Beauty And Tragedy

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I had a routine medical follow-up today. The parking lot at the hospital was jam-packed. I heard and saw a lot of coughing, too. Afterward, I made a grocery stop at Kroger and wore a mask for the first time in a while. I’ll continue to mask up until this winter disease spike passes. I keep track of local disease trends with the Kinsa app.

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Last winter, we had a terrible time with mice getting into our vehicles, raising families, and doing thousands of dollars in damage. This year I started setting traps inside our garage and near my truck, often parked outside. So far, my traps have killed five mice. Today, I was heartbroken to find one of my peanut butter-baited snap traps had lured and killed a beautiful little Carolina Wren. These small, tan birds with upturned tails are usually the first to sing at dawn, sweetly, and at such a high volume, you would never guess it could come from such a tiny thing.

I’m filled with remorse over this avoidable loss of one of my friends who, I like to believe, recognized our property as a safe sanctuary. As a bird-lover, this was a tragedy. I will do no more trapping outside.


Thought In Memory Of Thomas Brown

“For every beauty, there is an eye somewhere to see it.

For every truth, there is an ear somewhere to hear it.

For every love, there is a heart somewhere to receive it.”

 — Ivan Panin

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