In November 2009, I wrote a blog about the book Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle by Katie Lee, which is a history of the American cowboy in song. And now I would like to mention her website again, KatyDoodit.com, at which I just took a glance. You may want to take a look at Katy's Writing Blog and the on-line store.
I just read her article about magpies, the bird, not a pie. and it reminded me of my childhood home in northeast Utah where there were a lot of magpies in the 1930's. She was dead-on about the bird being a thief and a loner. I don't recall ever seeing two of them sitting side by side on the fence. But, as she says, they didn't need a companion to talk and chatter away. They must be neurotic birds.
Ms. Lee has some more books out that are for sale in her store along with her music items.
Anyway, just thought I would post a short article and let people know about her site and stuff, and I'm adding it to my reading list as soon as I post this.