Category Archives: Ectopistes

Learning about Money

Piggy Bank Drawn on Blackboard

I never thought too much about money when I was growing up.  We certainly weren’t rich, so it’s not that money wasn’t an object.  And we weren’t poor either, so I never had to think about a lack of money, or wish for more of it to buy food or the pay the rent or mortgage.

From an early age my mother tried to instill the concept of saving your pennies in me.  For the most part it took pretty well.  When I was old enough to receive an allowance for doing chores around the house, which I think was five dollars a week, I would add the money to my piggy bank.  I would also save any money I received as gifts during birthdays or holidays.  All of this money was almost invariably used to Continue reading

I’ve Always Liked Pigeons…

People often look at me like I’m crazy when I say this, but I like pigeons.  There’s something about their gentle way that I’ve always found incredibly calming.  I’m also ceaselessly entertained by their rhythmic head bobbing as they walk.

I don’t keep pigeons, nor do I feed them in the park.  And I’m not trying to convince anyone to like pigeons.  I know many people find them to be dirty gutter-dwelling ‘rats with wings’ – but I like them!

Picture of a pigeon
Pigeon

So what on earth does this have to do with anything?  One day when I was doing my normal routine of chasing five ideas at a time on the Internet I stumbled upon… the passenger pigeon. Continue reading