Friends know that my daily walk often takes me through the National Zoo, where as of late I've become fascinated with the aviary. One of the things I love is rediscovering animals that had been reduced to flat icons in my head--e.g., the peacock--as living, unpredictable, and slightly haughty creatures. We all know what the feathers look like from the front...but did you ever think about what they look like from the side? From the back? Me neither. I'll be spending the next couple of days driving to Mississippi, but I think I might have left my heart with this peacock in DC.