Thursday, March 29, 2012

My Girls!

Here they are; all three in one place at one time. This week is special because Saturday Myra, who is home from Boston, will be organizing a baby shower for Maggie who is expecting a boy in May. We are also celebrating Olga's Birthday Saturday evening. Should be a very fun event, and surely a special day for all of us. Cheers!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Graft of an "Elephant Heart"

Ok here is what happened. I planted a Haricot Apricot two years ago. As is often the case, it was on the hardier rootstock of the Mariana Plum. Never had much luck with apricots, but I love them so much, and I had never tried this variety, thought I'd give it a go. Well, you guessed it. Died the first year. Not the rootstock though; that sent out new thick calibered growth. The next year out, I pruned back all but one trunk and let her grow. This February I took a scion from an Elephant Heart Plum and grafted it onto the Mariana Plum, and so far it is blooming out. In the picture, the old trunk with the label is just the dead wood from the Haricot; now using it as a support to keep the new Elephant Heart happy and growing to the Sun. Who knows, we may have plum pie down the road?!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

"Magic Theater"

"For Madmen Only" entones the German Author, Herman Hesse.......He invited his reader to enter into the realm of fantasy and the unconscious, so that we might explore aspects of ourselves and the universe. Many archetypes that have endured over the ages are alive and active in this domain, and these forces readily communicate with the person who is open and receptive to their inspirations. Socrates encouraged his followers to "Know Thyself". His claim was that we cannot know the divine if we don't first find this Source within ourselves. How do we enter into this gate? How do we enter into the Magic Theater? The answer is simple. Just close your physical eyes and look into the center between your eyes and stare into the darkness. Withdraw your attention from your body and the outside world. Herein lies your own imagination and the magic carpet to your dreams, to other worlds and to the eternal. Happy traveling!