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It has been about a week since I gave my readers an update on the pair of pigeon babies living on our porch. Hal and Ashby - the names I decided on - are doing very well. Their mother continues to be attentive though sometimes when we come by to take a peek at the babes nestled near propane she flies off. Other times she holds her ground and stares at us intently, guarding her little ones who aren’t so little anymore.
H&A have grown exponentially this week more than doubling in size. Just in the past couple of days their yellow baby fur has started to give way to gray feathers, confirming they are, in fact, pigeons and not chickens. I haven’t seen it yet, but Jeremy tells me they are opening their eyes, which mean the bulbs protruding from their little heads have in fact grown into purposeful body parts. It is all like one big science project that we check on daily and learn more about how the life cycle works by simply lifting the grill cover.
You probably find this either fascinating or disgusting. Jeremy points out that while this is interesting, educational and kind of adorable, we’re also allowing pigeons to breed more “flying rats” in a city already overpopulated with them. And yet, when they’re your own flying rats you feel differently about them….

It has been about a week since I gave my readers an update on the pair of pigeon babies living on our porch. Hal and Ashby - the names I decided on - are doing very well. Their mother continues to be attentive though sometimes when we come by to take a peek at the babes nestled near propane she flies off. Other times she holds her ground and stares at us intently, guarding her little ones who aren’t so little anymore.

H&A have grown exponentially this week more than doubling in size. Just in the past couple of days their yellow baby fur has started to give way to gray feathers, confirming they are, in fact, pigeons and not chickens. I haven’t seen it yet, but Jeremy tells me they are opening their eyes, which mean the bulbs protruding from their little heads have in fact grown into purposeful body parts. It is all like one big science project that we check on daily and learn more about how the life cycle works by simply lifting the grill cover.

You probably find this either fascinating or disgusting. Jeremy points out that while this is interesting, educational and kind of adorable, we’re also allowing pigeons to breed more “flying rats” in a city already overpopulated with them. And yet, when they’re your own flying rats you feel differently about them….

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If you want to sing out, sing out

One of my all time favorite movies is Harold & Maude, the 1971 classic directed by Hal Ashby. Hardly your conventional love story, this is the tale of two unlikely kindred spirits told in the classic 70’s style. Not comedy or drama but somewhere in between, the movie often times settles in an uncomfortable spot testing your expectations as a viewer. It is a shame movies do that so rarely these days.        

                

In addition to brilliant, natural acting and a wonderfully sardonic script the soundtrack is infamous. The music of Cat Stevens is woven throughout the film setting a comfortable tone against the oddities of the story. The lyrics are often related to the scenes so perfectly it seems they were written for the film, though I do not believe that was the case. The songs range from fun and happy to, well, troubled.

As ‘strange’ as the premise of an 18-year old falling in love with a 79-year old is, this movie hits on all of the most intimate, lovely, difficult and heartfelt parts of an love story. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend adding it to your Netflix Queue, and if you have - it is time to watch it again, preferably holding hands with someone you love.

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