Memorial Day 2010

May 31, 2010

Poppies in the garden reminding me to think beyond myself.

Poppies9872 Left: Poppies in the garden.

The arrival of the poppies are the third botanical event of my year. This year they came very early, due to unseasonably warm temperatures in April and May (interspersed with some unseasonably cold days too—it is after all Minnesota). Because of this there was no guessing as to whether or not they would be here for Memorial Day. They were here to inspire with their beauty and fragility. Rain and wind have beaten the petals off the early blossoms. Everywhere there is a tangle of stems.

I hope today you find time for introspection, for political thought and action, and most of all for gratitude.

There are thousands of videos covering World War I on YouTube. Letter
from Gallipoli
is a first person account in letters that I find incredibly powerful for its understatement.

  1. Reply

    The “third botanical event” link gives me your “The Louvre and the Masterpiece” post from October 28, 2009. That doesn’t seem likely to be the right destination.

  2. Reply

    Jenny, thanks for alerting me to this. I’m going to fix it right now.

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