June 1st, 2008

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June Moon Soon

The fledgling jay I saw yesterday is not fully fledged after all. Today I saw the adult flutter down into the dense ground cover near the bushes at the back corner of the house. The telltale sound of a young bird being fed arose, and the adult flew off. I checked and there was the young bird, barely visible in the oxalis. Perhaps it will discover sow bugs or young, tender crickets there. Perhaps it will survive long enough to fly at last. But I'd say the odds are slim.

Yet June has begun pleasantly, the air not yet oppressive, the breezes soft and fragrant with jasmine, the crickets greeting mild evening with slow chirps. It's no time to be sitting at the keyboard. So what do I find? SurLaLune, a huge website full of fascinating stuff about fairy tales:
"SurLaLune Fairy Tales features 47 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, modern interpretations and over 1,500 illustrations."
Well, there goes the night!

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