Posts Tagged ‘birds’

Birdmad Girl

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Birdmad Girl, originally uploaded by Anita Mejia.

This girl has got a smile
That can make me cry
This girl just burns with love
She’s burning burning deep outside

Night time night time
Sets my house on fire
I’ll turn into the melting man
I’ll lose my life
To feel I feel desire

Oh I should feel
Like a polar bear
Like a polar bear
It’s impossible

She flies outside this cage
Singing girl-mad words
I keep her dark thoughts deep inside
As black as stone
As mad as birds

Wild wild wild
And never turn away
Sends me all her love
She sends me everything
She sends me everywhere

Oh I could be
A polar bear
Oh I could be
A polar bear
But it’s impossible

I try to talk
The sky goes red
I forget
So fill my head
With some of this
Some of that
Some of every word she said

Oh I should be
A polar bear
But it’s imposible

— Lyrics (The Cure)

Birdmad Girl by The Cure

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Stamped Philanthropy

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

I have always enjoyed handwritten correspondence. I like paper, envelopes and stamps. I like the impression left on the paper with the pen filling with ink on the paper. I like the feel of the paper under my hands. I like to post them and I like to receive them. I am always searching for new pretty paper with matching envelopes. I even use holiday paper… I know, I am a geek. =) I also like to pick interesting stamps. I have for many years. I think the flag stamps are boring (patriotic but…boring). I used the Breast Cancer Awareness stamps as default for a long time. Each stamp meant a few more cents towards Breast Cancer research. I am a sucker for a good cause coupled with something I enjoy—like writing letters or sending mail.

I’ve slacked a bit in my writing the past few years. Tsk, tsk. I will try to work on that.  I did order some stamps recently. I had some of the Breast Cancer Awareness stamps and some Edgar Allen Poe stamps (because I love his work) but I wanted to buy a bird stamp (to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day 2009) so I went to the UPSP site and started looking. Here is what I ordered.

The 2004-2005 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp—the Redheads (in my honor hahahaha). It is a $15 stamp but it is not mailable. It is purely for conservation means. The money is donated to the National Wildlife Refuge System to help maintain the 5-million-plus acres of habitat.

2004-2005 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp

2004-2005 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp

Next, I came upon the Alzheimer’s stamp and thought of my dearest friend whose grandfather is struggling with memory issues. Naturally, I ordered them.

Alzheimer Awareness Stamp

Alzheimer Awareness Stamp

And last but not least I got some stamps from my birth state. I will leave you guessing on that one.

I am still in pursuit of some cool new paper but I am simply not finding any. However, I did find this most interesting journal. I ordered it for someone special. It arrived yesterday. It is plantable. Brilliant idea. It is symbolic as well as earth friendly (made with post-consumer recycled paper and plantable!). It is perfect for anyone who needs to grow through some pain. Write it out and plant it.

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Of Books and Birds v2

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Two constants in my life are books and birds—that is not to say there are not other constants but these two stand out for me right now. I wish to share the books I am reading with you and the birds that are coming to my feeders. I have four feeders and 2 bird houses. This is quite the feat considering I live in an apartment and all of those are on my balcony. Hahahaha. I do so love my birds.

Anna's Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird

I have better photos but this one I took just a few moments ago — and so I thought it would be the best to share. I will also share a photo of a female house finch that visits regularly.

Female House Finch

Female House Finch

I really enjoy watching and listening to the birds. This week has been sunny and they haven’t missed a note in enjoying the newly come spring time weather. They were flying in elaborate aerial patterns trying to impress potential mates. They were singing pretty for all to hear. I like spring and I like birds.

I am currently reading the following books.

Women of the Asylum by Jeffrey L. Geller and Maxine Harris

Women of the Asylum by Jeffrey L. Geller and Maxine Harris

This book is a collection of personal accounts by women who were locked away in the mental institutions against their will. It is sad but revealing. Not so much has changed for women and mental health.

Lover of Unreason: Assia Wevill, Sylvia Plath's Rival and Ted Hughes Doomed Love

Lover of Unreason: Assia Wevill, Sylvia Plath's Rival and Ted Hughes Doomed Love

This is the biography of Assia Wevill—Ted Hughes’ second wife who committed suicide, taking her daughter’s life with her own. I will let you know in detail what I think of this book when I finish it.

I am reading a few for classes but I won’t share these with you unless you really want to know…then you can leave a comment. I will also give thorough reviews of these books when I am finished with them.

The Birds and the Beast…

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

The Audubon released a report indicating the sad reality for the rapid decline in population of even the most common of birds. Instantly, I cringed. The thought of losing more birds quite literally brings me to tears. I am not a fanatic PETA member or animal loving freak but I can and do appreciate the living beauty that surrounds us. I do appreciate looking out my window and seeing the birdies peck on the seeds I leave for them. Thoughts drift to the Great Auk, the Passenger Pigeon and the Dodo bird—birds we will only ever read about—birds we will never see. Extinction. It is real. It is harsh. And it is happening to all too many species and something must be done.

The fact that even our most common birds are declining drastically should serve as a big red flag warning us of what is to come. People ignore global warming because they think they can. It is a widely accepted delusion that our environment will slowly degrade—that we have many, many, many years until the effects of our actions really catch up with us. However, is it really that simple?

I think not.

Like anything in this world when pushed or bent far enough, something will snap–something will fall over. We are setting into motion things we cannot reverse or control and we certainly do not understand. I think rather than a slow decline, we are going to reach a point of no return, the tipping point–if we have not already. We are going to knock the earth’s ecosystem off balance and we will suffer the severe consequences of doing so. Today it is a 68% average decline of our most common birds, 40% less koalas, 1/3 of the amphibian population currently extremely endangered . Tomorrow, a complete energy crisis. What about in five years time? What then? When will we finally get the picture?

The culprit? Over-population. STOP HAVING CHILDREN. No one wants to say it. It is too complex, too taboo. But if we do not address this issue, the core issue, we will seal our fate and the fate of every species on this planet. We must stop popping out babies willy-nilly when we have no space or resources for them. The United States and all first world countries can do their parts by funding family planning and birth control efforts in third world countries. We must stop the conservative right from fighting against them here. This is so ridiculous.

As I write this the world population reached a smothering 6,767,700,260!!! That is billions folks! BILLIONS! We must find a suitable way to address overpopulation before it is too late, if it is not already. We will bring about the next great extinction–ourselves.

Machiavelli once wrote…

When every province of the world so teems with inhabitants that they can neither subsist where they are nor remove themselves elsewhere… the world will purge itself in one or another of these three ways ‘listing floods, plague and famine.’

We have seen this come to fruition. According to Oxfam, more than four times the number of natural disasters are occurring now than did two decades ago. The religious deem it is the end times as set forth by their bibles and korans. The ignorant chock it up to coincidence. It is the earth purging itself the only way it knows how. The earth is a living organism, trying to survive. There is a balance in every organism that is optimal. We have skewed that balance for almost every living organism we come in contact with — and so goes the Dodo… and so goes the Quagga…and so goes the Irish Deer…and so goes the Cave Bear

And so it goes, until there is nothing left but the beast… and so it goes.

Of birds and books…

Monday, March 16th, 2009

I have not been writing much. Sorry. I have been reading a lot and working on the first chapter of a book. I also have been watching the little birdies. =) Let me share with you some things I have been enjoying…

The World of Goo

The World of Goo

This game is fantastic! Really. I had so much fun. It is not like any other game I can think of… and the graphics and sound quality are both amazing. It is a game of physics, trying to get the goo to attach itself to itself or to other goo in order to reach a certain direction. I cannot possibly do justice to this. Try it yourself.  You will not reget it. I am anxiously awaiting a sequel.

I also have been playing this game:

1701 a.d. Gold Edition

This is fun. Exploration, resource creation and management… fight pirates, plant crops, set up trade routes, build your civilization 1701 style. This is worth hours of fun. And if you have a server, you can play this with friends. =)

This is the book I am currently reading:

Angels of Destruction by Keith Donahue

This is the long awaited second novel from Keith Donahue. His first “Stolen Child” left me waiting for more, waiting years! So far this book is enthralling — realistic, engaging characters; the story pulls you in. It is about a woman and a boy who needed someone and someone came. =) I do not want to spoil the story. Read it! You will not regret it.

Last but not least I have been practicing around the house taking photographs with my new camera, the Nikon D60. It is amazing thus far. I will some photographs soon.

Nikon D60

Photos I have taken…

Black-Capped Chickadee

Darkeyed Junco