Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Seventy One

“At this time, weather is a go for launch,” the voice on the TV said. It was Bob and Doug’s Big Adventure, Part Two.  You could also call it Elon Musk’s Big Idea. The announcers made a big deal of the fact that this would be the first time in almost a decade that astronauts…

Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Sixty Six

I’m sitting on the lanai, waiting on birds. If I lived in Alaska, I might be sitting around waiting for brown bears to awaken from hibernation. In Missouri, it might be deer and their fawn I wait to see emerge from the woods. Lulu and my camera keep me company. A poem or two by Jane…

Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Sixty One

These darn birds. They taunt me all day long, buzzing by my window, sometimes sitting on a tree limb no more than six feet away on the other side of the glass. When I look his way, I swear he’s looking right at me–and he tilts his head. Then, there are the sounds. The male…

Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Fifty-Five

The ceiling fan ticks above me. My friend the spider is centered in her web between the two chairs on the lanai. Lulu’s faint snore beside me slips like smoke from her mouth. Outside, doves coo, a rooster crows. I catch the bleating from a goat down the street. Not even the fringe of palm…

Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Fifty Three

One June some years ago, 19 Laysan albatross chicks were banded. The chicks, some still with downy heads, were days away from fledging, days away from taking their first flights out over the ocean where they’d stay for the next three to five years before returning to land. The day after banding, I returned to…

Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Forty Nine

For five years, many of us were entranced daily by albatross chicks on the Cornell AlbatrossCam. From late January until late June, sometimes, even into July, we tuned in at all hours of the day and, thanks to an infrared filter, well into the night to watch chicks hatch, feed, and grow into their long six-foot…