Monday, May 4, 2009


We are clearly in one of those game-changing years:
up is down, red is blue and black is President.

~Michael Moore

Of Note: TIME annually highlights the 100 most influential people in the world with stories written by other luminaries. It hit the news stands last week. Michael Moore's piece on Bernie Madoff stood out as the most pithy. I've never been a big Moore fan but think he hit the nail on the head in his article on the infamous Ponzi schemer. Moore believes that the era of capitalism-as-we-know-it is dead and is creating a documentary on the topic which will be out this fall. The most astonishing information came, though, in a back-of-the-pack article on Daniel Nocera of MIT. This obscure scientist is attempting to create energy from water with everyday, inexpensive chemicals based on the principles of photosynthesis. The piece contained little to chew on, and Googling the man elicited no additional details. We can only hope that if and when such a momentous discovery is made, the technology is freely given. In a new era of sharing, cooperation, and service to the common good where capitalism-as-we-know-it is dead, we may find untold wealth in such discoveries. My bet is that day is coming.

Today's Weather Report: We were greeted this morning with freezing temps. Somehow I thought those days were behind us, but apparently not. Because of that, a chill has lingered in the air and right now a space heater is keeping my feet warm. Happily, a few more daffodils have bloomed. Any day now, the place will be blanketed with them--and that is a sight to behold. Interestingly, the garden flowers seem to come in waves of different colors over the course of their growing season. First it's the yellows, then the purples and finally the pinks and reds. You have to pay attention because it doesn't hit you in the face, but the trend is definitely there.

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