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Serving Birds by Dennis Hlynsky
 

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  • Alex has been making art and giving it away. He has been serving birds to his community. It is very similar what we are doing here with this cowbird community. We are sharing experience with picture art and word art. It is a form of altruism - a practice of giving without expecting direct return. Its not for the money. Its not for the fame. Its for something other than self-aggrandizing.

    Story:

    I once had a landlady from Lithuania. Her family had been caught for years between the armies of Russia and Germany. Eventually she fled with what she could carry. This included two very large diamond earrings which she wrapped in toilet paper and rubber bands and threw into the daily flatware drawer of her pantry.

    One day we got robbed. The house was ransacked.

    She offered me a glass of wine which we drank amid the chaos left by the robbers. She reached under the kitchen table and produced an envelope stuffed with large bills. It had been held in place with masking tape. As she counted the money a smile came across her face. It was her entire life savings.

    The thieves also left behind the ragged ball of tissue paper and rubber bands. She unwrapped the earrings and dangled the gems in a sunbeam - I asked her if she wears them. Yes, she replied - They are so big everybody thinks they're glass.

    She said the Germans would come searching her father's home for contraband. She had learned a thing or two about the way bad men steal. Greed blinds men to the obvious. Often the thing of most value is in plain sight. Greedy men take and don't understand the consequence.

    Thankful she still had possession of her riches. She simply stated a belief in reciprocity.

    You give good and bad to God through the front door and God gives back through the window.
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