When the days start to get longer, there is a strong yearning to take flight and head north. It is time to take off and head up to the northern territories of Canada. After flying nonstop for many hours she reaches the Northern Territories. Now that she has reached Canada, she looking for the perfect beaver pond where she hopes to start a family. After flying over marshes in the prairies she spots the perfect spot for her to raise a new family. She finds her mate and the two of them fly their courtship flight. They cement their relationship to each other they copulate many times. Once that is done, the female finds a perfect spot to construct her nest and line it with her own down which she pulls out of own breast and laid in down in her nest to keep her future eggs warm. She then copulates many more times with mate.
She then lays one egg a day until there is about a dozen eggs in her nest. All that time she will eat as much and often until she feels it is time for her work to begin. She then, very slowly and carefully settles down on her clutch of eggs and starts their incubation. She will not leave her nest for the next twenty-eight days. She leave the only to eat once a day. She will roll each egg individually several times a day. While she is doing that, she will cackle to each egg individual to imprint her unique sound of the gooseling that is developing in the egg. That way, her gooselings will know her when they hatch. It may sound the same to us, to those young gooselings, it will be the only voice they will respond to.
When the eggs hatch, her real work begins. If they all hatch, there will be a small flotilla of babies following her everywhere. They will always be hungry and on the move. It be her job, not only to keep them safe but also full. The faster they grow will decide whether they will survive the life that is in front of them.
Those small birds become a small eating machine that will devour insects, small fish and any seeds that they can put in their mouth. The goslings grow. Not only are constantly eating, they are constantly fighting with each other establishing their dominance over each other. These little wars will make able to co-exist with other geese and form the pecking order they need to survive.
It is amazing how fast they grow. In a few short weeks, they develop feathers, learn to fly, how to avoid danger, what they can eat, what they can do and not do. They are like small sponges engulfing all forms of information. As fall approaches and the days grow short, they get a yearning to take flight and head south.
They have survived the rigors of growing up in the spring and summer, it is now time for them to take flight and head south for the winter. There, they will try to relax and be warm and hopefully find a mate. Then, the whole process will start over again and another year has gone down in the books.
Story by Synapse House Member, Tom W.
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Every day, many children watch as a parent goes off to a military assignment, often in dangerous situations. Most children will later welcome home their parents who served without incident. Others, however, will greet a parent who suffered a head injury, which changes all their lives. While brain injury is a complex topic, it is an unfortunate fact that certain types of brain injuries, which are all too common in military personnel, affect a person's behaviors such as mood and temper. A previously kind and loving parent may become irritable, short-fused and be intolerant of frustration after a brain injury. To a child, this change can be scary and overwhelming. Children may not understand why Mom or Dad is so different and may blame themselves for their parent's moodiness. With illustrations by Valerio Mazzoli, this book offers young readers practical coping tools to empower children to feel confident about themselves and become a more active participant in his or her injured parent's life.
9/11 movie was a very interesting movie to watch with Charlie Sheen acting in it. The movie showed the destruction of the World Trade Center and what happened on that day. It was alarming to know that so many deaths occurred on that day that will remain etched in the memories of the loved ones in New York . It was a very interesting movie to watch with some amazing actors and actresses. It was a really good movie. The destruction of the World Trade Center was pretty amazing to watch. Deep down, I hope that catastrophic event never repeats itself in the United States again. Seeing the tears of the families that lost so much on that day, it was very hurtful to me.
It brought back memories to me of that day in America, and all the phone calls I received from my family telling me to check on my uncle who lives in New York. It was a very tragic and unbelievable event that took place in New York for a very silly reason. I hope such a horrible event does not repeat itself again here in the United States of America.
It was very horrible what Osama Bin Laden did to the U.S.A. I pray that the Lord makes them pay back to the U.S.A. all they lost on that day.
I had a chance to go to the circus. While I was there, I wandered around the grounds looking something unusual. I went around the main tent and spotted them. There were three zebras tied to a hitching post. They were at ease, not being bothered by all the people running around. It is amazing that they how much they look like horses. In fact, they look just like horses with a multitude of stripes. The circus is one place where you can go and see all kinds of people. Rich, poor, white, black, and yellow, all are trying to escape this every day existence and take a walk on the wild side.
The boys had been friends since high school, attending a Jesuit college-prep school in Milwaukee. They also both participated on their high school debate team traveling the country on weekends attending debate tournaments. They went to the same college and both studied accounting, each passing the CPA exam after graduation. Then they both attend Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and were roommates for all three years in an apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland.
They studied hard and went out with friends on weekends, often for dinner and drinks. They had many friends in law school, some of whom were acentric. But that was typical for law school. One friend was Jim Hailey who had a big personality and big gut which was best explained by his beer-guzzling habit. He was boisterous and fun. One of their favorite nightspots was The Tombs, a restaurant in Georgetown just a few blocks off the main college campus. It was an underground pub and restaurant and well known in the city. It serves red delicious pizza, steak and fish dishes and with its large bar many fine beers and wines, many of which the lads sampled.
One of the men, after graduation, went to Boston and joined a large law firm specializing in
corporate and securities law. He married a lawyer and they had two sets of twins, three boys and one
girl. The other fella practiced law in Washington, D.C., first for a small boutique firm and next with a
firm that he co-founded only two years after graduating from law school. The demands of the practice
were intense, requiring him to travel throughout the United States. But, it was financially rewarding and
the experience, especially developing business was exceptional and valuable. He left that firm because
of a falling out with his partner who had a temper and was greedy. He went next to a large law firm in
There he started out as a limited partner and progressed after a few years to equity partner.
The other lawyers in the firm, some 400, were competent and friendly. It was an ideal working
environment. His friend (as mentioned above) had joined a large law firm in Boston and advanced to
equity partner, focusing on corporate and securities law. He married, and he and his wife (also a lawyer)
had four children, two sets of twins, three boys and one girl. A wonderful and boisterous handful.
The men remain good friends to this day and stay in touch. Their families get together in July of
every year as the Chicago fella goes with his family to Maine every July for a week of vacation, drinking
wine and beer, dining on fresh fish and watching the children swim in the pool and Atlantic Ocean. It is
a wonderful, relaxing time and an excellent opportunity to renew relationships.
By Synapse House Member, Chris Z.