As I walked toward the house in the dark I heard a squeaking twitter in the branches above -- too low-pitched to be a bat. I stood a few moments patiently and a small form skittered to a branch tip. It launched itself, unfolding into a cream-colored swatch that glided smoothly across the night to land and disappear onto the dark skin of an oak. The first time I've ever seen a flying squirrel take flight, and that must be a good omen for something . . . .