This I believe.

We are all together on this ship and some of us will die sooner. Some young. I will grieve again, and comfort. It may be me. Those of us who are lucky will know ahead of time and not be incapacitated by pain and exhaustion and messes we have not cleaned up. If we are luckier this heightened awareness that is the gift of death may be seized by us periodically and good and great things and moments will be brought into the world as a result. What do I want to have been in my life with my mothers?

On making an heirloom

One of the most appreciated practices I've had in my releases has been the sharing of a white flight feather, something for people to hold in their hands and remember. Now I frame them with an illuminated and calligraphed card, personalized for the event. It's a lot of detail, something to be treasured or handed down. I love doing the painting and the lettering, handling the inks and gilt and pens. It's peaceful work, and it's business, but it is also an act of love.

My doves on the news!

Last night's Gift Worth Giving wedding was gorgeous! Just a little rain to highlight how beautiful the evening light was, and the details were smooth and lovely. A flock of white doves flew at the end of the ceremony, and we did a second, evening-lit hand release with the couple down in the Springhill Pavillion's hayfield. Take a look here for KBZK's video footage. It was also wonderful to have time to talk with Springhill Pavillion's Chum and Sally Howe. Almost 30 years ago they started renting out their pavillion, the only outdoor wedding venue in the

For a gift worth giving…

Ready for this afternoon's wedding! Preparing the lovelies for this evening's The Gift Worth Giving wedding for Holly CoVille and Joshua Watson. This year's dream wedding is given to this deserving couple, with dozens of wedding professionals donating all to make it possible. It's a beautiful event each year. If you know of a deserving couple for next year, make sure to nominate them!

On LEGO pigeon lofts…

What does it say when you modify a LEGO house kit to include a rooftop loft complete with perches, breeding boxes, landing boards, scrub brushes and brooms, feed supplements, roof air vents, wind sock, water spigots, southern light exposure and a pigeon return viewing area with husband, flowers, lights, grill and chilled mugs? My son thinks I'm a hero. You could do worse than to build this loft. For real. Can I start a challenge? Lofts anyone?

On owl medicine

Came out to close in the birds and found myself standing in the dark below the great horned owl perched up on the chicken coop. She was staring straight across at the open landing platform of the white homing pigeon loft. The coop was open as well and owls don't tend to wait for your invitation. She had taken several of our young racing pigeons a week back, waited until they flew up high and grabbed them from above through the more open wire mesh of one of the other loft aviaries. It was the first

On baby dinosaurs!

They are here! Tiny ones the size of a walnut when they are hatched with noses as big as their heads. They will double and triple in size over the next few days, and will be flying in a month, but for now the weight of their noses still makes their necks wobble. At five days old I will slide the identity bands over their right legs, tagging them for life with the red of 2011. Each year's color is different, each band unique in the world. Any found pigeon can be searched online and

Babies are coming!

Qadaffi, Wisconsin politics, Lady Gaga, oil and New Zealand -- all becoming protective coverings for this year's tiny babies in their nest bowls. Temperatures are in the single digits and minuses, but the breeding birds are already nestling tiny ones under their breasts. We wrap each bowl in several sheets of paper, then add a handful of pine needles into each nest as it goes into the nest box. Twelve birds already paired up. And then out for a ski!