Sunday, January 02, 2005

New Years Resolution

Everybody makes them and everybody breaks them. We make them in the hopes of bettering ourselves. Hopefully we end up keeping more than we break.

I quit smoking almost 5 years ago. It was on my New Years Resolution list. Actually it was on that list every year for many a year. That wasn't the reason that finally made me quit, but after 26 years of smoking I did. I feel for those who try, but don't succeed. I praise those who have quit and stay smoke free.

But this blog is not about me, it's about Bird TLC and whatever effects them and their (our)birds. So, the resolutions I commit to are for them. Ok, they're for me too. But the ones for me that I list here are Bird TLC related.

So here we go;


  1. I've been posting almost everyday about the Selendang Ayu ship wreck off of the coast of Unalaska. This is most important to me and should also be to everyone in my opinion. I don't want this to slip back in the news pages and be as popular as the opening of a new Pizza Hut. But am I doing this at the expense of loosing readers that were interested in the bird stories I have posted? Maybe. So I'm going to post at least one new Bird TLC related story a week.
  2. I've been volunteering for over 2 years at Bird TLC now. I've done fund raising, public relations, I'm on the Education Committee, I do the website and blog, any errands they need done, injured bird pick up and delivery, and I put sand on the icy parking lot during winter. All of these things are necessary and I also enjoy doing them. But it's not what Bird TLC is about. The Bird Treatment and Learning Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating sick, injured or orphaned wild birds and providing avian education programs to the public. Even though all that I already volunteer to do helps with the rehab part, not enough is done for the avian education part. So I'm going to start training to present a great gray owl. I got with Kelly Benedict to be my mentor and she accepted. She's very knowledgeable about great grays and caretakes one. She was also on the Bird TLC Board, was also the board treasurer, helped big time on the new facility project and lots of other stuff. She's a valuable asset to Bird TLC and I think I can learn from her.

That's it for now. I've learned over the years not to make too many resolutions. They seem to be forgotten if you do. I'll keep you up to date on the oil spill, do more Bird TLC related stories and I'll keep you up to date on my great gray owl training. Good luck on keeping your New Years Resolutions.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!

Did you use anything to stop smoking? I tried quite a few things, but in the end, the only thing that worked for me was to get into the right mind-set. Once I saw resuming smoking as 'losing', I was OK. So far! Nearly a year now...

Dave said...

First off, congradulations! That's a long time. I went cold turkey. I kept in mind that I wanted to see my kids as adults and see their kids born. I wouldn't if I kept smoking. It's a tough habbit to break. I tried the patches and little holder deals but they only worked short time for me.