This first question below has not yet been asked aloud. But it still rankles: why should I have to even think about this before she is much older? Why do I keep wondering what I’d say if her mother turned to me and said, “Let’s ask Grandpa . . . .”
Not to mention if they were in Texas last spring, that awful, awful day . . .
We started this spring by needing to take out the small maple tree, which we had found to be very diseased. Wendy refilled its space with a mix of wildflowers.
She did a fine job.
And the continuing presence of 45 . . .
. . . when the long-dreaded Red Wave did not arrive . . .
Eventually the frosts of autumn came. The wild yard died back, to compost til spring.
And despite the recent bitter cold, my mood, at least was lifted measurably from the last winter.
Then at the sunrise of New years Eve, I looked out the kitchen door to catch a glimpse of the future, but . . . all was shrouded in mist and fog, with rain to follow.
But undaunted, later the Fair Wendy and I went out to get some fare to mark the occasion, I had a yen for a COSTCO pepperoni pizza: big, hot, greasy, yummy and inexpensive. I arrived just in time to see the very last Costco pizza of 2022 emerge slowly from its big oven- the heat and aroma so near — and yet so far, as it was meant for someone else; then they were all out!
I guess it better be.
January 2022: was it sunrise for Democracy, or sunset?
We weren’t the only worried ones . . .
. . . In Washington, the Supremes were busy working up their new minority rule act, with a special interest in the coming midterm elections, and protecting their withering reputations from the “stench” of their “ethics free zone.”. . .
Meantime, I kept getting texts like these, a couple per week, plus phone calls, junk mails, etc.: they all claim to be individuals, but reporters have shown they are working for big real estate dealers, who pick up lots of small houses, turn them into rentals, jack up area rents, and sell stocks in the bundles. I suppose it’s legal, but it will push out lower-income folks and generally increase inequality. As for me, I’m not selling . . .
No wonder there were a lot of gloomy days . . .
But in early February, the first signs of spring were popping up . . . Yellow daffodils, and tiny red-faced henbit. Some folks say henbit is a weed, but I like it.
But the lift to the spirit that the dawn of spring usually brings was suddenly disrupted this year, by a move far to the east . . .
From left: the Fair Wendy, Patrick O’Neill, this blogger, and Andrew Bryant.
Since then, I’ve been working to learn about Ukraine and the war’s background, and sharing my discoveries on the blog. And there’s more to come . . .
Yeah, finding out . . . .
Even so,there’s one politician Olsen likely understands much better than I could ever hope to, namely: Mike Pence. Continue reading Eavesdropping on a Conservative Trial by Conscience & Fire
[NOTE: The Bible quote on my mind today— Ecclesiastes 8:11-14, in the Today’s English Version:
“Why do people commit crimes so readily? Because crime is
not punished quickly enough. A sinner may commit a hundred crimes and still live. Oh yes, I know what they say: `If you obey God, everything will be all right, but it will not go well for the wicked. Their life is like a shadow and they will die young, because they do not obey God.’ But this is nonsense. Look at what happens in the world: sometimes righteous men get the punishment of the wicked, and wicked men get the reward of the righteous. I say it is useless.”]
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