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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Severe Weather Did Not Stop Session 19 (Tuesday's Truths WK 171)


A massive storm pounded New York City Monday (April 13 2020) morning and afternoon with heavy rain and speedy gales that caused flooding and power outages across the five boroughs.

Because my crabapple tree toppled over this past Friday and no one can come to help me tie it to the railing until our lockdown is over, I secured it by placing a couple of my garden chairs around it (as seen in the image atop this entry).

I also did my best efforts to prevent my bird food from getting soaked which seemed to be appreciated by an array of soaking wet creatures, such as the Northern mockingbird seen here in the next image.


Due to my being in lock down since 3-21-2020, there isn't much I can do for other people except to pray and check in my phone or email so they will know I'm thinking of them.

I can also to maintain my garden (albeit carefully due to my being on the mend from my Greater tuberosity injury) which not only provides solace for my visiting birds and me, but provides it for those whose windows face my garden.

I've learned what my garden has done for folks who love near by because they have called out to me from their windows during the #ClapBecauseWeCare nightly event which has taken place since 3/29/2020.

The 19th night of clapping and cheering to honor first responders and healthcare workers who are keeping New Yorkers as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic took place last evening.

I did not expect to see or hear so many participants due to the severe weather that had occurred throughout the day. BUT, much to my pleasant surprise, I could hear a lot of clapping and cheering. I didn't see much because of weather conditions but here are a few photo-ops from last night's session:

A #ClapBecauseWeCare Participant

A #ClapBecauseWeCare Participant
A #ClapBecauseWeCare Participant

Weather conditions did not prevent the enthusiasm or support for first responders and healthcare workers who are keeping New Yorkers as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic, must continue to do so no matter what the weather. I've heard that first responders and healthcare workers are lifted up by these nightly sessions.

During this past one, while I was my cheering/clapping for our first responders and healthcare workers I also included Ms. MFH, my out-of-state FB friend, as well as an out-of-state next youngest sister, and those who live in the 'hood who have helped me during my lock down such as my next door neighbor, AD, and others who live close by including TT,  NWG and Joan Tedeschi (JT), who can be seen in the next photo.

As I'm unable to do much for others, it was truly gratifying to receive this comment re my FaceBook postings about my garden, the visiting birds as well as the #ClapBecauseWeCare sessions:

"You have brought joy to many with your garden and your gift of writing. The birds visit you and your neighbors visit you more than you know. Even in lockdown you have brought joy to many. I look forward to your photos from my lockdown here in Illinois. Take care. Keep the bright spots coming."

On another, as many of you may know, my rooftop garden is the setting for my three volume book series, Words In Our Beak.


Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in a rooftop urban garden in New York City, my story is told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, who visits it. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The book includes hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author.

As I've been saying here on Blogger, "During this time where many people are confined to their homes due to lockdown restrictions (re the coronavirus pandemic), these books (whose stories are set in my rooftop garden) are great to have around as a reminder that there is still so much beauty in our fallen world."

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