Hostage by grounding.
“Are you an eagle?”
(Inquisitive eyes. Young. On the level.)
“I don’t have feathers” (Smile delivered. No desire to crush thinking.)
“Mostly birds fly.” (Directing gaze to soaring seagulls.) “Easier with feathers.”
“Maybe a bird’s not what you think it is.”
The sand underfoot grabbing. Trapping next steps.
Scoffing mind ridicules.
Why is it easier to believe what eyes decide to report than what reality may be?
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.
Other flights of fancy:
- Get facts from local birds. Houston Audubon. Reports on Galveston Bay Oil Spill, the Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, the beach, and migratory birds. Links to videos and interviews. Pictures.
- Procter & Gamble donates tons of Dawn dish soap to bird rescue groups. There’s little publicity about this. As Ken Hoffman said in his column, “If it can clean a gallon of crude off a pelican, think what it can do to last night’s spaghetti on your dinner plates.” 90% of birds cleaned by oil survive and are released. Dawn for all!
- The most gentle Big Bird of all, NASA 905, is coming home to roost soon. The Boeing 747 modified to give earth-held space shuttles a lift will be driven down the roads from Ellington to the Space Center. The shuttles’ chaperon will be given a place of respect and recognition in public view as well as our hearts.
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