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· Nature's Double Bill, Locally and Stylishly Displayed ·

In only three days this holiday I've seen thousands of migrating shore birds, two Italian operas, and the subtle operations of Nature in the fullness of her motherly moods, suggesting today that spring has really sprung. Mama mia! Talk about your unity in variety!

It's of course the old life-death theme; for you should have seen the dog-fight of a Merlin chasing a small Western Sandpiper Friday. Even at telescopic distance, it was like no aerial ballet I had seen. Much like the mother-birders on our boardwalk, I was rooting, myself, for the sandpiper.

But then Saturday night, hearing the often-paired productions of Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci, I knew that death's cold knife can pierce human life forms, too. Those sopranos, I mean, knew what they're doing, but, oh, what glorious singing!

Then today, in celebrating Mother's Day — happily the Seventh Sunday of Easter this year — to be having, along with Stylish, a breakfast courtesy of a loving son, well, it doesn't get much better than that, does it?

Best of all, both of us shared blue cheese and champagne at lunch before heading to a nearby nursery for our pick of summer plants. Indeed, we're going to have ourselves a pleasant, colorful place this year.

Come and see things for yourselves.

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Styles, you have cut us short! Each of these themes deserves more stylish treatment from you! Start with the birds, please. We city dwellers don't know a merlin from a marlin.

Posted by Aunt Huldah on May 10, 2005 04:35 PM

The treatment is stylish but brief. More would be interesting. Besides, what's motherly about murder?

Posted by Loretta Markle on May 10, 2005 05:40 PM

You might note, that's Nature with a capital "N" (whose personified "moods" — fully and philosophically "sensed" — I've marked here as an old "Problem of Evil"). I do admit I've addressed it maybe too aesthetically.

At least Sunday's cheese and champagne aided me, if provisionally, in planting an apt conclusion meant to mark a larger life-death theme quite indifferently.

That's mostly what I had in mind.

By the way, Merlins are raptors and Sandpipers grubbers — and both predators. The mother-birders on our local boardwalk were not exactly rooting Friday for the grubbier, timely war-like forms so inconspicuously presented to their otherwise sharp eyes.

Posted by
Styles on May 11, 2005 05:09 PM



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