include two young boys, a young woman who was a teaching assistant and a young man on his first teaching assignment. He killed the two boys at home before going on to shoot the teaching assistant and the teacher at the local high school. If you pay attention to the news at all, you are bound to be depressed. The eastern US is digging out from a monster, record-setting blizzard in which 29 people died. Their Republican presidential choices are farcical and yet, one of these men will likely be their candidate in next year's election. I don't need to go on.
My picture is unrelated to any of these horrifying things. The red bird is a male grosbeak and the little olive bird on the feeder to his right is his mate. The sparrow you see in flight was actually changing his mind about challenging the right of the grosbeaks to the food. The birds are in our backyard and it's relaxing to escape reality for a while by watching as their small dramas play out.
I've been writing on and off for years and this is where my more serious pieces will be.