420 CHARACTER 9-LINER JUXTAPOSES THE NEED FOR FILTERS IN THIS TRUMPED-UP TIME with the Northern Shovelers, experts at filtering the good from the bad.

What can I say? I’m frantic and hunting for a filter

for all that needs doing right now and

whammo! I spy the Northern Shoveler:

Very distinctive glossy green head; black bill and back;

white chest; chestnut-brown flanks and belly; yellow eyes.

NS’s bill is elongated, spoon-shaped

& edged with 110 comblike projections–

a superb tool for straining invertebrates from the water.

Sustenance. Like I need. What can I say!!


George Washington’s Farewell Address: Heed it. Mr President Elect? The American people? Me? It’s interwoven, along with liberty, into the very ligaments of our beings.

Hope-Monger In-Chief. Thank you, President Obama. Please listen and be inspired, Mr. President-Elect.

(I hope President-Elect Donald Trump listened and that President Obama’s words inspire the better angels that hover ’round him to hold sway.)