Hummingbirds – Comical and Calming

Photo by Robert Bottman

Every spring we hang hummingbird feeders around the yard to feed these wonders of nature. One feeder hangs outside my kitchen window so I can watch these flying comedians while I am at the sink or cooking. One sunny day, I walked up to the sink upset about something trivial when I saw that I was being watched by the “feeder guard” staring into the kitchen window. Yes he was perched on the top of the feeder guarding it from all others. He took flight when two others came to feed and chased them off. As he returned the same pair came to feed again and once again we chased out of the “air space” of the feeder. I stepped back for a moment and watched as the pursuit turned into a ballet of buzzing birds zooming past my vantage point. The little guardian would chase one or two off and while gone two others would come and feed. It was only then that I noticed that the feeder on our covered patio was empty. Having completely forgotten what I was upset about I quickly made a fresh batch of nectar (sugar water 3 to1 ratio) and continued to watch the comedy as I awaited it to cool. Once cooled I proceeded out to remove the feeder that was empty, on the patio and was “buzzed” several times while taking it in to clean and refill. Upon retuning it to the patio again I was “buzzed” by several little ones until I had rehung the feeder. This feeder being the larger of the two immediately had many visitors and when I returned to my window at the sink the “guardian” was taking a turn at his feeder, then back to his post. I kept chuckling to myself and returned to my office to finish what ever I had walked away from upset. Now chuckling and no longer upset the day continued with a much calmer tone. The pandemic had brought my wife back to work from home so she had witnessed part of this and asked “what is so funny?” I explained the events and she could not help from laughing. She said I guess they let you know that they were hungry. Just more mouth’s to feed in our menagerie.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

The title is a direct quote from the Declaration of Independence, written in 1776.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

Are our children being taught about the Declaration of Independence in schools? Are they being told the truth or some opinion of current educational preference? STOP!!!! BEFORE LAUNCHING A HEATED RESPONSE, read the whole article! Teachers are the ones that give the information to the students. For the most part they do a fantastic job but are sometimes restricted to doctrine set forth by the school board, local, state, and Federal Government’s. Don’t blame the teachers, blame the politicians and the bureaucracy created by them.

You can probably guess that I am an originality, and believe that the founding fathers took tremendous care in crafting the Founding Documents. They wrote many papers (See Federalist Papers) raising questions about what the government should have the powers to do and what it did not have the power to due. It was certainly not going to be another Monarchy. When it was all said and done it was not a Democracy but a Democratic Republic. The government was to be limited in it’s power and scope. It was written plainly, concisely, and displayed the true intent. It was then sent to the 13 states to be read and discussed, and ratified. While the Declaration of Independence, was written s a notice to King George, it was still agreed upon by the representatives from each of the colonies. Yes not every colonist wanted to break ties with England, but neither did every colonists want to be continued to be under the oppression of the English Crown. These are the facts, They fought a war to become Independent, and won.

What does that mean today? The framers never intended for the government to so big. They never intended for it to control every aspect of your life. The states were suppose to be sovereign and have the right to choose. So how did all this blow up to what it is today? Politicians seeking power and control started making laws to change the way it works. Political parties have set their own vision of what the government should be responsible for and guaranteed that they could do what the want in those pieces of legislation. The elected politicians were never suppose to serve in congress for life. While the number of House members is base on population in each state, the senate only gets 2 members from each state. The terms for service where defined, the term for the President was 6 years. Up until FDR, the president could serve as many times as he could be elected. That ended with his Election to his 4th term. That is the method the Framers of our Democratic Republic intended it to be done.

The “Founding Fathers” were not perfect. They had their own faults, but they understood the value of freedom and the value of having the right to self govern. They understood that Freedom isn’t free, it’s paid for with blood sweat and struggle. Our freedom was paid for by those that fought in the American Revolution and in every war or conflict since then.

What is the meaning of all this? Make sure that that future generations are taught the truth behind the formation of this country and what each of these Documents were and not what the current option of their meaning should be, but what the meaning was when they were written. That same principal exists today. The words did not change nor did the reason for them. We should respect these documents and protect them from being trashed or changed to pervert their meaning.