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  • It's almost Cowbird's first birthday, and some of us have begun celebrating already by publishing stories about what being here means to us and putting together sort of a festschrift. But my cowbird daughter has pre-empted the party because today she turned 12. To commemorate her big day, we are giving her a photograph from the awesome online gallery of cowbirder Dylan Hollingsworth . She also is getting full citizenship in our Cowbird community. (I told her to think of it as an allowance.) And for supper, one of her favorite foods, oysters, because she is truly the oyster of my eye and a pearl of a girl!

    Not wanting to leave any celebrants out, let me congratulate all the cowbirders I can find who say they were born on this date. Happy birthday to Andrew, Lisa, TopHats. Jorge, Daniel, Kate, Letícia, Jakko, Renata, and of course Deniz! May you all have good stories to tell about today!

    (In case you are curious, I pulled this list of authors from Google, typing in the search string "i was born on 4 december". Sorry if I missed anyone!)

    @image: Oyster from West Marin Community Radio, digitally enhanced
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