small quaker

Springdale, Iowa
Population: Unincorporated

“Historically, the town was predominantly settled by Quakers, and was a way-station in the Underground Railroad. Its most famous residents were the militant abolitionist John Brown, who resided at John Hunt Painter’s house near Springdale while making preparations for the raid on Harpers Ferry, and Edwin and Barclay Coppock, local youths who participated with Brown during the raid.”


This is Percy, and there’s something to learn from her..
Percy self harms, she plucks her feathers and then attacks herself until she bleeds.

Percy lives in the pet store I am working at, and most people assume that she’s not happy because she’s in a pet store..

Percy is a VERY needy bird and this is something to think about when you adopt any parrot, if you bond with them they rely on you 100%

Percy lived with a family & she bonded very well to the families daughter who then moved away for college.
The family didn’t know what to do with Percy once she started plucking herself so surrendered her to the pet store.

Percy has been living in our store for quite some time now, her diet has been changed, she was moved out of a circle shape cage which was stressful to her & she began to bond with some of the staff. Unfortunately she still goes through bad stages of plucking, once a bird starts this is becomes habit and it’s often very very hard to stop them.

The reason I’m sharing Percy’s story is to remind people just what a commitment a parrot is no matter how small, budgies, cockatiels,conures & Quakers can live up to 20 years or even more in some cases!

If you think a hand raised bird is an easy pet then think again, because they are amazingly smart, playful & social birds but they really need a lot of attention, they notice when things change or if you’re not around as often and they do start to stress.. So if your going to buy a bird (especially a hand raised one) just make sure you’re willing to commit to it for several years!

A tombstone from the haunted cemetery called Spider Gates.  Near the Worcester Airport in Massachusetts is a small cemetery set in the thick forest that covers the area.  Called the Spider Gates because of of a pair of wrought-iron gates, the place has been famously haunted for a long time.  I heard about the place from my parents, friends, and teachers.  When I started getting interested in folklore this place came up a lot. 
Some of the more regular stories center on the eight gates around the place.  With each one that you pass through the paranormal experience becomes more intense and violent.  The last gate leaves you at the River Styx.  There is a small cave in which the mutilated remains of a little girl were found.  There is a tree that is often found with a hanging rope and a suicide victim on the bottom. 
I was fascinated with this place for a long time and its role in Central Massachusetts folklore.  There are a million stories but like all the great tales they’re almost all suspect. 
The real name of this place is simply Quaker Cemetery.  It is old but still active.  It is run by a small population of local Quakers.  The “spider gates” are most likely depicting the sun.  There are no police reports of bodies ever being found there nor people having vanished to the River Styx.  One of the things I learned about local folklore is that a lot of it has to do with people of my parent’s generation smoking way too much pot in creepy places.