Wild emu spotted and captured on the Highland Crossing Trail

Wild emu spotted and captured on the Highland Crossing Trail



Why are humans so disrespectful to mother nature? Why do they disobey their own laws? ABSOLUTELY NO DUMPING


Emu looking from the trail at his old home. See Community in action, Part I: Sprucing up the Highland Crossing Trail

Emu looking at tree stand



A hunter’s tree stand on the Highland Crossing Trail during a late April snowfall

2/3/21 The emus learned to hibernate in snow mounds during winter. See Tracking the prints of a deer on the Highland Crossing in Brighton

Why do humans go inside to look at strange markings on pieces of paper? He has heard of something called books. Emus have never written down their own language. Emus do not understand “disembodied” communication: an absent speaker frozen in time. Emus only believe in beak-to-beak conversation between speaker and listener.

Who do humans line up empty white vehicles, blank with no markings? What are they hiding?

Why do humans lock their children in cages? The emu has heard stories about the emancipation of the emus from their cages when the old farmer died? Why aren’t all humans free?

Why do humans build houses with strange symbols and leave them to rot?


The playground from the old Al Sigle Center (for developmentally challenged children). The first December snowfall at the Highland Crossing Trail in Brighton

Why do humans separate children from each other and make them play by themselves? Before and after the (disappointing) Déluge at the Highland Crossing

What do humans mean when they write, RIP DOPE? The Terrence Building, site of the the abandoned Rochester Psychiatric Center Terrence Tower Without Diagnosis: A Photographic Montage of the Old Rochester Psychiatric Center

Why do people lock their fellows in high towers? The emu heard it is because those people hear voices. Those voices must come from God and should be for all to hear.

About The Author


Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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