Still smiling. Thanks, Mom & Dad, for everything!
My dad had a temper. He was a disturbed man but I loved him.
The only time I ever saw him express any type of humility was when he asked The Champ (Muhammed Ali) for his autograph.
I was 17 when I last saw my father. He told me he loved me. It was the first time I remembered hearing those words from him. I couldn’t wait to tell him that I loved him too, so I did.
He died suddenly of a heart attack a few days later.
He was 38.
If your parents are still around, give them a hug. Tell them you love ‘em.
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Pigeons and doves constitute the bird clade Columbidae, that includes some 310 species. They are stout-bodied birds with short necks, and have short, slender bills with fleshy ceres. Doves feed on seeds, fruits, and plants. This family occurs worldwide, but the greatest variety is in the Indomalaya and Australasia ecozones.
In general, the terms "dove" and "pigeon" are used somewhat interchangeably. In ornithological practice, "dove" tends to be used for smaller species and "pigeon" for larger ones, but this is in no way consistently applied, and historically, the common names for these birds involve a great deal of variation between the terms. The species most commonly referred to as "pigeon" is the Feral Rock Pigeon, common in many cities.
Doves and pigeons build relatively flimsy nests from sticks and other debris, which may be placed in trees, on ledges, or on the ground, depending on species. They lay one or two eggs, and both parents care for the young, which leave the nest after seven to 28 days. Unlike most birds, both sexes of doves and pigeons produce "crop milk" to feed to their young, secreted by a sloughing of fluid-filled cells from the lining of the crop. Young doves and pigeons are called "squabs".
The Pteroclididae (sandgrouse) were formerly included in the order Columbiformes largely due to this drinking behavior ("The only other group, however, which shows the same behavior, the Pteroclididae, is placed near the doves just by this doubtlessly very old characteristic." ); more recently, it had been reported that they cannot drink by "sucking" or "pumping", and they are now treated separately in the order Pteroclidiformes and are considered to be closer to the shorebirds.
Columbidae are usually divided into five subfamilies, probably inaccurately. For example, the American ground and quail doves, which are usually placed in the Columbinae, seem to be two distinct subfamilies. The order presented here follows Baptista et al. (1997) with some updates (Johnson & Clayton 2000, Johnson et al. 2001, Shapiro et al. 2002)… wiki
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Jennifer Senior is the author of "All Joy and No Fun: Why Parents Hate Parenting,"
Quotes from her TED2014 Talk:
"Why do so many people today experience parenthood like a kind of crisis?
We are furiously improvising through a performance where there is no script.
Children are not the problem. Something about parenting, right now, at this moment, is the problem. Specifically, I don’t think we know what parenting is supposed to be. “Parent” as a verb only entered common usage in 1970.