goffin's cockatoo, white parrot

Flock Call

Parrots are social animals and prefer to gather in flocks; they don’t enjoy being alone. Sometimes, they need the reassurance that their flock is there, even out of sight. That’s when you hear a flock call. A flock call is a little sound they make just to check […]

Orange and white cat

Russell Sprout Gently on My Mind

I’ve been thinking about Russell Sprout lately. (If you missed his passing, it is mentioned in an earlier post about loss in general, 8 Lessons about Letting Go.) He was pretty aloof most of the time, not what I expected. I’ve had such affectionate cats, that I didn’t […]

writing, editing

PCs for People #WATWB

The digital divide isn’t talked about much. Although affluent families may think nothing of each family member having their own computer, low-income families often can’t afford a computer at all. The adults may be able to go to a local library to check their email, but for children […]

Red poodle

Dog Talk

Our senior dog, Jazz, is quite a chatty one. He’ll bark occasionally, but that’s not what I’m talking about. He is 15 years old, almost completely blind, and almost entirely deaf, so he is never on security detail. When he was younger, we had mastiffs running household security. […]

palm tree, beach

Who am I, Really?

I used to wonder about anorexics who still thought they were fat when they were rail-thin. How could someone not see themselves as she is? I am beginning to relate just a tiny bit. I still have shirts that were always too small at the back of the […]

mountain goat

My 6th Blogiversary

Last week I celebrated my sixth blogiversary (blogging anniversary). I began blogging because I had several unrelated people tell me they thought I should. Me? Why? I was surprised and confused, and thought about it for a year before taking the plunge. I couldn’t imagine that I could […]

Brewed on the Spectrum #WATWB

Many people on the autism spectrum find it difficult to find employment, even if they have much to offer. Dirt Coffee Bar in Littleton, Colorado is dedicated to changing that. They have employed people on the autism spectrum or with related disabilities at their coffee truck since 2013. […]

red chicken

Are You Chicken?

I remember as a small child, searching my Uncle Alfred’s hen house for eggs. I was afraid to reach under the hens, but I enjoyed gathering the eggs from the nest boxes without hens. It wasn’t until later that I saw the dark side of chickens. Many years […]

dog in a truck

Making Friends

Making friends used to be much easier for me, back when I was young and naïve. The setbacks, traumas, abuse, betrayals, and rejections I experienced as an adult changed that, and I was not so eager to meet someone new. Honestly, I don’t seek friendships casually. I observe […]