Don’t be fooled: that Fox Republican Debate wasn’t such at all. Sound bites all ’round (except for Chris and Rand’s heated back and forth on NSA’s spying capabilities, an issue of substance) Luke and my Barred Owl could give lessons to the whole stage on how talk goes; and the perspective and boost a little joy can give too. (A 420 Character, 9-line poem by Patty)

 

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I bask in Luke’s talktalktalklaughlaughlaugh.

This is a boy who knows how to converse,

w/ his words highly relevant to their situation

& contingent upon one another. Also, he chortles w/ glee & mischief

like the Barred Owl who engaged us on that dirt road in the woods,

the one who swooped in, perched, peered,

& talked, responding to our “who cooks for you,”

following up on our words & bouncing joy right back.

I bask.

PATTY

These pictures were taken by Ray Belding, bird guru and a handy guy with a camera, who called in the Barred Owl on that dirt road by doing his “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?” in a rich baritone, thinking to call in a Pileated Woodpecker who responds to such. Instead, the chatty Barred Owl showed up and stayed for coffee.

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Don’t be fooled: that Fox Republican Debate wasn’t such at all. Sound bites all ’round (except for Chris and Rand’s heated back and forth on NSA’s spying capabilities, an issue of substance) Luke and my Barred Owl could give lessons to the whole stage on how talk goes; and the perspective and boost a little joy can give too. (A 420 Character, 9-line poem by Patty)

 

FOX NEWS’ Republican non-debate didn’t mesmerize me, but as Shakespeare says “he’ll be to Rome as is the Osprey to the fish, who takes it by sovereignty of nature,”* It’s the Osprey/Sea Hawk** and William that rivet my attention–sorry Donald. (a 420 character 9-liner)

FOX NEWS’ Republican non-debate didn’t mesmerize me, but, as Shakespeare says: “he’ll be to Rome as is the Osprey to the fish, who takes it by sovereignty of nature,”* the Osprey/Sea Hawk** and William do, mesmerize that it is. (a 420 character 9-liner)

* Act IV of Coriolanus

**Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-fun-facts-about-sea-hawks-180949528/#jfdOzQpWBM2JXtKA.99 Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine for only $12! http://bit.ly/1cGUiGv Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter

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The 420:

Magical Powers.

Shakespeare alluded to those of the Osprey

(fish were mesmerized & so gave themselves up upon looking in their eyes);

also called Sea Hawks,

think: Taima the Seattle NON-Sea Hawk; or better still?

Think: William ( Seattle Sea Hawk fan).

I’m mesmerized by him as he sails ’round in his cape

& moves his lego men & vehicles through the ether

‘midst his complicated, epic narrative.

PATTY

Nevermind the Republican Fox Fest, I’m learning to sketch our Claire and listening to the Song Sparrow in the Phlox brush and feel a 420-character 9-liner coming on.


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Rich, bold, glorious notes & nesting in that hummock hollow.

Song Sparrow is my first guess when I see a streaky bird

flit, flutter, perch & lean back to belt out a song,

the 3-note intro clinches the ID,

but it could also describe 3-year old Claire.

She makes nests in her bed, leans back & belts it out;

sometimes with her feet in the early morning,

sometimes with her utterances:

rich, bold, & deliciously glorious.

PATTY

WEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: INSPIRATION

WP Blogger extraordinaire Krista asks ~ What is your inspiration? What moves you? What is it that never fails to motivate you, to get you going, or make you happy? See her avant-garde photo here.

My inspiration? Nature. Inspiring. Inspiriting.

Ancient sites. Dizzying heights.

Just plain grand. 

Toni 8/3/15

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: