Red Geranium

It is necessary to have red geraniums outside the door. The reason why this is necessary is long gone, but she buys new ones each year and put them in a huge planter at the gate. Her friend puts red geraniums in a small pot and takes them inside over the winter where they grow long and rangy waiting for another summer in the outdoor sun.

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Mostly Sunny

Yeah, her name is Sunny, but she’s mostly sunny at best. Many days she’s cloudy with a chance of downpours. I don’t let that stop me. I treat her the same every day no matter what kind of mood she’s in. I deliver her coffee, a pitcher of Half and Half, and a smile. What she does in return isn’t my problem.

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Earth Day

Have you read Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond? It talks about specific societies such as the Maya or the Vikings and how they failed and collapsed. On Earth Day it seems wise recognize that we now live in a global society, a worldwide interconnected system. Our current system is rife with the characteristics of failed societies of the past, only now a failure will affect the entire planet. What can we do on Earth Day to make sure that doesn’t happen?

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Download

I saw the notification flick by in my contact lens. It was time to upgrade my operating system. I hesitated over the download. I’ve been happy as version 47.8, and I’m not always able to say that. I know I’ll be forced to upgrade eventually, but I can stay this way for a few more days before that happens.

I heard about a guy who figured out how to go offline. He’s been operating with 35.9 for a couple of years now. I wonder how hard it is to go offline?

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The Future of Sex

I’m convinced the future of sex is above the neck. Heads are everything. Brains, eyes, lips – that’s all you need. Why do I say this? Well, a couple of weeks ago Kerry Washington had a sex scene on “Scandal” with Scott Foley. You may know that Kerry Washington is sporting a large, noticeable baby bump these days. To hide it, the sex scene was all close-in head shots of the two actors. It was super sexy, so I’m betting the future of sex is all happening between the ears. One more way Shonda Rhimes has changed TV forever.

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It’s the little things

The tour guide said, “Mind the elephants, now,” but Harry knew the big beasts were gentle and wouldn’t harm him. It was the little things – the insects, the snakes, the nervous little bitey things that worried him. He slathered on more bug repellant and made sure his pants were tucked into his boots properly before he stepped into the Jeep.

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Hot

Why are you so crazy about Torchy’s Tacos?

I love that burn. And the food has so much flavor. They are the masters of seasoning.

Yeah, but that burn. It’s too hot.

Ah, but it releases so many endorphins in your brain, you think it feels good.

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Flamboyant

She had more than flair. She had more than style. She was mesmerizing in her flamboyance. She was like having a flaming torch in the room, no one could look away from her for even a second because she was likely to ignite and set the world on fire. Being her daughter was . . .

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Stardust

I watched “Cosmos” the first time around, and I’m watching again with Neil DeGrasse Tyson at the helm. It is better than ever and reminds me of that old Joni Mitchell song that says, “We are stardust.” Science gets me all excited and especially science with super graphics and images.

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Surrounded

The area of the park where the soccer players meet on Sunday mornings is surrounded by trash receptacles. But on Monday, the weeds, the parking lot, and the playing field are always littered with plastic bottles, fast food sacks, and other trash that must be picked up by someone else. I wish I could make them pay a fine.

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