63 thoughts on “Our rhododendron enjoying Spring”

  1. The Rhodora

    by Ralph Waldo Emerson


    In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes,
    I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,
    Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,
    To please the desert and the sluggish brook.
    The purple petals fallen in the pool
    Made the black water with their beauty gay;
    Here might the red-bird come his plumes to cool,
    And court the flower that cheapens his array.
    Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why
    This charm is wasted on the earth and sky,
    Tell them, dear, that, if eyes were made for seeing,
    Then beauty is its own excuse for Being;
    Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose!
    I never thought to ask; I never knew;
    But in my simple ignorance suppose
    The self-same power that brought me there, brought you.

  2. The Guardian

    More than 5 million people have fled Ukraine and millions more have been internally displaced since the start of the Russian invasion. But volunteers have also been coordinating daily rescue missions to save thousands of the country’s non-human population too – pets, farm animals and zoo animals.
    Organisations such as the Polish Centaurus Foundation, the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation, or the Lviv animal shelter are trying to save animals from the war on a daily basis.
    They have a large and valuable army of volunteers, as well as funding through online crowdfunding and private donations.
    It is impossible to determine how many animals have been moved or made it out of the country since the start of the war. What is certain is that there are numerous daily departures to EU countries in public transport, vans, trucks, and private cars.
    Another animal organisation that works tirelessly in the rescue, care and extraction of animals is UAnimals, a Ukrainian organisation that since the beginning of the war has coordinated volunteers. One volunteer, Nataliya Popova, after seeing how animals from zoos and reserves were abandoned to starve or were euthanised, turned her equine centre on the outskirts of Kyiv into a wildlife refuge. More than 100 animals from there have been evacuated to zoos and reserves in Romania or Poland since the beginning of the war. Among them were seven bears, four tigers and three lions from the bombed Ecopark in Kharkiv.
    Numerous other animals have been found wandering around the various villages recaptured from invading forces; some were starving, eating anything they could find, others were wounded or frightened and confused by the sounds of the explosions. Many were hiding in their homes, where there was no one left.
    Located far from the frontline, Lviv has become a safe place for people displaced by the conflict. And so too for animals, such as the bears from the White Rock sanctuary in Kyiv, where there was a reserve for them, many taken from circuses, which have now been transferred to a shelter near Lviv. Or the dogs, cats and wild animals that stop for a few days at the animal shelter in Lviv, where they are cared for by volunteers who look after them, feed them, walk them and give them affection, while in their offices the necessary bureaucratic steps are taken for their transfer out the country.

  3. [one of the photos from above story in the guardian] Dogs follow a volunteer at Korchuvate shelter, Kyiv

    Dogs follow a volunteer at Korchuvate shelter, Kyiv

  4. President Zelensky: 931 settlements liberated since Russian invasion started (ukrinform.net)

    … in his video address, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
    “As of this time, 931 settlements have already been de-occupied. Many cities and communities are still under the temporary control of the Russian army. But I have no doubt that it is only a matter of time before we liberate our land,” Zelensky told.
    In his words, this war has truly become a people’s war for Ukraine. And it showed that all across Ukraine – from east to west, from north to south – the Ukrainian idea is equally strong, equally national.
    According to the President of Ukraine, Russia can spend enormous resources to support the war, oppose the entire free world, take away from its people everything that could have been used to develop Russia itself, and focus this potential on destroying its neighbors. But, the lessons of history are well known, Zelensky stressed.
    “If you are going to build a millennial Reich, you lose. If you are going to destroy the neighbors, you lose. If you want to restore the old empire, you lose. And if you go against the Ukrainians, you lose,” the President of Ukraine noted.

  5. I hope the additional aide the US is providing Ukraine provides the means to keep pushing Russier back toward Russier. 

    After 3 sunny days in the mid 80s (and my car claimed it hit 90 yesterday) East Bumfuck is back to rain (for a day) and mid 50s. Must be Spring.

  6. Our usually beaudacious azalea time was fouled up by weather patterns fuggin around. 

    But the gardenias are on their way.

  7. azaleas abloom here too.  there are 3 little lush bushes on both sides of my front porch steps called mothers day (must be because they always bloom sometime close to that date or by derby day for sure) which look kinda like this garden stock pic:

    Image result for mothers day azalea

    always reminds me of springtime in tallahassee — bigly show there when the azaleas are blooming

  8. Jamie – perhaps true.  I remember a very long time ago when Twitter was brand new and barely out of diapers.  There was a situation in a Middle Eastern Country with an American tossed in jail, I do not remember the reason anymore. Negotiations and the person was released but their fate unknown outside of the location.  The news reported that a short code was sent on a new media that used only a small number of characters to let the organization the person was from that they were safe.  A big relief for all, and the boost of Twitter to the world. That is when I set up my first Twitter account.

  9. Craig…  absolutely beautiful!  Our daffodils are finally coming up.
    OldSeaHag tried to get me to sign up for Twitter…  never happened.  I already spend too much time on this machine.

  10. The daffodils and crocus have come and are largely gone now, the dogwoods are blooming but azaleas and rhododendron (or what’s left of them above where the deer can reach) haven’t started yet. May should be pretty showy in these parts.
    Twitter, haven’t done it, don’t do it, won’t do it, and fuhchrissake I wouldn’t dream of even taking a peek at Truth Social or Truth Central or whatever muddled version of it SFB and Devin Nunes’ cow comes up with next.

  11. Pogo

    Twitter can be fun once you learn how to set up lists to avoid the very high idiot quotient.  

    These days my only complaint is hard to have a meaningful thought on a subject due to the character limit, so I mainly stick to ones that have pleasant followers and talk about good music such as Carl Jones @youthguy07.

  12. Jamie,  I’m sure like just about everything else in this life, Twitter has its pluses as well as its minuses.  LP did have a twitter account during his soccer days and may still have one, but I think he’s moved on to other SM platforms that are more closely aligned with young adults and don’t have as their primary users 70+ year old ex-president narcissists and the richest man in the world.  I waste enough time on WaPo and here – I don’t need more opportunities fritter away my days.  I ditched my Facebook participation other than a random check in with a couple of friends for that reason as well.

  13. Pogo

    The only reason I keep Facebook is that is where my relatives post.  I drop in to see what they are up to or get the latest pictures.  Then there are the eagles.  The DC Arboretum has a new chick which at the moment is all fluff and feet.


  14. Twitter and fezza-book:
    It’s all come a long way since AOL chat rooms of weirdness, eh, wot?

  15. Yep, Jamie, I get that. My family primarily texts with each other. I’m nothing if not lazy and a creature of habit and convenience – and am mostly one of those old dogs, no new tricks guys. If I’m interested in this or that I typically turn to the Google machine. 

  16. I was a late bloomer on the inner tubes…..had to wait for my daughter to grow into needing a computer.    I discovered the AOL in that time a bit before the Bill & Monica saga.   

    But I took right to it, like a fish out of water.

  17. I was in a Compuserve chat room called the Village Elders.  It was mainly filled with writers. When Compuserve went to the net, it pretty much shut down.  

  18. Mine the Black Sea, already.  If some alcoholic, grandmother-raping, child-murdering Russian Naval captain drives into one, his fault, not ours

  19. Amazing WH Correspondents Dinner going forward Saturday, 3,000 superspreaders gathering. 

    Would be crazy for Biden to go

    VP KAMALA HARRIS has tested positive for the coronavirus on both rapid and PCR tests, her office announced

    No mask required at WH. Nuts

  20. Rand Paul in Senate hearing today defended Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: “The countries [Russia has] attacked were part of Russia. The countries that have been attacked, Georgia and Ukraine, were part of the Soviet Union since the 1920s.”

  21. You know….I think about rand paul and i realize that any damn sorry thing i’d think about him–he’s probably proud of it.  

  22. The trees are leafing out here, but not much else,
    I’ve taken to watching the Ag Report at 5 AM , waiting for Buggs Bunny .
    An interview with a cotton farmer this morning , was pretty sobering. The man was scared . The price of cotton is high , but all the “input costs” are double this Spring.  But there is no subsoil moisture this year, and we’ve been in this hot windy pattern for months.  The cut off date for cotton is May 15th.  There is a very good chance some of your blue jeans were grown within 50 miles from this keyboard.
    Are native to the Himalayas, we can thank the British Empire, and their love of botany for that lovely snapshot 

  23. Bink

    I’m with you.  Black Sea is international waters.  Any ship attacking Odessa needs to be removed from the vicinity.


  24. God help the next republican that tries to talk politics with me. Rrrggh.
    Slava Ukraine 

    Fuck it, i’ll use the word: Is Rand Paul pro-genocide? Because that’s what Putin is doing, trying to exterminate the Ukrainian people, let us not employ euphemisms

  25. These are the folks  who did  not get a date to the prom , and have been taking it out on the rest of us ever since. 
    Hell, even I had a date for the prom .

  26. Twitter  –
    Facebook is 15 times bigger.  It does not make enough money  to service  the debt Muck is about saddle on it .
    Too bad that man , and Jeff Bozo aren’t plowing money into planting trees. 

  27. Just now from The New York Times:

    McCarthy Feared G.O.P. Lawmakers Put ‘People in Jeopardy’ After Jan. 6

    New audio recordings reveal Kevin McCarthy worried that comments by his far-right colleagues could incite violence. He said he would try to rein in the lawmakers, but has instead defended them.

  28. Putin –
    He watched  that clip of the North African .rat being pulled out of a culvert over and over again.
    I have no doubt  he will burn the world down if we corner him.  But the people around him are not going to jump into the fire if they think they can escape. 
    I repeat  some of this because of Sec. Austin  this week .  This head game  is as important as  the “Ghost Drone”.
    The silver lining in all this  is that the Kraines are in the the Russian’s heads , and  president “Z”  told Austin , at that meeting just how deep. 
    When it comes  to governments , dictatorships rot from the head down. 
    And the Russian Army has been fermenting a very long time. 

  29. Now I wish the  mob had over taken Pence.  A gunfight in the Capital,  between the mob , and his SS detail. 
    It turns out that “free speech” may just melt under the furnace  of well funded lies .
    PBS  tonight –
    The Rise  of the Nazis
    Part Two  of Three  on Frontline
    How Big Oil  fought action on climate change. 

  30. https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/26/politics/incandescent-light-bulbs-biden-trump-climate/index.html

    But the Trump administration rolled those regulations back in 2019. Trump himself complained about the light coming from LED light bulbs, once telling House Republicans “I always look orange” in the energy-efficient lighting.

    It ain’t the lightbulb’s fault, you dimwit.

    “Environmental groups applauded the Biden administration’s move on Tuesday.”

    “We are long overdue to phase out inefficient old-fashioned light bulbs as this progress was illegally delayed by the Trump administration for more than two years…”

    “By raising energy efficiency standards for light bulbs, we’re putting $3 billion back in the pockets of American consumers every year and substantially reducing domestic carbon emissions…”

  31. That crazy table meeting looks like something out of a Mel Brook’s movie. Sadly, Vlad doesn’t look shaky or impaired as discussed last weekend. 

    Rand Paul’s neighbor showed great restraint.

  32. BiD, Rand’s neighbor should be nominated for some sort of peace prize. HIS neighbor desperately deserves having the ever loving shit beaten out of him … regularly. I’d never let that mofo get anywhere near my eyes and fuhchrissake not into my brain. 

  33. The  “Climate Wars”  have paved  the way for where we are today. 
    A climate  guy from Boulder  just burnt himself  to death on the steps of the Supreme Court. 
    No one noticed  at large , but more of this is coming .

  34. The debate  about “Art” , and it’s worth.
    First leather work  came , then art, and only after that came whores.
    Art rewires our brains.  Art shows us a world we never dreamed of. Art tales our stories, and totes our myths, Art shows the way forward, Art supplies us with guts, Art soaks up our tears when we are all alone with all our fears. 
    ART –


  35. Art  makes us , music is not Art , Art is music  Painting is not Art, Art is painting.
    You see where I’m going with this ?  ART is the chicken , not the egg. ART is the mother of math , and without that we’d all be wiping our ass with our left hand index finger. 

  36. ART is dying on a bonfire of madness not of your own making. Only to have  someone come along and harvest your ashes. 

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