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Our Neighbor, the Osprey

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Meet the dude who lives three doors down with his wife.  This osprey is a very busy bird who talks non-stop and doesn't mind distracting the featherless, wingless biped neighbors from their responsibilities.  Do anything, he says, but don't look at the nest.  The osprey is a fighter and a survivor, a hunter and a lover and a homemaker.  I know this is true because I have seen these birds in action, and I have read the Audubon field guide.  Somehow, the gesture in this image reminds me of my daughter playing the dulcimer--both of which make me think of patting my head and rubbing my stomach at the same time.

There is poetry and beauty and love and passion and grace in this bird.  I wish I could say something brilliant about it.  But I have nothing.

Be well, and remember the talonned fellow who is always watching and could make a snack of your dog.  Be humble.

Civil Discourse?

A few things about me.  I get up at 4:30 a.m. every day to get ready for work.  I am an English teacher, and I am in my classroom by 6:00 every day.  I take my job home.  I am not a martyr or a hero.  I do it because I love it.  I live to help young people to become strong, articulate communicators.  My deepest hope is that they will love their country as much as I do and that they will respect the blessings of free speech and the right to vote and the obligation to show up and to speak up.  
I believe in the primacy of civil discourse because I believe in the democratic process because I deeply respect the struggle that made that process possible.  That struggle has taken the shape of war, civil disobedience, and ordinary decent tax-paying. My ancestors have fought in those wars, and they have signed up to serve.  That struggle has taken the shape of hard work.  My ancestors and my family believe heartily in hard work; we don’t miss a day.  That struggle has taken the shape of protest…