The last question in the current "pile" is one from sequoia about out "Heron" totem. She writes:
Why the heron? Beautiful water bird.... but I often (change that: sometimes) wonder why it was chosen as your moniker?
When we first "met," it was online. We were members of the same listserv, 1HouseholdDiscipline, and our conversations there led to deeper and closer ties over a period of time. When we began, I lived in a northern suburb of Denver, Colorado. I grew up in the west, and most of my experience of the world is from that arid, high plains environment. I grew up in a world that was occupied by blue jays and magpies and meadowlarks and hawks and eagles. There were no herons that I ever saw, living in the Rocky Mountains.
Moving to Cincinnati, I found myself in a totally different world. It rains here. A lot. There are four recognizable seasons here. It is not at all like Colorado where we used to joke that there were only two seasons: winter and company. There's a lot of naturally occurring water here; lots of ponds and lakes and rivers. And, there are great blue herons here for a good part of the year. They often don't leave us until close to the end of November, and if the winter is fairly mild, they can return in the middle of February.
And that is the story of why we are "The Heron Clan."