Friday, April 14, 2017

Sometimes we need a that friend.

Today I had the chance to make a quick visit to a friend suffering cancer. First, her cancer was misdiagnosed as a spider bite. Then she found out it was a form of skin cancer. It's on her finger, which rather sucks, because she's in the medical field, and if the skin graft doesn't hold (and it's dubious right now) her job may become NO job.

I'd mentioned on Facebook that I have eight friends with cancer, and if I could, I'd get a tiny teardrop trailer and make a massive road trip, from Maryland to Oregon and spots in between to cheer them up.

But it doesn't take an epic road trip.

It's easy to get lost in the workaday world, and days turn to weeks that rapidly turn to months. So today, why not get a pretty card and send it to someone? They don't even have to be sick; you may have just lost touch. Email is quick, but snail mail, especially unexpected cheery snail mail, can make a person's day. And if you can, why not stop by, with a coffee or a great book or a movie?

PapayaArt is one of my go-to shops for unique cards.

Let's make a Bucket List to check our calendars each month and pick a person to spoil a little. Be a friend.

I guarantee it won't be forgotten.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Story from Zack -- Why Woodpeckers Bang Their Heads on Trees

A while ago, Zack and I got into a conversation about woodpeckers. He brought it up because he thought they were rather fascinating birds. I asked him WHY they were fascinating. Here's his story that was published in his school newspaper; it's a little shorter than the original version due to newspaper space. Enjoy!!!!

The woodpecker, also known as Dryocopus pileatus, bang their heads against trees because they are diehard heavy metal fans. But not just ANY heavy metal; only heavy metal bands comprised of squirrels. Yes, squirrels.

Compared to human heavy metal, squirrel heavy metal is like cutting down the squirrel's tree while they're screaming at each other and throwing acorns around at each other. This says two things about the woodpeckers' personality; a) they have horrible taste in music and b) they are not the sharpest beak in the forest.

"Hey. I'm with the band, dude."

"When is the gig? I'm ready to ROCK!"

When a woodpecker pecks, it's usually out of view. This is because they're a bit afraid of people and they hang out where the squirrels are -- in the trees. Squirrel bands are in trees because they are conscious about the feelings of humans. The might be out of fear, though -- most people only hear a few pecks at a certain moments, but around squirrels, woodpeckers peck on one tree for hours at a time. This is because heavy metal songs composed by squirrels are VERY long, but no human has ever heard an entire one. The record for the longest time listening to a heavy metal song made and performed by squirrels was 30 minutes. The person only lasted that long because his eardrums eventually burst and his brain melted.


For some reason, the squirrels aren't affected by their music, but they ARE affected by the constant head-banging of the woodpecker. When a woodpecker pecks, to us it sounds like, well, a beak on wood. To squirrels, it's like someone banging on a wall right next to you at twenty beats a second.

Quite a dilemma.

But let's not focus on that. Let's focus on the beauty of the Dryocopus pileatus.