Actually, I was happy to be given the chance to write about something other than energy and "race"/racism and got the chance at Sharon Muir's poetic Opinionator on Swan Lovers. I declared my love for my very own "Sångsvaner" (Cygnus cygnus) family at this comment: http://opinionator.blogs.
All the troubles of the world disappear during the time I spend out there seeing what mom and dad and the 5 (surviving of 7) cygnets are up to. They are not there now having left the day the ponds were fully covered with ice. They will be back, probably in February.
Hope the occasional visitor has something similar that is so health giving.