The Spirits of Birds, Bears, Butterflies and All Those Other Wild Creatures
This book makes the readers feel like they are watching this scene!
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Focus: Book Sales Aimed at Educating All Ages, Particularly The Young, About Spiritual Interactions among wild creatures and humans.
Size of Paperback Book: 314 pages
It is recommended By Dr. John Briggs, Professor of Writing Linguistics and The Creative Process at Western Connecticut State University, who is himself an author of several books:
Additionally the book was written up in The Litchfield News:
Williams Publishes An ebook About Spiritual Link Between Humans and Wild Animals
Article at: http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20121129/ISLAND/711299916
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This is a book of true to life nature tales emphasizing animal and bird interactions and communications with humans. The tales start with a short poem about Chickadees and end with a poetic tour through the Costa Rican jungle. The book opens with a prologue relating how the author became fascinated with animals and birds through family influences and experiences. Then, in an introduction, it explains the significance of interactions and spiritual communications among birds, animals and other creatures with humans. Finally, it starts with the first of thirteen true stories of interesting interaction and unique communication among people and birds and animals. It is a relatively original nature project because few books or even articles I have ever read deal with such spiritual inter-communications with real life stories attesting to it.
One of the critical issues facing the world is the vital obligation to preserve and protect the environment from humans. As a result of the momentum of destruction of nature world-wide, it will take generations, if indeed it is possible, to repair all the carnage. Hopefully the despoliation, already centuries old, will not continue at its present pace. But, whatever happens children, teenagers and adults need to acclimate themselves as much as possible to the very soul of nature.
This book and its short true-to-life tales aim at catching the attention of as many readers as possible to the need to treasure wildlife. This book demonstrates repeatedly that wild creatures can and do communicate their vital needs to people around them, even if most humans don't listen, observe or understand their many attempted interactive approaches.
Once individuals, at as early an age as possible, become educated to the vital needs of wild life, the less destructive they will be toward environments during their lifetimes. Perhaps, they will even become motivated to conserve nature for the sake of all living beings including themselves. If the skill to appreciate nature and interact with wild creatures is honed at an early age, it becomes almost emotionally and intellectually impossible not to take up or support environmental protection causes as one grows older. Hopefully this book will convince some youngsters or mature adults of the need to actively preserve and protect nature.
On the other hand, the nature tales in this book look largely upon the positive side of the relationships among people and wild creatures. They are lively, poetic and funny stories all with a focus on interaction, not always friendly, among people and birds and animals.
Some of them involve my own experiences at all ages. In order to put those stories and the book in perspective, I open up with my own family background, not at all as an ego trip, but to show how I very gradually, over the decades, became a kind of minor league nature fanatic.
On the other hand, however, the first short story, “Blueberries, Butterflies and The Pig,” explains, how only at a late age, as a so called senior citizen, I finally realized there exists a spiritual, fascinating and inspiring interaction among humans and wild creatures, in this case butterflies, and people. Of course, that only occurs if the person already has a sensitive and regular appreciation of wild creatures. After some weeks of thinking about these butterfly experiences, it occurred to me that I and some close friends had a reservoir of experiences interacting with birds and animals.
But the butterfly episodes were the actual inspiration for the book. After some weeks of thinking about these butterfly experiences, it occurred to me that I and some close friends had a reservoir of experiences interacting with birds and animals. Additionally, I am a trustee of two nature preserve, the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Sanctuary and the Constance B. Ripley Land Trust
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It recounts how the author grew up among family gradually influencing what became his deep appreciation of wildlife. Ultimately, decades later, it led to his belief in the spiritual, simultaneously touching both hearts and souls inside wildlife and people. But, that materialized only in the past couple of years. As I said, that awareness arose after the writer had that unique experience with a friendly butterfly that perched for perhaps ten minutes on the back of his hand as he roamed around a local blueberry patch showing other pickers his new found friend. A day or two later, that startling experience flashed the mind back decade earlier when he observed two butterflies continuously swirling around the head of a Vermont farm country character. The butterflies seemed intrigued as the lively, arm waving old man spun a tale about how a night earlier, he and a friend eventually captured a runaway pig in the woods. The two butterfly experiences awakened this author to a startling reality. That is even an insect can use its camaraderie to amaze the imagination of humans: to make them wonder if its spirit is actually bonding with them. After researching and writing this book, the author not only believes in such bonding, but seeks it out as creatures fly, walk, run or swim by him.
However, those butterfly experiences would have been meaningless without the author's inspiration from an aunt and uncle, John and Julie Forman, private school founders for children with learning disabilities. Their religious and spiritual beliefs drove them into beautiful wilderness areas to tent out, canoe, horseback ride and explore occasionally with their nephew and his family. The author might never have understood the potential for wild creature interchange without another uncle, Dr. Dillon Ripley, who, as a famous ornithologist who collected wild ducks in his man-made pond, tested his nephew to identify almost every bird they saw or heard during their walks in the woods or along the edges of lakes and ponds.
Introduction - People Believe In Communications With Pets But Rarely Wildlife
A deeply researched explanation of how wild creatures communicate and connect with humans in all sorts of fascinating situations. It is an inquiry by this career investigative journalist of a number of real life events displayed on the Internet through You Tube and a host of other sites with credible evidence of the extraordinary and inspiring spiritual interplay among humans and a host of wild creatures.
60 Minutes: Swimming Unprotected and Playing with White Sharks
One included a Sixty Minutes program segment in which the reporter, Anderson Cooper, gets together with a white shark lover and expert, "The Sharkman" Mike Rutzin and they dive beneath the surface of the ocean at the very tip of South Africa. Although you can almost see the fear in Cooper's eyes, he follows Sharkman into the ocean depths to see apparently friendly sharks playing bump the body with Rutzin and then observe him hold onto a shark's fin to take a ride with the big fellow. Well, there are all kinds of wild creature friendships with man. While interviewing Ian Gereg, Director of Aviculture and Education at the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, whose lived his life for ducks, geese and birds of all kind, I had to chuckle. When I toured the duck facility one day a group of a half dozen baby white geese were following Ian's every move right next to his heels! When Ian spoke, they made regular clucking sounds. When he fell silent and stopped walking, they did too. Amazed, I looked directly at Ian and exclaimed: “What are the geese doing?!” Ian immediately replied, “They think I'm their mother.” Well, they sure acted like his babies!
But more than that the introduction contains general descriptions of the beauty in nature's scenes that if appreciated become inspiration for all living beings, no matter how wild, to understand and appreciate one another.
A spring morning arrives in a Litchfield, Connecticut woodlands near a big farm field. The awakening is the sound of the wind blowing through multi-pointed Maple leaves. First the sound is a soft, rushing one like water flowing swiftly through a narrow brook. But, as the wind increases it becomes more like a rock-covered waterfall. It slows and the sound drops to gentle again. In the foreground, light green leaves wave back and forth on their stems. Looking deeper and higher, they create scores of ghostly shadows against the light blue sky and the sparkling bright yellow light of the sun. A solo male red Cardinal sings lightly, and then a Robin joins in. Seconds later, the Cardinal and its pink-brown mate sing in tandem. Other birds chirp and sing from farther away. Some of the area birds flew thousands of miles, round trip from more southern climes to return to New England in the spring to sing the songs nature's fans have come to enjoy and know so well. Some even fly thousands of miles one-way without stopping.
Chickadees and The Ancient Birder, a short poem, that sets the tone for the nature tales that immediately follow. It describes the author standing near a bird feeder ready to fill it as the snow fell lightly from the sky and singing chickadees flew over his head nearby, undeterred from their continuing feeder feedings and rapping with the man holding their sunflower seeds.
As mentioned above, Blueberries, Butterflies and The Pig, explains a length, how only at a late age, as a so called senior citizen, the author finally realized there exists a spiritual, fascinating and inspiring interaction among humans and wild creatures, in this case butterflies, and people.
Its beginnings? Suddenly a little orange butterfly with miniature black specks flies speedily around me and lands right on my extended right hand! As it retracts its wings, I see the buff orange- brown color on the bottom of those wings, its two little antlers above its tiny head and its legs attached to its diminutive body. I glance at the little guy. My outstretched arm and hand freeze.
In seconds, the little one takes off and flies up and around and then down again on the back of my waiting right hand. This time it stays. I then began walking around and showing it off to anyone who would look and listen.
Eventually, I made my way to a field outside of the blueberry patch and engaged a small boy and girl then rolling their bodies down a grassy green hill. I told the lively boy to calm down, but of course, he didn't. His movement startled the butterfly which then flew in the air 30 to so feet above me. As I turned to look back at the two children, I exclaimed how disappointed I was that my friend had disappeared. Just then, my wife walked out of the patch and exclaimed that my butterfly had dipped down and landed on my ear.
I didn't believe her, but it had so I showed the creature off to the woman selling blueberries. Then, as I got ready to get into our car, the butterfly, sensing I was leaving, flew off my ear. Days later, I continued thinking about this butterfly and others I had seen.
Suddenly, my mind flashed back a decade or so and recalled an incredible episode. As we were standing on a General Store porch looking over a lake on a sunny day, a Vermont farm character,without warning or introduction, abruptly and surprising regaled me with a story of his chase of a pig a night earlier. As the story's excitement jumped up and down inside the old man's wispy white head and he made waving motions with his arms, I noticed several small white butterflies darting above his head. As the story got wilder, the butterflies flew and darted faster; as the words waned, they slowed to wider swoops. When the old man began walking away, the flyers disappeared toward the lake.
The Adventures of a Canadian-Bermudian Sailor excitingly relates how that boatman looks for boat building or repair work in his diminutive boat along the New England coast from Maine to Massachusetts. Once he discovers there are no jobs he can find, a friend he stops to visit on Cape Cod suggests Christopher sail on to his former digs in Bermuda. A hurricane with his nickname, Chris, has just passed by them going north in the Atlantic Ocean. But, they theorize that storm will clear the ocean for a safe sailing. Off Christopher goes alone on what he figures should be a 10-day trip. But, just two days' distant from Bermuda, he runs into the storm of his life. Miraculously, Christopher and his sailing ship survive 48 hours of high winds and ever dangerous waves. Once the storm has swept by, Christopher resets his sails in beautiful sunny weather. With his ever steady hand holding the tiller, he steers onward. No long after his fresh start, a migrating swallow lands right on top of Christopher's steering hand and stays for a 10 to 15 minute visit. The wild feathered creature checks out the captain eye-to-eye, cleans itself off with beak and one perch leg and then looks out over the beautiful blue salt water. Christopher is amazed and inspired. After the swallow flies off, Christopher comes to believe the bird and he became mated as two miraculously surviving storm spirits. Once he makes it to Bermuda, Christopher's good fortune continues as he finds work as a boat mechanic.
Here's the man with the bird in hand, Christopher Profit, after he beat the ocean storm; had a swallow land on his boat steering fist afterward; and finally sailed next to North Rock, outside of Bermuda harbor. (Photo by Tony Cordiero for The Royal Gazette)
The Squirrel Roams hatches descriptions of how the nutty creature roams, eats, plays and occasionally stays home with the kids.
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The Great White Hunter is a humorous narration by the author's oldest buddy of his childhood dream to become a great white hunter like Daniel Boone and how his fantasy crumbled while pursuing a squirrel. On the way back, he said, I couldn’t help but think how casually I regularly dispatched those squirrels, sitting nearby in the apple trees, from my bedroom window upstairs. Here was an innocent animal minding its own business, trying to survive, and the rookie hunter was trying to kill it with gunfire to ultimately cut off its tail. I ventured out many times into forests after that day, but had lost my Daniel Boone swagger and my taste for killing squirrels.
Squirrels, The Acrobats, The Raiders, The Flying Invaders relates a personal ongoing history of the author’s experiences with squirrels throughout his life that eventually leads from hostility to peace and humor.
The One Time Haunting Korean Hunt: In this story, the author confesses to a once in a lifetime wildlife-hunting excursion on the dangerous mine-infested border between North and South Korea. The hunt is serenaded with a loud, haunting, micro-phoned backdrop of an infamous American soldier, who defected to North Korea, propagandizing that dictatorship's attributes to all who listen. The author drew this story into his book decades after the hunting episode from a letter he wrote back to the States to his mother and father who saved the missive for him and gave it to him years later for his memory's sake.
Check It Out And Think About It: Being a Vegan Makes Sense For Humans and Grizzlies Alike checks into some philosophical thinking about hunting and eating.
Hummingbird Mom Feeds Baby in Hand
The Adventures and Wild Flights of Eilish: An adventure story about a Chilean Flamingo named Eilish who escaped a Connecticut bird sanctuary in the in the late fall and flew north to Ontario, Canada. There it became the focus of an intense rescue effort as winter closed in. Its savior was a well-known bird and animal rescuer who became so close to the creatures she rescued that they became her spiritual friends. I quote a brief account inside The Courant which I did not quote in my tale: "Eilish -- or a runaway that fits her description -- has become an international fugitive. The 3-pound, 20-year-old female Chilean flamingo that eluded captors in a Connecticut River cove several times last month was last seen flying upriver soon after a failed rescue mission Oct. 22, 1997. This month, a female Chilean flamingo estimated to weigh 3 pounds and be 20 years old took up residence in a bay on the Ottawa River." It's a fascinating tale that ends happily with Eilish's rescue as a winter that could have been deadly to her set in.
Eilish is discovered flying over the Connecticut River in East Hampton in September 1997 before she decides to fly north into cold Canada. She instinctively is flying that direction because Chilean Flamingos fly north in colder weather to reach warmer climes. (Hartford Courant photo)
Chilean Flamingos flying near the Andes Mountains. Photo by Ben Hall Photography at http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.benhallphoto.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/chilean-flamingos-in-flight-over-andes-mountains1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.benhallphoto.com/workshops/patagonia-course-2010/&h=298&w=550&sz=88&tbnid=Gey3myjDPmm53M:&tbnh=63&tbnw=117&zoom=1&docid=BTT_XYa-CNt1DM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=L59XT9HPDYfq0gG0n4DMDw&ved=0CC8Q9QEwAA&dur=578
Kathy Nihei and Friend (From The Ottawa Citizen)
Big Daddy Swan Protects His Brood From The Road Runners: The famous annual Litchfield Road Race was the scene of a dramatic confrontation between a competitive runner and a male swan trying to protect his mate and their brood from a rush of roadrunners. The author was right on the scene and photographed the swans and the runners both before and after the dramatic episode.
Awesome Birds, Frogs, Snakes, Crocs and Insects Inside The Costa Rican Jungle: This is the crescendo: a poem about a trip through a Costa Rican jungle with a native nature guide who closely interacts with birds, lizards, snakes, insects and most jungle dwellers.
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