Cristina Robinson, et al: Complex birdsongs help biologists piece together the evolution of lifelong learning
Our human ability to learn language slows down as we get older, but scientists are not sure how or why this happens. An unexpected way to understand this learning process might come from listening to birds sing.
they’re taking down
all the big trees in his back yard,
and next the shrubs, and now the small house itself
I don’t have to go back
To my childhood, there’s nothing there
I still want…
The IRS decided to audit Grandpa, and summoned him to the IRS office. The IRS auditor was not surprised when Grandpa showed up with his attorney.
Ok, I no longer want them,
the many selves I had to manage
that exhausted everyone.
At seventy-five I find myself in love.
Not the serene love of an old man
steeped in the wine and wisdom of years,
but one who would kill a dragon for her.
Death in the fog, all silver
& grisaille as it wreathes
& muffles children in the park.
My mind yearns for sleep so innocently it refuses
the perverse truth…
mocking with an ache
that comes with leafdrop, woodsmoke,
and those shots of bourbon that ease
not a thing
Let me say that love will not
let me alone. If it has let you alone, go back
and find it where you hid it under a scrim
Only about 1 in 10,000 people live to be a 100 years old. What’s their secret?