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As always, words of wisdom from Edge.

I hope people will continue to express their opinions in this forum, one way 
or another.  You can always hit the delete key.

Sign me, semi-retired from listing and trying to be more non-consumptive in 
my personal life.
Linda Frederick,
Rolla, MO

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Edge Wade" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 11:21 PM
Subject: One Missouri, One Mobirds


> As in any community (from family, friends, through larger social 
> aggregates), we will have differences of opinion and we will occasionally 
> take umbrage at another's post.
>
> Webster's definition of umbrage is particularly appropriate for e-mail 
> eruptions such as the teapot tempest I've just read through upon my return 
> from Iowa--from a funeral with a very few miles of deviation to see some 
> birds--
>
> Umbrage
> 4: a feeling of pique or resentment often at some fancied slight or 
> insult.
>
>
> The Missouri birding community is strong, vibrant, and as diverse as our 
> geography and heritage.  Missouri birders are [oh, dear, my tongue may get 
> stuck in my cheek with this one] somewhat opinionated on a variety of 
> topics.  Because of our diversity it is inevitable that we will have 
> disagreements--often over something someone wrote with no intention of 
> causing offense.  [Been there; done that--both ends--tain't fun.]
>
> Let's have a moratorium on finger-pointing at one another.  We all share 
> one interest:  birds.  Let us respect the various manners in which we 
> enjoy them as we respect one another as fellow passengers on a wondrous 
> journey.
>
> It is likely that ramifications of this human abetted "natural disaster" 
> will haunt this nation for the remainder of our lifetimes.  As we mourn 
> the losses, it is not unseemly to celebrate blessings, too.  Our lives 
> will be unsettled in many ways; each of us will try to cope the best way 
> we can with the horrors and with niggling inconveniences.
>
> Let us be patient with one another.  Let us be thankful that we share a 
> pastime that brings us joy and, even if only briefly, carries us above 
> burdens and sorrow.
>
> GOOD BIRDING!
>
> Edge Wade
> Columbia, MO
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