The Comfort of Mourning Doves

Mourning Doves

Mourning Doves in Over the Rhine

Since returning from San Francisco last week, I’ve been enjoying the presence of two mourning doves outside my apartment.

There are few trees where I live in Over the Rhine (downtown Cincinnati), so I’m surprised that any birds are nesting nearby. But this cute monogamous pair seems like they’ve settled in for the season since I keep hearing them each day.

To be clear, I am not a naturalist. I can’t identify even the most common trees or flowers, and my mother is frequently dumbfounded at my ignorance of Midwestern flora and fauna.

I’ve also openly admitted in business meetings that I do not like flowers, puppies, or babies. People move further away from me after such statements—and I do exaggerate, but not by much.

So I don’t know why I’m charmed. I have no interest in birds. But every morning as I wake up, I wait to hear their call. It’s a comforting and friendly presence that feels like a hopeful sign—although of what I don’t know.

Posted in Cincinnati.

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the publisher of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors, and was named Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World in 2019.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. Her book for creative writers, The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press), received a starred review from Library Journal.

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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Nate Love

“I’ve openly admitted in business meetings that I do not like flowers, puppies, or babies.”

Do you know how much value such an honest and humourous statement like this brings to the business world?

Erika Robuck

Very sweet. I especially loved when you said you don’t like flowers, puppies, or babies. 🙂


But some of us think you are full of it. And wish we could send over some flowers, puppies, and babies to take replace the doves. 😉