By Kevin Tibbles
NBC News correspondent
CHICAGO -- Stan Wandersee has lived in the same house in St. Paul, Minn., for 50 years; and he’s never had any new neighbors quite as special as the one’s who’ve moved in this spring. High up a tree, across the street, is a family of bald eagles.
“This is a gift of nature that has been bestowed upon us,” he said.
There was a time in America when the bald eagle was on the endangered species list and facing extinction. The deadly…Continue
Where did we come from?
Part 1 of a series by Red Wolf
(Sandi Red Wolf is the Turkey Clan Mother for the United Eastern Lenape Nation based in Sharon, Pa. Grandmother Red Wolf graduated Cum Laude from Kent…
By NBCBayArea.com and msnbc.com staff
One of most popular artists in America, "Painter of Light" Thomas Kinkade, died Friday at his home in California, his family said.
He was 54, and his family issued a statement that his death appeared to be from natural causes.
"Thom provided a wonderful life for his family,'' his wife, Nanette, said in a statement. "We are shocked and saddened by his death.''
His paintings are hanging in an estimated 1 out of every 20 homes in…Continue
Aquene and Hello:
At this time I would like to offer prayers and thoughts to all on Mother Earth in their times of need. I especially would like to say I offer prayers for the people in Virginia with the plane crash recently. I understand there are no fatalities as of yet and pray it stays that way. You are all in my prayers and thoughts. Creator guide you all and keep you well.Blessings. Winishi.
Bird Droppings April 4, 2012
Listening for nature’s call
Lately as I venture out in the wee hours of the morning whip o wills are calling. It has been a few years since I heard them with such regularity. They seem to start after midnight and go till nearly dawn. With a dense stand of pine within one hundred yards of the house the loudest are nearby and then listening carefully in the surrounding area several more calling out. Most nights owls sounding off can be heard and an…Continue
Added by Frank Bird III on April 4, 2012 at 10:04am — No Comments
Unfortunately I have the task of bearing bad news. It would seem someone has hacked into one of my accounts somewhere and I've gotten alerted to it through my e mail services with "failure" notices from e mails that I've supposedly sent out when I did not. These notices are coming up with people from social sites I go to as who sent to or from including my own e mail address. So if you get anything with "shadoweagle" attached to it in e mail form please let me know as I am in…
Bird Droppings April 2, 2012
A song of the morning
There is a time each day when bird’s first start singing it is generally just before the sun begins to come up. First one and then another start in and soon birds can be heard throughout the trees. I stood trying to focus on the song with the morning quiet waning and in the early morning mist it was difficult to see much beyond the edge of the light. Today the songs permeated the air. I was wondering as I sat listening how many…Continue
Added by Frank Bird III on April 2, 2012 at 3:21am — No Comments
Not only is it Friday today and Easter coming up, but I am off to see my two grandsons today as soon as their Dad picks me up after he gets off work. Charlie will have spent the afternoon in pre-kindergarten (he's 3) and Lucas got up to his usual antics and hit the TV cabinet so hard that David's VERY expensive camera and lens fell off to hit the floor!
He is only 13 months old so we can't be too upset with him--that's Lucas, not David!
The sun is shining and I think this is part…
The old Volkswagen Beetle is iconic in Mexico, its little dome ubiquitous in thousands of vehicles zipping around major cities and chugging along country roads.
The Huichol Indians of Nayarit and Jalisco states are known for their intricate beadwork.
What better way to juxtapose ancient and modern than with … a beaded beetle? It is named the Vochol, a combination of the Beetle’s nickname, vocho, and the tribal name Huichol. Artists Francisco Bautista Carrillo and his daughter…Continue
Added by LadyHawkღ on March 28, 2012 at 6:35pm — No Comments
Thank you all for your concern . . .it is very appreciated. We finally back now from Neurological Diagnostics at local hospital. They got all their testing done, took close to 3 hours. They are not disclosing anything as my wife has her follow up with her Neurologist on April 10, but if it was life threatening, they obviously as they stated, would have to disclose it immediately under perjury of law. So it seems on the 10th of April we will know full story. In mean time my…Continue
Bird Droppings March 28, 2012
Thinking back to each piece of the puzzle
Officially spring is here and around here daffodils are finishing up and most flowering trees are near full bloom which of course in Georgia means voracious amounts of pine pollen, everything is yellow between rains. While cloudy this morning the air is slightly cool and hidden behind clouds the moon is just starting to come back. The clouds are low lying and creating a haze with the lights from around the…Continue
Added by Frank Bird III on March 28, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments
Today is the day. My wife has her EMG to find out what is going on and if there is any nerve damage. Of course, this test being such that it is, we may not know results right away or it may just be forwarded to her doctor. We will keep all up to date however. Thank you.
Two faces to wash, and four dirty hands
Two insisent voices, making demands
Twice as much crying, when things go wrong
The four eyes closing, with each slumber song
Twice the garments, blowing out on the line
Two cherubs in the pram,soaking up sunshine
Work I do for twins, naturally comes double
But four arms that hug me, repay all my trouble.
*I don't know the author of this poem, I just read it in the newsletter of the multiple birth society that I belong…Continue
Bird Droppings March 27, 2012
A morning meandering here and there
Sitting in my classroom which in many ways for me is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of reality I wonder as I sit writing pondering the day ahead. I sit listening to the haunting notes of R. Carlos Nakai a Ute Indian playing a handmade cedar flute and the constant flow of water through my aquarium filters a calming effect and wonder. I had my annual evaluation yesterday and was reminded of my major…Continue
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Bird Droppings March 26, 2012
We are where we need to be at the moment
“We are discovering again that we live in a deeply mysterious world,
full of sudden coincidences and synchronistic encounters that seem destined.” James Redfield
Throughout my life I have felt a sense of belonging to that specific moment in time. Often I will pass by a spot that I have passed by hundreds of times and see something new that had previously never caught my attention before but at that…Continue
Bird Droppings March 25, 2012
A beginning or end in a circle is where?
“It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.” Albert Einstein
Over the past two days we have had family visiting and friends and family coming to the house to celebrate the upcoming marriage of my cousin’s daughter. Last night we had a quick change as a cold front…Continue
Added by Frank Bird III on March 25, 2012 at 7:37am — No Comments
Bird Droppings March 19, 2012
Seeking that one moment midst the many moments in life
“Life isn't a matter of milestones, but moments.” Rose Kennedy
In a world filled with near misses everyone seems to be always seeking that one big one that perfect moment and lets close ones pass by unnoticed. I was thinking as I started this morning of my past life experiences in Loss Control Management which I was directly involved with for nearly 25 years as I worked in designing and…Continue
Added by Frank Bird III on March 19, 2012 at 12:35pm — No Comments
Bird Droppings March 17, 2012
Sadly far too often children will become who we assume they are
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” Stacia Tauscher
So often I watch teachers treating students simply as things in the class room, items to be dealt with when needed and or if needed. Looking at a semester end test score yet to be, a number in an electronic grade book, or a number to be attained through the curriculum map and…Continue
Added by Frank Bird III on March 17, 2012 at 7:05am — No Comments
Bird Droppings March 16, 2012
Actions speak so much louder than words
Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children don’t usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is…Continue
Added by Frank Bird III on March 16, 2012 at 2:54am — No Comments