Where is that cat?

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Pictures this: You are walking a trail through the woods, listening to the sounds of nature. The birds singing, an occasional rustle of the leaves as a squirrel scrambles across the trail. As you continue your walk, you are startled to hear a kitten .. she sounds lost. You search for the lost kitten, but all you see is this gray mockingbird .. grey with some cool black markings, and a touch of red. You don’t see a kitten anywhere, but that cool looking bird sure sounds funny.  

That’s not exactly how this photo happened, but this is an amazing bird. It’s most common ‘call’ is a raspy mew, which sounds like a cat. A bypasser would swear that there is a lost kitten nearby. This is the Gray Catbird. Mother Nature certainly has a sense of humor! 

I took this picture near Eaton, Ohio. My first encounter with a Catbird. What a beautiful and amazing creature.  

Totally off topic: When I was writing this, my mind rushed back to my childhood and the cartoon characters Sylvester and Tweety. Who remembers this line, “Awww, the poor kitty cat” or sometimes the more frendly reference, the “puddy-tat”.

 ~ Rick


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Learn, adapt, and change

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If you take the bike trail from Piqua, to Troy (Ohio), you will cross this bridge. On the southern edge of PIqua, this bridge has been repurposed to be a walkway for bikers and runners .. and people like me, trying to stay close to Mother Nature.

I don’t know the history of this bridge, but I believe it is special. It’s not beautiful, like the Robert J Shook Bridge that is about 4 miles to the south. It is functional, but its not unique in it’s structure .. many bridges use this design. 

So what is so special about this bridge?

Its has stood the test of time .. it’s weathered many years of heavy loads. It has been repurposed and by doing so it has stayed relivelant.  

I have spent my career doing this. Going to school at nights, taking on special projects, learning on my own time by reading and tinkering. Learning is the key to adapting .. and adapting is the key to dealing with change and moving forward.

What we have here is a key to a long and happily life: Learn, adapt, and and be willing change.


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Curves in the road

Photo by Teresa somewhere between Urbana and Piqua, Ohio.  

Photo by Teresa somewhere between Urbana and Piqua, Ohio.  

When I was young, I remember being told that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. The reality is the road we call life is not always straight. Health, money, relationships .. the good and the bad - curves in the road. I believe a bit part of life is how we respond to the crazy curves puts in our road. They often enter our field of vision when we believe we are least able to take them. Perhaps at a low point, we we feel down and depressed. 

Adapting, not simply accepting, is one of the keys to taking the curves. When I was learning to drive, I recall a habit I had of accelerating as I entered into a curve. The instructor would remind me to slow down before I entered the twist in the road. Learning to corner: how to use the breaks, and how to accelerate out of the curve is empowering. It allows us to move forward gracefully, and find more happiness. 

Enjoy the day, and the drive!  

 ~ Rick

 


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Thistledown

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A week ago this was a beautiful, flowering Milk Thistle. The bees and butterfly’s have taken their turn, now it’s thistledown ... natures seed dispiseral mechanism to assure the next generation. This is beautiful.  

 

~ Teresa

 


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Finding peace

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This picture speaks to me deeply today. Sometimes when I can’t sleep due to stress or a mind on overdrive, I reflect on scenes like the one captured in this photo ... nearly still water, a clear, warm and embracing sky. It is peaceful, while holding the promise of a warm sunrise. The promise of another day, and another adventure.

The news of the past day was full of sadness and loss. Embrace those you love, and find peace in experiencing today! We can do better, together. 

~ Rick


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