Friday Fun – Hummingbirds!


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 [Read More...]

A Change to Bittersweet Dormancy


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 [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 [Read More...]

Slaying Dragons and Eating Peas


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 [Read More...]