Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mother Nature

     It is impressive how, if you look around enough, Company, you can see how nature repeats its systems over and over again in the world around you.  Some day, when you have a few spare minutes, look at fractals in nature or read about the Golden Ratio.   Nature uses these rules and systems to just run itself as it has for millions of years, and if you look around hard enough, you can pick out where all these systems are at work.
     Take, for instance, the life of a plant.  If humans do not get in the way, the plant begins as a seed in the soil, pushes up using the nutrients in the soil, has its life, and then eventually drops fruit and leaves that re-nourish the soil.  In that fruit are some seeds, and the process will begin anew.
    Pretty neat, right?  That process repeats itself in a lot of other areas, including but not limited to the typical human life.  Let us pretend that you are the plant here.  You are born, sprouting forth from the soil and burst into the light.  And you get on with your life: growing, developing, becoming something more.  Go to school, meet the right guy or girl, start a career, etc. At some point, you develop some fruit of your own, and you send it out towards the ground.  Those would be your kids. You enter the autumn of your life, slow down, maybe wilt a little bit.  That's called retirement.  Eventually your fruits sprout a new plant and the cycle begins anew.
     In this whole process, the really integral part is the soil.  The entire cycle begins and ends in the soil.  The soil provides the plant with its base.  It is the source of all the nutrients that allow the plant to grow and thrive.  It can even go so far as to affect the taste and quality of the fruit or the plant.   Plants can even change color depending on the characteristics of the soil from which it grows.
     The soil is your mom.  She gives you life.  She gives of herself - every single day - to allow you to grow and become strong.  Once you are grown, she stands behind you, providing your base. and being the solid footing you need to go about your life.  As your life goes on, your fruits - also known as your children - will nourish your mom because, let's be honest, most moms love going on to become grandmas.  And eventually, later in your life, you will re-nourish your mom as you take care of her in her later life.  And the circle closes.  The circle of life, and it begins and ends with Mother Nature.  
     The bottom line here, Company, is that for most of us we owe so much of who we are to our mothers.  And, like it or not, there are huge parts of them in each and every one of us.  So take some time to think about them, and make sure you do something nice for them today.  Every one of them deserves it.
Happy Mother's Day

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Happy St. Peaches Day

     While everyone is busy preparing to celebrate the Easter holiday, or maybe recovering from the Good Friday holiday (which everyone knows is the #4 party holiday in the world), I would encourage everyone to take a minute, stop, maybe have a sip of tea, and spend some time basking in the glory that is St. Peaches Day.
 
Ravioli
     St. Peaches Day is a holiday in which one eats ravioli and throws confetti in ones bushes.  Or maybe some local public bushes if you don't have your own.  Mainly, St. Peaches Day is a great because you do not have to celebrate anything specific.  It is not dedicated to any one specific purpose.  You can celebrate whatever phase the moon is in.  You can celebrate your good and close friends.  You can celebrate your past loves by burning Scrabble tiles spelling out their names in a wastebasket in your studio apartment.  You can celebrate Lego.  Literally anything goes, as long as you do ravioli and confetti.  Those are the rules.
Confetti
    Because other than being named after a legendary man named Peaches, who probably isn't high on the list for canonization, St. Peaches has no significance.  It is just a time to celebrate things that you feel are worth celebrating.  And eating ravioli.  And throwing confetti in your bushes.
 
Bushes
   So take some time out from all of those structured, single point of emphasis holiday that all of these religions and Hallmark companies and governments are always pushing down on you.  Take some time out to celebrate a holiday that means something real, because it means whatever you want it to.  And it's here.  It's today.  It's now.

Happy St. Peaches Day!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Beware the Ides of April

Last month we discussed the dangers - whether real or perceived - of the Ides of March.  But as it turns out, the Ides of April might be equally or more dangerous, yet we never hear about them.  So let's look at some of the awful things that have happened on this day in April, and wonder why we have never daisy chained them together to see how truly awful this day can be.

1.  The death of Abraham Lincoln (1865).  You know Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, the face of the penny AND the five dollar bill, and a very tall man.  While the act of violence that took his life occurred the night before, he lingered for almost an entire day after John Wilkes Booth has asked him to leave, and he passed away on April 15, 1865.

2.  The Inauguration of Andrew Johnson (1865).  Generally not considered to be a great President, so much so that he was one of only two to face an impeachment trial in the Senate.  He basically bungled Reconstruction and the reunification of the United States after the Civil War, and his decisions laid the foundation for American society and law for the next 100 years, which would have been great had I not been forced to type that first sentence.

3.  The Sinking of the RMS Titanic (1912).  The Titanic took the ultimate ice bucket challenge off the coast of Newfoundland on April 15.  We all know the story I am sure, about the over 1500 people who died, the fact that it was the maiden voyage of a supposedly unsinkable ship, and that it led to us having to sit through that stupid movie.  The sinking also caught many people off guard because the Titanic was undefeated against icebergs up until that point, so it was a surprising victory for Mother Nature.

4.  The resolution that led to the discovery of the Teapot Dome scandal was introduced into the U.S. Senate (1922), which was bad if you were one of the Teapot Dome movers or shakers.

5.  The Second Attack of the Belfast Blitz (1941).  Two hundred Luftwaffe bombers attacked Belfast, Northern Ireland, mostly because they could.  900 people died and approximately 1500 were injured. 

6.  The Hillsborough Stadium Disaster (1989).  In an effort to ease overcrowding outside of the stadium during an FA Cup semifinal between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, police open an exit gate because apparently they thought it was better have overcrowding inside the stadium.  The resulting crush of people caused 96 people inside the stadium to die, and 766 to be injured in standing room only pens inside the stadium.  This led to the elimination of standing room only pens in the upper levels of English soccer (sorry, football) stadiums because apparently it takes mass casualties to convince millionaires to allow people to sit down.

7.  The Boston Marathon Bombings (2013).  Remember when the backpack bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon?  Yeah, that happened on April 15.  And ever since then we have had to deal with everything being #strong.

8.  The Notre Dame Cathedral Fire (2019).  You just heard about this on social media, because that is where we get our news from.  The roof of Notre Dame catches fire during renovation work and burns like crazy, destroying the iconic spire.  The Parisian fire brigade is able to save a startlingly large amount of the ancient structure, which is good.  Touchdown Jesus remain unharmed because that is at the University in Indiana, not at the cathedral.

So, as one can see, the Idea of April has not been kind to history.  And we haven't even gotten into the fact that it is the day that taxes are due in the United States, which is a mini-disaster for literally millions of Americans every year.  So don't worry about the Ides of March so much.  But beware the Ides of April.