October 11th, 2017

neutral

Good News

Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more?
neutral

A Word for America Today

Until recently, I described America as a plutocracy (rule by the rich), and it has been statistically analyzed as an oligarchy (rule by a privileged few).  Someone else has made a very compelling case that in Era 45 it is now a kakistocracy.  

A historic example is cited as the French Revolution.  I would say first that kakistocracy technically refers to the corrupt and licentious peak immediately before  the Revolution; and second that they seem to have forgotten about the fall of the Roman Empire, also preceded by decadence of legendary depravity.

Maybe I should stop saying "panem et circenses"  and try to find the original name of that idiotic dish that used lark's tongues in aspic.  Which wasn't even any good.  I bet you could drop that on the White House table and the Eater in Chief wouldn't even get the reference.
neutral

Wednesday Yardening

Today is cooler, gray, and damp.  It rained a little last night.

I planted two batches of bulbs, for a total of ten, each one a different cultivar.  Six warm-colored ones went beside the barrel garden.  Four black ones went in the tulip garden beside the parking lot.  That's all I have for now that's slated for those locations.

I still have a big bag of stuff for the wildflower garden.  That was the largest batch.

A few more birds have been fluttering around the feeders.  I saw a sparrow on the hopper feeder yesterday.  Today I saw finches around the fly-through feeder.  If I keep seeing finches, I may put up a thistle sock.  I don't always, because the bird population varies and thistle is expensive, but when we have lots of finches then it's worthwhile.