Looking Upward



As observed by the wholly one-of-a-kind Oscar Wilde, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Perhaps with just a bit of imagination, we can look upon our life journeys to see our experience as the angels do. The view has got to be broader, and much better.  And, more real!

You will see here also a flower of the jade vine, which put on quite a show for a few months each year.

Looking upward.

Just for Fun: a Carefree Spin Through 1950’s Miami.

A while back, my brother Jeff recently sent along a YouTube clip that I thoroughly enjoyed, a travel advertisement of the early 1950’s sponsored by Chevrolet (“Let our behemoth mobiles be your magic carpets!”) celebrating a moment in time when all was glamorous and keen in the Magic City.

(I personally think cars of that vintage are especially cool, a post-war indulgence of a national icon zooming along into the future, a product (certainly) of a growing passion and appreciation for style and “forward-motion” design of that era, and (possibly) the wistful  remembrance of the tanks of such distinguished service that some of our nation’s finest had only fairly recently had to place in “park,” forever. )

Well, La-De-Da!  Who really gives a fig when the glorious blue waters, the swaying palms and the golden sunshine conspire to offer a balmy invitation few could resist?  Enjoy some great footage of a brand-new University of Miami, Coral Gables, and the Bay on out to Key Biscayne as the area looked in the 1950’s.


A Thing of Beauty: the Flowering Jade Vine.

The quality of mercy is not strain’d,

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven

— Wm. Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice

Fully as beautiful, and unexpected, as mercy itself.

QUITE possibly, on temporary loan from the Heavens.

Side view of the Cottage, year before last

The flowering vine is as capricious as it is promiscuous in its beauty. Last year it chose one site to flower, directly over the coral chamber.  (Admittedly not a bad choice, at all, if its goal were to achieve maximum dramatic effect without all that trouble of taking shape, blooming, going back to nature, and so forth.)

Jade Vine over Coral Rock.

THIS year it’s going wild in the Mission backyard, meaning that our guests will have
to share the beauty.

THEY certainly won’t mind; there is more than enough to go around.

Thank you.