A Little Bird Told Me

Amigo, green cheek conure

Amigo – Green Cheeked Conure
After dogs, cats and fish, birds are America's fourth favorite pet. But are our "feathered friends" really friendly? I have a ten-year old parrot (a green-cheek conure) and ruefully, I have to say, "Not mine!" I have been unable to train him to do a single thing.

St. Patrick's

St. Patrick
Photo Credit: Nheyob
Saint Patrick Catholic Church (Junction City, Ohio) - stained glass, Saint Patrick - detail
Holiday Poem for St. Pat's Day.

Sin Is a 4-Letter Word

Sin
Picture credit: Gellinger

Sin can be defined as the negative aspect of the human rationale of right and wrong that varies from culture to culture.
Throughout the world, there are at least 80 words for sin, but what is sin, really?

Staying Related

Just Married

Just Married

How do you get from here ↑ to there ↓ ?

Still Married

Still Married

Activism: Walking the Walk

We are better than this

Picture credit: Pixabay

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students are reminding us that youth can speak to power, can foment change, and that it is a force to be reckoned with. These young survivors of the Parkland massacre bring firsthand authority to the gun debate and are showing the adult population how to solve problems.

Before You Bring Home an Exotic Pet

Clifford
Clifford may live to be 80 years old and will continue to grow for as long as he lives.(Quarter on his back to illlustrate scale.)

Reptiles may come to recognize you and acclimate to your care, but they will never bond with you like a mammal would. However, it isn’t just because they are cold blooded. It has more to do with what is in their brain from birth than the temperature of their blood.



My Pencil

Unheard, my pencil fell to the ground,
Full of the words I thought I’d write.



Doggy Diarrhea

Sick Puppy

One of the most frustrating aspects of having a dog is that he can't tell you when he is sick. In fact, a lot of dogs are pros at hiding illness until their symptoms become physical. These tell-tale signs of illness are often, well … funky. For instance, diarrhea. Even after it starts, the why of it can remain a mystery.



Language: More Than Words

'I love you' in many languages

Since I first learned to read and write, I have had a love affair with words, yet I have always had difficulty in learning and retaining languages other than English. I recently began learning Spanish and what is most surprising is that the Spanish language has a very different approach to communication than does the English language.



Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Ferris wheel

I don't know why or when it happened, but I don't remember a time when I wasn't afraid of heights. Even so, I do remember diving from the "high" board at our municipal swimming pool and I did enjoy riding the Ferris wheel and roller coaster when the carnival came to town. As I grew older, though, the fear became stronger, until finally I had no choice but to keep my feet firmly planted on the ground.

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