You won’t read about Avi Gitler in the NY Daily News.  Or on Page Six.




Gitler teamed up with The National Audubon Society and created The Audubon Mural Project to showcase threats to our nation’s bird population.


John James Audubon would be pleased. He spent the last ten years of his life on 156th Street and is buried in Trinity Church’s uptown cemetery, right across the street from the largest of the murals.



Gitler coordinated with local businesses, supporters, and artists to paint images of North American birds.

Take a look at these roll-down gates and once-barren walls.


Curious to see the artists at work? Click here.

The Audubon Mural Project continues to add murals. Want to paint one? Become a supporter? Contact Avi Gitler.


On my next trip to NYC, I’ll be birding in the West 140’s and 150’s. Central Park? Fuggedaboutit.

Toni 11/29/15



I’ve discovered the originator of the term “Churchillian Drift.” It’s Nigel Rees. Also discovered the Double-Tongued Dictionary and Waywordradio on NPR

“Long ago, I coined the term “Churchillian Drift” to describe the process whereby the actual originator of a quotation is often elbowed to one side and replaced by someone more famous. So to Churchill or Napoleon would be ascribed what, actually, a lesser-known political figure had said. The process occurs in all fields.”

(This comes from Nigel’s article “Policing Word Abuse” is in Aug. 13, 2009 Forbes issue.

And a few of Winston Churchill’s greatest words that we KNOW he said because, well, it’s on YouTube!!



Let's leave out the part that people skip.

Let’s leave out the parts that people skip.

that being said, HERE’S OUR FIRST POST ~ 4/20/2010  ~ 🙂

Today we’re starting our blog. For years we’ve sipped great coffee, nibbled tasty treats, talked through the life dramas, and read our writing to each other. Frequently we’ve had a silent partner in all this: Ted Kooser, Jane Yolen, Lary Bloom, Art Plotnik, Anne Lamott. We’ve read their books about writing and let their wise words inspire us. This blog is going to be another silent partner we think, but right now getting going with it is a bit like trying to get clear, cool water from the faucet. We need to run the water for a while to swish out whatever’s been lodging along the old pipes. Sometimes those pipes clank and the water sputters. Sometimes we curse and talk about whether or not the plumbing’s ever going to be right. And then it happens. Luscious, clean, boy-is-this-well-good-or-what water. That’s the way it will be with our fussing with a writing blog. Just keep the tap on we’ve decided. It’ll come.



Words We Women Write was born out of, well, unbridled curiosity and wonder.

The adventure of uncertainty lured us in.  (That, and there was nowhere else we needed to be.)

Now, four years later, we’ve birthed two more ~

Click here to read Patty’s middle-grade novel blog, Isabel the Storyteller.

Click here to read Toni’s poetry blog, mental crumbs ~ in love with carbs and poetry.


Having awesome site stats means never having to wear plastic glasses.

We still fuss with the plumbing.  The Apple geniuses help us tinker, WordPress Happiness Engineers make the irreversible reversible.

And Readers, you are why we’re still having a good time, all the time. Thanks for coming.

8141038430_ff2776c2c5patty and toni  4/29/14