My backyard is a hotbed of tranquility. Each pleasant summer evening Madam Queen and I adjourn to the patio, viewing overhead airliners crisscrossing one another making tic-tac-toe patterns in the sky. An occasional bee drops by our table to sip a drop of merlot, only to find it doesn't taste like nectar. There are scores of tall trees in our hillside neighborhood making a huge cageless aviary for our evening listening pleasure. Robins with their evensong, a lord and lady cardinal reside in ...


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