Birds | Philosophy | Poetry

Ready and Open To It

“I am grateful for what I have not yet completed”– Kat Lehmann, Small Stones from the River With an eye towards the weather the plotting resumes. Conspiracies of wonder, awaiting launch orders, sit at the ready. Waiting to begin again. I’m sometimes vexed at peaks I haven’t climbed, countries I haven’t visited, waterfalls unseen, books…

Birds | Philosophy | Seasons

Good Forever

“There is no past and no future; no one has ever entered those two imaginary kingdoms. There is only the present. Do not worry about the future, because there is no future. Live in the present and for the present, and if your present is good, then it is good forever.” – Leo Tolstoy Here…

Birds | Fitness | Hiking | Travel

Hiking Mount Moriah

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” – Joseph Campbell The last 4000 foot peak on the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire before entering Maine is 4049 foot Mount Moriah. Hiking it as a single day out and back, it became…

Birds | Wildlife

The Methodical Hunt of Red-Tailed Hawks

Treading water on an early morning swim and looking up to sky, I observed a pair of red-tailed hawks moving across the landscape in a coordinated hunt.  It was an impressive display, with one hawk working to spook prey into revealing themselves and the other perched nearby ready to pounce on the unsuspecting victim.  A…

Birds | Culture | Garden and Home | Learning

Return of Wonder

“Wonder dies and is replaced by boredom, as we develop language and words and concepts. Then hopefully, if we’re lucky, we’ll return to wonder again.” – Anthony de Mello, Awakening The hummingbirds work their way across the mounds of honeysuckle in turns. One fills up and flies off and another takes its place. The vine…

Birds | Music | Travel

The Sound of Familiar

“I hope you’re haunted by the music of my soul When I’m gone” – Greg Allman, My Only True Friend There is what feels like a thousand Black-capped Chickadees living in the holly bush next to my deck. They’re the state bird of both neighboring Massachusetts and Maine. New Hampshire, sitting between these two states,…