Spring!

I like the finer things in life.

A cup of tea out on the deck with the chirp of birds all around me...

The warm spring sun dancing golden on my toes...

The bobbing of daffodils in the slight breeze...

And IU is a nature lover's paradise.

From the blossoming of spring's first flowers to the call of that cardinal as dawn breaks overhead. From the twinkling of Pleiades in the velvet night sky to the transit of Venus and Jupiter as one...

I remember a spring two years ago when two cardinals were having a very loud discourse atop a wire at the Eigenmann bus stop. Two girls who were chatting about their adventures of the earlier night seemed disturbed that their conversation was seemingly hijacked by the birds. One of the girls started waving her hands wildly at the birds and started to yell, "shut up, shut the f**k up you stupid birds." The others at the bus stop looked on bemused as the girl yelled more and more loudly for a minute or two. Thankfully the bus came soon.

In this plugged-in, concrete jungle where we seem live, to be so self-involved, how about we take the time this weekend to listen in on nature's conversations? Listen to the conversation of birds and watch the "dancing of the daffodils"?

And what better place to do that than on this beautiful campus?

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