Learning the practice of paying attention helps us live more fully and more alive in our landscape, seeing the norms of our neighborhood and learning more about who shares our space. It also lights a fire to find more information. Though I recognized a few bird sounds in the park this morning, most remained anonymous, unnamed, formless bird beings calling out with very resonant calls for such little bodies. I could only imagine their chests puffed out and their beaks barely moving, making a sound as big as a dinosaur.
– Katie Boehnlein, “Paying Attention,” In the Midst (May 21, 2012)