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The room where I'm sitting used to be our dining room, but I got tired of taking all our work stuff off the table when we wanted to eat. So the world headquarters of Good Advice Press now resides near the refrigerator, and we moved the dining room down the hall and past the staircase.
We recently tucked a dining room table into a corner of the living room, because we needed dining room #2 for AgainWithTheComics.com, our newest Web site. We had 10,000 or so comics left from "Marc and Nancy Comics," our early 1980's adventure in retail, which we took out of storage and priced. Now, we're ready to sell them. Please tell every comic fan you know about our site!
While you may not have a pile of comics in the attic, it's well worth your time and energy to create what we call an "Ace in the Hole" -- a teeny, tiny business -- to provide for your family, should the you-know-what hit the you-know-where. (Click for our advice and book picks on being in your own business.)
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Our garden produces bumper crops of vegetables interspersed with flowers and the more than occasional weed (many of which are quite edible). Among the bounty are bushels of bird houses ... actually bird house gourds, which when dried, drilled, and hung, are frequently put to good use by birds.
This summer, one of our gourds was home to a pair of wrens. When their young 'uns were nearly fully feathered, and for reasons we can only guess, the parents disappeared. After long hours of waiting fruitlessly for them to return, we took the babies inside.
For the next 11 days, we were on almost continuous nursing duty, feeding them a concoction we came up with, along with aphids and assorted other bugs. When they outgrew the small box we had first kept them in, we built a cage, and furnished it with twigs, which they loved. When that closed in on them, tree branches and moths filled our guest room as the babies learned to fly and feed themselves.
Our hearts broke over the few who didn't make it, but the day came when the guest room was too small, they could eat on their own, and the greater world beckoned the four who remained. So we opened the window and watched as one by one, they flew off.
We sure fell in love with those little wrens, as did the six of our nine grandkids who got to meet them -- Andrew, Stephen, Josh, Caity, Alison, and Lucy. It was a wonderful, grueling experience. We miss them terribly, and have great compassion for every parent who is now dealing with the empty nest syndrome.
Next time we rescue orphaned birds, which we hope won't be for a good long time, we'll raise them to be more neurotic. They never stop by, call, or write.
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Issue #35 ©2003 Marc Eisenson & Nancy Castleman Good Advice Press PO Box 78 Elizaville, NY 12523