Friday, April 21, 2017

Avocado: Not blooming where it was planted

Visiting the plant center…
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What ails thee?
Haas: The avocado shriveled. I have a photo.
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Nurseryman (drawing a finger over the print): Maybe a fungus. Possibly caused by overwatering?
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Haas: Might have.
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Nurseryman: They like a well-drained soil.
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Haas: I planted it three years ago. It did well, but suddenly, this month, all the leaves went black.
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Nurseryman: Don’t like to say this, but it doesn’t look like he’s going to make it. 😞
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Voice-over

The tree tried. To bloom where it was planted. But not everyone makes it. A time might come when all the help and intervention you can give it cannot rescue an endangered individual. Endurance is shadowed by acceptance. 🌳
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Bloom where you are planted

Lady of the Lake…
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Naia: The quintessence of a Japanese spring. Sakura blooming, a spray of petals on the water.
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Thea: Fragile beauty. Even eerie.
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Naia: The statue or the tree?
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Thea: Oh, both. They complement each other. 
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Voice-over

“Bloom where you are planted” (Corinthians, 7:20–24) is good advice. Especially if you are native to a location. Naturally, it helps to be looked after by a gardener and to have an audience in the form of Konohanasakuya-hime (Cherry Goddess) standing by you.
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Friday, April 7, 2017

A good hatched job

A cry from the study…
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Sanagi: The chrysalis is empty.
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Mariposa: It’s hatched. Over here. Look.
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Sanagi: It doesn’t fly?
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Mariposa: It has to warm its wings. Slow flaps, see?
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Sanagi: So intervention worked.
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Voice-over

Like the starfish story, interventionism helped that one, anyway.
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Saturday, April 1, 2017

FREE! WHITE RABBIT for coloring in

It is well known, according to Ramotswe and Makutsi (2016), that “colorists” (people who engage in using coloring in as a therapy for stress) experience lower heart rate and changes in brain waves. 

Other researchers have shown that picking colors stops anxiety-related disorders. Furthermore, some very recent research shows that coloring in WHITE rabbits with a WHITE pencil brings marked medical benefits.

Print the attached white rabbit on white paper and color him in WHITE.


WHITE RABBIT, WHITE RABBIT, WHITE RABBIT.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Moving monarch butterfly caterpillars indoors

Wrestling with terminology…
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Elizabeth: I brought them indoors to feed and turn into chrysalises. To protect them from the wasps. Was I being interventionist?
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Mary: Well, in a geopolitical sense, interventionism is an action initiated by one country in another, for military or economic reasons.
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Elizabeth: To save a country?
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Mary: Or the peace. Or for ideological reasons. Preserve democracy sometimes.
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Elizabeth: But moving caterpillars seems more like medical intervention.
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Mary: Medical intervention is the treating of patients as passive recipients of treatment to help them live longer, or at least to give an impression of doing everything possible.
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Elizabeth: And caterpillars are not patients. So how about regarding the saving of caterpillars as ecological intervention?
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Mary: That was a Greek political party name.
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Elizabeth: Intervention ecology?
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Mary: More to do with restoration activities. Making things as they were.
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Elizabeth: Yeah. Monarch butterflies were introduced. So were their enemies, the wasps. Species management?
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Voice-over

Elizabeth the naturalist. Mary the terminologist. Is moving introduced caterpillars away from introduced wasps interventionism? Or not? Suggestions?
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