ode to museums

I enjoy museums because I enjoy history. I am a proponent of the maxim of “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it” (George Santayana) Every generation goes through very similar life cycles and so often the same mistakes get repeated albeit with updated flourishes. It’s interesting to recognize these patterns. WarsContinue reading “ode to museums”

Newest Acquisition

Pictured above is what a mature Cascalote (caesalpinia cacalaco) looks like. Pictured below is what my three-year-old Cascalote looks like now: And here’s what it looked like when I first planted it last year: One of the greatest joys of gardening is watching trees grow. I planted all of the trees in my yard asContinue reading “Newest Acquisition”

The Trip That Never Was Day 12

My husband and I had a trip booked to Ireland in June 2020. Due to Covid, the trip never happened. For a myriad of reasons, it’s a trip that likely won’t happen any time soon. I’ve pulled up my old itinerary, and I’m going to explore as much of this holiday as virtually as IContinue reading “The Trip That Never Was Day 12”

Americans Are Pissed

America is not a happy place. All of us are angry about something. We all feel the need to protest, and the litany of topics to protest against is long. When my husband said “we should go to the Capitol to protest this weekend,” I asked him what item we should protest about. I said there wasContinue reading “Americans Are Pissed”

Corpse Flower is in Bloom at Huntington Gardens Today!

I was just there a few days ago and saw this amazing plant getting ready to bloom: Here is a neat diagram from the Huntington Garden’s website that shows this plant’s life cycle: And here is a photo I took of this plant in its leaf stage: I wish that L.A. wasn’t a seven hourContinue reading “Corpse Flower is in Bloom at Huntington Gardens Today!”

The Mayans Were Born on the Wrong Planet

Aside from the whole sacrificing component, the Mayan world, in general, was one filled with intense beauty. The Mayans must have known that the rest of the world was nowhere near as beautiful as where they happened to live. The Mayans must have known that they were not alone, for theirs was a culture thatContinue reading “The Mayans Were Born on the Wrong Planet”

The Second Amendment to the American Constitution: a Misunderstanding

Originally posted on Micheline's Blog:
Guernica by Pablo Picasso (Image credit:?RMN-Grand Palais, Musée national Picasso-Paris/Mathieu Rabeau) and the BBC —ooo— The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows: “A well regulated [sic]?militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and…

The Wonderful World of Succulents part 3

One of my pandemic pastimes has been learning about succulents. I started with cacti and now I have moved on to succulents (to be clear, all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti). All succulents are defined as water-storing plants, for the word “succulent” comes from Latin word “sucus,” meaning juice or sap.Continue reading “The Wonderful World of Succulents part 3”

The Absurdity of it All

So, Saturday was a crappy day at work, as all days are starting to be. To say that we’re short-staffed doesn’t even describe it. We’re short-supplied, short-willed, short-empathetic, short everything. People who have worked here for 20+ years have been quitting left and right and going to better-paying hospitals. I work weekends in radiology (CATContinue reading “The Absurdity of it All”