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Eva Makes a Decision (Short Story) - 2/5/2014 8:40:02 AM
This is a sample from chapter 1? Otherwise, is very short. Reads like a problem many young people have, figuring out what direction to take in life. Ron

Mom Squirrel (Short Story) - 9/27/2007 10:14:40 AM
Heartwarming story, Patricia; very well penned! BRAVA! (((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D Saving this one! :)

Mom Squirrel (Short Story) - 9/26/2007 2:30:27 PM
We could learn a lot from our animal friends about surviving; thank you for penning this lesson in beautiful lines. Well done, Patricia. (((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

Why They Donít Want to Hear it from Old People (Article) - 8/6/2015 7:18:39 AM
Back in my younger days, I often took great lengths to visit my older relatives and draw from their wisdom. As I recall, among my peers, I was the only one to do this. The people I visited were often quite lonely and ignored by their families. Nothing has changed in that regard. Although, I see him people involved in volunteer work, often with the elderly, much more than in the past with my generation. As for Reaganomics, conservatives (who are the biggest spendthrifts aroundÖ Spending other peoples', poor peoples' money on themselves) are still hanging on to "trickle-down" with religious fervor. You can express your views the best by completing online petitions, writing to your legislators, writing articles like this, and voting. Bernie Sanders may be old, but it's got the best ideas for this country (and the world) that I've heard of a long time. Ron

Why They Donít Want to Hear it from Old People (Article) - 8/6/2015 6:29:30 AM
Thanks for your memory, as The Bob never quite said. The Trickle Down is more appropriately called Vapor Economics, and vapor rises. Your voice is vastly more important than that 'tweener' who gets so much air-time. Sound off! I'm listening.

Helper Birds (Article) - 3/26/2015 12:52:56 PM
What a wonderful story. While it may seem that birds create their own problems, especially while being confused by glass, they also are very keen to signals from their surroundings, like the behavior of other birds, to save them from peril, and in this case, to save their lives. We have a resident pair of cardinals, mockingbirds and a pair of blue jays. At our bird feeder every morning. There are one or two sparrows waiting for the morning offering of birdseed. Within five minutes of putting out the seed, there are at least 30 sparrows that have magically appeared, probably called in by the first sparrow that saw the seed in the feeder. The cardinals come around as well and sometimes sample the birdseed, but they don't seem to be attracted by the fervent activity of the sparrows and operate on their own feeding schedule. They also are not as easily frightened by the potential cats that are nearby as the sparrows. One or two mourning doves join the sparrows, but always later. The resident mockingbirds and the blue jays seem to care less about the birdseed in favor of living insects. Ron

Myth of the Irresponsible Male (Article) - 3/18/2015 12:15:59 PM
Thanks for sharing your observations. Most male birds do help in many ways. Yes, Jansen Estrup, it could be the iridescence of the bird's feathers that catch the dogs attention rather than the colors. This would make the shine an important characteristic that the females would like in the male to help defend the nest.

Myth of the Irresponsible Male (Article) - 3/18/2015 6:56:23 AM
Interesting and well put together. Since dogs are reputed to be color blind, perhaps it is the iridescence of mallard, raven, and other birds which catches and flashes light in a spectrum of daylight conditions. Even hummingbirds will attack 'predators/intruders' in certain seasons. Bravery/sacrifice seems a universal trait for survival.

Myth of the Irresponsible Male (Article) - 3/18/2015 5:00:23 AM
Keen observation. My only observation was of a pair of wrens who built a nest in my hanging fern on an apartment balcony where I could observe them very closely. Once the eggs hatched, both the male and the female, alternately flew down the valley into the woods and came back with a green worm in their mouths, feeding the hungry chicks. The same is true of bald eagles, having watched the male and the female, build the nest, sit on the eggs, and bring food to the nest from a nest camera 24/7. Recently, scientists have learned that birds are more intelligent than originally thought. However, bears, much more intelligent than mallards, abandon mother bears immediately after the mating season and will kill any cubs they find so that they can mate with the mother again. Male bears are very irresponsible fathers. Ron

Myth of the Irresponsible Male (Article) - 3/17/2015 6:01:02 AM
a very interesting and great read!

The Women of Liberty Park (Article) - 11/8/2014 8:20:46 AM
I too, love parks. Especially those that have rather undeveloped areas, more like wilderness, because there are more wildlife. You have an interesting way to promote your book by outlining your experience with Liberty Park and the people that frequented it. Ron

The Best Way to See the Statue of Liberty! (Article) - 6/13/2014 8:15:10 AM
I hope things have changed since 1988-89. I went there with my two kids. Drove down from Connecticut, parked in New Jersey, took the ferry to the Statue--then waited for hours and hours just to get up to the base. Then a couple of more hours and we were at the foot of the Statue. I was wilted to a frazzle and had to abort the standing and waiting. I decided I would be eligible for Social Security before we got to the top. We took the ferry to Manhattan, then back, and back to Conn. It was a long day.

An Enigmatic Bird - The Great Blue Heron (Article) - 5/8/2013 11:34:00 PM
Flow is a definite "tell" of how exciting storytelling can be.

How to Find a Good Apartment (Article) - 4/29/2013 6:37:10 AM
A very thorough and informative article. After living in over twenty apartments during my college days and shortly after an early employment, I bought my first home (a cottage) on a land contract, and am in my third home. In spite of all the hassles and unexpected expenses of owning a home, my home has amenities and disabled access I could never find in an apartment and I will never live in an apartment again, except, perhaps, a one floor, disabled access, assisted living, one. Ron

How to Organize a Community Clean Up (Article) - 3/25/2013 5:54:54 PM
Wow! If we had 10 or 20,000 more caring people like you, we could become America the beautiful once again. Great story. You're a great motivator for everyone.

A Field (Poetry) - 8/12/2006 6:22:43 AM
~~Patricia~~this is a fantastic poem..quite visual~~ ~~martin~~

A Field (Poetry) - 8/11/2006 8:05:08 PM
nature's personality is magical, stimulating and simply beautiful ... some solid imagery ...

Home? (Poetry) - 8/11/2006 9:38:53 AM
Good one. That last verse is a twist. Love it!

Home? (Poetry) - 8/11/2006 9:35:15 AM
We could learn a lot from our bird friends, who truly value their homes - no matter where they are. I recently had a mother starling make her home in our oven vent - and we didn't use our stove until Momma and all her babies finally left for greener pastures.

Home? (Poetry) - 8/11/2006 8:56:39 AM
Your last paragraph said what I was about to say as I read the rest of it, so you beat me to it, funny where woodland creatures can adapt too...I liked this one, thanks, ED & Rufuz

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