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Saturday, March 15, 2014

One of my favorite movies is "Field of Dreams."

It's not because of baseball and not because of Kevin Costner, though that doesn't hurt.

No, it's because of the famous phrase by the deep-voiced James Earl Jones.

"If you build it, they will come."

The "it" in the case of the Gougers is bird feeders and "they" are songbirds of every variety.

My mother introduced me to birdwatching. When she died in 1991, I inherited all her bird books, including my favorite, "A Golden Guide to Field Identification Birds of North America."

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Hate.

It's a strong word that we all have used in our lives.

I can remember being a little kid who was hurt and angry with the five girls who bullied or assaulted me on a daily basis and screaming "I hate you!" at the top of my lungs to them.

To this day I absolutely hate peanut butter.

If given the choice, I would rather starve to death than eat peanut butter.

In the 1828 version of Noah Webster's Dictionary of the English Language, hate is defined as: To dislike greatly; to have a great aversion to.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Why "Athletes Don't Have Regular Jobs 1". That is a question many have asked. A friend sent me the following. It is some quotes and notes that might answer that question more clearly. Hope you enjoy.

1. Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson on being a role model: "I wan' all dem kids to do what I do, to look up to me. I wan' all the kids to copulate me."

2. New Orleans Saints RB George Rogers when asked about the upcoming season: "I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first."

Saturday, March 8, 2014

What is it about a little bird that can bring so much joy to us?

The Audubon Society tells us there are approximately six million people who are serious bird watchers. Many plan their vacations just to be able to spot another species of birds.

Our fascination with birds goes back to the beginning of time.

In ancient Rome, an augur was a priest with an important role. He studied birds to determine the will of the gods.

According to folk wisdom through the ages, birds have been said to have a certain power.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Lately I've been involved in discussions about the truth.

And that's a good thing, because it's one of my favorite topics.

The truth isn't always clear. And truth can be different things to different people. What is deemed an absolute to one might be false to another.

Issues and facts can be open to interpretation. Even the skinniest pancake has two sides.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about going to see "Jersey Boys" and the effects of hearing music of my teen years had on me. I heard from a reader that he and his daughter had also been to see the show. When The Four Seasons sang "Sherry" both of them were all but in tears. His wife's name was Sherri and she died almost a year ago. The song evoked many memories they had together.

Music has a way of bringing out every imaginable emotion. I am amazed at the talent song writers and composers posses that they are able to do that for us.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

A long time ago in a theater in a nearby city, you would see magic live on stage and that was about the only time audiences were able to view magicians and their shows.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

"We're movin' on up, to the east side, to a deluxe apartment in the skyyyyyy ..."

Those words are lyrics to the theme song from a 1975 television sitcom, "The Jeffersons."

I couldn't help but sing them as we moved my niece, Jennie Rose, last weekend.

Jennie has officially become an adult. She's still not quite sure how it happened or that she's ready to be a grown-up but ready or not ... here it comes!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

I have always been a planner and a saver.

Being raised on rather modest means, I learned at a very young age the value of a dollar, how to stretch it, and the importance of saving for a rainy day, of which I have had many throughout my life.

I was taught the difference between want and need and have lived that way as long as I can remember.

I have endured the jokes by my children of being cheap, along with the guilt trips about how their friends have all of the coolest and latest gadgets and clothing styles, while they "suffered" without.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Here's a snippet from real life that illustrates changing values.

In New York, a man was robbed by a gunman who demanded his cell phone. The guy handed it to him.

But after the gunman saw it was one of those old slider models from years ago the robber didn't want it. He handed it back to the guy.

My daughter took delight in sending me the article because I had the exact same cell phone. I've had it for a lot of years, much to my family's dismay.

They keep insisting that I "upgrade."

I don't get compelling reasons when I ask why.