Wednesday, June 30, 2010
For the past five years a couple of starlings decided to visit our home and make their nest under Tommy and I's front porch. The first year none of their eggs hatched, but after that they successfully had an average of eight babies each summer: four in the spring then another nest full mid summer. We grew to look forward to seeing our flying lovers; he with a slight Mohawk and her a bit more plump then he... with a more conservative hair style suited for a sparrow of her age.
This year they came back putting a smile on our faces once more. In the spring they had only two babies but a few weeks ago she delivered her second batch, consisting of four little ones. The day before yesterday we noticed neither mother or father were around feeding the babies as they usually did every twenty minutes like clock work. Yesterday there was once again no sign of the parents. We spent all morning trying to find out what to do. After being unable to find a wildlife preserve volunteer to take and care for the babies we realized we had to. So every twenty minutes we went to the nest, gently touched it, to simulate the mother, and feed the birds a concoction we mixed together from a recipe we found on the Internet. Then around mid day we saw the father bird, we felt so relieved. He sat atop the telephone wire above the porch..as he often would before diving under the porch to check on his kids. But for some reason he did not fly underneath. We watched as he flew to the garden sat a moment then flew away once more. We noticed he seemed a bit dishoveled somehow... I guess he didn't come back as when I woke up this morning to check on the babies they were all dead.
I've been a mess all day. As a dug a hole in the back yard to bury them my eyes became blurry with tears...then I thought of you. Your heart blog came to mind. I realized as I glanced at the babies all tightly snuggled together in their meticulously arranged nest that they touched my heart. I was sad to see them have such a sort time to live, and especially sad I may never see our yearly visitors again. But I felt grateful that my heart felt the pain...
I knew you would be one of the few people how would understand this so I had to share it with you!
Ashley just sent this to me. I'm obsessed with it:
30 day letter challenge commencing NOW
1. Write a letter to each of these people;
Day 1 — Your Best Friend
Day 2 — Your Crush
Day 3 — Your parents
Day 4 —Your sibling (or closest relative)
Day 5 — Your dreams
Day 6 — A stranger
Day 7 — Your Ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/love/crush
Day 8 — Your favorite internet friend
Day 9 — Someone you wish you could meet
Day 10 — Someone you don’t talk to as much as you’d like to
Day 11 — A Deceased person you wish you could talk to
Day 12 — The person you hate most/caused you a lot of pain
Day 13 — Someone you wish could forgive you
Day 14 — Someone you’ve drifted away from
Day 15 — The person you miss the most
Day 16 — Someone that’s not in your state/country
Day 17 — Someone from your childhood
Day 18 — The person that you wish you could be
Day 19 — Someone that pesters your mind—good or bad
Day 20 — The one that broke your heart the hardest
Day 21 — Someone you judged by their first impression
Day 22 — Someone you want to give a second chance to
Day 23 — The last person you kissed
Day 24 — The person that gave you your favorite memory
Day 25 — The person you know that is going through the worst of times
Day 26 — The last person you made a pinky promise to
Day 27 — The friendliest person you knew for only one day
Day 28 — Someone that changed your life
Day 29 — The person that you want tell everything to, but too afraid to
Day 30 — Your reflection in the mirror
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
2. Set up college funds for my nieces and nephew. Buy a small house for my older godchild, who just turned 21.
3. Fund a job retraining program for the shrimpers in south Louisiana. Barring a miracle, they're going to be out of work for a while, and who knows how long BP will pay them to help with cleanup?
4. Buy a house with an enormous fenced-in yard to turn into a greyhound sanctuary, complete with hills for racing over, soft mossy areas under trees for sleeping, and the world's quickest bunnies for play (so quick and wily they can't be caught, of course).
5. Donate $50,000 to Greyhound Friends of NJ to help with all of the retired racers they take in from around the country.
6. Spend a year assisting a phenomenal photographer to learn everything I possibly can in that amount of time.
7. Form a community orchestra in my town. Audition for clarinet section. :)
9. Force Gil to quit his job and finally work consistently on the writing he was born to do.
10. Throw a big wedding-type party for no reason other than to get everyone I care about in one place to eat, drink and dance for an evening or a weekend.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Do you keep a journal? A place of any sort where you store your thoughts?
Thursday, June 24, 2010
"I would like to be back in Africa surrounded by all the beautiful Ethiopian children, giggling & laughing with Ashley & all the amazing people we met on our trip. I would spend the whole day taking pictures of all of the gorgeous children’s faces and showing them what they looked like for the first time on my digital camera. True happiness!"
if you haven't taken a look at michelle's photos from her trip yet, click here to see them. AMAZING.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
-just now on the phone with Elle
So this is my way of doing something to help her...people, if you love someone, tell them. The world is better when there's more love floating around.
2) I would give 10,000.00 to AA (that’s the biggest gift they take)
3) I would buy an entire city block and create a dignified housing shelter for homeless people and stray pets. It would have a therapy center, medical facility lush garden and round the clock AA meetings Everyone would have to work there in order to live free We would produce different products (like a farmers market) so the cost of the shelter would be covered every year.
4) I would make therapy or 12 step recovery mandatory part of school curriculum
5) I would buy Hart Island, restore the mansion and dig a fresh water a pool so I could live there with many animals
6) I would bring back the chain gang to clean garbage and gather stray pets
7) I would buy the abandoned Neponsit Nursing Home on Riis Park Beach and reopen it for the elderly (they got displaced in the middle of the night 10 years ago). It would welcome pets
8) I would get lipo
9) I would hire a tailor to custom make me a vegan wardrobe
10) I would open a meatball truck with Nicole