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September 22, 2008


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The Zen Birdfeeder

I shared this post with Margaret Renkl. Here is her response via email:
Hi, Nancy--
What a cool site-- thanks so much for the plug, and for sharing! (But now I feel really bad that my editor cut out most of the bird stuff....)
All best,

The Zen Birdfeeder

Lana - Glad you can get back out with the temps going down. Enjoy!
Chad - isn't it great and all you do is have to step (or look) outside! No gas to get there either.


Our backyard is my little escape. When I go out on the deck and watch the visitors at the feeders and birdbaths, all the worries and problems of the day disappear within minutes. I really think that nature is the best medicine.


Now that fall is here we'll be able to go out on the deck & do just that, again. It's funny, because even when I go out with the intention of reading, painting or whatever, I end up sitting in my chair with my binoculars, watching the avian visitors.

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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.