Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

>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.

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>Haiti suffers, Limbaugh heartless and Pat Robertson unspeakably stupid

January 14, 2010

>Nature has just plunked a great big exclamation mark on my Western Tribune column, which I posted yesterday, and appears here if you direct linked this, or just below this post if you are on the blog. The column focused on the movie Avatar and nature, and included this:

Nature is a powerful force, and we witness this every year with hurricanes and tsunamis and mudslides and such. Nature affects us in other ways as well, from the microbes that help us digest our food to the diseases that we seek to conquer.

and this:

But as in the movie, nature “does not take sides.”

The earthquake in Haiti really has a lot of people down. Already the poorest nation in the area, and constantly suffering from hurricanes and mudslides and floods and such, yet there is so little that we can do (other than give money) but sit and watch. (Texting “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross, added to your phone bill, is one way).

But we certainly don’t need an oaf like Rush Limbaugh telling his uneducated listeners that President Obama would “use Haiti to burnish their, shall we say, credibility within the black community in the both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country.”

Every ounce of feeling I have goes out to the people of Haiti. Our country has close ties to Haiti, more on that in a minute, and it is only right for our president to make a statement offering our assistance.

I can not improve on Keith Olbermann’s criticism of Limbaugh (and Pat Robertson, who said the earthquake was a result of a “pact with the devil” that the nation made in the 19th century to gain freedom from France).

“Mr. Robertson, Mr. Limbaugh. Your lives are not worth those of the lowest, meanest, poorest of those victims still lying under that rubble in Haiti tonight. You serve no good, you serve no god. You inspire only stupidity and hatred, and I would wish you to hell, but knowing how empty your souls must be for you to be able to say such things, in a time of such pain, I suspect the vacant purposelessness of the lives you both live now are hell enough already.”

About our historical relationship with Haiti, Rachel Maddow describes it best.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/34853786#34853786

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Ambassador Raymond Joseph says any deal that Haiti made with the devil certainly benefited the United States as well.

We can only offer our prayers and thoughts and support and money right now, but at least regarding this situation, please Rush Limbaugh, and Pat Robertson, just STFU!