02.12.2011 09:47 AM

The Old Man and the Bird

I loved this story – loved it – because it shows the power of great journalism.

Something very simple – an older gentleman in a park, and the kooky goose who loves him – and written with a wonderful style, and a wonderful eye for detail.

When I read stories like this, it makes me want to be a journalist again. (And then I remember that I couldn’t write my way out of a proverbial paper bag.)

Anyway. A wonderful read. Worth your time.


  1. JenS says:

    And it makes what could otherwise be a boring municipal story relatable. That’s not easily done.

  2. Cath says:

    Great piece. Maybe some Canadian journalists will take a hint that we’d rather read more “Maria” stories than stories speculating about elections?
    Nah, we wouldn’t be that lucky:-)

  3. J. Coates says:

    I think you did a gosh darn good job with Party Favours.

  4. Ronald O'Dowd says:

    Cheer up Warren. Both of us struggle on as best we can (along with many others) in a vain attempt to match– even for one day, the uncanny je ne sais quoi that is known to us as Namesake!!!

  5. Ronald O'Dowd says:


    Now, to the topic at hand: loyalty and faith, as exemplified by Maria, have gone an usually long way. Let us travel the necessary distance ahead with that keenly in mind.

  6. allegra fortissima says:

    Mademoiselle Maria est vraiment une ‘Oie de Toulouse’ majestueuse 🙂

  7. Derek Pearce says:

    That was genuinely freakin’ heart-warming! 🙂

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