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Branching Out

Just out of reach, a beautiful, woodland bird perches securely on her nest. A few feet away, a chick – fluffy and round – awkwardly sticks his tiny head out of a newly broken shell, proudly greeting the world. A stack of dogwood branches, simple, yet beautiful in their natural state, rest at eye level as I begin to sit down. Quietly, a cat emerges from behind the corner, then stops and sniffs the air.

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