Ruminations on a Parrot Named Cosmo

Humor and wisdom in these ruminations

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Ruminations on a Parrot Named Cosmo originated in a Sunday column I wrote for The Athens Banner-Herald from 2011 to 2013 titled “Cosmo Talks.” I had already published a book about Cosmo’s learning to speak, Conversations with Cosmo: At Home with an African Grey Parrot, and I wanted to share anecdotes about Cosmo’s hilarious antics with my local community. However, “Cosmo Talks” quickly evolved from accounts of Cosmo’s activities to reflections on parrots’ anatomy; birds’ evolution from dinosaurs; the concept of nature; the evidence of consciousness in birds and mammals.

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About The Author

Dr. Betty Jean Craige is Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia. She has published academic books in the fields of literature, poetry translation (from Spanish), history of ideas, and art. Her non-academic books include Conversations with Cosmo: At Home with an African Grey Parrot (2010); four Witherston Murder Mysteries: Downstream (2014), Fairfield’s Auction (2016), Dam Witherston (2017), and Saxxons in Witherston (2019); the thriller Aldo (2018), and Ruminati

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