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Good morning! So today’s question, what does spitting image mean? makes me think of old movies and soap opera dramas, where secret twins and body doubles run rampant. It also makes me think of mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, and all the intricate ways we are akin to those we’re related to – I never used to think I was a real member of my family, as I was the strange red-headed blue-eyed one. But as the years progress, I see how much I am indeed a true Conchie. In manner, in speech, in ability, and in little details like my foot size and my penchant for playing the same song over and over and over again or my use of taco salad as a good, quick meal for unexpected visitors.

As for yesterday’s question, do any birds ever sing while on the ground? – here’s Mr Stimpson’s answer.

“Virtually all songbirds utter their characteristic song only while on the wing of while perched on a more or less elevated object, such as the limb of a tree, a bush, or a fence post. Exceptions to this general rule among birds are found among the shore birds known as turnstones, which sing from hummocks on the ground and certain species of Amercian field sparrows, which have the unusual habit of regularly singing for the ground. The ground-singing habit is characteristic of the savanna sparrow, a native American bird that breeds in the eastern United States; the eastern grasshopper sparrow, and several closely related species found elsewhere in North America. The wood thrush, the ovenbird, which is a small warbler that spends most of its time on the ground, and perhaps a few other species occasionally sing while on the ground.”

Today, I plan to “sing on the ground” – in the muck and the mess, amidst the daily challenges of work and toils of home.