SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THESE

WP blogger Andrea says that sometimes she gets flooded with ideas, so many that she gets swept away and never begins a post at all. She offers wise advice ~ focus on an object, something small, concrete, as a starting point that can lead you deeper into the post. 

I lost control of my objects.  Flashmob!

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Everybody Is Looking For Something

There’s an obstacle course in Times Square ~

unopened cardboard boxes clog narrow aisles,

broad-shouldered parkas jam crowded racks, 

platoons of shoppers forge through 

an Everest of military paraphernalia

in Kaufman’s Army and Navy on 42nd Street.

 

Don’t scoff at the possibilities in this slightly unclean bazaar: 

bazooka bags and military vests,

medals from distant armies,

blue-and-white-striped Russian Navy sweaters,

olive drab Austrian army jackets,

British motorcycle goggles,

ropes,

tarps, 

maps,

canteens, 

ammo cans,

black Cadillacs,

gas masks ~

stuff you never imagined you’d have a sudden desire to own.

Toni 2/27/14

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YOU SAW WHAT IN FLORIDA ??!?!?!

I guess you’d call me a “snowbird”.

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Snowbirds are a dime a dozen. We migrate here for the warm weather during winter months. Away from those places where the mercury sits uncomfortably below zero. (If you’re there now, it’s mind-walloping, I know.)

keep-calm-and-love-florida-1I think Florida is stellar. I hope Florida feels that way about me.  But I am far from The Center Of Attention. This winter, all eyes are focused on a double-take worthy newcomer with epic talons.

Bubo scandiacus is tipping the scale of credibility. A snowbird of the authentic nature, it’s jaw-droppingly far from its usual Arctic haunts.

Birders are giddy over this rare snowy owl sighting during this year’s largest migration of snowy owls to the United States in decades.

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This is no wild goose chase. The owl is here, on Little Talbot Island, one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in northeast Florida. And what a standout it is, a mirage made real, among the gopher tortoises, snakes, wading birds, river otters and marsh rabbits. 

RIP, Hedwig, the most famous snowy owl of all. And thank you, John Williams, for a haunting theme …and one of the most popular ring tones in the world.

Were you lucky enough to see a snowy owl this year?

Toni 2/26/14