Category Archives: Just for fun

We need more happiness. All ages, all races, all income levels. All of us, pretty much across the board. In our world of abundance, there’s an overwhelming sense of burden, distress, and anxiety. I have a bunch of statistics and information to back this up, but I’m going to spare bumming you out by sharing […]

Confessions of a pumpkin junkie.

I confess: I am a fall junkie, and I’m guessing a lot of you are, too. For us football fans, when the college and NFL seasons start, it’s like we’ve been sitting in the dark since February and somebody finally turned the lights back on. For baseball fans, it’s the beginning of post-season play and, […]

Let’s Take a Moment to Smile

Welcome to Friday, wherever you are. Here in Indianapolis, the sun is shining and it’s going to be a beautiful evening. As you know, it’s been an unbelievably unbelievable week. Three tragic incidents in Orlando, Florida. Our hearts, as do the world’s, go out to everyone affected. While we’ve all had our individual moments of […]

Photo credit: Indianapolis Star/Mykal McEldowne Unless you live under a rock (and who doesn’t want to sometimes?) you know this past Memorial Day weekend was the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. I’m about to use a word that I use sparingly and judiciously, because when you use it, it should really imply something monumental: […]

Sincerely, Peyton

If you regularly read our emails or blog posts (first, thank you!), you know that we tend to look at the world in some unconventional ways. A slight tilt to the head, like a dog puzzling over whether or not it’s worth the risk to grab that filet off the counter. Much like the dog, […]

Happy trails, Pardner

Around here, change is a constant companion. When your days (and evenings — and some nights —) are spent in the inner workings of the internet, when you live in Indiana where the weather changes from 60° to snow seemingly overnight, when your football team goes from 13-3 to 3-13 (and sort of back again…) […]

Everyone is resolving to be better in the new year. Twitter is no exception.In the midst of laying off a large percentage of their staff (who ever said change was easy?), Twitter is pivoting to help make the service more relatable for new users and more useful for everyone. Two new features highlight this resolution: […]

It’s a Pretty Good Life

In the iconic holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Jimmy Stewart’s character George Bailey basically experiences a lifelong midlife crisis. We get it. When you’re in the trenches, and things don’t go exactly the way you thought they would, you (and by you we mean we) tend to get a bit scratchy around the edges. […]

So, a Rare Bird walks into a bar…

Quality thinking time… in the weeds

It’s Father’s Day weekend and, despite having four able-bodied children of my own, I’m outside pulling weeds, alone. It’s my own fault, really. When I walked into the kitchen and saw dirty dishes, I said, “All right! Let’s get these dishes done!” When no one moved, I added, “Or you can go outside and pull […]

History is always in the making.

Just so you know, this is the way we think around here at Rare Bird. These three things came to my attention this week, and believe it or not, I think they have something in common. First, a historic winner of the Triple Crown this past Saturday. Next, a fundraiser at the Indianapolis Zoo this […]

An Indiana teacher and newly-minted birdwatcher named Jeremy Ross was gazing through his spotting scope last week when he noticed something a little odd. “I got the binoculars out and watched it land,” Ross said, recounting the story for Indy Star writer Ryan Sabalow. “It was real pretty. But with the black and white and […]