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Back to the Bush: The Return to Oz, Day 1

The sun peaks over distance hills, setting the Aranda bushlands aglow. As I slowly jog through the same nature reserve I was lost in a year and a half ago, it’s hard to keep my eyes on the path. Above, I hear at least five distinct bird calls. I recognize some from when I was here last: Magpies, Currawongs, Cockatoos, Rosellas. The Maggies are my favorites. Black birds with a white beak dipped in black, white along the back of the neck and a big white stripe down the wings and tail. They sing enchanted lullabies Continue reading Back to the Bush: The Return to Oz, Day 1

Australia: part II

Butch the Bird on my knee
Butch the Bird on my knee

The first thing I got when I landed in Australia three weeks ago was a cold, which I nursed all the second week (Thanks, Tom- I would have preferred chocolates). I did get to enjoy cup after cup of coffee, compliments of Tom’s wonderful dad, Kim. He was my personal barista that week before he left town, and also loaned me a pair of Continue reading Australia: part II