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Miracle a Day Project

Miracle a Day Project

Geriatric Ducks

by Susan Fay on 10/07/16

Several months ago, one of our eleven year-old Indian Runner ducks became very ill.  We took Coco to Dr. Marli Lintner at The Avian Medical Center.  There, we learned that Coco had a fist-size cluster of ovarian cysts and that one of her eggs had gone sideways, puncturing into her abdomen.  She also had a lot of fluid on her liver.  Dr. Lintner skillfully straightened out Coco's inner workings and we took care of the post-surgery and recovery aftercare.  Today, Coco is a thriving, happy gal and Blue and Es are elated to have her company (never, never, never let anyone tell you that ducks don't form strong bonds.  The feeling I get when I watch this trio is priceless.  Really.  One of my favorite authors, Jon Katz, says it best:  "There is something magical about saving the life of a living thing, if you can do it.  It is an affirmation of life itself, a bow to humanity, connection in a time of fragmentation, an affirmation.  We can't do much, but maybe we can do this, and that makes it a sweet little miracle."

Our "geriatric" Indian Runner ducks from left to right:  Esmerelda (age 13), Blue (age 11), and Coco (age 11).

The First Debate -- Well Done, Secretary Clinton!

by Susan Fay on 09/26/16

"As soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities and nations around the world or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina." 

~ Hillary Clinton's response to Donald Trump's assertion that she lacks the stamina to be president of the United States

I, too, am America.

by Susan Fay on 09/22/16

  I, Too, Sing American by Langston Hughes
I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"

They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.

When I Have Reached My Autumn...

by Susan Fay on 09/21/16

The way the morning sunlight plays through the grape leaves in the orchard is enchanting.  It inspired this photo and prayer.  Enjoy!

Dear God,

When I have reached my autumn

Please make me a leaf

That I, too, on losing my chlorophyll

Might be revealed in all my glory


May the wear and tear of this life

The nicks, rips, and brown spots on my surface

Not detract

From the brilliant golds, greens, and reds

Which define

The "content of my character"

The rich, organic nature of my soul


Bless you, God

For this magnificent life I am living

And please remember

To make me a leaf

When I have reached my autumn


by Susan Fay on 09/18/16

It has not been a good year for tomatoes.  My heirlooms are still green on the vine and the Romas a just barely starting to come on.  It's mid-September!

Thankfully, my Sungolds are going strong.

"You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one.  Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own.  It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle."
 Paulo Coelho
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