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  • Posted March 18, 2012 by
    Danforth, Maine
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    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    This was the first warm day along the Canadian border in Maine, with temperatures in to the 60s. It was relaxing to walk on gravel, as most of the snow on the road had melted.

    Yesterday, I saw a beautiful bear birth video online at this link. http://www.wildliferesearchfoundation.org/

    Lugnut is a young female bear who has given birth, up here in Maine, and you can also watch a LIVE, VIDEO FEED, of her sleeping, right now, as her two baby cubs suckle to gain the needed weight, as soon, they will have to come out of their den to explore the world.

    Lugnut's den was only about 60 yards from a logging road in Maine, so I couldn't help but wonder who was denned up near us as Snoopy and I surveyed the surrounding snow covered woods. It was a lot of fun, and a great relief to see winter's grip being broken by the strong, spring sunshine.

    Another title for this blog report that came to mind is the famous WW II movie called, “A WALK IN THE SUN.” I, as most young men of my era, were very deeply affected by those old WW II propaganda movies we saw on television in the 1950s.

    But it was only a hot walk in the sun for me today, as I was wearing long underwear, and I NEVER WANTED TO BE IN THE INFANTRY, so I can only imagine the stresses my Vietnam infantry comrades had to endure, and what our current crop of veterans, who have had numerous deployments to our war zones, while we all played and spent.

    Although I am not a fan of war, I will always think of how selfishly and callously our nation used these men and women the past ten years, and now many want to abandon them, or are jealous that they may get any, "special treatment," as they come home to rebuild their lives.

    As I get closer to my death, I realize that we are merely animals with some soul in our DNA, and that our behavior mimics a troop of chimpanzees or baboons, and nothing more.

    Have a great day, and enjoy being alive, because tomorrow, it may not be so. Roger, in Maine.
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