Monthly Archives: April 2020

Stop or I’ll Spray!

A friend of mine snapped this photo of a neighbor recently.

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A Trump Cocktail

Trump and Lysol

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How the Chief Is Coping with the COVID-19 Quarantine – April 24, 2020

Taking out some pesky ants is always a great inconvenience.  But I don’t particularly like the aroma of insecticide wafting through my house, especially my kitchen, so I had to take a more drastic measure.

Gosh…I guess I should have thought of sledgehammer repercussions.

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Dancing for COVID

Hans Holbein’s “The Lady,” part of his “Danse Macabre” series, c. 1526

From illness and tragedy, art always seems to bloom to place ourselves and our world into a grand perspective.  After the “Black Death” rampaged through Eurasia and North Africa in the 14th century, the “danse macabre”, or dance of death, became an artistic representation of how death is the ultimate equalizer.  Beginning in Western Europe and gaining popularity in the Middle Ages, it was a literary or pictorial representation of both living and dead figures – from pope to hermit – leading their lives as normal, before entering a grave.

Recently some pallbearers in Ghana envisioned the dance for contemporary deaths and the ensuing funerals.  As many Africans tend to do, they celebrate death as the next stage of life – mournful and often tragic, for certain.  Singing and dancing, they honor the deceased for the life they led on Earth and the glorious new life they should have in the next realm.

It’s how I view death.  My paternal grandfather said he respected death more than any other aspect of the world because it’s not prejudiced or bigoted.  It simply spares no one.  I felt some measure of glee when I watch the ending of the 1997 movie “Titanic”, as the ship sank and the plethora of furnishings and luxurious items shattered.  Not because I love seeing things destroyed!  But because all of the vainglorious possessions of the vessel’s wealthiest patrons could not save them.  They may have been rescued because of their wealth, as many of them entered the smattering of lifeboats first.  But, whether dead at that moment or dead later, they would never be able to take those items with them.

We all come into this world naked and screaming, clutching nothing but our souls in our hands.  We leave with the same.

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Retro Quote – Arnold J. Toynbee

“Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.”

Arnold J. Toynbee

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Photo of the Week – April 24, 2020

It looks like humans aren’t the only ones self-isolating.  Of course, most animals are solitary beings, especially when tending to their young.  But a cactus perch is the perfect natural defense.

For the first time in decades, an official with the Arizona Department of Game and Fish photographed an American bald eagle nesting on a saguaro cactus in central Arizona.  For years, bird nests have been seen and photographed atop a saguaro cactus.  But this is the first time since 1937 that such a sighting had been recorded.

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Tweet of the Week – April 24, 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded to a comment by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that individual states file for bankruptcy, due to the financial distress caused by the COVID-19 crisis, than apply for help from the U.S. federal government.

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