India’s Covid Catastrophe

This horrifying second wave is a catastrophe not only for India but for the world. Allowing the virus to circulate unchecked increases the risk that dangerous new strains will emerge. One worrying variant first detected in India, called “the double mutant”, has already been found in several other countries, including America and Britain. Even as scientists labour to understand how big a threat it poses, more variants are appearing.

The Economist, Leaders, 24 April 2021

The Bone Ships: Sentence of the Day

On their way back to their stinking room in Fishmarket, Meas had them stop off at a cobbler on Hoppity Lane, where, by tradition, those born with a leg or foot missing carried on the trade of shoe making.

— Chapter 14, A Gathering of Cold Souls, The Bone Ships

Apr. 24 BRIGHT SQUARES: Views from a Car Window

Becky’s post today for the April Bright Squares challenge is “the view from my desk.”

Inspired by Becky’s “the view from” idea, self is posting the last pictures she took of Horn BBQ as she prepared to drive away.

Her first time to try this great eatery! The spare ribs were melting off the bone, the beef brisket was mouthwateringly juicy. Plus the bread pudding was to die for! Highly recommend!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Your Frida Kahlo Picture of the Day: Apr. 23 BRIGHT SQUARES

April Bright Squares have been so much fun!

The host of this challenge is Becky at The Life of B.

Yesterday was her birthday. Happy, Happy Birthday, Becky!

Self took loads of pictures at the de Young last Tuesday. And she bought the Frida Kahlo exhibit catalogue (a steal at $19.99). The exhibit was supposed to open last year, self had a ticket for March 2020. Finally, finally, over a year later, she saw it!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Sandman Slim Entertains

He has a meltdown. On the way home from the grocery store (He’s bought $500 worth of groceries), he gets involved in a road rage incident (This is L.A.), but the worst part is realizing that he forgot to get beer.

His friend Janet tells him, “You’ll get the hang of parties again. They’re pretty easy when you stop panicking, which you clearly are.”

Thursday Trios (Even Though It’s Friday)

The host of this challenge is Mama Cormier.

Self had great fun browsing through her archives to come up with these trios. All were taken in her garden except for the arches (obv). Self took that picture somewhere near Prague Castle, May 2019.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Poetry Friday: Melanie Almeder

Self likes to quote this poem every now and then. She used to think Almeder was Irish (because she first encountered this poem at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig), but she isn’t. She’s American.

MOCK ORANGE, An Excerpt

Everything on the tongue goes stunned bird.
Long past the hissy-fit thralls of April,
rashes of phlox, purple-thistle snowing a little.
And then, like too much love,
there was altogether too much gardenia
in the huddled yards. The heat in a flick of wind
picked itself up and dragged off,
old dog, into the damp cane fields, bee drone,
sighing, sighing of highway, hawks’ cries.

All the Devils are Here

On p. 25, a character looks out her office window and can “see the Tour Eiffel in the distance.” She calls it

A marvel of French engineering. A monument to innovation and audacity. Something to be proud of.

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Paris, A Memory:

One night in December 2017, self made an appointment to see a doctor. It was around 8 p.m. Her hotel called a cab, and the cab waited for her. On the way back, she asked the driver to circle the Eiffel.

There is something about the Eiffel Tower at NIGHT. Lit up, you notice every single strut.

She was practically hanging out the window, and managed to squeeze out a dozen shots.

There is no stopping at the base of the tower: traffic has to keep circling. It is truly a hub of frenetic activity. All gratitude to the patient Parisian cab driver.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Day 2, BRIGHT SQUARES: April Photo Challenge

Self will try to post a bright square (or two) a day through April. Thank you, The Life of B, for hosting this very interesting photo challenge!

Square # 1: Bruce Lee Postcard in son’s room

Square # 2: Variations on a Field, by Irish print artist Pam de Brie

Flower of the Day (FOTD), 2 April: clematis montana “white surprise”

Check out Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) photo challenge.

Below is self’s newest clematis, clematis montana “white surprise,” which she found in local nursery Wegman’s a few weeks ago. The one she ordered last year, from a mail-order catalogue on the east coast, died. And it’s not that common in local nurseries. This one was a find!

Just started blooming!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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