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Sep 16, 2022Liked by 3musesmerge

Ha-ha. The recording stopped before you could say, “Kaleidoscope!” I would not have guessed that in a month of Sundays. Alternates like Flight, Flutter, Rabble, and Swarm also appeared in my search.

Yellow Sulphurs, as seen in your picture, are also in this part of north Florida. Perhaps more so during our fall months. I sense an impending crescendo with fall’s arrival. Wildflowers of all shapes and colors. Birds ready to migrate south stocking up on berries, insects, amphibians, and small fish.

Monarch butterflies group up in a national refuge south of us on the coast, leaving some bushes looking like festive decorations! New bird calls appear as northern summer dwellers arrive to winter over here.

Does your state have an official butterfly? Ours is the Zebra Longwing. The complexity, intricacy, and beauty of our ecosystems is a treasure I cherish. Apologies for the Audubon Society plug. I took another look at Zebra Longwings and discovered the adults lay eggs on Passion Flower vines, which contain toxins. The caterpillars consume the vines and leaves, making the adults toxic to predators!😱

Wonderful prompt, Gail! Happy marketing.

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Shoot! The recording stopped! How’d that happen? (I don’t expect you to answer that.)

In a recent edition of The Marginalian there is a transcript of Jad Abumrad’s commencement speech at Caltech. In it, he talks about kaleidoscopes of Monarchs — how their 3000 mile migration is made up of 3 to 4 generations. Wow! In case you are interested: https://www.themarginalian.org/2022/06/17/jad-abumrad-caltech-commencement/

Yellow Sulphur! Thanks for the ID.

Isn’t nature fascinating?

Marketing?

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Sep 16, 2022Liked by 3musesmerge

Abstruse is an apt description of some of my utterances. Wired that way?

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Takes one to know one?

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Sep 16, 2022Liked by 3musesmerge

You communicate clear as a bell. So appreciated. I was going to say you elucidate very well, but a quick check on spelling says use of that word is “pretentious.” 🤷🏽

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I like elucidate… and many other pretentious words. When I use them now, I let the muses define them and/or read from the dictionary. 😃

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Sep 16, 2022Liked by 3musesmerge

During my 3rd year of graduate school, for my therapy practicing (I was the therapizer) my supervisor, after reading case notes, commented, “Eschew obfuscation!” I think that served as the segue to our discussing Occam’s Razor. A natural pairing? 😉

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https://www.britannica.com/topic/Occams-razor

I’m not sure what this means!!! Can you simplify?

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Sep 17, 2022Liked by 3musesmerge

Wow again I say! I waded through all that is Occam, or Ockham, from your Brittanica link. Much abstruse information!🤷🏽 At its most basic, non-theological meaning Occam said, Don’t invent a more complicated process or theory if a simpler one suffices. Eschew obfuscation! Much of the theological rub, with Pope John XXII, who ex-communicated him, arose from Occam’s Franciscan instruction. St Francis lived and modeled an austere way of living. The fewer possessions the better. At some point Occam wrote a treatise saying the Franciscan disavowal of unnecessary possessions was the view that should be embraced throughout the Catholic Church, Popes included. He further suggested that all practicing Catholics had as much say over property issues as the Pope and his Bishops. Boom! Out the door with Occam!!

While he advocated for adopting the simplest explanations that were thorough and accurate, restraint of tongue and pen may have been a weak suit! 😂

This has been a sort of a jump start for my foggy brain. Thanks for your engagement on this, Gail. I/Thou.

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I don’t know much (anything?) about St. Francis. He was a minimalist? I can only imagine the pope’s and church’s reaction to downsizing!

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Sep 16, 2022Liked by 3musesmerge

I called the outing to the grocery store that! Apologies. Some of that is a wistful view of European countries in which the daily trip to market was just how that worked. Fresh produce. Fresh protein, fish or fowl. No unnecessary packaging. Smell the carrots. Squeeze the loaf of bread to determine freshness. We’re you doing any of that today? 😁

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Ahhh! I love the idea of picking up fresh groceries every day, but I also appreciate the convenience of a stocked pantry and fridge. We learn what we live?

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Sep 16, 2022Liked by 3musesmerge

Indeed! We now are so much more time conscious. All the appliances to save time. So we can do ever more. I like my electric mixer... refrigerator... range... water heater. Almost forgot the washer and dryer! Growing up I learned my dad’s parents used a gas-engine Maytag washing machine. My mom used a wringer type washing machine (no safety guards) and a pair of rinse tubs. Then hung the wash out to dry in good weather, in the basement otherwise. I really like my washer/dryer!

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Sep 16, 2022Liked by 3musesmerge

Sign: “Taxes are the subscription cost for the country you live in. (Childhood is the free trial.)” 😁

Being able to scatter a cloud of butterflies? What could be more fun?

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Subscription cost! Now that’s a re-frame. 😃

The butterfly kaleidoscopes have been a delight. Henny caught one butter-colored flutterer yesterday. 😱 It surprised her! When she opened her mouth it flew away — unharmed, I hope.

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Sep 16, 2022Liked by 3musesmerge

That underscores why some choose to live off grid. Childhood forever?

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