Saturday, September 21, 2019
I had some very sweet moments witnessing a House sparrow eavesdropping on a convo between an adult and fledgeling American robin who were spending time in a brook that runs under The Triplets Bridge in Central Park (as seen in the image directly above).
Very near to this scene, a family of House sparrows were bonding...
... and another American robin seemed to be enjoying his/her reflection while taking a drink, evidenced in the following pictures.
The American robin bird variety was not the only one enjoying the brook's water, a lone blue jay fledging was making discoveries as you can see in the next series of photos.
Additionally, a lone Mourning dove as well as a pair of European starlings took advantage of this lovely spot, as you might surmise from the two photographs posted below.
Btw, all of these this bird types are featured in my book series, Words In Our Beak.
Thursday, September 19, 2019
The quotation on the image atop this entry is correct is spot on. As a writer, I find it's most essential to use my imagination. Stephen King seems to concur.
In his book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, King states,"If not for heart and imagination, the world of fiction would be a pretty seedy place."
It was great to exercise my imagination to write the book series, Words In Our Beak, where the stories are set in my rooftop garden and told from the perspective of a female cardinal. The three volume book series is part fiction in that a cardinal is doing the story telling but the information she provides is factual, making this series both fiction and nonfiction.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
If you look at your calendar, you may notice that this past Tuesday's date (9-10-19) is a palindrome – and the dates will remain a palindrome for the next 10 days (9-19-19). As of today, 9-17-19, we are seven days into one of the last Palindrome Weeks of the Century; and this fact is what I'm reporting in this one hundred and forty third episode of my Tuesday's Truths series.
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper of c.net informs readers, "There's been a Palindrome Week every year since 2011... " She goes on to say, "As Time and Date notes, 'every century has nine years with 10 Palindrome Days in a row. These years are always in the second decade of the century.' The next time this neat number game appears is in 2021...
The pattern doesn't hold if you write your dates with the day first, as the Brits and Aussies do, but they'll have to make their own palindromes. 'Tacocat' works, or 'A Santa Lived As a Devil At NASA,"'if you want to get creative about it."
Other news sources have also been speaking about this ""event," including The Orlando Sentinel who remind readers in an article "Merriam-Webster (states) a 'palindrome' is a word, verse, sentence or number that reads the same backward or forward. Common examples of this are 'racecar,' 'radar,' 'level' and 'mom.'"
And there you have it, dear reader, in this one hundred and forty third episode of my series, you may have learned everything you need (or even want) to know about the term palindrome.
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Upon my seeing this Peanuts Comic Strip of Charles Schultz's characters in a classroom holding their papers up to read them, I thought of a passage from my hopefully forthcoming book (Imperfect Strangers).
In one of the chapters I relate an elementary school experience and state: "...Our class is currently preparing for basic skills assessment exams in order to know what class we will be in at the new school. While reviewing my answers on the practice tests, I hold the test paper close to my face so I can read them. The teacher threatens to send me to the principal’s office saying I was trying to cheat by holding the paper up so the person behind me could read my answers. When I tell her it didn’t occur to me that anyone would want to read my paper, she puts masking tape on my mouth..."
A couple of weeks ago here on Blogger, I mentioned that a book publisher expressed interest in reading the full manuscript which I've sent them. I've been told that I will hear an answer during the first week of November. In the meantime, I've posted a video (using a copy of the next picture as a thumbnail) on You Tube as well as Vimeo in which I say a little bit (two minutes thirty-three seconds) about my endeavor.
Please check it out and stay tuned here on Blogger for updates. Thanks for your support!
Friday, September 13, 2019
In addition to it being Friday the Thirteenth, its National Peanut Day, a this national holiday that blue jays would probably like to celebrate everyday, as you might surmise from the photos atop this entry (and directly below) featuring a tenacious fledging trying to grab the what was left in my wreath-style peanut feeder before I replenished it.
Re National Peanut Day, a web-page for nationalday.com states facts about peanuts, reminding their readers,"this legume is not a nut. They grow underground like potatoes. Since they are an edible seed that forms in a pod, they belong to the family Leguminosae with peas and beans."
I dare say jays don't care what family the peanut belongs too as long as they are available in my rooftop garden; as evidenced by the next series of photos taken in bygone years.
While jays do linger in my garden to nosh on a peanut, they often carry it off to the branches within the Ailanthus Trees growing in my courtyard as seen in the next picture.
Other birds enjoy noshing on peanuts in my garden too!