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Reflections On Happiness
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A well cared for country barn bedecked with cheery yellow coreopsis and home to a delightful little bluebird, offers some reflections on the simple things that bring us joy and happiness.
This cheery summer sight is a carefully tended barn that belongs to one of my mother's best friends here in western New York.
"The bluebirds are a group of medium-sized, mostly insectivorous or omnivorous birds in the genus Sialia of the thrush family (Turdidae). Bluebirds are one of the few thrush genera in the Americas. They have blue, or blue and rose beige, plumage. Female birds are less brightly colored than males, although color patterns are similar and there is no noticeable difference in size between the two sexes." [This is an Eastern bluebird - mountain bluebirds do not have the orange breast coloring].
Songwriters have adopted the bluebird as a symbol of happiness and cheer. Examples are Jan Peerce's signature song, "Bluebird of Happiness", "Over the Rainbow" ("Somewhere over the Rainbow/Bluebirds fly"), "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" ("I'm Always Chasing Rainbows/Waiting to find a little bluebird in vain"), and "The White Cliffs of Dover" ("There'll be bluebirds over/The White Cliffs of Dover"). The last song, written in 1941, alludes to the hoped for end of World War II. It employs poetic license: there are no bluebirds in Europe.
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August 29th, 2011
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