Blog :: 07-2014

Country Life: A Mama Turkey and her Chicks

 

Mama Turkey and her Chicks

Country Life:
Another day in Litchfield County with a Mama turkey and her chicks enjoying our driveway!

Here are some interesting facts about wild turkeys:

What to call them? Male turkeys are called toms, female turkeys are called hens, baby turkeys are called poults and a group of turkeys is called a flock.

What do they look like? Turkeys have interesting features that stand out upon first glance. One of the first things people notice about turkeys are the red, fleshy stretches of skin and bulbous growths located around the head and neck region.

How do they see us? A turkey's eyes are located on opposite sides of its head. The position of the eyes allows the animal to see two objects at once, but limits its depth perception. Turkeys have a wide field of vision and by moving their neck, they can gain a 360-degree field of view.

How do they hear us? Turkeys do not have external ear structures such as tissue flaps or canals to assist with hearing. They have small holes in their head located behind the eyes. Turkeys have a keen sense of hearing and can pinpoint sounds from as far as a mile away.

Conversations on the Green hosts Eben Alexander, M.D., author of 'Proof of Heaven'

 

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'Proof of Heaven' is a book that everyone should read. Eben Alexander, M.D. recounts his experiences during a near death experience and his journey into the afterlife. This narrative, written by a respected neurosurgeon, is one of my favorite books of all time. Though many may be skeptical, the questions and visions in the book encourage us to think about the very concept of heaven.

Because of his profession, Dr. Alexander has an interesting perspective: "Still, he said, he has a trump card: Having trained at Duke University and taught and practiced as a surgeon at Harvard, he knows brain science as well as anyone. And science, he said, cannot explain his experience." wrote Leslie Kaufman in an article in the New York Times.

How exciting that the interactive Town Hall series Conversations on the Green kicks off with Dr. Eben Alexander. The event takes place Sunday, August 3rd event at 3 p.m. and will be staged at the Parish House of St. Johns Church in Washington, CT. Dr. Lisa Jane Miller, Director of the Spirituality & Mind Body Institute at Columbia University will join Dr. Alexander in discussing the symbiosis between spirituality and science.

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Scientists have long scoffed at near death experiences, dismissing them as fantasies. Dr. Alexander, who trained at Duke and taught at Harvard, was one of those skeptics. Then, he contracted deadly bacterial meningitis and spiraled into a deep coma for 7 days. His survival was called a miracle. But, Dr. Alexander asserts the real miracle was what he learned from his near death experience: that consciousness is independent of the brain, that death is an illusion, and that an eternity of perfect splendor awaits beyond the grave.

All proceeds will benefit Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, Inc. a non-profit agency that provides referrals for affordable mental health and social services in Litchfield County.

Levels of Support

Tickets, tax deductible, are available in two levels:

  • Individual tickets are $45.
  • Angels on the Green tickets are $250 per person and include preferred seating and attendance at a reception with Drs. Alexander and Miller following the conversation.

Seating is limited. To reserve your place:

Call Greenwoods at 860-806-6003 or email: greenwoodspresents@gmail.com.

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Country Life: Beavers, Pigs and Porcupines, Oh My!

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While working with clients in LItchfield Country, we have come across a multitude of animals who appear in the most unlikely of places. Below, on the way to show a house, this enormous pig makes a runs for it. The car in fronts stops, as do I, while he tries to break out from the farm! Some kids come running out to coral him and sit and watch the show.

PIG ALERT!

This beaver casually makes a bee line for the Mexican restaurant in Southbury, CT. He strayed fromthehighgrass and took a leisurely stroll on the road.

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Another time, showing houses around Lake Waramaugand look who is walking down the street? ... a Porcupine! Go figure.... Porcupine

We will share more animals tales from the county as we show friends the most beautiful properties in the area.