Do your ever watcht "The Sopranoes" Me and Anita love it.
As soon as I started reading your post I thought about Tony Soprano and his ducks! I loved that show so much I also own the whole thing on DVD and still watch it. We were lucky to be able to see such brillance. So much better than the rest of the garbage on TV now.
Really, connecting with nature in any way is healing, I find. I like to take my dog to a large quarry near here and just walk and look at all the wild flowers and the water. It's soothing in a way that nothing else is.