Be Still and Know

I think it's fair to say that most faith traditions share an important tenet, that being still and knowing go hand in hand—that being still and contemplative lead to understanding and insight. I recently posted a dual tribute to nature poet, Mary Oliver. In Jean Mackay's tribute, you'll find these words from Oliver's poem "Messenger," … Continue reading Be Still and Know

There Were Giants

Have you spent time outdoors recently? Have you managed to pull yourself away from those ubiquitous screens? I have a tough time doing that myself sometimes. Things are changing, slowly but surely. A birdsong groundswell is underway, and "the season of singing has come." We're transitioning from winter's relative silence to spring's louder and lustier … Continue reading There Were Giants

Farewell and Not Goodbye

I inserted a new first paragraph in "Back to Basics" several days after I published that blog. So for those of you who haven't read it, I include it again here: "There’s a wonderful old 'Far Side' cartoon featuring a dog, Ginger, and its owner. The owner says to the dog, 'OK, Ginger! I’ve had … Continue reading Farewell and Not Goodbye

The Thrill of a Lifetime, Part Two

We're still thinking about our encounters in northern Arizona (not far from the Grand Canyon) with the rarest North American bird and largest North American flying land bird, the California Condor. The Critically Endangered California Condor. If you'd like to learn about how our adventures began, please visit the last 2 blogs, "Under Construction" and … Continue reading The Thrill of a Lifetime, Part Two

The Spirit of the River

We are officially ending the series on bird flight. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you learned something. If you got something out of it, I'd love to hear from you. I learned a lot myself while doing the research. Please recall that our 6-blog flight series began with "Designed to Fly" and … Continue reading The Spirit of the River

More Shoutouts

We'll start with another shoutout. But this time to the planners of the 2018 Riverfest, which raised everyone's awareness about the progress that is being made to restore the Indian River in Chesapeake, VA. This may not be an exciting photo, but to me it speaks to the beauty of this Elizabeth River tributary.