Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.
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Futility

FUTILITY is a male cardinal who has decided the rhododendron bushes outside my kitchen window are his territory, and every day frantically defends his territory against a rival cardinal... who is actually his own reflection in my kitchen windows.

It's so sad. As soon as the sun comes up, I hear him batting himself against the windowpanes, trying to scare his 'rival' away. I can't think of any way to stop him. It's been going on for a month or so.

Birds really aren't very bright. I used to have a bird feeder, the kind that sticks to the outside of a window with suction cups. My cats were fascinated by the birds that came to it, and would sit inside the window staring. When the birds saw them, they would fly away. A squirrel also used to hit the feeder, clambering up the window frame to get to it. It took the squirrel only a few weeks to realize that he was entirely safe from the cats, and could blithely ignore them. The birds never did figure this out.

Poor cardinal. There's a moral lesson in here somewhere, if I can only figure out what it is.


JITSU
mi, mino(ru)
meaning: truth, (bear) fruit
事実 == jijitsu == fact
実行 == jikkou == carrying out
Originally was a pictogram of a field with ripe crops, together with 'shell/money'. Henshall suggests taking the top radical as 'house/roof', and the rest of it as a 'big man with six arms': 'In reality, a big six-armed man is in the house'.

STROKE ORDER

TEI, DAI, DE
otouto
meaning: younger brother
弟子 == deshi == pupil
兄弟 == kyoudai == brothers
Originally a pictogram of a stake bound with rope or cloth, to be used as a weapon. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Young brothers put in order as bindingon stake'.

STROKE ORDER

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