Today David and I will haul one of the parrot cages outside for fall cleaning. We change the papers in the trays every night, and wipe the cages down. Twice yearly we take the cages outside for a power wash. Mostly the debris we remove is not bird poop, but food particles. One of my parrots is a messy boy.
Yes, I am in love with my parrots. Fortunately, my husband David is very understanding and helpful. He says he’s “glad he is able to help.” He secretly loves the parrots also.
Yes, the parrots fly loose at least once per day. Yes they drop a little poop, but never fear, their poop won’t harm us. My parrots are healthy and see their vet on a regular basis. Plus, their poop is pathogen free for humans, unlike some wild birds that carry West Nile, my birds don’t go outside. Because they are not mammals, they don’t carry E coli and other human pathogens. Cat poop is far more dangerous.
I’ve lived with parrots for fifteen years.
Lately, I’ve been reading a lot. TV is mostly a dead zone and we don’t attend movies any more. We never watch commercial TV except for some evening news. Mostly I get my news from the BBC, public television or radio. Even then I catch the odd error. Most political issues are really very complex.
David and I spend much time discussing politics. Fortunately we agree on most issues. He says there is nothing political we disagree about, unlike our children many of whom disagree with us about many things. Some days it feels like its us against the world.
Actually, one of my children is very wise about politics but he thinks I look at too much news. I think he looks at too much football.
Currently, I’m reading E. J. Dionne’s How the Right Went Wrong. Dionne, a Liberal, writes an opinion piece for the Washington Post. I think this book is quite good, not because it’s partisan, but because it is a thorough examination of US politics since Eisenhower.
I’ve read Anne Coulter and Ayn Rand. I don’t like political diatribes. Like Charles Krautheimer’s autobiography, Things That Matter, this book is helping me gain clarity about politics and parties.
Hillary Clinton was a Goldwater girl. My Dad liked and voted for Goldwater then voted for McGovern. Charles Krautheimer and Ronald Reagan were Democrats who became conservative Republicans. I am interested in why and how people change their politics. Dionne gives his take on the changes in the Republican and Democrat parties since the Eisenhower years.
If nothing else, I will come away from this book with a better understanding of the reason we need both political parties and why I sometimes feel I don’t fit anywhere.