Friday Fun – Hummingbirds!

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From the movie "Ray": Ray Charles: I hear like you see. Like that hummingbird outside the window, for instance.Della Bea Robinson: [astonished] I can't hear her.Ray: You have to listen.Della: [closes her eyes and listens] YES!Ray: Yeah. Yes, you can... Uh-oh...did you hear that?Della: What?!Ray: Her heart just skipped a beat. We have several ruby-throated hummingbirds migrating through The Briar Patch these days. Their hearts (the size of a grain of rice) beat … [Read more...]

A Change to Bittersweet Dormancy

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I have strongly mixed feelings about this time of year. The leaves are gone. The orioles and yellow finches that flittered and filled our back yard with song have left. Even the cornstalks that hemmed us in on four sides have been picked, chopped, and tilled under. The Briar Patch feels exposed, as the season of life has been replaced with a period of dormancy.And yet... there are fires in the fireplace. Hot drinks taste better during these days. We’re bringing the dogs in more often at n … [Read more...]

Dogs At Work Remove Stress

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I’m blaming it on stress. Our family took in a 9-week old yellow Labrador Retriever this week, and I’m attributing our decision to a study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). A research team from VCU found that a great way to handle daily anxiety is by taking your dog to work with you. Less stress & more cuteness…who in their pet-loving-right-mind wouldn’t want that? … [Read more...]

Slaying Dragons and Eating Peas

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What my nine-year-old son hears: I’m going to be gone for about a week…so you’re the man on the house, Son. You’re the one to slay the Kraken if he’s released in our neighborhood. You’d better sharpen all your weapons, lay them out on your bed, and be ready to use them. If someone breaks into our house, you’ll need to be the one to disarm him, render him helpless, and pin him to the floor with your ever-growing biceps until the police arrive. Do all this…and you’re the one who will be crowned Ki … [Read more...]


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