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On the drive in to work yesterday I listened to On Being and Krista Tippet's interview with John O'Donohue. When O'Donohue began to read his poem "Beannacht" (the Gaelic word for blessing) ...

On the day when The weight deadens On your shoulders And you stumble, May the clay dance To balance you. ...
I fell apart. O'Donahue's poetic blessing suddenly felt very personal. And as I welcomed that blessing and claimed it for my own, the floodgates of sorrow opened up and threatened to push me off the road and into wide field beside me.

Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle. A Double-crested Cormorant at South Lewis County Pond in Toledo opens wide to show just how big of a fish can fit inside. This diving bird eats fish ranging from tiny fry to hefty 16-inch trout. Cormorants are opportunistic diners who enjoy patraonizing freshly stocked lakes and ponds for easy pickings.

Standing in a crowd at an event with my reporter's notebook and pen in hand, I would often overhear people saying things that I was sure they wouldn't want to see printed in the newspaper. And while sometimes it was quite entertaining to remain anonymous and listen in