Seems like ev­ery­one I know is blue and grouchy and an­gry; can’t say as I blame them. But it’s time to turn a cor­ner, be­cause the future’s just as long as ev­er, and we need joy to face it. Let me see if I can help.

Canada’s first few cro­cus­es are up!

2017 Crocuses

Yes, I did blog about the spring cro­cus­es in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 (twice!), 2009 (twice!), 2010 (twice!), 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Clear­ly I need to re­me­di­ate 2016’s lack­lus­tre per­for­mance.

Once again, as I of­ten do, I should echo the ques­tion from John Crowley’s awe­some Lit­tle, Big (se­ri­ous­ly, one of the best book­s): “What is Brother North-Wind’s secret?” The an­swer: “If Win­ter comes, Spring can’t be far behind.”

This win­ter, our dis­con­tent has been po­lit­i­cal most­ly. Lots of wars and lies and pain to be sad about, but most sharply felt: 62,985,106 Amer­i­can­s, about 25.4% of the po­ten­tial elec­torate, thought it was OK to vote for That Man.

I’m sad too. And about Syr­ia and Brex­it and our sick el­der­ly cat and my children’s foibles and glob­al warm­ing and de­struc­tive in­equal­i­ty and the fact that peo­ple still in 2017 think God wants them to kill oth­er peo­ple.

But enough of that; to­day we’re in this blog’s silver-lining de­part­men­t. So here are a few more things to smile about.

  • What with the Women’s March and so on, the an­gry and dis­ap­point­ed have learned that they’re not crazy and not alone.

  • The ex­plo­sion of un­rest and anger has ed­u­cat­ed peo­ple around the world as to how non-monolithic Amer­i­ca is.

  • The pro­por­tion of peo­ple around the world who’ve re­al­ized that Elec­tions Have Con­se­quences is no­tice­ably high­er than a few months ago.

  • Often I hear good new mu­sic on the car ra­dio while I’m driv­ing around. For ex­am­ple, I rec­om­mend Touch by Ju­ly Talk.

  • There’s good old mu­sic too! The Rolling Stones made a pure blues record and it’s not ter­ri­ble.

  • There are a lot of good books be­ing writ­ten. For ex­am­ple, I rec­om­mend Do Not Say We Have Noth­ing.

  • There’s a lot of re­al­ly good stuff on TV. For ex­am­ple, I rec­om­mend The Ex­panse.

  • Look around you; there are good peo­ple in the world.

  • Wel­l, and an­oth­er cro­cus.

2017 Crocus

I’ll watch the fore­cast for sun­shine once they’ve opened,
and take some more.

Se­ri­ous­ly, let’s grant that there are re­al­ly un­hap­py trends stink­ing up the land­scape. And that if we want to be part of the so­lu­tion, it’s go­ing to be a lot of up­hill work with, doubtless, down­hill slip­s. But it’s worth do­ing, and for rea­sons of men­tal health, and long-term sur­vival, and pure pro­pa­gan­da, I’m go­ing to try to walk in­to 2017 with a smile.



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From: John Cowan (Feb 19 2017, at 15:11)

Two more:

The Women's March was carried out even in Antartica, or at any rate on a ship slightly offshore. Sensibly, the participants marched sitting down, holding up their signs.

The U.S. media, after decades of pure he-said/she-said, have begun to call a lie a lie right there in their news articles.

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From: David Megginson (Feb 19 2017, at 15:31)

*Catherine the Great* on the illusion of Absolute Power: _«‘In the first place my orders would not be carried out unless they were the kind of orders which could be carried out … I take advice, I consult … and when I am already convinced in advance of general approval, I issue my orders and have the pleasure of observing what you call blind obedience. And that is the foundation of unlimited power.’»_

Her husband (predecessor) and her son (successor) didn't understand the reality of autocracy, and both were assassinated after short, unpopular reigns. Catherine lived to old age, and died of natural causes.

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From: Dave Pawson (Feb 19 2017, at 23:42)

Beat me to it again. Ours our through, but nowhere near flow(e)r Tim. Most growth on the garlic!

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