PHOENIX - Not just any baby

A baby born January 22 at Mercy Hospital was, sadly, not named for the Phoenix newspaper, though his name is Phoenix.

"My husband picked the name," said mother Tara Burke. Her husband's favorite car is a Pontiac Firebird, and the mythical creature was also an inspiration.

As noted on the family's Web site, "The Phoenix is made of all the most desirable parts of earth's creatures: the snake's neck, the crane's forehead, the dragon's stripes, the fish's tail, the tortoise's shell, the swallow's throat, and the fowl's bill. It carries in its bill either two scrolls or a square box that contains sacred books. According to tradition, the phoenix's song includes all the five notes of the traditional musical scale; its feathers include the five fundamental colors and its body is a composite of the six celestial bodies: the head symbolizes the sky; the eyes, the sun; back, the moon; the wings, the wind; feet, the earth; and the tail, the planets. The phoenix appears only in peaceful and prosperous times."

The name of couple's first son, Hunter, nearly 3, was chosen in part because his father enjoys that pastime, Tara said.

Our congratulations to the family, and best wishes to the new addition. (If as he grows up, he's ever looking for any kind of internship, please have him give us a call!)

More pictures of the whole family, and a guestbook to leave your congratulatory note can be found online as well.


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