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One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives

One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives by Bernd Heinrich

Synopsis: In his modern classics One Man’s Owl and Mind of the Raven, Bernd Heinrich has written memorably about his relationships with wild ravens and a great horned owl. 229 more words

Animals

The Butterfly Theory

From a worm-like creature the caterpillar transforms into an exquisite butterfly.

This process, in which the former transforms into the latter and becomes an entirely new creature, as a result, has long fascinated me. 218 more words

Too close for comfort

Two nights ago my husband said coyotes woke him out of a sound sleep sometime before dawn.  A conversation later in the day with our neighbor confirmed that at about 3:30 am on Memorial Day the field on the opposite side of our private road had at least several coyotes in it.  251 more words

Maine

The Perils of Sedentary Work

I’ve worked from home as a freelance writer and editor for a smidge over 2.5 years now, and I think the sedentary lifestyle is just starting to catch up with me in terms of my health. 1,017 more words

Work Life

Books in Brief: Five I Loved Recently

The Zookeeper’s Wife

By Diane Ackerman

A different sort of Holocaust story, set at Warsaw Zoo in the years surrounding World War II. Even after Nazis dismantled their zoo and killed many of the larger animals, Jan and Antonina Żabiński stayed at their home and used the zoo’s premises for storing explosives and ammunition for Jan’s work in the Polish resistance as well as sheltering “Guests,” Jews passing through. 710 more words

Nonfiction Reviews

My Pile: Life Everlasting

Today is Wednesday. Ash Wednesday, I realize, after seeing a coworker with a smudge of gray ash on her forehead this morning.

I’m not Catholic, so I have to look up the fact that this day marks the seventh Wednesday before Easter and the first day of Lent, on which many Christians receive a mark of ashes on the forehead as a token of penitence and mortality. 1,100 more words

Winter

The Taste of Ashes and Redemption

Somewhere in my blood there’s likely pagan ancestry mixed there with the puritan. Far back there might have been grandfathers or grandmothers that danced around trees in the moonlight. 2,400 more words

Faith