Dancing Duet~

Pictures of members of the giant monarch flycatcher family taken in Australia by Cindy Knoke.

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The Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney Australia are an urban bird paradise.

I found this pair of magpie larks singing and dancing happily in the park.

The name magpie lark is a misnomer as these handsome birds are neither magpies nor larks, but are members of the giant monarch flycatcher family.

Magpie larks are musical prodigies who sing co-ordinated duets together, timed by the metronomic movements of their synchronized dancing. See: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160803-the-strange-reason-magpie-larks-dance-when-nobody-is-looking

Cheers to you from the magical birdies of Oz~

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A Wake-Up Call

A wakeup call about SCOTUS’s second election plans.

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I’ve mentioned a few times that I wonder, as Trump sees his poll numbers sliding and as we move closer and closer to election day, what new tricks Trump will try to ensure his re-election.  It seems he has pulled a number of tricks out of his sleazy bag, but are there more?  Robert Reich’s column in The Guardian today shows us what has been done, and what is left that could happen.  We all need to be aware, to stay on our toes, to be ready to fight back.  And most of all … on November 3rd … VOTE!

Donald Trump’s re-election playbook: 25 ways he’ll lie, cheat and abuse his power

From now until November, opponents of the most lawless president in history face a fight for democracy itself

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Donald Trump will do anything to be re-elected. His opponents are limited because they believe in…

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Where’s The Mail???

POTUS is using the USPS as a weapon.

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I don’t know about you, but my mail delivery has been horrid for the past month.  My insulin arrived at the post office on a Thursday, I was told it would be delivered on Friday, but it wasn’t.  Then I was told it would be delivered on Saturday.  It wasn’t.  Finally it was delivered on Tuesday, after sitting in the post office for five days, this despite the fact that the box was clearly marked …Insulin boxI almost never get mail on Wednesday anymore, and only about half the time on Thursday.  No, this is not normal … prior to last month, I can only remember 2-3 days in the past 10 years that we didn’t receive mail.  In addition, a friend sent me a package from the UK in early May that I still have yet to receive.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is in deep trouble, my…

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Spring Walk

A Spring walk

Walking the Old Ways

There’s something about the fresh greenery at the moment which is so intoxicating you can almost forget entirely what is happening. A spring landscape that cries out to be walked into.

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We are very fortunate. We can walk just a few yards and be on paths that take us into the heart of the countryside without breaking the restrictions. I’m mindful that lots of people are not in such a position.VLUU L110, M110  / Samsung L110, M110

Happily, there are no misleading signs on public rights of way in our neighbourhood. And the farmers we met on our travels greeted us – from a safe distance – with waves and smiles. VLUU L110, M110  / Samsung L110, M110

I said I would tear down any misleading notices purporting that rights of ways are closed. Happily, I haven’t had to. The farmers round here don’t care where you walk, right of way or not. They live and let live.VLUU L110, M110  / Samsung L110, M110

Blossom everywhere, friendly cows, new…

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Saturday Surprise — National Pollinator Week!

How to help the pollinators.

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Saturday Surprise has been on hiatus for a few weeks, and likely would have remained so this week, but for our friend Ellen who gave me a heads-up that this week, the week of June 22 – June 28, happens to be National Pollinator Week!  Once I knew that, I felt compelled to share it with you, and I thought it might be fun for us all.

bumblebee on flowerIf you’re like me, the first thing that comes to mind when you hear ‘pollinator’ is the bee.  And rightfully so, as there are 20,000 bee species in the world, many of them hearty pollinators without whom our food supply would be in serious trouble.  But they aren’t the only animals moving pollen from the stamen of one flower to the stigma of another. Earth is home to a host of weird and unusual pollinators that ensure both food crops and wild flowering…

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Good People Doing Good Things … Young and Not-So-Young

More good people doing good things.

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Every Wednesday morning, I bring you examples of the good people who walk among us … young & old, rich & poor, men & women, teens, and even young children.  My goal is to remind you … and me … that the world is basically comprised of people who care about others, people who are far better than the average person we see on the nightly news shows.  And I’m told by readers far and wide that these ‘good people’ posts do give them hope for a brighter future, hope for humanity.  Admittedly, my own hope has dimmed in the past two weeks, as I’ve watched the worst examples of the human species speak the loudest.  But, once I began searching for this week’s good people, a funny thing happened.  My chest stopped hurting, and the corners of my mouth tried to turn upward.  I hope it works as well…

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