Common Folk~

Cindy Knoke brings us more birds from The Holler.

Cindy Knoke

Are underrated.

Like this Holler bathing birdie,

a California Towhee, who isn’t much impressed with the paparazzi, smart birdie!

This yellow house finch has a deformed beak and foot, but is doing well on Holler handouts.

Yellow house finches are less successful with the ladies than their ruby colored cousins, but I think the ladies lack vision.

Mocking Birds may be common,

but they are oh so smart, and very handsome.

House finches are everywhere,

but are really quite adorable!
Cheers to you from The Holler common folk~

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Water – the real crisis facing us

Something vitally important.


While Americans are distracted and consumed by the routine chaos out of the White House, we are letting huge problems go unaddressed. One of the major problems is the current and growing global water crisis. For several years, the World Economic Forum has voted the global water crisis as the greatest risk facing our planet over the longer term, defined as ten years. But, this is not just a future problem, the city of Cape Town in South Africa is in severe water crisis and continues to ration pushing forward their Day Zero as long as they can

Per The Guardian in an article this week, the United Nations warns that water shortages “could affect 5 billion people by 2050 due to climate change, increased demand and polluted supplies, according to a UN report on the state of the world’s water. The comprehensive annual study warns of conflict and…

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My latest attempt at adulting…

Getting through a big problem.

Well, it had to happen at some point, I was bound to run into a car problem and not have the hubby around to fix it. Up front, I hate mechanics. Maybe even more than dentists… they both tell lies… like “This won’t hurt…” and “You need new spark plugs, wires, headlight oil…” Blah blah, horsepucky that you as a woman won’t know I’m making up.

And I’m not bitter at all from past experiences…

Anyway, I digress, back on topic. Soooo my check engine light came on a few weeks ago (right after selling my other working car that I was holding onto for just in case). I needed the extra money because I’ve missed some work due to being down with the flu and bronchitis.  So now I don’t have the money for a repair or for someone to inflate a bill for me, so I did what everyone…

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Wobbly Legs

More of Russell’s humor and memories.

What's So Funny?

How many of you grew up watching Captain Kangaroo? Yesterday, while pondering the great mysteries of the universe, I thought of Mr. Green Jeans. In all of the hundreds of episodes I watched, I can’t remember seeing him in anything but overalls, causing me to wonder why they didn’t call him Mr. Green Overalls?

After a brief investigation on Google, I discovered Hugh Brannum did at times wear denim pants (or waist-britches, as I call them), but that they weren’t always GREEN! Not that it mattered much to a child watching Black & White TV. These revelations shook my faith. Now, I’m wondering if Bunny Rabbit really needed to wear glasses?

If you’re new to Friday Flash Fiction, our blog show hostess who is known to converse with inanimate objects is Ro-Shari “Lambchop” Lewis Wisoff-Fields. If you’d like to participate in this exercise of madness, head over to her…

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Shovel ready

He did the best he could under the circumstances.

bluebird of bitterness

An old man lived alone in the country. He wanted to dig up his garden and plant vegetables, but the ground was just too hard. His only son was in the state penitentiary. The old man wrote a letter to his son:

Dear Fred,

I’m feeling sad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me.



A few days later he received a letter from his son:

Dear Dad,

Whatever you do, don’t dig up that garden — that’s where I buried the bodies!



Early the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man…

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Magic carpet…

What the tea needed.

The Silent Eye

“I dunno… It’s still not right.”
“I did it exactly as you said this time.”
“Even so, there’s something missing…”

My son has once again asked me to do the impossible. It is, you might think, just a small thing. Something that I should be able to do without the slightest trouble. He wants me to make him a cup of tea.

The problem is that the tea in question is the exotically spiced chai masala with which he fell in love in India and which I have never tasted. For him it is the stuff of memory, conjuring visions of people and places, scents and sounds…if we brew it even close to right.

For me, it is a mystery. I have never been to India. The ‘chai’ I have encountered here is a pallid imitation of the aromatic brew he remembers, redolent with cardamom, cloves and pepper. I do…

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Good People Doing Good Things – Steven A. Culbertson & YSA

Encouraging youth to become active.

Filosofa's Word

In the wake of last Saturday’s successful and inspiring March For Our Lives across the nation and beyond, I thought it appropriate to highlight some of the things that are being done by the nation’s young people to make the world a little bit better place for us all.  Rather than highlight specific members of our youth, I am shining a big, bright light on a man who has done more than perhaps any other to assist kids in finding their path to being a powerful force.  You may remember that one of my Good People posts last November highlighted an organization called Youth Service America.

Steven A. Culbertson is President & CEO of YSA (Youth Service America), a global nonprofit activating youth, 5–25, to find their voice, take action, and acquire powerful skills as they solve problems facing their communities. The Nonprofit Times twice named him to its…

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