Her name is Farrah. Because she's sexy, fearless and friendly. She's become my favorite finch. Maybe favorite bird ever! The Magpie Cafe is actually my balcony. It's 30 feet above the ground, covered, faces south, and has majestic views of the city and the Rocky Mountains. The actual phantasy of a real cafe was never … Continue reading Bird personality?
Recently a reader, and a friend, asked me, "What's your favorite Neil Young album?" Because we were talking music. Something we like to do. However, we're 36 years apart in age. That fact doesn't matter though, because he's really into Rock music and its cultural influence on America. Moreover, I was there from its inception, … Continue reading Time Fades Away: My Life’s Soundtrack
Yesterday was a mood swing day. However, I didn't take my usual walk, didn't drink, and had no social contact. It was just me and the weather and my 'luxury' apartment. But that includes my mind, as well as my smart TV and smart phone. And that can be overwhelming. Because now my mind can … Continue reading Mood Swings
The Territorial Imperative was a book I read back in the late 60's, as a freshman at Colorado State University. It has informed and influenced me ever since. Its "big ideas" predated Evolutionary Psychology, by some ten/twenty years. Sociobiology was a word coined by The Naturalist, E.O. Wilson, around 1975. Sociobiology, as defined by Wilson … Continue reading The Territorial Imperative
I still haven't given names to my new friends - the magpie birds who I share this habitat with. There are at least a dozen nests, nestled in all manner of trees, that surround the apartment complex where I nest. The birds are more reliable and stable than my human neighbors. Friendlier, too. Despite having … Continue reading The Magpie Cafe: Summer Update
Relief day, Wednesday 25 March, 2020. Even the Magpies know it! It's been exactly two weeks (Wednesday, 11 March, 2020) since doomsday. That was the day "When The World Stops", according to Time magazine's "Special Report: COVID-19" (vol.195.no 11.2020). Errg. My mood has never been this high (8.5 on my mood scale), since I can't remember … Continue reading Relief day
As it turns out, upon further research, The Magpie Cafe is actually a cafe for a breeding pair of the bird species, and not a gathering place for humans. Today, Monday March 9, 2020, as spring seems to have sprung on Colorado's front range, I did some research. That's me (using my iPhone) with a … Continue reading The Magpie Cafe, part III
Yesterday, two days after Valentine's Day, I walked when the weather had warmed. The usual - past the site of the future Magpie Cafe - and lo, the birds had begun nesting behavior - repairing winter damage, preening and posing, chatting, and yes - kissing. Call me crazy for asking, but how do they know? The … Continue reading The Magpie Cafe, part II