life between the pages

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”
Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

a lesson

If H5N1 really is the herald of doom for our late great planet, all I ask is that I remember to still live each day as my last, to honestly do the best I can, to enjoy the little things (good books, my children's smiles, sun and wind and rain), and to ensure the existence of my protoplasm was for good upon the earth. Good does not equal worry, or mourning the loss of utopia, or angry diatribes, no matter how well-meant. Good means loving my enemy, forgiving the clueless, being honest with myself, and sharing what I know.

friend mackenzie's daughter apphia hugging her favorite dorking hen, isadora, while their majorca roo stands guard behind them. we raised these from chicks & helped them to start their little flock of backyard birds.

here are a few pix of our own backyard birds. click on the thumbnails for full-size views.

their favorite place was the cedar tree in the summerfield backyard!
would that everyone could enjoy such simple pleasures as these...


madcapmum said...

Forgive me if this is a dumb question, but what's H5N1? I'm in Canada, and don't get t.v., so I'm wondering if this is something from the U.S. news?

sophronia_ said...

Bird flu. Read more here:

An internet search on "H5N1" will reveal alot on the subject. There is international concern about the implications of a virus for which there is no known cure, and is spread by wild birds to domestic flocks. Humans are susceptible. My friend Fred ( keeps us informed on the latest developments.