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Animals Closet of Anxieties Politics Self Reliance

The Race

I spent much of September watching the hummingbirds fight over sugar water. What a waste of energy, I thought.

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Animals Community Cookie's Bliss Self Reliance

Chicken TV

“Chicken TV is keeping me sane,” she says, as we soak in that timeless world, mesmerized by their languid pecking and the occasional drop of a leaf.

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Animals Cookie's Bliss Happiness

Nature Freaks

Our nature cravings keep us on our toes, but as far as addictions go, I wouldn’t say this one is craven.

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Animals Food Self Reliance The Virus

Trendy and Cute

“Notice anything different about this one?” Shelley asks, holding a newly-feathered chicken with both hands. It’s an Australorp, she tells me.

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Animals Family Happiness

First Love

My first love arrived on all fours one winter day in 1965. I was standing in line, shivering with grades K through 8 outside St. Mary’s on City Island. I stared at the wooden doors with my fingers tucked into my armpits, willing the nuns to emerge and usher us in when a disturbance made […]