We came home from a good ride to Jericho Park yesterday to the news that Robin Williams had died of suspected suicide. My from-the-gut, "No-o-o!" reaction surprised me. I love movies but am not one to follow the lives of actors closely. I couldn't have told you a thing about the personal life of Robin Williams. I didn't know he battled addiction. I had no idea he was struggling with severe depression. I didn't even know his daughter celebrated her 25th birthday last week. I just knew I loved to watch him on the screen. A talented, hilarious, and from the words of his colleagues and family, truly sweet human being is lost to the world and I am sad for him, for those who loved him and for all those who suffer mental illness. There will be many thoughts about his death expressed today and on into the next few weeks. There will be lots of questions as well. The one that comes to the top of my long list is whether he was taking mind-altering medications. Doctors are overworked and they want quick answers, as we often do ourselves. Sometimes, I suspect they haven't the time to fully question the pharmaceutical companies about the devastating side effects of some prescribed drugs. I could be completely off the wall on this one but I can't help but wonder. For another viewpoint on this tragic story, you may want to read Optimistic Existentialist's post. It is a short but powerful read. In the mean time, thank you, Robin Williams. Your roles as the hilarious Mrs. Doubtfire..
To fill you in on some of the other parts of our day yesterday, I bring you an update on Tupper. Though we don't see her every day, she has visited a bit more frequently lately.
Yesterday, she hopped down..
from the cement wall in David Lam Park..
to follow me along the walking path.
I've been practicing manual focus with mixed results, but thought..
her quizzical expressions came through here. She really listens. I'd love to know what..
she thinks. It was hot in the sun and for the first time, I saw her panting. I used to call this gaping, but am not sure I am using the term correctly. All birds seem to do this in much the same way that dogs pant on very hot days.I was a bit worried for her, but should have known her instincts are good.
After enjoying her salmon treats, she headed to a nearby fountain. I hope she had a lovely bath and a good drink.
Our ride up a fairly long hill in the heat made the shady trees at Jericho very appealing.
The water in the pond was low and wildlife sightings were few and far between, but that should change today as rain is expected for the first time in quite a while.
The mallards' feet seemed especially orange,
and the rabbits appeared to be thriving.
Swallows flitted about at high speed and I tried and tried to make a capture, but in the end, these Cedar Waxwings at the top of a very tall tree..
and this handsome man..
with a cute, questioning expression..
and one (also panting) heron at the top of..
another tall tree were the best of the day's shots.
We didn't go to this bench yesterday, but I took a photo of it from the path below. It is set high above the more frequented beach and pond sections of the park. Somehow, I see Robin Williams sitting on it this morning. Perhaps, he is shocked at the impact of his death on the world and maybe he is wanting to let his family know that he is at peace. I'd like to think so and would also like to believe that a better understanding of mental illness and its treatment could be a possible good to come out of his sad story.
To peek into the thoughts of people around the world, Our World Tuesday would be a great place to start. My appreciation goes to the many volunteers who keep that excellent meme running so smoothly. Thank you for stopping by here and have a happy Tuesday, everyone!