How Have I Offended Thee?

April 4, 2008 | By | Comments (1)

Things have a way of working out, even when it seems that the universe is intent on biting your posterior. This week, I had to fly to Charlotte with photographer Ralphie Anderson to do a story on Wing Haven Gardens. Wing Haven is a beautiful bird and wildlife sanctuary right in the middle of a residential neighborhood. You should visit there today — right this morning, preferably. Check it out at If you happen to run into me, please do not bow. It makes Ralphie uncomfortable.

Anyway, when you look at the photos that appear in SL, it looks like
we always operate under ideal conditions. I wish we did — it would
make it easier to schedule my afternoon massage. But sometimes the
weather stinks. Like yesterday in Charlotte. I fly up here from
Birmingham where it’s warm and sunny and nice and when I arrive in
Charlotte, it’s 49 degrees, windier than a politician, overcast, and
raining. It’s supposed to stay that way the whole time I’m here. This
means our pictures won’t have any sunlight in them, no matter how wide
I smile. It’s at times like these that I look to the heavens, drop to
my knees, and howl, “How have I offended thee?”

But you know what? Just as I was about to give in to my despair by
turning on The Today Show and actually watching Matt Lauer, it stopped
raining. Ralphie, as he usually does, beat the odds again and took some
really nice photos of flowers, birds, bunnies, and Ernesto, the box
turtle. So once more, we cheated death and a failed mission. Look for
the story on Wing Haven in February 2009.


  1. ciel

    I used to volunteer at Wing Haven when we lived in Charlotte. Neat place! I managed to visit it this past February and was smitten again by the scent of the Sweetbox – must find a place for some at home. (I’ll look forward to the article next year!)

    April 19, 2008 at 6:44 pm

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