I have an awesome internal clock. It’s wowed family, friends, and strangers unerringly for years. I could have won sucker bets in bars if I chose.

I ascribe it to 40 years of being a speech-language pathologist, where life is regimented into clinical sessions scheduled tightly in a daylong regimen of 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30…if one is fortunate to have been blessed with a prolific procession of clients.… ...

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Yesterday a famous parrot prompted a post.

Today hearts are heavy as we commemorate the date that the invisible, invincible shield of America crashed to the ground, along with the Twin Towers and thousands of lives.

Today I find a parallel natural event to post: a 55-minute turf, er tree, war that I witnessed while doing water aerobics.… ...

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Six years ago on this day Alex died.

His last words were spoken to his trainer, Dr. Irene Pepperberg: “You be good. See you tomorrow. I love you.”

Alex, the African gray parrot, lived 31 years. He was smart. He learned hundreds of words and combined them novelly into sentences, helping to shatter our human arrogance that we were the only earthly beings capable of language.… ...

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In a funk, faithful friend? If you are, take heart and know that there are simple ‘seasons without reasons’ in life – and some of them feel strangely funky. Know that these feelings will pass, like seasons and reasons do. The light will shine through the window into your soul; your smile will reign and you will laugh out loud.… ...

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