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I’ve recently been challenged to name the top ten books which have stayed with me, so here they are!

 

BOOK TITLE                                  AUTHOR

The Secret Keeper                    Kate Morton
Jane Eyre                                      Charlotte Bronte
Persuasion                                   Jane Austin
The Island                                     Victoria Hislop
My Sister’s Keeper                   Jodi Picoult
Me Before You                            Jojo Moyes
Past Caring                                  Robert Goddard
Room                                              Emma Donoghue
Stolen                                             Rebecca Muddiman
The Winner                                  David Baldacci


THE AMAZING GOOSE

Have you ever marvelled at a flock of geese flying in a perfect V formation? There is so much more to this than meets the eye and these geese can teach us so much about community living and supporting others. I found the following facts quite pertinent particularly with the current refugee situation in Europe.

They fly in this way for very specific reasons. The flapping of wings provides uplift, easing the workload of the birds behind and extending their flight range by 71%. This enables the youngest, oldest and weakest to share the trip. Together a flock can accomplish what cannot be done alone.

The lead goose sets the pace, cutting through the headwinds it is the first to confront rain, snow and ice on its wings. This bird keeps the formation on target, it is a hard, exhausting and lonely position to hold but the remainder of the flock are dependent on its perseverance for a safe and successful journey.

Just before the lead goose becomes exhausted a space opens up in the formation behind into which he drops and another goose moves up to take the lead.

The old, the very young and the infirm are protected at the rear of the formation. It is there that they fulfil a vital role as the honking section to encourage the leaders. When the going gets tough and the formation is struggling a lone honk sounds from the rear which initiates an encouraging chorus to maintain morale.

When circumstances prevent a goose from continuing on the trip because it cannot keep up or is losing altitude, the gaggle provides it with comfort, nurture and protection. Two strong geese leave the formation, flying with the struggling goose safely between them. They find a sheltered location with food and water, making a home for the needy goose and there they stay until it recovers or dies. They will then fly off to join another formation.

Lost and stray geese are always welcomed into another formation. It is not an exclusive club and birds separated and isolated from on e group are given full family status in their new one. The new formation will alter its plans, reschedule its arrival time and inconvenience itself to accommodate any strangers seeking acceptance. Many newcomers arrive dirty, bedraggled and ill fed but they are never turned away.

Amazing!

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