We do what we can for nursing mothers

Once again we glory in Hecate and note she has concerns.

Because we value The Old Ones in our lives, their concerns are our concerns.

In this case, we suspect Hecate is concerned about the growing Coyote population in the woods behind our home.

We want the Raccoons to feel safe when they grace us with their presence.

Likewise, we want Coyote to know we appreciate them as well.


A problem to be solved…


Erasmus is such a dear

We last encountered Erasmus about two months back (posting time).

We know Coyote been around. There signs are easy to recognize, step in, or slip on.

Still shy (and rightly so), we know there’s a pack near us. We can hear them at night.

Lately we’ve heard one and their call is so mournful we worry.

But until we learn more, there’s Erasmus.

And she’s such a dear.


Sharing Apples and Peanut Butter

We are Graced by Coyote.

(Note the capital “G” above. No fool, I)

This sprightly gent dines elegantly on an apple core I tossed into our yard. Opossum most often dine on fruits and veges we offer, and Opossum can be right persnickety when they’re dining. Coyote avoid them more often than not.

Which tells us this fellow dines sans Opossum as either guest or host.

But there are Raccoon around because we can hear them chastising this handsome lad.

We leave out apple cores because a favorite snack (for me) is Granny Smith apples and chunky peanut butter (love the chunky kind, not so much the smooth kind (and that description tells you much about me and why I chose as I did)).

I often sit outside and The Wild come to me, take from my hand and dine with me.

Heck, Raccoon and Skunk come into my lap (I sit on the ground usually), stand up supporting themselves with their forepaws on my chest, and sniff my breath to determine if what I’m munching on is better than what I offer them (I do not recommend others do this).

Makes me wonder if I should share some apples and peanut butter with them.

Or with this fellow, any way.



Welcome Erasmus

Behold Erasmus.

At first somewhat shy, then not so much so.

It’s amazing what free food can do.

Coyote are like that.

Free food, little effort, it’s a good thing. Especially in The Wild.

I noticed much the same during the middle to late 1980s where the mere mention of free sex and cocaine would cause people to flock from miles around.

Did I say “miles”?

More like states.

Pretty easy to do in New England.

And in the meantime, we’ll let Erasmus dine.



Nothing like a Good Scratch

Continuing from last week’s Oh, They’re Quick, You know…, a somewhat longer installment in the ongoing lives of Coyote.

First, let’s recognize there’s nothing like a good scratch.

Scratching, with humans, has many triggers. Often humans scratching is simply a response to something moving on the skin. An insect, for example, or a piece of falling debris.

It can also be an indication of uncleanliness, and that gets us into grooming behaviors, something I discuss in my That Th!nk You Do books. Not all grooming behaviors are triggered by uncleanliness and all grooming behaviors have a social function even when the individual is self-grooming.

One of most fascinating triggers for scratching is BMIRs – Behavioral Manifestations of Internal Responses.

The individual who scratches their face, their arms, their hands, their head, any body part, is often signalling an internal response to their environment, their situation, what’s going on around them and what they’re immediately focusing their attention on.

That last part – immediately focusing their attention on – is important. A BMIR can be triggered by a memory, an anticipated event (future projection). I explain aspects of BMIRs in the aforementioned That Th!nk You Do books and also demonstrate their use in my The Augmented Man.

(not suggesting you buy them (although you should!), just sharing resources for you)

The Wild is not much different.

So beware.

The Wild has memories and anticipations, too.