Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Flowering trees - spring bursting out in blossom
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The morning post: The trees have been leafing out and budding for two weeks - many still half-emerged, as cool nights have slowed what in "normal" May springs seems to take about three days in total. This slower pace allows me to notice and marvel at each new manifestation - yesterday, a swath of royal red tulips along the sidewalk on the way to the student health center, where I do yoga on Mondays. They were glowing with life's intensity, each quite perfect and fresh, no sagging yet of any petaled cup. I longed for my camera, but didn't have it. (See camera photo below taken the next day.)
Internal weather: not as spring-y. I attended a talk by two university V.P.s on the attitudes and approaches we need for the "new normal" of unending fiscal emergency. We're not alone, they assured us. We need to reinvent the university continually by unleasing creativity, by constantly asking we we do things as we do. But - this group was the choir they were preaching to - a joint meeting of grass-roots profssionals (communicators and project managers) who are working for personal and institutional improvement - and none of us has tenure. Academic culture is hard to change, and our employment class (neither faculty nor unionized civil service) makes us the most vulnerable to cutbacks. Still, a historic first: the faculty voted for a 1.3 percent cutback of their salaries (and ours too) for the year to avoid deeper staff cuts.
The trees dopwntown as I ride an extra-early bus to work, are flowering everywhere - a promise of the abundance and power of planetary life. May your spring days bring renewal and hope, energy and strength, gladness and peace.
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More from the day: on my walk to the office, I got up close to some blossoming trees. They smell wonderful.
In the afternoon, on the way back from a meeting, I took a side trip to revisit the tulips I had seen the day before. They are still close to perfect.
I had to take this picture too, because daffodils last so short a time.
In the evening, we visited the wildflower garden - this time, I had my camera, which allowed me to take some lovely close-up pictures. Some day, I will learn how to embed a slide show of a series of photos into the blog. (Reya does this from time to time, most recently here, and I've always admired it. It appears to be a PhotoBucket thing.)
Click on these - what are they? marsh-marigolds? - and see them shine.