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>Easter, Spring wishes

April 2, 2010

>Today is Good Friday and this is the most Holy Week for most Christians.

It’s hard to take Christianity seriously, however (even for a Christian), when the leader of the largest Christian body is under fire for being an enabler of pedophiles and another high profile Christian is getting court approval for disrupting the funeral services of U. S. service members because of his misguided homophobia.

So my Easter message is just one about hope and renewal. From nature. From my backyard. Each of these pictures was taken yesterday. Within a few days all of these plants will look different.

Here are the “fiddle heads” of a Christmas fern.

Hostas quickly springing up.

The tips of columbine, one of my favorites, you know if you have followed this blog each spring.

A tulip, lagging behind the rest of its brethren.


A Japanese maple. It sits at the edge of my waterless pond in my tiny Japanese garden.

This Lady Banks rose will have thousands of yellow blooms next week. I think it likes the bamboo structure I built to hold it up, but the structure will need reinforcement this year.


Next week wisteria will be blooming all over this place. I love it for two weeks out of the year. I battle it for 50 weeks out of the year.


This is a sassafras bud. Next week it will have odd little flowers and later the mitten like leaves.

So, celebrate Spring. Celebrate Easter. Celebrate renewal in your life, your relationships, your health, your surroundings. Let this be the beginning of a year in which we see the fruits of the hope we have been anticipating during the previous year.

>Easter Weekend

April 13, 2009

>I hope everyone had a happy Easter, or, if it’s not a holiday you celebrate, a good weekend. I know the family of Captain Richard Phillips had a good weekend, as they learned their love one had been rescued. Here’s Captain Phillips with the commanding officer of the USS Bainbridge, Cmdr. Frank Castellano, after the rescue.

Picture credit U.S. Navy, via Reuters

For republicans always on the watch for an Obama failure, this success must bring mixed messages. Obama carries a big stick and uses it. The world, including those who don’t like us, are sure to notice.

At the risk of fueling Bessemer Opinions detractors claims that I make everything gay, I offer the following. We did the egg dying thing Saturday night…


…threw all our eggs in one basket (carton)…

…and they landed in the pattern of the Rainbow flag, the symbol of gay pride.

Easter, unlike Christmas, is difficult to make gay. I mean, there are no elves or fairies, no gaudy red suits, no anticipated decorating opportunity, no fabulous parties at The Castle or here.

Well, there are Peeps.


But the real Easter story, that Jesus died for our sins and rose again, for all of us, straight or gay, is good enough for me.

As for the rainbow of eggs, what do hard boiled eggs have to do with Easter anyway?

Happy Easter, Councilman Montgomery

April 8, 2007


Happy Easter everyone. Of course, Easter isn’t about chocolate bunnies any more than Christmas is about reindeer, but marketing in the U. S. would have us believe otherwise. It’s about Jesus’ death on a cross for your sins. But it’s also about rebirth, and renewal, and forgiveness.


Joel Montgomery should be thinking about forgiveness this Easter morning. This homophobe, one of the Birmingham Council Members who does not believe in inclusion, was arrested Saturday for public intoxication. His bloodied face was featured on page 13A of the Birmingham News, and on the local tv news. Take a look, this is the face of intolerance in the Magic City. I hope the people of District 1 have someone in mind to replace him. He claims innocence. The gay community (and the fair minded straights) might forgive him if he reverses his stand on the Resolution of Inclusion. (Unlike Jesus, we are human and we can put conditions on forgiveness). Hey, maybe Joel won’t be attending the council meeting this week. Might be a good time to re-introduce the resolution.


Our representative Artur Davis spoke to the Downtown Democratic Club on Friday, and he said Dick Cheney was way off base when he spoke at the luncheon that raised a half million dollars for Jeff Sessions 2008 re-election campaign. Cheney was critical of the Democrats for threatening funding and calling for withdrawal of troops from Iraq. Artur pointed out that during the Clinton presidency in 1998 several resolutions sought to require the president to either limit funding for the U.S. military peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia or bring the troops home. Also, congress called for troop withdrawal in 1993 from Somalia when 18 soldiers were killed there while on a peacekeeping mission. Davis also noted that in 1983 after 241 marines were killed in Beirut, Congress called for withdrawal. Davis said “When all of that happened, not one person said Newt Gingrich and the Republicans weren’t supporting our troops. Nobody said if your don’t agree with us on the war, you’re being un-American like the Bush asminstration is saying now.”
He also said he is bothered by this “mindset that the president is always right and everyone else is wrong when it comes to the war in Iraq.” You tell ’em, Artur.

Readers will notice that I have added a list of links to other blogs over to the left. Sack Sessions has lots to say about the Cheney visit. Just click on those links to read others progressive opinions.

>Happy Easter, Councilman Montgomery

April 8, 2007

>
Happy Easter everyone. Of course, Easter isn’t about chocolate bunnies any more than Christmas is about reindeer, but marketing in the U. S. would have us believe otherwise. It’s about Jesus’ death on a cross for your sins. But it’s also about rebirth, and renewal, and forgiveness.


Joel Montgomery should be thinking about forgiveness this Easter morning. This homophobe, one of the Birmingham Council Members who does not believe in inclusion, was arrested Saturday for public intoxication. His bloodied face was featured on page 13A of the Birmingham News, and on the local tv news. Take a look, this is the face of intolerance in the Magic City. I hope the people of District 1 have someone in mind to replace him. He claims innocence. The gay community (and the fair minded straights) might forgive him if he reverses his stand on the Resolution of Inclusion. (Unlike Jesus, we are human and we can put conditions on forgiveness). Hey, maybe Joel won’t be attending the council meeting this week. Might be a good time to re-introduce the resolution.


Our representative Artur Davis spoke to the Downtown Democratic Club on Friday, and he said Dick Cheney was way off base when he spoke at the luncheon that raised a half million dollars for Jeff Sessions 2008 re-election campaign. Cheney was critical of the Democrats for threatening funding and calling for withdrawal of troops from Iraq. Artur pointed out that during the Clinton presidency in 1998 several resolutions sought to require the president to either limit funding for the U.S. military peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia or bring the troops home. Also, congress called for troop withdrawal in 1993 from Somalia when 18 soldiers were killed there while on a peacekeeping mission. Davis also noted that in 1983 after 241 marines were killed in Beirut, Congress called for withdrawal. Davis said “When all of that happened, not one person said Newt Gingrich and the Republicans weren’t supporting our troops. Nobody said if your don’t agree with us on the war, you’re being un-American like the Bush asminstration is saying now.”
He also said he is bothered by this “mindset that the president is always right and everyone else is wrong when it comes to the war in Iraq.” You tell ’em, Artur.

Readers will notice that I have added a list of links to other blogs over to the left. Sack Sessions has lots to say about the Cheney visit. Just click on those links to read others progressive opinions.