Common Raven - Corvus corax

Brendan. His name was a variant on the old Breton and Manx words for “Raven”. It directly translated to “Prince” in Irish.

The Raven is a trickster and a creator whose flight is unpredictable. In his trickery, he stole the sun from an old man who was keeping it locked away in a box, and put it in the sky for his humans to enjoy.

In real life, ravens are among the smartest of the birds, but live up to their legends. They are playful and ingenious and unpredictable and strong.

The Birds of the British Isles and Their Eggs. T. A. Coward, 1919.
How Raven Brought Light to the World. Haida mythology.

 My little brother, Brendan, was killed in a bike accident on June 24. Without his encouragement, my apathy and depression would have made me stop blogging long ago. He is one of the primary reasons Biomedical Ephemera still exists. 
To honor his memory, a fund to support the Theater Arts in Madison, WI has been set up.
See the benefits for donating here. Additional [physical] benefits coming next week.
If nothing else, have a good drink and a well-made pastry in memory of a life lost too soon.