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Baby Birds and Bird TLC

I’m assuming that anyone who knows me knows that I am a bit crazy about birds…all birds, every kind, shape, variety and sound. God gave them the gift of flight and I think I’ve always been a little jealous about that.

Anyhow, I volunteer with a group called Bird TLC that provides rehabilitation for wild birds here in Anchorage as well as education programs with birds that cannot be released.  And with spring just around the corner, we have something called Baby Bird Season upon us.

Baby birds who have lost their home or their mom for some reason are

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Columns 2006

If you didn’t vote, they’re not your elected officials

Yes, sir. Welcome to Anchorage. Welcome to Alaska. Welcome to America. Land of the brave and home of the free, emphasis on the word free.

Seems to me that America has become the ultimate land of the freeloader.  I’m not talking about the mythical welfare mom arriving in her Cadillac to pick up a welfare check.  I’m not referring to illegal immigrants who might receive taxpayer funded health care because their under minimum wage, off the books, jobs leaves them no choice.  No, I’m talking about your every day, born and bred here, July 4 flag waving American who thinks

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It’s unanimous

April is Child Abuse Awareness month. I was on a call in radio show this morning called Talk of Alaska to discuss this topic. It was unanimous. We are all against it.

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Be prepared

Everyone in the Anchorage bowl area should be prepared for a blizzard tonight since I’m having my studded snow tires changed out today. Sorry about that.

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Is it just me or….

Is it just me or does Tom Cruise just continue to get stranger with each interview?  And seriously, have they sucked out what few brains Katie Holmes might have had going into this fake relationship?  One is reminded of a certain 50s macho male star and his brief abortive marriage.

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TV shopping is not for the faint of heart

In the spirit of spending my tax refund at least three times over, I went to a store the other day to look at TVs. Since my current one is so small I have to literally pull my chair to within two feet of it to really see well, I figured I could go to the eye doctor or get a bigger TV. The bigger TV won hands down.  Much more fun than an eye doctor…no offense, Grant.

So I’m standing in the store staring at what looks like miniature movie screens when a very nice young man comes up

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Spent the day….

I spent the day at a journalism forum representing the Italian-Inupiat subset at a diversity forum.  It’s amazing how few of us there are.

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A musing on aging

Growing old doesn’t mean everything stops working…or, at least if it does, you thankfully don’t remember that it doesn’t because you can’t remember that it ever did.

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Columns 2006

Give foster kids a chance at a future

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.  This year, it’s also the month in which Christians celebrate Easter, a time that honors the death and resurrection of a man who famously said in Mark 10:14, “ Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God.”

As a child growing up Catholic, I never doubted that those words were literally as well as figuratively true.  Pictures hung all over our grade school of Christ sitting on a rock with little chubby boys and girls running towards his open arms with joy

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Seriously, who cares if my bra fits?

In the grand scheme of things, how important could that possibly be?  And yet I must go look for one that apparently will push/pull/shove/uplift/separate/and cover nipple dents in order to look proper when out in polite company.  Sigh…..

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