Bird Droppings July 29, 2013
Listening to a chorus of Frogs, Crickets and an occasional owl
“You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.” Doug Floyd
Most every night and early morning when I walk about especially early in the morning I am listening to the choral arrangement of tree frogs, crickets, whippoorwills and an occasional owl. None in tune with the other yet so much together an interesting mix of harmonies and melodies as they do what they do in the trees and forests around our house.
A few years back I am guessing my wife and I got alarm clocks for the boys that had earth sounds for going to sleep as well as CD or radio to wake you up, one of the sounds of the ten or so to fall asleep was crickets and frogs and an occasional owl. I have found it haunting as I listen to this at night live. Many the night back in the day while camping I have fallen asleep to that chorus. As I look perhaps a bit deeper and further in our society, this quote rings true as well it takes differing of opinion to make all work in unison. As I read this short thought from Doug Floyd who is the editorial page editor for The Spokesman-Review I thought how appropriate to the issues at hand. A single voice would never succeed as much as we would like to think as I listened to the green party nominee this past election cycle for president as they ran not so much to win as to offer a thought, a differing voice, a change or an alternative.
“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.” Albert Einstein
“The only means of strengthening one’s intellect is to make up one’s mind about nothing –to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts. Not a select party.“ John Keats
As I think to my chorus of frogs and crickets it is not a mix of voices with simply chance bringing it together there are specifics as the insects and amphibians call looking for mates or signaling territory. Each is very clear and concise and there are reasons and responses to each note and call.
“The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.” John Stuart Mill
Thinking back a week or so to that day we celebrate our country’s independence which is a day where opinions became free to express, a day where as I watched the movie the other day Majestic, with Jim Carrey, where a young man is accused during the McCarthy era of being a communist and he draws his defense not on whether or not he is a communist since the committee had already decided that but that he was entitled by the constitution to free speech The First Amendment. You know it is the opinion and thoughts of others that allow us to have room to think to pursue and grow to achieve beyond where we are. As I sit here listening to the sounds from outside to the chorus of frogs and crickets and an occasional owl I am pleased we can in this country have differing opinions and hope one day maybe most will be opinions of peace. Please keep all in harm’s way on your mind and in your hearts and to always give thanks namaste.
For all of our relations
Wa de (Skee)
Doc Bird’s Monday herb garden note:
I started my current herb garden about seven years ago with a Spanish Lavender plant and two rosemary plants. My Spanish Lavender passed away in a severe winter two seasons back when the extreme freeze did it in. My rosemary plants succumbed that first winter but I was hooked and expanded to over one hundred thirty culinary and medicinal herb plants species. If you can find the plant I highly recommend Bar B Que Rosemary as a great culinary plant especially fresh. The leaves are big and tender and the flavor is excellent. The plants are not fast growing but this year they have done well. I started some new ones from cuttings last week off my three plants.
Grilled or baked rosemary chicken
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4 chicken breasts, halved
4 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Mix together minced fresh rosemary leaves and minced garlic. Loosen skin from chicken breasts and slide rosemary/garlic mixture under the skin. Brush olive oil onto breasts and sprinkle with salt (preferably coarse Kosher salt) and pepper (preferably fresh ground).
The breasts can now be grilled over a medium-hot fire for about 20-30 minutes or until done as desired, or baked in a 375°F. oven for about 30 minutes.
*I will be trying this recipe tonight and as usual using mesquite lump charcoal in my Green Egg.