Left with the Care of the Farm The banty rooster’s strident call is light years from grinding war, spinning news, suspicions of sects and warring politicians. His raucous bluster reminds me of a push-button toy gargling squawks only a child enjoys. A hawk whistles across the pasture. The rooster heard it, a wild away. He […]Read more "Left with the Care of the Farm"
I’m filling my Earl Grey tea cup this morning at work when the weirdest water cooler conversation bubbles up. “Let me ask you a strange question.” I smile nervously, “OK.” “You ever close your eyes and press your fingers into your eyelids?” “Yeah, fireworks light show.” “Exactly!” He flutters his eyes closed and lightly demonstrates […]Read more "On Floaters and Flashes"
Working in a petting zoo has its benefits: you work outside all day; you get plenty of exercise from laborious farm chores; and when you need a break, dozens of friendly fauna await your playful attention. During my initial zookeeper training, the manager said I shouldn’t get too attached to the animals. “These aren’t your […]Read more "The Cruelty and Compassion of Kids: A Zoo Tale"