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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Break From Politics

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Spring cardinal 2014 (with thanks to Will, who emailed me the graphic below):

We're getting some nice weather here in the D.C. area this weekend. What a pity that I can no longer drive a convertible! About a week ago, I handed over our Mustang GT convertible to a broker for immediate sale.

Snow is expected Tuesday here in Northern Virginia. Again! **sigh**

From Shakespeare's Richard III: "Now is the winter of our discontent."


  1. The 102nd annual Cherry Blossom Festival began a few days ago in D.C.. However, this morning WTOP published this article: No Cherry Blossoms at Blossom Festival. According to the article:

    The grip of harsh winter on the region doesn't want to let go and Washington's cherry blossoms, known for their brilliant pink signature on the early spring landscape, are still hibernating.


    1. Well, it could be worse -- and has been in the not-so-distant past.

      There have been times when the blossoms came out prematurely, and were then killed off by an early spring snowstorm. Depressing to see withered brown where delicate pink was only the day before

      Nature is extremely resilient, though. She always seems able to heal herself rather quickly, thank God,

      HAPPY SPRING! It WILL arrive, as it always has -- unless we're going through the Eschaton. (:-o.

    2. This year's delay in the arrival of spring is wearing on our nerves.

      Today, I will -- once again -- back our vehicles into the driveway just in case we get a nasty Nor'easter. Snow is supposed to begin around 7:00 A.M. Tuesday morning and continue all day long. I hope that this is "conversational snow" and doesn't result in the commute from hell.

  2. If you have not seen the movie "God's NOT Dead" you and Mr. AOW must go see it. I know you do not go to the movies much, but this one is worth your time and money. Take a lost friend, take an atheist, or go by yourselves. Your students would love this also.

    Right Truth

    1. Debbie,
      I checked, and the God's NOT Dead isn't playing at a theater near us -- that is, at the cinema we usually go to. However, the film is playing not too far away.

      Thanks for the tip.

  3. No cherry blossoms here in a couple of days ... snow could total more than a foot.

    Winter will not let go.

  4. That picture from your back yard? ;)

  5. A NOTE of HOPE and GOOD CHEER from NATURE via Emily Dickinson:

    Before you thought of spring,
    Except as a surmise,
    You see, God bless his suddenness,
    A fellow in the skies
    Of independent hues,
    A little weather-worn,
    Inspiriting habiliments
    Of indigo and brown.

    With specimens of song,
    As if for you to choose,
    Discretion in the interval,
    With gay delays he goes
    To some superior tree
    Without a single leaf,
    And shouts for joy to nobody
    But his seraphic self!

    ~ Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

    1. For what it's worth, "the spring robin"s have finally arrived to the D.C. area.


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