday, March 1, 2019

It's March!


Well, here we are already in the third month for the year 2019, proving time does fly rather one is having fun or not! I hope someone remembers to wake Mooch (who can be seen in the Mutts comic strip posted atop this entry). But, maybe Mooch needs to sleep a bit more... after all, his pillow looks pretty comfortable and plus the weather might not be so great just yet.

As you undoubtedly know the beginning of March is associated with an idiom: "If March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb and if it comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb."

Evidently this is because "March straddles winter and spring in the northern hemisphere, it tends to have very harsh, unpleasant weather in the beginning but typically has milder, more palatable weather by the end." 

Here in NYC, March is beginning with moderate snowfall as seen in the picture below of my rooftop garden taken in the morning.


In any event, according to a number of sources (including Holiday Insights AKA HI), the month of March in the United States is known as Irish American Month, Music in Our Schools Month, National Celery Month, National Craft Month National Frozen Food Month, National Irish American Heritage Month (designated by Congress in 1995), National Nutrition Month, National Peanut Month, National Women's History Month, Red Cross Month and Social Workers Month.