Bushboy’s Last on the Card Challenge, June 2022

Self is participating in bushboy’s Last on the Card Challenge.

Her Last on the Card for June 2022 is a real heartbreaker: Roman Ratushny’s obituary in The Economist of 25 June 2022.

A Ukrainian activist, Roman Ratushny volunteered the first day of the Russian invasion. He was killed near Izyum on 9 June. He was 24.

Six Word Saturday: Flower Border, Gamble Garden, Palo Alto

Self is a lover of gardens. In the past week, she’s visited two local ones: Filoli and Gamble Garden, looking for ideas for drought-resistant plantings.

She loved the planting combination in this flower border.

Posting this for Travel with Intent’s Six Word Saturday.

Flower of the Day (FOTD): The Merton Borders, Oxford Botanic Garden

The Merton Borders were sown in November 2011. The purpose was to create a natural plant environment by sowing, directly into the ground, seeds of plants that would not require intensive management (i.e. no artificial irrigation, no fertilizer).

This is how the Merton Borders look today. Posting for Cee’s Flower of the Day:

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 20: Walls and Gates

Self is so far behind with this challenge, co-hosted by Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao. They’re actually on #38, so you can see how far behind self is.

Nevertheless, self has some pictures to share today, all of places in the San Francisco Bay Area:

  • The LOVE sign is at the Apple Store, Union Square, downtown San Francisco.
  • 2nd floor, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
  • Horn Barbecue in Oakland, an eatery that began just before the pandemic and, improbably, survived.

Quote of the Day: Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)

To refuse to countenance a war that does not speak its true name . . . you can no longer mumble the old excuse, “We didn’t know”; and now that you do know, can you continue to feign ignorance or content yourselves with mere token utterances of horrified sympathy?

— Simone de Beauvoir, French author and activist

What Is It to Lead?

This post might make Washington out to be the most bloodthirsty sort, ever. It’s yet another one about Washington meting out swift — and final — justice.

In the hard winter of 1779- 1780, Washington finds himself with mutinies to suppress.

First, a mutiny on the Pennsylvania line, which was quelled by the New Jersey line.

Then, a mutiny of the New Jersey line, despite Washington having approved the execution of the Pennsylvania mutineers as a warning (the Pennsylvanians were tapped to carry out the executions, to rub it in more. Washington was absolutely savage in his messaging).

Despite . . . Washington’s efforts, two hundred men from the Jersey line mutinied shortly after the Pennsylvanians. Without hesitating, Washington assembled the ringleaders and executed most of them. The contagion was contained.

Washington’s Immortals, p. 228

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Quote of the Day (Also FOTD), Last Monday in February 2022

“Ukraine is still winning, 96 hours later. Good morning, world.” — Anastasiia Lapatina, The Kyiv Independent

Why Books Are Life

June 28, 1778: The British and the colonists square off at a site near present-day Freehold, New Jersey. The colonists are led by Gen. Charles Lee, the British by Gen. Henry Clinton.

“Lee planned to surround Clinton’s forces, but the strength of the opposition took him by surprise. After only an hour” the Rebels began a disorganized retreat. Washington was leading the bulk of his army towards the battleground when he began to encounter fleeing groups of soldiers. When he eventually met up with Lee, “Washington simply looked Lee in the eye and asked, whence arises this disorder and confusion, to which Lee had no real reply.” Washington then unleashed “a terrific eloquence of unprintable scorn . . . dismissed Lee and took charge of the battle . . . His presence stopped the retreat . . . His stately appearance on horseback, his calm, dignified courage . . . provoked a wave of enthusiasm among the troops.”

Washington to Lieut. Colonel Nathaniel Ramsay of the 3rd Maryland Regiment: “If you can stop the British for ten minutes, till I form, you will save my army!”

Ramsay’s response: “I will stop them or fall.”

Washington’s Immortals, pp. 184 – 185


Self’s own painting of hyacinths


You were always free
Just thought yourself otherwise
Unthink + just be.
Listen for birdsong + trees.
If you want to reconnect.

  • For many years, Joel Tan served as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ Director of Educational Outreach. Then he moved to Kapaau, Hawaii and feels so joyful, he’s been posting a poem a day. This one’s from Feb. 26.

#quoteoftheday: “The American Crisis,” Thomas Paine

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine Patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he, that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of men and women.

— radical journalist Thomas Paine, author of the pamphlet series Common Sense

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