Archive - Nov 1, 2005

Finding color in November

Inspired by Cousin Anne's attempts to find color in the landscape in November even if meant going to the bottom of a canal, I looked around this morning for something colorful in the landscape here. I was helped by the presence of potted perennials and shrubs at the nursery.

This barberry is deep maroon during the summer, but late in the fall it can turn orange red. The remaining morning dew provides some gloss.


The Vatican has decided that a statue of the Virgin Mary in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam was not crying real tears. This comes as a disappointment to people who were thronging to see the statue in hopes of being blessed in some way.

The pursuit of magic seems to be one of our more basic human impulses. The quest crops up in most religions. There is always hope that there is more than the natural world, something supernatural, something which will make diseases disappear, which will intervene to change our fate for the better.