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Chris Raymond

I Feel Like Tippi Hedren

By January 25, 2013

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Birds at a bird feeder

While looking out a window at my bird feeder today -- during the depths of a long, cold, seemingly endless Wisconsin winter -- I marveled at the number of birds snarfing up the seed I put out. Naturally, the sight of so many feathered friends recalled Hitchcock's film, The Birds, and its leading lady, Tippi Hedren.

Thinking about it, though, the unusually large number of birds doesn't surprise me. Unlike most winters, I decided this year to make mine a four-season bird feeder instead of just three. During winters past, I was simply too lazy to shovel a path across my patio in order to refill it, which made me feel guilty.

Anyway, seeing all of the birds today enjoying a free meal during this harsh winter started me thinking about other ways I can "green up" my life -- even after I die.

Do you feed the birds or other assorted outdoor critters during the winter? And do you like the idea of green burial? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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January 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm
(1) Merilynne Rush says:

Thanks for the excellent article explaining green burial and the many different gradations. I recommend asking your local cemeteries if they will allow a burial without a cement vault. The more we ask, the more they will make it available. It’s slowly catching on but will soon take off.
Great article!

January 31, 2013 at 8:13 am
(2) Green Gene says:

For some time now, I have thought that I should be cremated and have my ashes buried in some obscure place with a simple rock to signify my once being part of this wonderful planet.

But now… after reading your article, there is much more to think about. I was simply thinking of a way not to take up precious land. I was not thinking about how I will be compromising the air that we take for granted to breathe in each day.

Thank you! You have made me more aware of what reducing my carbon footprint means upon my death.

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