Over a stifling hot plate of sausage, eggs, and greasy hash browns we ate breakfast on a raining morning in Killarney. Next to us sat a man named Scott. A soft-spoken sailor, paramedic, and introspective man who knew how to have a good conversation. By the last bites of breakfast we were already discussing dinner.

Later that day the three of us sat in the cockpit of his sailboat “Juxtaposition”,  grilling green beans, pork, and peaches as we deeply discussed the idea of “spirit-birds”. It’s rare when a near stranger is capable of telling you what kind of person you are after a single conversation. We all live in our own worlds and sometimes it takes someone living in a different one to make you aware of personality traits you weren’t aware of to begin with.

Here is the theory – There are four spirit birds and every human represents one. You may represent a fraction of one, and a fraction of another but no matter what, you will always represent one more specifically. You are either a dove, a peacock, an owl, or an eagle. 

We discussed our lives, these four birds and which one we may represent. It didn’t take long for Scott to label me as an owl, and Katie a dove. This theory has stuck with me, and I firmly believe our friend to be right. I am and owl. Katie is a dove.



“The Dove encourages you to let go of your emotional baggage, so that true healing can take place. It’s time to forgive, make peace, release and move forward, enjoying a re-birth. And know that healing Dove is flying right beside you.”

A Dove could be letting you know that you need to simply stop and take a few deep breaths. Let go of the turmoil that is currently surrounding you and find peace within you. Know that what you see right now is reality shifting in ways you never thought possible and that what you are truly looking for is just around the corner. The most chaos happens just before your dreams come true.”

“She aids in tapping our creative energies and stirring up emotions.  Dove shows us how to walk between the physical and spiritual world.”

  • messenger
  • nurturer
  • intuitive
  • communication between two worlds
  • highly developed sense of sense of presence
  • intimately aware of environment



“The owl is a strong spirit guide for discernment and making decisions based on solid foundations. Call on the owl when you have to assess a situation or are going through confusing times.”

If an owl has silently glided into your life, she is asking you to face your fears and to listen to the messages being sent you. The owls power is nocturnal – year round”

“She teaches the power of silence and contemplation and the balance of waiting and acting.”

  • ability to see what others do not see
  • the presence of the owl announces change, or life transition.
  • capacity to see beyond deceit and masks
  • wisdom
  • power to extract secrets



 You are a person who always comes from a place of honor and integrity. You stand up for your beliefs and you live by them. You have a tendency towards flamboyance at times and enjoy showing your true colors to all those around you. “

“You are always willing to walk your talk. You revel in being the center of attention. Peacock attunes us to see the entire moment with no past or future and instills confidence and dignity”

  • all aspects of beauty
  • immortality
  • foundation of structure, and endurance of spirit
  • allows greater wisdom to be seen
  • rising out of the ashes with self-confidence



“Your light will shine if you only let it. Know that your higher self will only give you straight forward, positive and encouraging support.”

“Eagle people are seen as visionaries, those who are seekers and who are willing to push the limits of self-discovery and personal freedom. The eagle person is a born leader and may become impatient with those who cannot fly as high or as fast. Despite the fact that eagle will hold aloof or retreat to the skies, people will naturally gravitate to them. “

  • grace achieved by knowledge and hard work
  • knowledge of magic
  • strong and quick in action
  • ability to see hidden spiritual truths




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17 thoughts on “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.

  1. I love the birds. Even tho we all know how I really feel about birds. But this is amazing. And you are absolutely an Owl and Katie is absolutely a Dove. So I guess I am now terrified of you?

    I just finished reading every entry from the very beginning. You two amaze me beyond words.


    Much love.

  2. This may not be quite as esoteric nor spirit guiding, however you two dove and owl as ye may well be, just seem to take to the water like very happy duckies to me. I trust you will always keep your spiritually webbed like toes in or near the briny for your souls’ sake. Smooth sailin’ duckies!

  3. Btw, Mark and Cindy really picked up on something in poor old Reggie’s eyes as I did
    too. The sadness after mouth wateringly deliciousness denied can be felt from there to here.

  4. I did this years ago, and I was a peacock. I was in the sales team and the other sales people were peacocks too , Most of the accounts people we’re owls, and the travel consultants were doves. Funny how people find their place in the world depending on their personality!

  5. HI Girls – first time poster…just discovered your blog. We sail out of P’tang with our 2 kids on a Benny…sadly, you’re not experiencing the North Channel when the weather is awesome…but pleased you were able to catch a “bottle of vodka” from Andy Low….:)

  6. hey gang two quick questions…where are these pictures taken and whats the recipe for the gilled peaches and other stuff in the bowl it looks freaking amazing.

    1. The photos are in Killarney, where the Georgian Bay and North Channel connect.
      The peaches were simply cut in half, a little olive oil and lots of brown sugar… then we threw them on the grill until they looked right!! The yummy bowl was greek yogurt and fresh berries!

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