“AFTER YOU’VE GONE”: ROSSANO SPORTIELLO, STEPHANIE TRICK, MIKE LIPSKIN, NICKI PARROTT, HAL SMITH

“AFTER YOU’VE GONE”:  ROSSANO SPORTIELLO, STEPHANIE TRICK, MIKE LIPSKIN, NICKI PARROTT, HAL SMITH

The grand finale of a delicious jazz concert produced by Paul Blystone on July 28, 2012 at Dominican University at San Rafael, California — featuring swing heroes: Rossano Sportiello, Mike Lipskin, and Stephanie Trick, piano; Nicki Parrott, string bass and vocals; Hal Smith, drums. Recorded by Michael Steinman for JAZZ LIVES (http://www.jazzlives.wordpress.com.)

Helping Rio the Amazon Parrot with Pin Feathers

Helping Rio the Amazon Parrot with Pin Feathers

It’s a quiet morning today, and Rio has pin feathers coming in with molting season starting. Look at those fluffy feathers. I’m leaning back in my Office chair with my leg propped up while she’s perched on top of it, and i decided to help her with a few pesky pin feathers on her head. Most of them you can’t see, but she can certainly feel them. Using my thumb nail and pointing finger, i gently break the waxy coating allowing the new feather to fluff out so it stops bothering her so much. She got the rest with her foot 😉