This book was a Christmas gift from a friend and fellow birder, and I expected something different -- and less -- than what it turned out to be. Every story and poem hit me somewhere near the heart, and I needed to stop and reflect on each insight before moving on. Birds figure in each piece, and yet none of it is really about birds. The birds are turning points, metaphors, focus of reflection, and in every story help the reader see something new. Those who chose these stories and poems clearly know birds, but they also know good writing and they know the hearts of humans.