On this Christmas morning, after feeding a set of sparrows and starlings who I’ve been friends with for some years, I had to revisit this photo of a woman I encountered one Christmas morning in a Brooklyn street feeding her pigeons.

She also has something in that grocery bag for the grey cat on her left. In a moment she will pass it through the fence so it can eat it there.

She remains a consolation to me, another reminder that I am not alone in believing that the other non-human inhabitants of this planet are no less important than we are.

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