Beat the bushes for new ideas, you do-nothing Congress*.
Be like the American Redstart:
He flashes his orange and black wings and tail to flush insect prey from the foliage,
thereby feeding the family and continuing the species.
He’s so good at it that sometimes
he has 2 wives in 2 separate territories about 1600′ apart.
Well, we don’t have to go that far, but,guys?
Let’s get something going
or we’re beat.
*At the 6th month mark, our 113th Congress has passed 15 items. None significant. Nothing on jobs or the budget. In the meanwhile–emphasis on mean–The House has voted to repeal Obamacare 37 times.
Exit strategies. Needed for positive conclusions.
Be like the Pileated Woodpecker:
16 holes provide escape routes if a predator gets in;
pecked bark around the entrance slicks it with sap & keeps snakes out.
Long, barbed tongue extracts larvae.
Neck arcs back & it pulls with its feet
to increase the ferocity of the hammer strikes into the wood with it heavy bill.
Middle East lesson?
Be tough; have exit strategies.
CAVEAT: This is a picture by my friend Doreen Orciari of a Pileated eating (surprisingly) from her platform feeder; this may change my thoughts on toughness and exit strategies and mayhap shows it isn’t so easy to make suggestions as to how to solve gnarly problems. At least in 420 characters and 9 lines.
Build is what the House should be about, not obstruct.
Take a note from the S. American Oven Bird.
Called el honeros, the builders,
they’re models for how denizens of dome-shaped houses should work.
For months they team to mix clay,fibers,straw;
they shape a section, sun-bake it, assess, fix-it-up, add,
staying at it until they’ve got a rock-hard, dome-shaped house
that ensures the security of their brood.
* Graham and McCain