Petit Jean State Park, AR

Monday, 28 June 2004, 10:47 | Category : Other Stuff
Tags :

Nice campsites, good hiking trails, great place to just kick back and hang around. It’s about an hour northwest of Little Rock, on top of Petit Jean Mountain – only about 850 feet high, but high enough to get away from the worst of the humidity. More pictures coming.

This post does not allow comments

Gone camping

Wednesday, 23 June 2004, 20:32 | Category : Other Stuff
Tags :

Kudzu Files is taking a break for a few days while we go camping in Arkansas.

This post does not allow comments

The Current Futility Of Debate

Tuesday, 22 June 2004, 10:29 | Category : Politics
Tags :

Loren at In A Dark Time has been reading the Chuang Tzu, and has made a connection from a selection there to the state of political debate in the blog arena. He makes an excellent point. I think that debate, as practiced in the contemporary political and social arena (and as opposed to the classical debate form) is akin to weeding a garden. I’m not one of those fastiduous gardeners, who must have a perfectly groomed bed of tidy plants standing at attention. I am generally content to make a limited effort at weeding, pulling or chopping those non-wanted plants (a weed merely being a perennial at a place where it isn’t wanted) that are most visible, or are threatening to crowd out a plant that may need some space. This is partly due to a lack of initiative on my part, partly because sometimes I want to see what a particular weed will do if I allow it to grow and flower, and partly to prevent damage to wanted plants. Because invariably, it seems, when I mount a vigorous assault on weeds, I end up inadvertently chopping down a good plant. I did this last night, while I was trying to get the violets out of the big perennial bed in the front. One quick slip of my hoe, and I had cut down half of a purple coneflower. I had gotten too aggressive, and had generalized the target. That’s the way too many debates go now. The intensity builds and mutates into vehemence, and in the ensuing rage some of the target audience is pushed away from an idea they might otherwise have supported, or at least tolerated. The extremes become the only debate points, because the middle ground has become a giant chasm of disinterest. The coneflowers have been replaced by the ragweed.

(Beltway Traffic Jam)

This post does not allow comments

What’s blooming…

Monday, 21 June 2004, 11:04 | Category : Gardening
Tags :

Here’s a picture of the perennial bed in the middle of my front yard, taken Saturday morning:

Purple coneflowers are beginning to bloom, rudbeckia “Cherokee Sunset”, Hyperion daylily (the yellow in the back), fuchsia phlox, a few other things.

This post does not allow comments

Dawn

Thursday, 17 June 2004, 18:21 | Category : Poetry
Tags :

In a still moment
Dawn, with a single finger
pulls away the night

This post does not allow comments