Pat's View: “For Love of Money”

There sure has been a lot said and written about the topic of money. You know, money---
that green stuff that has pictures of the presidents on it like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin?

Warren Buffet---inventor of meals in which guests serve themselves---has been quoted on the subject of money. “Rule number one: Never lose money. Rule number two: Never forget rule number one.” That’s billionaire humor.

The famed painter, Pablo Picasso (who had a Blue Period, a Rose Period, a Crystal Period---but never a semi-colon) once said, “I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”

And W.C. Fields said, “A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.” So true, my little chickadee.
Ever since the idea of money was first invented, mankind has shown repeatedly that it will do almost anything to obtain it. Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger and other robbers helped themselves to plenty of bank loot---never even having the courtesy to fill out a single withdrawal slip.

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The Burien Birdfest is scheduled for February 18, 2017 and The Great International Backyard Bird Count will be Feb. 17-20, 2017.

What began in 1998 with just 500 volunteers has grown into an annual event spanning hundreds of thousands of people and more than 100 countries around the world. It’s the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), organized initially by the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In 2016 the participants to this event submitted 162,052 bird observation checklists. You can easily be one of those citizen scientists who helps with the count in 2017.

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is now a partnership between the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (database center for bird research in the world), and Bird Studies Canada as the official Canadian partner. It is an annual four-day event that engages people of all ages across North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, India and Australia in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Anyone can participate, from beginners to experts. You can count for as little as 15 minutes on a single day, or for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps to protect the birds.

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Amanda's View: Alone time

By Amanda Knox
February 14th is creeping up, which reminds me that some of us don’t have partners with which to celebrate, and are perhaps feeling particularly alone. Not bad alone, necessarily, but notably alone, more so than on any other day. I’ve been there far more often than not, and have occasionally overcompensated in response. One year, while still living at the UW, I handmade dozens of chocolate-covered strawberries and gave them out to all my single dorm friends. They responded with perplexed expressions, and I explained, “I love Love!”

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