40 parakeets

40 Parakeets

On a recent visit to the bird shop to pick up finch seed, I noticed something unusual. “Wow”, I said to the shopkeeper. “That’s quite the supply of parakeets you’ve got today.” The shopkeeper sighed. “One of my breeders called me. ‘You gotta help me out!’ he said. ‘I went on vacation. My wife forgot…

Geddy Lee, worst voice in rock and roll

Our Grand Designs: A Eulogy To Rush

My counselor leafed through the thick manuscript and wriggled her nose to settle her glasses. “So I see you’re a Rush fan. I’ve been reading your — essay– the self-examination you wrote for me… I must say, it’s… original. Entertaining, even. I’ve never read one quite like it. I mean, a screenplay…” I smiled. “I’ve been…

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All I Cannot Offer

I was returning from my morning fishing ritual when I came across a badly wounded duck huddled at the edge of the lake. I like an early-morning fish, whenever I get up early enough, which is not often. It’s my favorite time of day, the lake is my favorite place, fishing my favorite pastime. It…

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How Alan Killed His Cat

1. Natasha When Alan was eight years old, he killed his cat and spent the rest of his life trying to figure out if it was an accident or not. When Alan asked for a pet kitten, his parents, naturally, refused. “You’re too young,” they said. “You’d kill it.” “No I won’t – I promise!”…

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Feathers For A Finch’s Nest

It is very cold, and I don’t expect all of my finches will survive the winter. There are feathers floating everywhere — why don’t they weave them into their nests for warmth? We gave them a bunch of soft cotton string for nesting material, but they just play with it — line the nest then…