Saturday, September 28, 2013

Fall Frost

The first hard autumn frost descended this morning, ending the hopes of tomato and pepper gardeners all over Sanpete County. This is another of those common, immoveable forces that we live by as humans dependent on the natural world for all of our sustenance and hope, and when it happens to our garden, we are sobered.
Beside that, it's pretty good to end the fight against late-summer aphids and water shortages. There are always two sides to every argument, neh?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Variety of Radience

First day of Autumn. I know that you know, and that you're probably sick of hearing about it, but It's been a day to remember.
With rain and snow and flowers and sky and that smile right there, I'm a happy, happy man.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Last Day of Summer, 2013

Here's a fine spider plant specimen. Chlorophytum comosum, the species having been sometime in the far past brought to the northern hemisphere from (I think) South Africa, grows pretty danged well for we absentminded home horticulturalists. 
That's probably not news to anyone reading, but this one has been hanging in a corner for at least ten years now without any real attention. It's done well for itself and us, bringing joy and a touch of green to the family in the deepest of Januarys. I decided today was the day for some a little consideration; the final day of summer is a good time to divide and propagate a bit of charitable flora.
At any rate, I wish you the best of equinoxes on the morrow; be well and warm until the next.

Friday, September 20, 2013

September Peaches

All the warmth of the summer, extruded and concentrated into a little ball of stimulation the color of the sun, autumn leaves and pure love.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Enjoying Ms. Case

Pamela, a dear friend from Bountiful High days, invited me to a concert with her, her brother and a few friends up at Red Butte on Monday. It's been a blessed long time since I was in that neighborhood, before the OHLimp-iks, in fact, so the place has changed. It was very nice to see that side of Salt Lake Valley, be with splendid, caring people, and revel in good music well played by intentional people.
Treasured times and happy thoughts, indeed.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Quiet, Infamous Anniversary

It's been five years since the big crash, and exactly five years since what many would say was the herald of the downturn; Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, the market lost more than five hundred points in a single day, the stock of the company itself losing ninety two percent of its value, and the government which had labeled BearStearns as 'too big to fail', announced that there were no potential buyers for Lehman and that they would allow the even larger company to fail.
No one has been held accountable for the lunacy perpetrated over those six or seven years of bubble inflating, the housing market is still a ridiculous boondoggle of idle profit for all but those who need housing, while many, my boomer mother-in-law included, still speak longingly of the prospect of 'flipping houses', as the banks have come back from their self-created precipice more powerful and 'profitable' than ever.
Ah, sweet justice and tender mercy.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Sometimes it's enough just to see the sky, even when everything else is so beautiful.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013