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A Little Bit of Everything . . .

. . . and a whole lot of nothing



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When I typed the name of this blog, "A little bit of everything and a whole lot of nothing," I tried to decide what kind of picture I should use with it. For reasons inexplicable, kaleidoscopic images came to mind. The ones I found that can be used here either looked like windows from Gothic churches or were modern photographic techniques that seem to be known by the name "kaleidoscope." Since Notre Dame Cathedral burned, Gothic churches have frightened me, so I didn't want one of those images. And, then, I found this image on Pexels. It has kaleidoscopic features, yet it looks like an arrangement of flowers -- tulips, perhaps. It's a bit more three-dimensional than any image I've seen on a kaleidoscope, but that's all right. The third dimension seems to add a lot.


The rain of the past week has done a real number on my rose bushes, especially Red, who lives outside my office window. She's a large bush, and she blooms vociferously. She's lost some blossoms, but, mainly, her stems are bent from the weight of her wet blossoms. I hope she regains her posture before long, but it won't be easy. More rain is in the forecast for later this week and into next week. Alas! What happened to "April showers bring May flowers"? Are we so far north that May showers will bring June flowers? I suppose we'll have to wait and see.


A report last week (source forgotten) said the earth has tilted on its axis. I've imagined such to have happened by way of trying to understand why the world seems to have gone crazy. From people seeming to take enjoyment from killing one another to the incomprehensible nature of that darn virus, life seems to be operating in another dimension. Rod Serling could have a field day with this phenomenon. Indeed, this place does feel a lot like a twilight zone.


A group on Facebook invited its members to name television shows that would have no meaning to young people today. The members named every show from the 1950's "Howdy Doody" and "Pinkie Lee" to adventure shows from the 1980s. One person said her parents met while dancing on "The Lawrence Welk Show." Now, that's old!


Pet Peeve: The phrase "across the world" irritates me to no end. It is scientifically inaccurate and grammatically incorrect -- unless, of course, Christopher Columbus only imagined he did not fall off the edge of the earth. Someone imagined that, if the world were flat, cats would have pushed everything off, so we know the earth can't be flat. That person just might have had a valid point. Since a few items still remain in place, and cats still nap before fireplaces, we'll wisely use the phrase "around the world."

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