I did catch the flame, black and white color, but sadly not the rictal bristles!! (Maybe some things are best left to the imagination?)

“Keeping” as in care, protect, oversee & preserve

urges Pope Francis as he links poverty w/ our planet’s fragility.

“Be like those rictal bristles,” I think

as I watch an American Redstart flash his orange-base tail to flush insects.

His bill’s rictal bristles protect it from flying bugs & other airborne debris.

PLUS his song guards his breeding habitat & its resources.

Did he read the encyclical?

Tilling AND




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