Black Phoebe, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

More Than Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is more than a holiday


Black Phoebe, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post, "More Than Thanksgiving"

Black Phoebe


Thanksgiving is a reminder to be grateful.

So I’m suggesting that you take a moment to consider two types of gifts.

You might want to make a list of each. Because writing a list helps you: a) Find more ideas, b) Remember the ideas, and c) Make plans to implement the ideas.

First, consider the good news. I’m sure we all have some good news in our lives.

Then make an effort to show thanks. You might, for example, write letters to express gratitude. You could phone people to thank them. Or you could reciprocate with acts of kindness, support, and help.

I think we need a greater, more focused effort to show kindness, compassion, and understanding. This matters because society thrives on positive, human connection.

Second, consider the bad news. I’m sure everyone can find some bad news.

Then make plans for how you will deal with it. Recognize that disappointments, disruptions, and disasters happen to put purpose in your life. So your challenge is: What can you do to resolve the bad news.


Say’s Phoebe, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post, "More Than Thanksgiving"

Say’s Phoebe


I care about Nature because the future of humanity depends upon it.

So I’m responding to a major threat to our environment by:

1) Setting up a fundraising page at: Pachamama Alliance. (Click on the link to read the details about what they do.)

By the way, I set up this page for two reasons: a) To help Pachamama Alliance, and b) To create an example that I’m sending to the leaders of other organizations who might want to set up similar programs.

2) Starting a program of monthly donations to organizations that work to protect the environment.

3) Contacting CEOs, religious leaders, and Congressional representatives, asking them to support actions that benefit everyone.


Eastern Phoebe, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post, "More Than Thanksgiving"

Eastern Phoebe


Please enjoy these photos of the three types of Phoebe that can be found in the U.S.

Wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving,

Steve Kaye

Help Birds Tip

Write Letters

Admittedly, one letter can be ignored. But thousands of letters make a statement. And I’m sure a million letters would cause change.

Here’s the letter that I wrote to the CEO of Shell Oil in 2015. Letter to the CEO of Shell Oil


Birding Resources

The American Bird Conservancy’s web site contains valuable info on the important role birds have in Nature. See: American Bird Conservancy

I recommend this outstanding book by the ABC about bird conservation: Bird Conservation. It shows what’s happening and what can be done.


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2 Comments
  • Cody Sontag
    Posted at 00:55h, 24 November

    Steve: Your art and wisdom are healing. I do the things you suggest in my own meager ways, and am so glad to share the planet with you. I can remember where and when I first saw these three birds…a great joy and reason for giving thanks these many years later. And I will always remember meeting you in Madera Canyon.

    Cody Sontag, Stuttgart

  • jane hillhouse
    Posted at 21:14h, 24 November

    Hope your Thanksgiving was fun and full of wonderful birds and friends and other critters.
    We seem to have a resident pair in our garden which is fun. We also have way too many noisy crows.

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