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    The New York Times Company | Margaret Renkl | 8/31/20 | 6 min
    23 reads13 comments
    9.8
    The New York Times Company
    23 reads
    9.8
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    • vunderkind
      Top reader this weekScoutScribe
      3 weeks ago

      Much like George Orwell's A Nice Cup of Tea, this makes me feel like it should be injected into the bloodstreams of prose writers as an example of how to write.

      It's so simple yet eloquently expressive, giving you a feeling you cannot say for sure you were directly asked to feel.

      It holds your hand and says 'look at my yard', and first you look, then you see. You hear, and then you listen. You smell, and then you perceive.

      And you understand.

      • Pegeen
        Reading streakScoutScribe
        3 weeks ago

        Beautiful observation and comment.

        • vunderkind
          Top reader this weekScoutScribe
          1 week ago

          Thank you, Pegeen!

    • jlcipriani
      Scout
      3 weeks ago

      Hard to explain why this moved me enough to post. Not extraordinary in any way - except how evocative it is of the kind of day where watching an animal move across the yard seems like a mediation and a blockbuster movie in one.

      • Pegeen
        Reading streakScoutScribe
        3 weeks ago

        Great reply! And a terrific find!

      • jeff
        Top reader this weekReading streakScribe
        3 weeks ago

        Great find! I loved the way this was written. A real life squirrel vs. hawk showdown can be so much more exciting than watching a CGI explosion in a movie.

    • deephdave
      Top reader this weekReading streakScout
      3 weeks ago

      Wonderful! Around my home, I enjoy watching squirrels, sparrows, pigeons, grasshopper, praying mantis and many other critters.

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        3 weeks ago

        So important to enjoy the critters!

        I have recently had the good fortune to see some incredible spiders spin some elaborate webs. Beautiful. 🕸

        • Pegeen
          Reading streakScoutScribe
          3 weeks ago

          I love Praying Mantis. They seem so mysterious, still - an invitation to go within. I was told, when young, that if you got caught killing one, you’d be arrested. That always made me feel that Praying Mantis were revered, honored, of some kind of mystical lineage.

    • Pegeen
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      3 weeks ago

      I loved this. My husband and I live on a river and it’s so cool to see Swans with babies, Egrets, huge Blue Heron, Hawks and even Eagles. Once an Eagle landed on our dock with a writhing Seagull in it’s talons. That was too disturbing for words. But it’s how the wild is - both breathtaking and brutal. And totally awe inspiring.

    • readup3 weeks ago

      At first the hawk remained in its resting position, but I wish you could have seen what happened to its eyes when it saw that squirrel. Its head turned; I swear I could see its pupils dilate.

    • jamie3 weeks ago

      We have a huge opossum living under our shed, actually it’s his ( or her) shed now. The ugliest creature I have ever seen! For some reason I kinda like having the company .

    • jeff
      Top reader this weekReading streakScribe
      3 weeks ago

      Excellent! This makes me wish I had a wider array of wildlife on my property. It's always fun watching the occasional critters that pass through or choose to stay for a while.