Listen to the Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) in th...

Northern Mockingbird

Mockingbirds

I have been hearing the beautiful song of our state bird, the Northern Mockingbird lately.  I looked up information on mockingbirds in The Behavior of Texas Birds by Kent Rylander, a person I heard at one of the conferences I attended.

Kent said that the male is the one who sings.  The male’s tireless outpouring of trills, warbles, squawks and scolds recalls the verve of a Rossini overture.  I can’t say I know what a Rossini overture sounds like, but I’m sure it’s classy like the song of the mockingbird.

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Beginning a backyard habitat

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It’s the beginning of the dead of winter for us North Texans. The nip in the air has turned to ice.  Your plants are either dropping leaves, hibernating or at least shivering.  Why would you want to start thinking about reshaping your yard now?

Actually this is the best time to plant certain trees and shrubs.  And it is as good a time as any to think through what you would like your yard to become.  So I have some information on Texas Parks and Wildlife’s “Texas Wildscapes Gardening for Wildlife” that I want to share.

It’s amazing how this is similar to the first chapter of Scott Edward’s book “Creating a Bird Friendly Backyard Habitat.” The book is published by T.F.H. Publications.

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The Charity Website is Hacked

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I run a very small charity that you have read about from my blog.  It’s the first project of the Family, Mother, Child Charity, called New2Need. I help people in Tarrant County who find themselves in some kind of trouble.

I wrote blogs in here about some of the people I have helped. I wrote about the charity. I wrote a little about the financial difficulties people are facing everywhere. I wanted people in need to find me so I can give them some help, although there is less of that than there used to be, before the Great Recession.

I also would have liked donations for my little charity. Even though I mainly just give people advice, I also have done more. I won’t go into that because I don’t have the means to do more very often and it makes me sad that I can’t do more.

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The loss of the American Dream

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The Oprah Winfrey Show that aired on February 13, 2008 was about a middle class family supposedly living the American Dream—five- bedroom house, latest clothes, fabulous vacations.  Suddenly the wife Sylvia comes home after a weekend away with her children to find her husband has committed suicide in the garage and she is left with only $72 in her checking account and over half a million dollars in debt (Oprah.com from the show: Suicide, Lies, Debt: A Suburban Nightmare).

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