Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Owls Are Wise

I dissected owl pellets with 141 students yesterday.

Owls, in mythological stories, are associated with being wise. An owl is the mascot of Athena, the Greek Goddess of wisdom. It represents truth, knowledge, and wisdom. How apropos that I was born in Athens, Greece, the Goddess' namesake.

It was a fun, messy experiment. Many thought the pellets were owl poop. However, that is untrue. The owl has adapted to its environment by regurgitating things it can not digest like bones and complete skulls. It poops out the things it can.

Life is all about adaptation. You might not be able to throw up your challenges in a nice compact cylindrical package, but you do have the ability to rid yourself of them.

Don't give a hoot about what others may think of you. Be wise. Seek positive knowledge. Rid yourself of the other waste because it is a waste of your time.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Wild, but not bored

So, I just won a wild boar hunt adventure to take with my son. It was at a church chilli cook-off. I had to think, only in the South could you go to a house of worship and be awarded with such a hunt.

The Boy is excited, as am I. Not once did he flinch and think it was unusual to shoot wild pigs with his mama. I suspect we'll be hitting the shooting range to get used to the right rifles.

Sometimes life is about aim and straight shooting in all realms. I suspect building memories is much better than a wrapped gift. However, I would have no idea how to wrap a slain boar as a birthday present anyway.

I'll let you know how it turns out.