Synchronized Swimming


After surfers and snorkelers, I would like to show you the Northern Pintails in synchronized swimming. These ducks are known as dabbling ducks which feed on the surface of the ponds where they land. They first look for things to eat by submerging their heads, then they tip their rear end to look even deeper and catch their food.

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Tipping Tipping

The following photos, taken 10 days before the above, show groups of them similarly practicing the art of synchronized swimming. It looks like they got better at it in the final photo!

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Northern Pintails Northern Pintails

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Yesterday my friend Lisa and I were having a conversation about friendship.  She makes me feel like I am part of her family and I realized how odd that is.  It is odd because I have never actually met her, or her husband, or her children, and yet it is true… I do feel like they are an important part of my life.  I have decided to do something a bit different today and let 3 guests share my blog post today and they are all FAMILY.

If you had asked me 3 years ago if I would ever risk meeting someone I had met over the internet I would have said, “are you mad?”  How do you know who is on the other end of the screen?  They could be psycho-vampire-killer-monster-zombies!

But now?

Now I would say I think I have good instincts.  Now I would say I have…

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The Irrefutable Best Books of 2014, As Determined by Science*


IMG_0092It’s been a trying year here at Sorry Television. Sidetracked by work—and, let’s be honest, an endless procession of binge-worthy Netflix inventory—I am set to close out 2014 with a mere 32 books under my belt, near enough to bi-weekly that I should probably rebrand as You’re Welcome Television (subtitle: Reading Books Every So Often, Like When the Power Goes Out). I’m already planning redemptive 2015 reading goals (a book a day? a book an hour?) but for the time being I’ll have to accept mediocrity, and foist as much blame as possible on a shorter commute’s ability to stymie even the most dedicated bibliophile.

But I can claim a smidge of productivity this month, which is why I’m Indiana-Jonesing under the content door that is Christmas week to bring you The Irrefutable Best Books of 2014, a master list of this year’s greatest hits, as determined by 21 other “best of”s written by people who have actually read them…

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