THE ENVOY: “John Kerry to House GOP: ‘I don’t need any lessons from you’ ‘I’ve represented and fought for our country since I was out of college,’ Kerry says in testy exchange with House members.” Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/john-kerry-iran-nuclear-deal-house-republicans; Gravitas: Not to be taken lightly be ye a Common Loon or critics of John Kerry

Forward:

I’ve always–well, the last few, post-Bush years that is–thought of John Kerry as our country’s unofficial Envoy. He yields a gravitas on the diplomatic stage that shouldn’t be denigrated.(e.g. convinced Karzai to runoff elections; quell Pakistani anger post Bin Laden kill, etc.) I was surprised to have him come to mind as I watched the Common Loons dive, but the brain is a great connector.
http://www.france24.com/en/20121222-us-barack-obama-white-house-hillary-clinton-john-kerry-secretary-of-state

The 420 Character 9-liner:

Take a lesson from John Kerry & the Common Loon, Republicans;

a diplomat w/ gravitas–a heavy-weight on the diplomatic stage,

Kerry’s delved deep & wise for decades.

He’s like the Common Loon who at dives to 20 feet–

with its solid bones & higher levels of dissolved blood O2–

to grab prey w/ its sword-like serrated bill.

JK was submerged by Republican railings

but came up with force, admonishing:

YOU take a lesson.

PATTY

Unraveling the mysteries of the Common Loon:

Solutions to Problems Series: Is this how John Kerry is working out the puzzle of how to make peace in our time? (a 420 Character 9-Liner involving Crows and Ukraine, with a small bit on Honey Badgers)

Not a fable:

Aesop’s Crow drops stones in water pitchers

thereby using tools to problem-solve.

Could crows similarly crack the Ukraine crisis?

They know how to study up & then get to the nub of an elusive challenge.

I do not know if Crows can put out fires; but if they could?

If they could, they wouldn’t use oil to douse the flames.

EX: A crow would not send weapons to Ukraine to fight pro-Moscow rebels.

Not a fable.

PATTY

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/interviews/interview/1202/

 

If you can’t shoot and stuff them, how DO you learn the difference between a Purple and a House Finch or a Brown Thrasher and a Cuckoo? Or a good guy and a bad guy? What’s “North” for Palestinians and Israelis, Ukrainians and Ethnic Russians, Republicans and Democrats? John Kerry, how do YOU maintain your North? (a mostly bird and compass related 420-character, 9-line poem)

Draw a clock in the dirt to find North,

point the hour hand at the sun

& the line that bisects the angle between the hour hand & 12:00

will be a north to south one. Easier than ID-ing birds (Bird North)

unless you’re a Mr Audubon who shoots & stuffs them 1st.

At certain times of the year they’re

tiny/big, tan/gray with a smear/stripe/dot

of yellow/green/blue with a white eye ring/wing bar.

Maybe draw them in the dirt?

PATTY

 

THIS IS A FABULOUS YOUTUBE FOR LEARNING BIRDS!! (Did you try the draw-a-clock-in-the-dirt thing yet? Maybe it’s a little harder than I represent in the 420 above. 🙂 Just in case? Carry a compass and a GPS. ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuAOc6I9jhA&list=PL852BE01ADF00B358&feature=share

A quick Bird ID for Dummies site (my name for it, actually it’s the Mass Audubon’s tips for id-ing winter birds–a whole other can of worms, er, gaggle of geese.)

http://www.massaudubon.org/learn/nature-wildlife/birds/winter-bird-id-tips

If you can’t shoot and stuff them, how DO you learn the difference between a Purple and a House Finch or a Brown Thrasher and a Cuckoo? Or a good guy and a bad guy?  What’s “North” for Palestinians and Israelis, Ukrainians and Ethnic Russians, Republicans and Democrats? John Kerry, how do YOU maintain your North? (a mostly bird and compass related 420-character, 9-line poem)