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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

This Contest is for the Birds

I recently won a "pay it forward" contest & haven't had time to pay anything forward until now. Unfortunately I suck at devising contests & I'm currently pretty tapped out, financially. However, I DO have some used (very good condition,) hardcover books on birding.* 'Splain (in the comments on this post,) why you would like one & the top 3 entries will each win a book. Contest ends May 31st at noon. Winners will be posted that evening.

*Note that "books on birding" are not necessarily field guides.

19 comments:

laughingwolf said...

grats on the win, lana! :)

since before i could walk or talk, i've been an avid nature lover, and go out of my way to pay attention to any flora, fauna and feathered friends i happen upon

for a few months, a few years back, i had the joy of observing a spider and her huge web [it covered the whole of a 3'x4' livingroom window pane], until a furious wind/rainstorm ripped it down... i assume she took up safer lodging elsewhere

now, with google and other online resources, i can try to discover what they are, even if not always successfully... any 'nature' book would be a welcome resource, and greatly appreciated....

Erik Donald France said...

Kewel!

I defer on the birding books whilst in Detroit, only b/c I can already recognize pigeons and sparrows and bats ;->

Travis Erwin said...

I would love to have a book that would help my ID the many birds I see in my area, especially since my boys ask, "What kind of bird is that Dad?" And they expect me to know.

Charles Gramlich said...

Travis Erwin, you can always just make up names. It'll be years before they catch on.

Middle Ditch said...

I haven't been for a while and had a whale of a time looking around and finally saw that owl.

Lana, you are such a dream person and I had such a weird dream last night and it puzzles me.

I am surrounded by children and my husband is crying and crying. One of the children writes a derogatory comment about that and gleefully asks me if she is going to have detention as some of the others' had. I say "no, because I understand that you don't understand it". Then out in space many many banners are unfolded and shine brightly down on us. All the children unfold their own home-made banners and wave them to the children out in space. It is a very joyful moment. Then we go out into the street, joyfully waving the banners at the children in space, but I'm hot and bothered even though I keep smiling and waving. Then I begin to sweat. The sweat is streaming of me. I nearly drown in the sweat and I wake up, heart pounding.

Weird.

JR's Thumbprints said...

Got anything on jailbirds? Maybe an Ann Rule true crime book?

Bird said...

Lana, thanks so much for the advice. I may stop by the Berkley Gallery although I'm a little shy. I've been to the library, so maybe I've already seen you! Next time I'm in there I'll say hi.

mon@rch said...

Congrats on winning and I couldn't think of anyone better to have won!

Lana Gramlich said...

Laughingwolf; Awesome entry...Stay tuned. ;)

Erik; But do you have any interest in attracting birds to your yard..?

Travis; I still highly recommend Audubon's guide (which I'm not giving away, unfortunately.) Thanks for the entry! We'll see how things work out. ;)

Charles; Like Wrenny Wrenerson & Bluey O'Jay? ;)

Middle Ditch; I'm afraid I don't know enough about you to offer much insight at all into your dream. Did you read my posts about dream interpretation? You may find help there (see the "labels" near the bottom of my sidebar.)

JR; Not personally, but we do at my library. <:\ Perhaps something on Buddhist meditation might be more beneficial for you, though. You deal w/enough BS every day!

Bird; Have no fear! The people at the gallery are very cool. :) I usually have a name tag on at work. Failing that, however, I'm short & round, with med. brown hair in a lonnnng pony tail (my only other short & round co-worker is silver haired.)
I read something in the Picayune today about Abita forming some kind of cultural committee (or some such,) to promote local arts, so attending a town meeting might be beneficial, too.

Mon@rch; You're too kind. :)

Dave Coulter said...

Congratulations on the prize. I'd throw my hat into the ring, but I already have TOO many books! :)

Lana Gramlich said...

Dave; Thanks. *LOL* I hear you. :)

Bird said...

Good to hear! My neighbor is on city council, so I'll ask her if I see her scurrying into her house any time soon.

Donnetta Lee said...

Hi, Lana. I'm not in the contest. Just dropped by to say "hi." I think this is really cool of you. How's the library going? School is finished as of today in my corner of the world! Yay!
Donnetta

Michelle's Spell said...

Hey Lana,

The contest sounds great. I love the pay it forward idea. Okay, here goes -- I would use the book to learn something about a subject I know nothing about (for a writer, every bit of knowledge is important) and then sell it and donate the money from it and a few other books I have to the battered women's shelter in Detroit that I support (volunteer work and whatnot). I'm going to have a big sale soon and try and donate some money to a few places that I think do really crucial work. Good luck with the haircut -- I really do love your hair, even if you say you can't do anything with it -- isn't that the best kind of hair, the kind that doesn't take any shit and refuses to obey the wicked whims of mercurial fashion trends? (one bad experience with a Toni home perm has soured me on experimentation forever!)

laughingwolf said...

hope you all have a great memorial day weekend :)

Lana Gramlich said...

Bird; Let me know when the next meeting is, if you find out. I'd like to attend, too.

Donnetta; We're gearing up for the summer reading program at the library (which starts Tuesday,) so we've been (& will be,) pretty busy for a while. I'm looking forward to it, though. We have good kids & get great presenters every week (magicians, storytellers, zoomobiles, etc.)

Michelle; To tell the truth, although my hair's an unruly pain in the @$$, I don't mind it so much. I wish it was thicker, but what I lack in thickness I more than make up in growing speed (think "weeds on steroids.") Love your entry, btw!

Laughingwolf; Back atcha. :) I'm hoping to spend some quality time painting, but I seem to say that a lot. <:\ Wish I had Charles' level of discipline! He makes the rest of us Libras look bad. *L*

laughingwolf said...

you libran, too? go on! my bd is 06 rocktober! ;) lol

and i'm DAMN good at procrastinating!

Lana Gramlich said...

Laughinwolf; Yes. My birthday's 10/13 (Charles is 10/14, so we got married 10/11 so we could celebrate it all at once. *L*)

laughingwolf said...

perfect! lol

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