Beware of wild animals on the loose

April 28, 2013 

A bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter, and it is Monday Mail.

Bird is the word

Today's opening is from Ecclesiastes.

Bird of a feather

Don't forget Habitat for Humanity's birdhouse silent art auction, "A Feathered Affair," 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of Broadway during Market Days in downtown Columbus. Artists and organizations have crafted 60 or more birdhouses into art objects for sale.

The money goes to Habitat's construction fund. If you wonder what good Habitat does for a neighborhood, drive 30th Avenue between Victory Drive and North Lumpkin Road.

Free bird

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources warns you to leave wild critters alone in the woods this spring even if they appear to be orphaned:

"In most instances, young wildlife that appear to be helpless and alone is only temporarily separated from adults. … Adults spend significant time away from their offspring to minimize predation."

Handling wild animals can kill you, DNR says:

"Despite the fact that they may look healthy, wildlife can transmit life-threatening diseases such as rabies and carry unhealthy parasites such as roundworms, lice, fleas and ticks … known to transmit diseases such as 'Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever' and 'Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness.'"

Free Willie

Here's an update on the literary life from area author Willie Means:

Mr Chitwood,

Wow! Ran across an advertisement of my book "Willie Means Well (But It Don't Work Out Sometimes) -- The Meal" posted by Amazon.com this morning while reading an article. … Right in the middle of the article was an advertisement for my book. I really didn't realize what it was at first but the color scheme caught my attention. Then while browsing, I saw something about the Ledger Enquirer and it was Jan. 13, 2013, where you dropped the name of the book in your column. … Thanks much Mr. Tim Chitwood. Many in Columbus don't realize the city of Columbus is constantly in the 'Eyes Of The Nation.' Many times for the athletes sent to the professional ranks. Lots of times for that post out there. I live in Cataula but I would love to be the next writer (will not call myself an author, still reach for the dictionary too many times). Thanks again!

Dear Willie:

If you're writing on a computer with Internet access, you can just go to Dictionary.com to look up a word, or find a synonym.

Have any Hollywood studios asked about making your book into a movie? If they do, don't give up creative control, or they'll totally ruin it.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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