Saturday, May 8, 2010

This Political Lion

Have you noticed, how moving toward
a great dream summons from life's jungles
the fiercest lions, the scariest tigers
and the grizzliest bears . . .
who eventually turn out to be the noblest teachers,
the bravest guides and the dearest friends?

You're on your way,
The Universe

~ Anonymous

Of Note: Yesterday a friend and I had the privilege of attending a National Park Service event where David Obey, our northern Wisconsin Congressman, spoke. Following a standing ovation, Hon. Obey, the powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, commented on the announcement of his resignation he made earlier in the week. He basically said that it's been fun but time to move on after forty years of service. Looking at the picture of him above, we weren't entirely convinced that he meant it. Also in attendance were former Vice-president and Senator Walter Mondale with his wife, Joan, as well as Mrs. Gaylord Nelson and daughter Tia. In a teasing way, Tia wistfully opined that Dave has always been like a cranky uncle to her. Laughter was heard from the large audience because the venerable congressman has always been famous for his volatile temperament. All the admiring comments from these friends were tinged with a note of sadness and sounded to me like one eulogy after another. However, I have a feeling we have not seen the last of this political lion.

Today's Weather Report: Here is proof from last evening that we did indeed have snow yesterday and through the night. Snow completely covered the rocks by morning. Now, however, the sun is trying to peek out, though it is cold and in the upper thirties Fahrenheit. The two tulips seem to be taking the strange weather in stride. We will see later if they continue to bloom or retreat by wilting. The apple trees were just in the process of flowering and sometimes weather like this at this time means no apples later in the season. The apples would be missed. The daffodils and grape hyacinths are simply ignoring the disturbance.