Balancing Act

“The critical part of a balance in life is choosing priorities.” — Byron Pulsifer “Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.” — Dr. Seuss *   *   * Flamingo Balancing Act … More Balancing Act

Assertiveness

“I really worked at becoming more assertive, and now none of my friends talk to me.” — Wendy Wasserstein “The biggest difference between being assertive and being aggressive is how your words and behaviors affect the rights and well-being of others.” — Sharon Anthony Bower *   *   * Listen to me! ~ White Ibis (male … More Assertiveness

On the Fence

“Stop sitting on the fence. Life is waiting on the other side.” — Tiarra Tompkins “When you create a fence, you keep people out. But you also limit your mobility.” — Christopher Bollen *   *   * On the Fence ~ White Ibis silhouettes nicely against cerulean blue sky • Photo by Jan Logozzo, Flamingo Gardens, … More On the Fence

Barnacles

“God be thanked that there are some in the world to whose hearts the barnacles will not cling.” — J.G. Holland “Bad memories can attach themselves like barnacles to the hulls of our lives. And, like barnacles, they have a disproportionately large amount of drag.” — Richard Paul Evans *   *   * Beak of male … More Barnacles

Night Owl

“At home, I love reaching out into that absolute silence, when you can hear the owl or the wind.” — Amanda Harlech It’s after midnight and the moon is in the sky. Listen to the wind, or is it the great owl’s cry? Silent is his shadow, as he sets his sight on those found … More Night Owl

Entangled

“It’s not an accidental entanglement; it’s an intentional knot. Love belongs with belonging.” — Brené Brown “People often get very entangled in their work and life, so de-stressing is very important to keep generating fresh ideas and provide satisfaction with one’s activities.” — Sunidhi Chauhan *   *   * Tied in Knots ~ Flamingo sleeps in … More Entangled

Ruffled Feathers

“Don’t ever ruffle feathers you can’t straighten.” — Unknown “The first problem I had with conducting was coming out on stage and turning my back on the audience. It was an utterly foreign sensation. I always felt as if my rear end were hanging out. That particular portion of my anatomy suddenly seemed enormous, living … More Ruffled Feathers

In the Spotlight

“Stay true in the dark, and humble in the spotlight.” —Harold B. Lee “The majority of people perform well in a crisis and when the spotlight is on them; it’s on the Sunday afternoons of this life, when nobody is looking, that the spirit falters.” — Alan Bennett *   *   * Ibis, Center Stage ~ … More In the Spotlight

Balding

“Nobody is happy with what’s on their head. People with straight hair want curly, people with curly want straight, and bald people want everyone to be blind.” —       Rita Rudner “As humans, we are all too familiar with hair loss as we get older. Roseate Spoonbills, it turns out, are familiar with balding too, but … More Balding

Spoon fed

“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” —      E.M. Forster Born with its own silver spoon in its mouth? Swinging its spoon-shaped beak from side to side when walking through the shallow waters of mangrove keys and mudflats, the Roseate Spoonbill Stork uses its slightly open bill … More Spoon fed