I got a message from the Mass Audubon group pointing out signs of spring. It isn’t actually spring here yet. Our real spring starts the 27th of March because we are in that zone. But still, there are signs and portents.
We have not one, but two clumps of crocuses this year. The new one, which is a different and lighter shade of blue that the older one which is both darker and closer to purple than blue — with inevitably at least one white flower in the group and every few years, a bright yellow one appears. There are green shoots where the daffodils will bloom and many green shoots — just a couple of inches tall — where many daylilies will flower.
There are baby Goldfinches on the feeders. The Cardinal is giving his mating call. “Come out all your pretty girls! See how red I am? Admire my beauty because I’m ready! Let’s make EGGS!” Unfortunately the cowbirds are also back and just after we saw the last of the grackles.
So the signs are here, but spring isn’t. It’s still late winter in the valley. The weather is pretty nice outside. Not as warm as we were promised — lower by at least 10 degrees than the forecast — but still, not bitterly cold either. And it isn’t precipitating — not rain, not snow.
What very common thing have you never done?
You know, I can’t say? Because for one thing, I’m not sure what is common and what’s not. I’ve certainly done a little of everything at one time or another and a lot of some things that weren’t common but worked for me. So I don’t have an answer. I think I’ve done most common things and a bunch of not-so-common things and if I missed something, tell me what it was and I’ll try to make sure I do it. Soon because I’m not getting any younger.
Are we morally obligated to be charitable, if we have the means to?
If you are a Jew, absolutely yes. Not only are you morally obligated to be charitable — EVEN if you don’t have much in the way of means, but you are morally obligated to do it anonymously if possible and if that isn’t possible, then at least very quietly. Bragging about charity takes points off your score.
God — at least ours — doesn’t care for people who give because it makes them feel important.
What is the most amazing fact you know?
Right now, the amazing stuff is nothing to brag about. Our inability to live with neighbors without fighting. Our failure to understand that all humans ARE human and no one is better or worse because of their ethnicity, religion, color, or private sexuality. After all these years, its amazing and appalling that we have not learned to be any better than we are. It’s also demoralizing.
What’s your favorite sandwich and why?
Roast beef, cold, on a bulky roll with just a hint of mayonnaise OR a hot meatball sub, heavy on the sauce and lots of cheese. Either or both are fine. Why NOT?
Flowers are blooming and my orchids are covered with buds. And soon, there will be flowers.