Flowers For George Washington

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What’s in a name?

This week’s bunch of freshly cut flowers are virginal white CallaLilys, which are neither Callas nor Lilys but something entirely different: Zantedeschia aethiopica. A genus native to South Africa roughly translating to “Pig’s Ear,” the CallaLily has found popularity in Anglican countries where it is sometimes known as the Easter Lily, celebrating the resurrection of the rabble rousing rabbi. Of course, Easter (or Pesah in Hebrew), is also etymologically linked to Passover and the Exodus from Egypt.  To further complicate matters, the Easter Lily is also a badge that is worn by Irish Republicans as symbol of remembrance for those who died or were executed during the 1916 Easter Rising.

Which just makes me wonder, why can’t we all just get along?

“Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause.”

George Washington circa 1765

January 19, 2012 Santa Monica Farmers Market

Oh by gosh, by golly…

This week’s bunch of fresh cut flowers are a Winter’s Mix of Hollyberry and Fern. The holly’s bright red berries offer a lovely visual contrast to the prickly thorns of the leaf itself. I am reminded that even as we celebrate the holidays and spend time with family and friends, we are in the midst of a global economic crisis and are certainly teetering on the peaks of great change. Where we will land is anyone’s guess. What can we do collectively to ensure the safest possible landing?

“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 their country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

The Crisis by Thomas Paine written on December 23, 1776 which General Washington had read to the troops to boost morale during the depths of the first bleak winter of the Revolutionary War

December 18, 2011 Westchester Bristol Farms

Sorry. That date doesn’t work for me

The intense fragrance of the White Oriental Lillies is the perfect antidote to the stench coming out of Washington this summer. Is it poor advice that this President is given or does he lack a certain fortitude? “Beware of Surprise.” … “errors once discovered are more than half amended.”

August 27, 2011 Westchester Bristol Farms

Dignity before Foursquare

The White Chrysanthemums and Blue Gerbera Daisies paint a pastoral vision of elegance and simplicity. I occasionally like to take in a little fresh air as it clears the mind and allows one some time to reflect on past and future actions. Such as, can one be a “man of the people” and remain Presidential. This latest act of social relevance concerns me.

August 13, 2011 Playa Vista Farmers Market

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