Chicago: Spring's First Robin

Seniors, Spring Comments Off on Chicago: Spring’s First Robin
Mar 252011

Don't let the cold weather this weekend discourage you. Spring really has arrived in Chicago.

Sadly, I didn't have my camera handy when I left the house this morning so I don't have a picture. But I saw my first robin of the season today. It was the most beautiful robin I've seen in a long, long time. This bird was obviously well fed and it breast was a vibrant red that was glorious against the still winter-brown lawn.

I decided to do some research and, lo and behold, I discovered that robins can actually be seen all winter long in Chicago. You can't prove it by me. I've never seen a robin in the snow here in Chicago. Nevertheless, it seems that while our robins do tend to migrate to warmer locations in the winter months, there are actually Canadian robins that hang out around here during the winter. Goes to show that we're never too old to learn something new.

Even so, I maintain that this robin is my confirmation that winter is at an end – despite the freezing weather conditions we're experiencing this weekend. So, Seniors, get out your walking shoes. We're headed toward some gloriously beautiful days and you want to be ready to enjoy them.

I missed a picture of this very special bird first time I saw him. But just a couple days later, he was back to greet me when I parked my car. I got this first picture…

Robin

And then, as if he knew he was "on stage" he turned and posed for a second shot.

Robin Red Breast Poses

 

Love nature!

What writers do

Spring, Writers Comments Off on What writers do
Mar 092011

Do you have what it takes to be a writer? 

Take a quick quiz – and decide for yourself: Answer the following questions on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being least

  1. Do you look for the unexpected in everything you do?
  2. Do you look beyond the obvious?
  3. Do you have an insatiable curiosity?
  4. Do you see only what's in front of you?
  5. Do you have many passions? Are you a jack of all trades? Do you dig in and get your hands dirty? (or are you singularly focused on putting words on paper?)
  6. Do you really pay attention to what's happening around you?
  7. Are you a perennial student – always asking questions and looking for new discoveries?
  8. When you see something that catches you eye, do you take time to experience it – and, then, do you have a burning desire to share that experience with others?

Writers are often misunderstood. They often give the appearance of being flighty. Their work frequently is done at times when there's no paper, pencil or computer anywhere to be seen.

Here's a very simplistic example.

It's March. Most, but certainly not all, of the snow is melted. Most of us are looking forward to Spring and spending a lot more time out of doors. But have you noticed that Spring is already here? Proof is in the pudding:

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And yet another…

Ushering in Spring

Now, not everyone is "into" plants or nature. You may have other interests. But in this particular case, most of us are so busy that we don't even see that spring is busting out all over the place right now. We're rushing from our cars to our homes to our offices and thinking of so many things that we're missing the wonders that are right there in front of us.

How the heck can we share such marvelous experiences if we don't take the time to discover, learn and experience the world we live in? 

I'm so excited that I can't stand it…I have to find out more about these plants and look for more. And I absolutely have to share what Ive seen and learned with others.It may take only fifteen or twenty minutes to share the good news…but I will have spent easily several hours exploring and soaking up the emotion that comes with this new discovery. And then, moving forward, I may develop half a dozen uses this one experience – articles, reports, scenes in books…   And, I'll most likely expand this one interest, exploring and developing new markets among others who will appreciate the insights I've accumulate along the way.

Whether you decide that you're a writer or not, I urge you. Take time to look beyond the obvious. There's a whole world of wonder right there in front of you.

Crocuses

Spring Comments Off on Crocuses
Mar 202010

Crocuses Assure Us that Winter Is On Its Way Out

Crocuses are hardy members of the Iris family. Look for them in areas where they can get full sun or partial shade. They like well-drained soil and are drought tolerant.  Their grassy leaves will die back after the plant blooms leaving room for other flowers. It's too late to plant crocuses for this year. They should be planted in the fall. But be sure to add these to your fall planting.

Daffodil Promises Spring

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Mar 202010

Daffodil Holds Promise of More To Come

Daffodils are members of the Narcissus family originally from countries around the Mediterranean Sea. They have come to represent friendship. These are perennials that grow from bulbs that will grow and multiply prolifically. They have been known to flower anywhere from six weeks to six months, depending on where they're grown. This is one plant that squirrels and rodents will not eat. 

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