thanks to dennis who figured this out… and sent me a link to the song.

We have one right outside our windows, and I do believe this bird is the one who starts up in the middle of the night sometimes.

Here's my quick snapshot
and a closeup thanks to wikipedia

and here’s what he sounds like.


Nice little tidbits about the mockingbird from wikipedia.

  • This is the state bird of Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.
  • It features in the title and central metaphor of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. In that novel, mockingbirds are portrayed as innocent and generous, and two of the major characters, Atticus Finch and Miss Maudie, say it is a sin to kill a mockingbird because “they don’t do one thing for us but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us”.
  • The traditional American lullaby “Hush Little Baby” has been recorded in numerous musical styles. The lyrics refer Northern Mockingbirds once being popular as pets, and begin:
Hush little baby, don’t say a word,
Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.
And if that mockingbird don’t sing,
Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.
  • President Thomas Jefferson had a pet mockingbird named Dick.
  • On the television show, Mister Rogers Neighborhood, the puppet character of King Friday XIII has a pet mockingbird (a wooden bird on a stick) whose name is Mimus Polyglottos.

End of Road at Cracker Trail Ride 2011

I remember being called a Florida Cracker because I was born in Miami. Didn’t think much more of the term until I wrote horse stories for The Palm Beach Post and learned about the ranches in the middle of the state that raised cattle, and actually went to a round up at Miss Ida’s in Indiantown.

A Florida Cracker was a cowman who cracked a long whip to herd up the cattle.

There are Cracker horses and cattle, animals that acclimated to wet soggy swampland — that kind of environment isn’t good for animals with hooves, but these horses and cows did just fine here.

I also found out that we have Cracker roses (Florida is not known for that flower) — a little straggelly, but a rose is a rose is a rose.

For more photos, go to my christine davis site and my vacation site.

Street Painting Festival 2011

I love this fair. And, since I live less than a block away, I can walk down and follow its progression. Wish Lake Worth did more of this kind of thing. The only festival I have loved better was the Luggage fair in San Francisco, an unbelievable conglomeration of street performers and acrobats who were walking up and down the sides of buildings…

Anyway, I digress. Here are photos from this year’s Lake Worth festival. (and for more, go to my christine davis site.

Good crossing, poppa neutrino

Poppa Neutrino died yesterday morning. And to think just a couple of months ago, he was ready for a round-the-world raft trip!  I am so sorry, I just got to know him, via his site, and had such fun in the process. I enjoyed listening to his children talk about their circus careers in Mexico. And about their experiences as street performers. Who would have thunk? Here are some of my favorite Neutrino quotes…

and here’s a link to his site.

poppa neutrino, random lunacy

can’t put it here, have to go to poppa’s  site

This guy, how he got started — he found this dog dying. he helped the dog. the dog looked at him with love, and then bit him. then died.

“ok, death is coming. what can i do before it happens?”

“This guy makes jack kerouac look like he lived with his mother, and went out on the road on weekends…”

“When you go for your three deepest desires, you know what you want to do…”

“We likes a soft deck. It’s easy to sleep on.”

“I am a snake. I’m going to bite you. Stay away from me.”

“Todd forgot about the rabbit part, If you see my rabbit face, approach me.”

“Severity was a word thrown around a lot.”

“going across the atlantic was a plan and a half.”

“Just hanging out there, trying not to go backwards.”

“Extremity in all areas. moderation in none.”

and what’s up now? think it has something to do with this.

“The shoes separated and my toes kept going…”

In Mexico, he and his family joined  a circus

“We were actually sort of a hit.”

“The truck is wearing out,”

“I didn’t know where I was going, but i didn’t show that.”