Sneaky Bandit

Tomato hornworm, AKA five-spotted hawkmoth (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manduca_quinquemaculata)

I found you, you thief!

Stealing my green tomatoes

And creeping me out.

 

Yummy tomatoes.

I’m having a real feast here.

Thank you, gardener!

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Memories

In any household, junk accumulates to fill the space available for its storage. ~Boston’s Irreversible Law of Clutter

They say one man’s trash is another’s treasure, but I can’t think of a single soul who’d be interested in the old storage shed Dallas told you about a couple of years ago.

It’s empty as a box of chocolates hours after Valentine’s Day.

But it’s still here.

Perhaps I should explain.

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Pollyanna’s Take

There are defeats more triumphant than victories. ~Michel de Montaigne, French Renaissance Philosopher

Typically, I’m the one doing the firing.

I’ve had to sever ties with clients over the years for one reason or another, and I’ve never regretted doing so.

But somehow it feels different on the receiving end.

Being fired.

Let go.

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We Remember

A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen. ~Edward de Bono, Maltese physician, philosopher, author

Like with JFK’s passing
Or the Challenger explosion,
Life-altering events
Uniting us all.
We remember:
Where we were
What we were doing
When 9/11/01 rolled around.

An ordinary day
For work or school.
Cloudless skies
Became dark with terror.
We remember:
Planes hitting buildings,
Selfless heroes
Too many gone too soon.

A flurry of prayers
Forgotten faith reignited.
Increased vigilance,
Stiffer security measures.
We remember:
And by remembering
Honor those who no longer can.

Sunday’s Gem — Diamond

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

The earliest diamonds were found in the 4th century B.C. in India.

Composed of mostly carbon that’s been subjected to extremely high temperatures and pressure, the name ‘diamond’ comes from the Greek word adamas, translated ‘unconquerable, invincible.’

The contrast of uncut diamonds with the polished, cut version in the lower right corner is striking (photo thanks to www.gia.edu (the Gemological Institute of America)

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One, Two, Three…

If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth. ~Sydney Smith, English writer and cleric

Speaking metronome

Helps keep my rhythms even.

Apps for everything!

 

I’m working on a particularly tricky sonatina by a Danish composer in my flute lessons this summer.

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