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It’s A Baby Flicker! September 23, 2016

Filed under: Bird Identification,Birds,Northern Flicker — Janet @ 9:29 pm

A baby Flicker on the neighbor’s roof.  Too small and too distant for a photo but spotted with the aid of the binoculars.  Exciting.

 

 

Waiting For The School Bus

img_1346  What better thing to do than to examine your friend’s Pokemon card collection?

img_1347And then the bus was sighted and there was a scramble to form a line

img_1348An orderly procession onto the bus.

img_1350Goodbye – the 3 Pokemon enthusiasts are sitting all together there in the front seat.

 

Return of the Northern Flicker

Filed under: Birds,Northern Flicker — Janet @ 12:36 pm

Birds have been relatively scarce in the garden this summer.  One of my favorites is the Northern Flicker.   I felt that I hadn’t sighted this bird for about a month at least.  But Hooray, I saw one late this afternoon.

 

220px-Northern_Flicker from wikipedia

We have occasionally seen a hummingbird.

 

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And every day the Steller Jays land on our deck.

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McCullough Gym September 21, 2016

Filed under: Middlebury College — Janet @ 6:26 pm

mccullough-gym     A corner of McCullough Gym, Middlebury College, Vermont

mccullough-gym  a postcard photo taken in 1914

john_g_mccullough  John Griffin McCullough

Having written my previous blog entry about David McCullough I wondered if there was any connection with the McCullough Gym at Middlebury .  The answer is no, at least so far as I can find out with my limited research.  The McCullough we are writing about here was John G McCullough, the former Governor of Vermont.  He had an interesting career as an attorney, politician, and business man.  I found some other interesting facts.  The building was built in 1912.  (The year my mother was born.)  It was initially built for the men of the college, but in my years, 1954-1958, it was known as the Women’s Gym.

 

David McCullough September 20, 2016

Filed under: Authors,Books,David McCullough,History — Janet @ 5:28 pm

David McCullough was the speaker at the Middlebury College graduation ceremonies for the Class of 1986.  His speech is one of the final vignettes in the book I just finished reading, Brave Companions, Portraits in History.  As regular readers of this blog know, I am a Middlebury graduate, Class of 1958.  And I am a proud supporter of Middlebury.   McCullough urges the graduating class to travel far and wide and read read read, recognizing history along the way.

In his closing remarks McCullough says “Wherever you go, don’t forget Vermont.  Don’t forget this lovely town and these mountains and the people who live here.  Go with confidence.  Prize tolerance and horse sense.  And somewhere along the way, do something for your country.”  We might well heed this advice in these turbulent pre-election times.

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History Reading Blitz September 19, 2016

In working on my genealogy I have been in the mood to read all sorts of history books –

mostly but not all non-fiction.  Here are some of my latest.

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Nature’s design fault? September 18, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 8:37 pm

A Bushsnob in wild Africa

Last year, we noted that one of our calves in Salta, Argentina, was grazing on its knees. So I -being a veterinarian- was asked what was wrong with it. I had no clue so I diagnosed it as suffering from the “Warthog Syndrome” as it reminded me of the African pigs. It was only a few days later that my wife realized the origin of the “condition”. The calf got used to kneel down to be able to graze further while tied to a stake! It soon recovered but by then the warthogs’ feeding technique had already sparked my curiosity.

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After some thought I decided that warthogs suffer from a rare Nature’s design fault: their neck is too short to reach the ground hence the need to genuflect to feed! As this was a rather strong conclusion, I decided to follow up and “Google” it.

I read that warthogs graze but…

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