Unknown Plant

Still unable to identify the plant. I visited one of the local nurseries and asked two Master Gardeners and they were stumped.

We know that it is not a variety of plants by ruling out what we are certain it is not.

Unknown Plant

10 October 2016

Unknown Plant

31 October 2016

Unknown Plant

24 November 2016
The leaf, while growing larger, has changed.

Unknown Plant

24 November 2016
The flip side of the leaf.

Some of the things I have learned from gardening–

Gardening teaches patience.
Gardening teaches respect for nature.
Gardening is a process.
Gardening is an adventure.
Gardens are ever changing and never finished.

Monarch Caterpillars and Milkweed

A few days ago I checked out my friends’s garden and was pleasantly surprised to see Monarch caterpillars living on his milkweed plants.

Monarch Caterpillar

According to the National Wildlife Federation there are 12 native milkweeds for Monarchs. None of which are the Asclepias growing in my friend’s garden.

Monarch Caterpillar

I snagged a couple of pods.

Milkweed Pods

I planted 25 seeds in 5 pots.

Milkweed Seeds Planted

Put them in the studio.

Milkweed Seeds Planted

Now I wait.

Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove

Hillary Clinton and What Should Have Been an Historic Election

Last Christmas I received a copy of Humans of New York. Recently I became aware of the Humans of New York website. And there was Hillary Clinton. She told the story of taking the law school admissions test.

“I was taking a law school admissions test in a big classroom at Harvard. My friend and I were some of the only women in the room. I was feeling nervous. I was a senior in college. I wasn’t sure how well I’d do. And while we’re waiting for the exam to start, a group of men began to yell things like: ‘You don’t need to be here.’ And ‘There’s plenty else you can do.’ It turned into a real ‘pile on.’ One of them even said: ‘If you take my spot, I’ll get drafted, and I’ll go to Vietnam, and I’ll die.’”

Many women have been forced to endure similar situations. It is unfortunate but, women needed to figure out a way to function in these situations.

This is what Hillary stated in the same Humans of New York story,

“But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. And that’s a hard path to walk. Because you need to protect yourself, you need to keep steady, but at the same time you don’t want to seem ‘walled off.’”

With each presidential debate I kept wondering how does Hillary Clinton, who is an accomplished person, share the stage with someone who claims to be ignorant by choice?

If Donald Trump had someone apply for a management position in one of his businesses and the person had no applicable experience and lied on his application or refused to supply proper documents, would Trump even consider the person for the job? No, should be the answer. But apparently Trump wants the American people to overlook his lack of applicable experience and vote for him like they would vote for the prom king.

This election should have been about Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments. It should have been about the historic event of Estelle Liebow Schultz casting her vote for the first woman for President of the United States. Why is her vote historic? She was born before the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920. The 19th Amendment denied the right to vote on the basis of sex.

Women’s Suffrage Time Line

National Archives

Hillary Clinton’s Website

Why 33,000 Is Not A Significant Number

Never underestimate the petty vindictiveness of those in power.

33,000 emails may seem like a lot, but it really isn’t. I am self-employed and generally my means of communication with folks is by email. I am not currently working on a project so my email count is lower than usual.

This is a spreadsheet of the number of emails on my new computer that was purchased in April and my old computer that I am primarily using in my studio.

Email Spreadsheet

I use the family private server. Yes, there have been attempts to break into it. We have protocols in place to update the security on the server on a daily basis, track hacking attempts, and monitor logins. While you can never be absolutely positive that your server has not been hacked there are no indications that ours has been.

I suspect that Hillary’s server has more sophisticated security than ours, since it is an obvious target for hackers. And if it was hacked, where is the evidence?

Those in positions of power should be using their time and our tax dollars on issues and policies that benefit all of the people of our country, not for their power-mongering pleasure.

The quote at the top of my post is from the BBC series Pie in the Sky. It is fiction, but the statement comes from a more rational place than most of the reasons used to support the never ending attacks on Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately Hillary is probably accustomed to attacks, as are many women.

What the power-mongering people do not seem to comprehend is while they are trying to hurt Hillary Clinton, they are harming all of the people of our country.