How to help kids lead the wide awake curious life; a 420 character 9-line poem juxtaposing a skill useful to both birding and coping.

Perspective. It helps me cope w/ my Trump angst & binoculars.
I thought of this while helping one of the kids w/ HIS bins. He’s got the hold-the-barrels-steady
part.
The Eagle Optics Kingbirds & National Geographic Kids Bird Guide are great, btw;
which reminds me that solid ideas & resources help w/ coping too.
Then I had him read signs @ various distances
starting w/ the closest & moving farther away. Perspective.

PATTY

 

Another source of perspective? Late night tv, or in my case, late night tv youTubes:

 

 

http://www.oregonlive.com/tv/2017/05/taking_aim_at_donald_trump_lat.html

 

Humor: I love to laugh; it comes easy. Not so our PFN (president for now). A 420 character, 9-liner

 

A signal that Great Ape rough & tumble play is such

& not prelude to “I’m gonna rip your throat out” is panting,

an early form of laughter.

I wish the PFN could emit something like these deep,jocular bursts of air.

A laugher recognizes life’s absurdities & copes,

demonstrating an awareness of common ground w/ the rest of humanity.

But it’s impossible to laugh if you’re narcissistic

& dishonest w/ yourself.

A signal?

by Patty

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/21/520998044/this-parrot-has-an-infectious-laugh-scientists-say

 

Humor: I love to laugh; it comes easy. Not so our PFN (president for now). A 420 character, 9-liner

 

 

Another Inquiry (not one Mr. Mueller need attend to though): Black-billed Cuckoos keep the destructive writhing Tent Caterpillars in check; how about our writhing PFN*? (a 420 character 9-liner)

 

Cuckoo

that I have unease on this glorious green day

full of birdsong and kid-laughter;

I’ve been hearing the Black billed Cuckoo sing all night now that it’s breeding season.

In fact, I feel like a Black billed Cuckoo who’s eaten too many spiny caterpillars

& the spines have stuck in my stomach lining.

She periodically sheds such to remove the spines;

perhaps our PFN* will be shed & with him my unease.

Cuckoo.

PATTY

*PFN=President for Now

http://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/of-cuckoos-and-caterpillars

(For more info on the diet of this nearly foot-long bird see the above.)

Another Inquiry (not one Mr. Mueller need attend to though): Black-billed Cuckoos keep the destructive writhing Tent Caterpillars in check; how about our writhing PFN*? (a 420 character 9-liner)  (For more info on Mr. Mueller and his task see below.)