Bird by Bird

I’m sitting in my backyard, and the birds are out in force. I just turned on my birdsong identification app. The birds it tells me it’s hearing: Blue jay American crow Northern cardinal Red-shouldered hawk Tufted titmouse House sparrow Eastern towhee Least flycatcher American goldfinch Common grackle Carolina wren Red-bellied woodpecker Gray catbird American robinContinue reading “Bird by Bird”

Follow the Damn Rules

The sign on the door said, Mask Required … Regardless of Vaccination Status. Yet, inside the gift shop at a major national park, I estimated that fewer than 10 percent of customers wore masks. And the employees were not even trying to enforce the rule. What is wrong with people? I’ll give a pass toContinue reading “Follow the Damn Rules”

Throwback Thursday: Committing Acts of Genealogy

I was up way too late last night committing acts of genealogy. A 4:00 am bedtime for one night wouldn’t be that big a deal — though, wouldn’t you know it, I woke up at 7:30 and couldn’t get back to sleep. Unfortunately, I also got to bed at 6:00 am the night before that,Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: Committing Acts of Genealogy”

Boosted Again

I got my second Covid-19 booster shot today! I was torn about getting the shot, when in many parts of the world, so many people haven’t even been able to get one Covid vaccine, let alone four. But ultimately, my skipping the shot would not mean that someone in Haiti or Malawi could get one.Continue reading “Boosted Again”

Throwback Thursday: Father Turon

I’d always known we had at least one Roman Catholic priest in the family. I also knew that my relatives seemed exceptionally proud to be related to him. Lately, my mother passed on some documents about his life, and I discovered more in my genealogical research. And now, despite being a less-than-devout Catholic myself, IContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Father Turon”

Weekend at Home

It made me stupidly happy to have my son home for the weekend. It was a short visit. Friday morning I drove down to campus, two-and-a-half hours away and met him at his dorm at 1 pm, after his classes were over for the day. We packed up his laundry in the car and headedContinue reading “Weekend at Home”

Still Negative

I’ve felt kind of lousy the last few days, with coughing, congestion, a sore throat, and an earache. Yesterday the fatigue overwhelmed me, and I fell asleep in the middle of the day, something I never do. More than anything else, that made me wonder if I might have covid. Getting tested has been nearContinue reading “Still Negative”