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The Birds Keep Getting Bigger – Part II

The spring of 2013 arrived without a single bird sharing living or barn space with me.  In spite of the sorrow and emptiness left behind when my animal companions cross over, I work hard at not actively looking for ways … Continue reading

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The Birds Keep Getting Bigger – Part I

When I was in elementary school, my teacher gave us an assignment for science class that lasted several months.  We were to find an active bird nest, watch it every day, and record the activity of its inhabitants in a … Continue reading

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Staying Afloat on the Waves of Change

Over the last few weeks, I’ve taken more than a dozen pictures of the same view.  In each photograph the sky is a different color, the clouds a different shape.  The butte in the foreground and the mountains behind trade … Continue reading

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It Takes a Small Town

The local farrier showed up at 9:00 in the morning the other day, while I was still out feeding.  Once again, I had to try and explain to him that the llamas who greeted him were being curious, not trying … Continue reading

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Starting at the Corner Post

There’s no direct path through the debris of a lost life.  But regardless of how deserted one feels while floundering to find that path, there are guides all along the way.  The trick is to notice and take advantage of … Continue reading

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The Art of Starring in One’s Own Adventures

Adventures that come at us on their own reveal rough edges more quickly and with less glow than adventures we consciously choose.  Beyond that, the two are pretty much the same.  An adventure is an adventure, and one’s ability to … Continue reading

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On Giving Thanks and New Year Resolutions

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, I’ve reclaimed the various U.S. holidays and turned them into a personal season of gratitude. I try to consciously spend time during this season filling up on gratitude and offering it out to the … Continue reading

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