Saturday, January 27, 2018

night owl

Hunter in the Darkness
A ghastly face; a nocturnal life; a noiseless flight; a call that sounds like a scream yet is subdued, repressed; a nesting place in an abandoned mansion, in the ruins of a church, a deserted tower -- these are the reasons why the barn owl has been associated with ghosts and witches, spooks and haunted houses for centuries. 

-Hammond's Nature Atlas of America

Friday, January 12, 2018

giving up

My friend M and I have had many discussions about Shel Silverstein's book, The Giving Tree.  The story starts out with a tree who loves a little boy who comes every day to play with her leaves, climb her trunk and eat her apples.  The boy loves her too until he gets a little older and only wants things for his own life like money, a house and a boat. The tree waits and waits forever for the boy, and the few times he comes back, he just complains about his life.  She gives him her apples, branches and entire trunk so he can have the things for his life which he doesn't thank her for or share with her.  
While it's wonderful to give, I think the tree enables the boy to be a horrible person.  He uses her, ignores her desires, and even abuses her.  Shel Silverstein has said there is no message in the book, it's just about a give and take relationship.  M and I agree this isn't really a children's story, but if I showed it to a child, I would say this is an example of a very unhealthy relationship with a sad ending. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

mom knows best

happy birthday mom!
hope it's a lovely day and the best year yet

Monday, January 1, 2018