Freedom to Speak Out–A Root of Democracy

November 20th, 2019

Speak Out Postage Stamp


Constitution of United States of America

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting
the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the
right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a
redress of grievances.

US Constitution, The White House

The U.S. National Archives

To Cast a Free Ballot–A Root of Democracy

November 16th, 2019



Voting Rights Act: Major Dates In History (ACLU)

2019 Methods Preventing Voting
voter purge
voter ID laws
voter registration laws
policies around early voting
closing polling places
voting rights for past felons

Is America a democracy? If so, why does it deny millions the vote? (The Guardian)

Voter suppression as a tactic – from strict ID laws to closing polling places to purging voter rolls – is deliberately making it hard for minority communities in America to exercise their democratic right.

Stacey Abrams is Fighting Voter Suppression (The Guardian)

At least 17 million voters were purged nationwide between 2016 and 2018, according to a recent study by the Brennan Center for Justice.

Which US states make it hardest to vote? (The Guardian)

Georgia has an “exact match” law, which requires that a voter’s registration form matches records kept by state officials. Residents can register online or through paper forms.Eric Holder Rages Against ‘Un-American’ Voter ID Laws (The Observer)

Democrats Vow Court Fight to Block New N.C. Congressional Map

Fighting Voter Suppression (The ACLU)

Stacey Abrams–leading a nationwide campaign against voter suppression (The Guardian)

Voter Suppression Reportedly on Rise in States Where Increasing Numbers of Democratic-Leaning Students Head to the Polls (The Root)

Long Island Divided

In one of the most concentrated investigations of discrimination by real estate agents in the half century since enactment of America’s landmark fair housing law, Newsday found evidence of widespread separate and unequal treatment of minority potential homebuyers and minority communities on Long Island.

The Guardian
The Root

Postage Stamp: A Root of Democracy

November 15th, 2019

1977 Postage Stamp


The Mueller Report

Lawfare–The Ukraine Connection

Opening Statements Impeachment Inquiry
William Taylor, acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine

George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary Of State

Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine

African Violet, Dianthus, Tendril

November 2nd, 2019

African Violet

Dianthus and Bunny


Christmas Trees in October?

October 30th, 2019

Popped in Home Depot this afternoon and found this display of Christmas Trees.

Christmas Trees

Why now? Haven’t yet handed out candy to costumed kids trick or treating.

Fern and Palm

October 28th, 2019





New Succulents

October 28th, 2019

Succulent Purchases from Cal Poly’s Succulentopia Plant Sale

New Succulents

Echeveria setosa var deminuta

Echeveria setosa var deminuta

Echeveria setosa

Echeveria runyonii hybrid

Echeveria runyonii hybrid

Echeveris runyonii

Neighborhood Nursery Sale

Sedum dasyphyllum Major

Sedum dasyphyllum Major

Sedum dasyphyllum Major

Santolina chamaec parissus Nana

Santolina chamaec parissus Nana



Jane Perrone, On the Ledge podcast/website

In Defense of Plants podcast/website

The Succulent Eclectic

San Marcos Growers, Echeveria

World of Succulents

British Cactus & Succulent Society

International Crassulaceae Network


Miles Anderson, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Growing Cacti & Succulents

Fred Dortort, The Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World

Water Droplets and Webs

October 16th, 2019

Water Droplets

Water Droplets

Who made the webs???


Rooster Ornament, Wisteria Tendril, Brugmansia

October 16th, 2019

When I was a child were given Easter chicks. The chicks were cute and cuddly, but they grew into roosters. That would be the roosters that would lie in wait and attack my legs every time I walked out the door. I grew to fear roosters, still. In an attempt to overcome the fear I have rooster stuff randomly placed in the garden and in the house.

When I saw the wisteria tendril wrapped around the rooster, it creeped me out. First for the imagery, second the fear of needing to remove the tendril.

Rooster Wisteria Tendril

Rooster Wisteria Tendril

Earlier in the year when the Brugmansia and Wisteria were blooming.

 Wisteria Brugmansia

Succulent Damage

October 15th, 2019

Succulent Damage