Sunday, December 20, 2009


The depth of my ignorance is made clear by this simple fact:

I still don't know the names of birds, flowers and stars.


Anonymous said...

Really?! I think it's true of most of us. Visitors from overseas were asking me the name of some of our trees and despite being born here, I didn't have a clue. Mortification! Maybe you should start a continuing education course on "How to Answer Tourists."

Anonymous said...

Fortunately, you don't need to know the name of the birds, trees or stars to appreciate their beauty.

Jeff Taylor said...

Just imagine the depth of knowledge of the teens and twenty-somethings these days. Now that's scary ! Twitter is a bird isn't it ?

Anonymous said...

There is a great difference between ignorance - and ignorance in certain subjects - no? I get your point, however, you are far from being ignorant.

As for me - I am familiar with *some* trees, flowers and birds (love that part of nature). I swear I saw a robin hopping about on the lawn in the rain this morning - but then it might have been that other bird which looks so much like a robin...See?
As for the heavens - the dippers, moon and sun are about it; I rely on the Hubble Space Telescope. There are some great photos there. :-)


Gary L. said...

Ah, ignorance, finally something I know a little bit about. I have made it my Major!
Birds are easy, they don't care what you call them. I have narrowed them down to Hummingbirds, Woodpeckers, and Turkey Vultures........ that's most of them, I think.
Regarding flowers, when asked to conduct a garden tour of our grounds, in between panic attacks at 3 minute intervals, I have developed a system. When asked" oh my, what is that beautiful flower", sweating profusely I will reply, "this is a Corrogated Cylindrical Minora" or some such rubbish. Then looking overhead, I will add that it only likes direct sunlight/speckled sunlight/ or shade. Everyone appears pleased, not the least of which, me.
As far as the Stars go, I have a wall hanging of the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, and I can quickly consult it, if the need arises. It never has, yet.............


Anonymous said...

Gary L, ha ha ha ha ha ha! Thanks for the great laugh. Hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and turkey vultures. That's about it, ha ha haa. So funny.