I had four goldfinches yesterday on my thistle feeder, and a titmouse discovered my black sunflower oil seeds. Then last night went to an Audubon meeting and learned about mist-netting birds in the Amazon, saw pictures of all sorts of gorgeous colorful birds and hummingbirds and even moths. So that’s all the bird stuff I got for now.
And here’s an extreme example of cutting your nose off to spite your face:
Lord Southesk had purposely contracted a venereal disease which he passed on to his wife, believing that the Duke [later King James II] was involved with her. . . . [It was rumored] that James passed the disease on to the Duchess and their offspring suffered as a result: “his children were born with ulcers, or they broke out upon them soon after; and all his sons died young, and unhealthy.”
From Maureen Waller, Ungrateful Daughers: The Stuart Princesses Who Stole Their Father’s Crown. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2002. Recommended by Stephanie.