Digging deeper, the secrets become aviatic.


Working on Molly, and I remain fascinated that I find it easier to dig deeper into the story by using the image of birds.  


Somehow, the layers that obscure the truth are scraped away a little easier.  

Are the birds metaphors?  My guides?

The Jackdaw as metaphor for Molly and her Irish family

I robbed your grave.  I revealed you.  I showed you in shameful moments.  I learned things about you.  Everything I learned made me love you more dearly.  I’ll learn more.  I’ll follow your tracks and invade your hidden time.  I’ll uncover your lies.  I’ll rewrite history and revise my judgment as your old secrets explode.  I will justify it all in the name of the obsessive life you gave me.

– James Ellroy, My Dark Places


Digging down deeper, the secrets become aviatic.


In many myths and legends, birds link the human world to the divine or supernatural realms that lie beyond ordinary experience... They are often associated with the journey of the human soul after death. [source]


The Social Weaver and collaborative practice

During a prep session today for an upcoming World Café on collaborative practice, the three of us wanted to identify an animal that represents the theme of collaborative living.  The plan is that I will then add drawings of this animal to the large mind map I will be creating during the World Café session (as I capture dialogue from 22 participants).

My colleague went on a Google search and found the PERFECT animal (and being that it is a bird, my heart skipped a beat, for some of you may already know, I AM OBSESSED)-


The Philetairus socius is closely related to the Sparrow, one of my all time favorite birds.

Located generally in South Africa, social weaver birds “build large compound community nests, a rarity among birds. These nests are perhaps the most spectacular structure built by any bird.” [source]

“Weaverbirds present an ideal model for the study of group living, because their colonies occupy a space with discrete boundaries: a single tree.” [source]

The nest building techniques of social weavers are a wonderful metaphor for collaborative practice within an organization and for illustrating the power of collaborative leadership.

“Collaborative leaders create an environment where people can unite behind a common purpose, vision and set of values.” [source]