An alternative look at the weekly news:
Saturday, 27 May 2017
A small nature reserve to the south of Vienna was the setting for today's adventure. Intended to be a recovery jog after last week's half-marathon (see Bard on the Run) it turned into a walk of discovery. Fortunately I had my camera with me.
Please can someone identify the mystery (to me) orangey-brown flower immediately above the stone cat? I saw perhaps half a dozen of these flowers. Nobody I spoke to could say what they were.*
*Mystery solved. It's a Yellow Broomrape. And a lovely one too!
|Arctia Villica (Cream-Spot Tiger Moth (Eng) or Black Bear (Ger)|
|Dictamnus Albus - Diptam or Burning Bush (Ger)|
|Orbanche lutea - Yellow Broomrape (Eng) Gelbe Sommerwurz (Ger)|
Friday, 26 May 2017
At every action, no matter by whom performed, make it a practice to ask yourself, "What is his object in doing this?" But begin with yourself, put this question to yourself first of all.
(121 - 180)
The beginning of Ramadan is marked by the killing of 23 Coptic Christians in Cairo. It is another Friday. Another day of prayers for Muslims. The latest atrocity follows on the heels of the carnage
in Manchester. In an effort to understand what's behind all this I'm rereading Pulitzer Prize Winner The Looming Tower. I think there's no better book on the subject.
For those who ask 'Why?'
" . . . describes the contorted intellectual journey that has taken place among some Muslims . . . which allows a holy book . . . to be used to justify catastrophic terrorism." - Financial Times
" . . . untangles the anxieties, resentments, aspirations and ideals that have driven and defined radical Islam." - Los Angeles Times
" . . . extensively researched, gripping tale of the growth of Islamic radicalism." - The Indianapolis Star
" . . . Wright's book is my new touchstone. None of the previous books led me to say 'Aha, now I think I understand' as frequently." - The Boston Globe
"Should be required reading for every American . . . yes, it is that good." - The Christian Science Monitor
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Another place of worship in Dresden is the Cathedral of the Bishopric Dresden-Meissen built by the Italian architect Gaetano Chiaveri in late baroque style and completed in 1754. This building was also destroyed by bombs on the 13th February 1945.
Reconstruction began immediately following the war's end.
The Pieta in the daylight-flooded Memorial Chapel was created from Meissen porcelain by Friederich Press in 1976.
we have lost the means.
We waiver from one side
and find no foothold.
Give us your hand, O Lord,
and lead us out of the darkness -
you know the way.
Dear Lord, I thank you,
that I may come to you -
with my joy
and my sorrow,
with my faith
and my doubt,
with my plans
and my lack of direction.
I can tell you everything.
I can ask you for anything.
You listen to my prayers sometimes
differently than I would like -
that it may serve me the best.
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Friday eat your heart out.
A place to die for.
A treasured spot on our blue planet.
And thriving on the golden beaches
37 million ". . . pieces of rubbish . . . "
to quote an official mouthpiece.
I smell a rat.
in this unsightly vomit of progress -
this voluminous regurgitation
of countless tons
of seaborne garbage.
Here is the new normal.
'X' no longer
marks the spot.
*Island in Pitcairn group.
9km. long. 27 km coastline.
Total area 36 sq km.
Monday, 8 May 2017
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Tuesday, 2 May 2017
Monday, 1 May 2017
given the vastness
of the cosmos
and its immense age
that there are super-
in the darkness (or somewhere) -
or one hundred
or two hundred
or more. Observers
of records. Our
wars and our
the poverty of our days
perhaps worth a footnote -
but scarcely of interest