A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
Flowers and gardens as part of the healing process become the focus of this article and of the beautiful desert landscaping at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George UT. The desert landscaping and beautiful flowers at Dixie Regional have made it one of the most beautiful hospitals in the nation. I took several dozen photos there a couple of days ago and will begin posting them.
In this day and age of high repair bills, frequent breakdowns of all things mechanical and electronic, we tend to get a bit defensive and cynical about how often we need to fix things and how much it costs to do so. Then along comes our water filter man who replaced the filters on our reverse osmosis filter in the kitchen to keep the crud out of the drinking water. Then he noticed the water heater was about to go kaput, so to speak. So we had him replace that. He worked an hour and a half, and charged us only for an hour. Then the next day we noticed a loud whine coming from the water softener filter, so we called our water filter man who promptly replaced the filter assembly. Then he charged us only for the part. No labor cost. I protested that he needed something for his time. To which he replied: "You have become my good customers. Not only that, you have become my friends. Isn't that what friends are supposed to do, take care of each other?" I was stunned with admiration for a good and kindly man. If only we could have an epidemic of such people.
These gorgeous yellow cactus blossoms last about a day. You can see that some of the blooms on the left upper and lower cactus are already withered since they bloomed the day before. So many of the most beautiful cactus blossoms last less than 24 hours; some times blooms in the morning are gone by the afternoon. My favorite is the Argentine Saguaro at my other neighbor's front yard across the street. The blossoms on this Saguaro are huge, white, pristinely and purely beautiful, and wither about as soon as they emerge. I am keeping a constant eye out for their annual visit.