Of Hummingbirds and Hunters

 I was on my into the grocery store when I saw Doug Olerud come out of the sports shop next door with a hummingbird feeder and then prop the door wide open. I was just thinking about Doug, and what a good advocate he was for the library when he was on the borough assembly. (We could use him in the current budget talks.) Anyway, I went in to tell him so, but there was a crowd (four is a crowd right?) trying to shoo a panicked hummingbird out the front door. The little bird was zipping back and forth and up and down among the stuffed bears, moose heads, ducks, fish, and caribou and deer antlers. There are also stuffed mountain goats, sheep, a sea lion even, I think, and a small mink or marten standing, lifelike, on a shelf over by the backpacks. It's like a natural history museum in there. Doug's dad Dave (who is responsible for many of the trophies), was particularly concerned about the fate of the hummingbird. If she kept buzzing like that for too long, without any food, her tiny metabolic engine would run out of gas. Dave made us all go to the back of the store so the hummer would see the the clear path out the open doors to the red feeder. The other sportsmen where also doing there best to encourage the bird to fly free, and save it from the same fate as all the other critters in the shop. When I noted the irony in this, Doug pointed out that you can't eat a hummingbird. He was teasing, because clearly Doug and guys know that spring hummingbirds nourish us in other, more important ways. They are the hopeful things with feathers. Anyone who has ever watched the spunky, mini-miracles with wings hover by a feeder or flit about in fireweed flowers knows that. 

In other news, I was interviewed by Psychology Today, and the interview turned into an informal essay about my accident. (After the writer talked with me, she noted that if we pulled her questions out, we'd have a cohesive story, so we did that.) Anyway, if you'd like to read about the spiritual side of my bike accident and recovery, check it out here.


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