Thursday, January 29, 2009
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. - Albert Einstein
Here's the poem I was searching for:
Something Told the Wild Geese
Something told the wild geese
It was time to go.
Though the fields lay golden
Something whispered - "Snow."
Leaves were green and stirring,
But beneath warm feathers
Something cautioned - "Frost."
All the sagging orchards
Steamed with amber spice,
But each wild breast stiffened
At remembered ice.
Something told the wild geese
It was time to fly -
Summer sun was on their wings,
Winter in their cry.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
1. If I could only use two words to describe myself I would use fiery and passionate
2. I performed in Carnegie Hall when I was sixteen (not by myself... with a regional youth symphony orchestra)
3. I spent most of my childhood wishing I were almost any animal other than human (preferably a furry one)
4. I have two tattoos and plan to get more; each one is, or will be, a piece of my soul inscribed on my skin.
5. Until I met my husband, I was dead certain that I would never have children
6. I was born on a Friday the 13th (April) and my son was born on Halloween (at 13:13).
7. I LOVE to sing!!!
8. I am amazed (and pleased) at how much being a mother now defines me; my son has helped me find parts of my soul I never knew existed
9. I don't make friends very easily, and so I cherish the ones I have; they mean more to me than they will ever know (even though I'm lousy at keeping in touch)
10. Halloween is my very favorite holiday (and was prior to the birth of my son).
11. I haven't done nearly enough world traveling
12. Making a difference in the world is the main force that drives me every day.
13… is my favorite number.
14. I keep thinking about what I’m going to do when I win the lottery, but I don’t play it.
15. I discovered I had claustrophobia when attempting to enter one of the pyramids of Egypt during Ramadan in 1997.
16. If I could live anywhere in the States, it would be in the Monadnock region of NH – I went to camp there as a child and worked and went to school there as an adult. Someday (someday) I plan to return.
17. My Sicilian grandfather has a rather...interesting...heritage
18. I love, love, love, to swim, but not in ponds with squishy bottoms (which is most of them)
19. If I could be doing anything at (almost) any moment, it would be riding a horse
20. After 12 days with no power in our house last month, I discovered that there are few more satisfying things than sitting down to a meal cooked in your own house with your family (with all the lights on...)
21. My favorite author is Stephen King; I'd love to sit down and talk with him
22. I could probably identify 90% of the plants and animals in your backyard (stole this one from Kate - thanks!!)
23. I collect coins (I'm such a geek)
24. I never told the person who inspired me to become an educator that he did so (I will though, I swear!)
25. I love my name.
Monday, January 19, 2009
After the challenges of the ice storm, losing the baby and our wonderful Pandora - not to mention the health issues Obo and I have faced lately - we could use some change. The good news is that things feel like they're moving back to normal for our household (despite my back injury after slipping on ice Sunday, grrr.). Smiles and laughter were far more present than they have been for quite some time.
I have hope.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I happen to think that hunting is an excellent form of population control for our out-of-control deer population (and agree with the author that it's our best solution right now). And I also happen to think that a healthy predator population (i.e. - wolves) is also a potential solution. Reintroduction of wolves is a very controversial topic - no doubt about it. But much to my frustration, the author didn't even MENTION the role predators naturally play in keeping ungulate populations healthy and stable, and that fact that our top level predators are missing here in New England - and that's a big problem. Regardless of how you feel about an issue like predator re-introduction, to not even mention it as an ecological issue drives me crazy. People can continue on their way with their misconceptions about predators big and small, ignorant of how imbalanced our forests are without the biggest ones present. I'm SO glad I'm running my program this evening. **Stepping off my soapbox**
As an aside, I will be leading a tracking program in the central MA region this Saturday, January 16th from 10 - 12:30. If you're interested in attending, send me an email and I'll get you the details.