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It all began on the 20th with a text and a picture from a number I don’t know.
My words have been a bit dark lately, so how about some images instead. These are all from the two laps I do around our small complex each morning. It's pretty repetitive, but there's often something new to see.
Florida can be surprisingly drab
But then you turn a corner,
Some of our resident wildlife.
Yes, we have our own gator. This is the larger of the two. They seem to stay in the lagoons, but sometimes I feel like I'm walking bacon on a leash when I take Mamie out.
These tree roots fascinate me every time I pass by them.
They look enchanted, like something from Lord of the Rings.
And this discard from a palm tree looks like finely shellacked mahogany.
Doesn't it look as though we should be able to make something beautiful from it?
This wild area is across the street, but with the rampage of new construction going on, it likely won't last much longer.
And finally, last night's sunset.
In the latter part of my career, I was coordinator for my high school’s International Baccalaureate Programme. By their latest definition -
A worldwide, nonprofit education program founded to give all students the opportunity to receive an education fit for a globalizing world.
This has been quite the week. With the legions of people
discussing, explaining, analyzing, justifying, and obfuscating, I wouldn't dream of adding my own two cents. (Whoops. Metaphor alert!) Commentators have been working overtime, and so have the metaphors. To share just a few, these heard on the various news reports seem to track events fairly accurately.
Well under the radar
House of mirrors, poisoning followers (a mixed metaphor if ever there was one.
Tool in the toolbox
Monkey wrench thrown into the process
Genie out of the bottle
Snowball set in motion
They're pounding on the door - Oh, wait, that's from a loan company's ad about creditors. . . .
Rock bottom week for the GOP
Rats fleeing a sinking ship
And some metaphors from the international outlook:
"America no longer defines the course, and therefore has lost all right to set it." (Konstantin Kosachey, chairman of the Russian upper house foreign affairs committee.)
But more hopefully:
"A new chapter of U.S. democracy" will begin in two weeks. (Angela Merkel)