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.
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.
Unraveling the mysteries of the Common Loon:
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.
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?
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.)
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)