|Wanda La Claire||
This plant always reminds me of Robert Frost's poem, Nature's First Green is Gold. There's a line that says, "her early leaf a flower" and it is very true for this bush. The flowers are the small white bell shapes you can see in the center of the picture but it's the leaves that really grab your attention. When this plant spouts new leaves, they are a brilliant pink, which slowly fade to green. I've seen other plants where the new leaves are an amazing red. The odd thing is these plants rarely have attractive flowers. Every year, I watch for the very first buds because, as Robert Frost says, if really is "her hardest hue to hold".
Growing up, I was taught that you never call anyone before 10:00 am and never after 10:00 pm. It was considered polite. But, that rule seems to have disappeared. I don't mind the late night text messages, I'm up anyway, but I really hate being woken up at 6:00 am by an incoming message. I keep my phone by my bed because I use the alarm, so... Why did this rule change? Am I some sort of oddball for keeping my phone by my bed? Yes, I know, I can set it so it automatically shuts off at night. But I'm reluctant to do that. Emergencies to crop up and the phone doesn't make distinctions; it won't simply let the important calls through. Recently I had friends who needed help, the last thing I wanted to do was shut off my phone and make myself unavailable. So, what is the solution? I haven't thought of a good one. So my lame 'solution' is to put up with the odd wake up call in order to be there for the people who need me.
I came across something interesting the other day. It turns out that Venus has a forty year cycle that ancient people tracked. As Venus moves through its orbit there is a point where, from our perspective, the planet is as far away from the sun as it can get. This point is known as the greatest eastern elongation or greatest western elongation, depending on whether Venus is the morning star or evening star. If you spent eight years mapping when Venus reached eastern elongation it would form a pentagram, a lopsided pentagram but still a pentagram. If you continued to map Venus' position in the sky for forty years you would find that the pentagram rotates through five cycles (clockwise), returning to its original position. You'll find tonnes of images and videos of this but the majority of them incorrectly use Venusian conjunctions or oppositions. The ancients certainly didn't use conjunction or opposition because neither of those are visible to the naked eye. Some people have suggested that this forty years cycle is where the number forty gained it's mystical significance. (Think of all the times forty is used in the bible) It's hard to know for sure but, hey, it's a reasonable guess. One of the problems with this idea is that, historically, the pentagram has not been associated with the planet Venus.
To see a proper version of what the lopsided pentagram looks like, check out the link below.
I'm playing with a new news app for my phone. Naturally, it doesn't do quite what I want. Apps always allow you to like things on Facebook but they don't let you choose your Facebook page. I'm also trying to find a way to post things to my blog (here) but again not easy. Anyway, here's an interesting article.
Getting eaten by the Big Bad Wolf is no picnic as Scarlett knows from experience. After being rescued by The Huntsman she agreed to join his team but it turns out that slaying the Big Bad isn't quite what she thought it would be.
Let me know what you think.
It a gloomy day in Vancouver but still warm, the kind of day where I wish my balcony were a little bigger so I could outside without getting wet. One of those days where the North Shore Mountains are completely hidden by clouds. Maybe it's a good thing that it's raining because I had to spend the morning fixing broken links on my website.
There are a lot of birds around my place and in the mornings they can be noisy. This morning a new bird joined the chorus. At first, I thought it was a machine. It sounded more like a squeaky toy than a bird and it chirped like a metronome. When it went off the beat, I decided it was a living thing. I think the new bird also riled the others, making a racket this morning. The picture was taken by me while I was in Honduras.
I hope you remember to vote. I had a couple of things I had to do so it made more sense to vote on my way home. On voting day, I run into a lot of people who remind you to get out and do it but the comment I always find funny is: It doesn't matter who you vote for so long as you vote. Maybe I'm naive but I think it does matter who you vote for but no matter who you vote for I hope you'll get out and vote.
I have no idea how to write blogs so I just write about wacky thoughts that run through my mind and leave a bit of a residue behind.