This was a month of high drama. I've condensed it into two videos, part 1 above, and part 2 below. Note that it is difficult to condense nine birdie dances, so if these videos have a saltatory aspect, well, you have been warned.
The question of reading lists came up in a conversation last evening. Considering that my experience with contemporary and historical literature is both extensive and peculiar, let me take this opportunity to list some fine books.