Many years ago while attending a lecture by a member of the Gardens Staff of Callaway Gardens I observed the image of a Climbing Hydrangea. I was impressed with the beauty of the vine and also the blooms. After the lecture I asked the presentor about growing such a plant here in Middle Georgia. I was quickly informed that the mini climate here in Middle Georgia was not adequate for such a plant to flourish. A few years later while on a Nursery/Garden Tour in the Athens, Georgia area I observed a Climbing Hydrange for sale for a mere $5.00. I did some research and placed this plant in a $20.00 hole. Pine Bark Mulch, Course Sand and Black Cow were the important components of the hole. I was also informed by various experts that this plant would not bloom here in Middle Georgia. But, that I could try. Now, some four or five years later I have observed impending blooms on the vine. Today I share the pictures with you. I do not know how long it will be before the blooms pop out, but you can be sure that I will share them with you here on Flower Child's Blog.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
As you can quickly ascertain from the image above, the blue recycle bin is still at my home here in West Bibb County. The Recycle Truck has long departed and it was determined that the Old, Fractured Blue Bin must be left here, where it has served so faithfully for the past fifteen years. (At least that must have been the thought of the driver of the recycle truck).
After three phone calls I was informed that I should place the Faithful, Fractured Old Blue Bin at the Curb and someone will pick up later today. My question and also concern is: "Why not pick up old fractured bins when they are left at the curb the first time in the company of their replacements?"
This second trip appears to be a waste of funds, but I was assured that they would not come unless there were more fractured and old bins in the area. All of this when the tree huggers are trying to have me use only one square of toilet paper for each bowel movement. It just does not compute!!!!! The "Flower Child" is confused.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
- The recent events at Virginia Tech have certainly displayed many real Heros from this tragedy. Many young students stepped forward to block doors and most likely they helped save lives!!
- The young Men and Women who serve all freedom loving peoples of this earth by their involvement in the "War on Terrorism" more than likely have kept incidents such as 9-11 remote from the United States of America.
These are two examples of people working together on a team to resolve and/or even prevent tragic results.
Most of us know and realize that no one individual, no one person can survive on their own. I do not know anyone that can meet all of their needs and also live a useful life.
In my own life, I was one of six siblings. We all quickly learned the team work concept as we assisted our Parents on the small Family Farm. We even learned to share. I had to share one bicycle with five other siblings. Admittedly, I was a child in the dark ages before the advent of Television in Iowa, but one thing I can certainly state, "I did have the basic concepts of teamwork" ingrained in my mind at a young age.
As if I needed additional teamwork training; I enlisted to avoid the draft, in the United States Navy in August 1961. Ask any of your Family, Friends or Neighbors who have served in any branch of our Military about Teamwork training in "Boot Camp" or "Basic Training."
Just today I read a dynamic article by Jamieson Jensen on the Fresh Ink page of "The Telegraph." The article was titled: The evils of unstructured group work. This young scholar correctly pointed out one pit fall of group work. Any teacher or leader who assigns Group Work needs to include a requirement with this phrase which I quote, "You will all turn in a paragraph about what you have contributed," or "Each of you will be assigned one part of the project." Certainly great requirements to insure teamwork by all project participants.
All of this presented to validate the fact that those among us who continue to focus on "Themselves" truly prevent themselves from having a happy, useful or productive life.
We all know someone who is a member of the "ME Generation." Because of my childhood exposure to religion I am well aware of how fortunate I am. I have not had a perfect life, but I can also certainly state that I have been abundantly blessed. "ME Generation" people are so self focused that they usually are unable to function as positive team members.
As I conclude this Blog the most significant event in my life happened on March 24, 1940 when I became a "Baptized Child of God." As a member of God's team I am also an heir to eternal life in heaven.
As a member of God's Team I really do not have anything to worry about. The "Flower Child" does not have to be ME focused to have a happy and productive life.
Just last week we were made aware of four steps to live through the recent tragic events at Virginia Tech. I feel that these four steps can be applied to any difficult situation that may present itself to us in our lives. The steps are:
- Connect with your Peers in the College Community to support each other
- Connect and seek comfort from Loved Ones
- Connect with a Faith Community
- Trust in Your God
Again, You can see that in order to resolve the situation as you seek assistance in the four steps listed above, you can quickly ascertain that "Team Work" is vital, essential and also required.
I continue to be Thankful and very Grateful for all who serve for the good of all humanity. Thank You!!!!!
Monday, April 23, 2007
If you had purchased $1000.00 of Nortel stock one year ago, it would now be worth $49.00.
With Enron, you would have had $16.50 left of the original $1000.00.
With WorldCom, you would have had less than $5.00 left.
If you had purchased $1000.00 of Delta Air Lines stock you would have $49.00 left.
But, if you had purchased $1,000.00 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND, you would have had $214.00.
Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle.
It's called the 401-Keg Plan.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
- The College Community,
- With Loved Ones,
- The Faith that can be found in Houses of Worship, and
- A Loving God.
Personally, I felt that the Convocation was well done and I can certainly appreciate what was said and done in the day following this tragic event.
As I stated in a previous blog, It is my concern and also my prayer, that we do not ever forget. When I state "we" I also urge our Leaders at all levels to remember. Thank You!!!
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
While this appointment provides no financial gain for Alan, the fact that he will allow his Home State to continue to prosper is considered adequate and proper renumeration.
In accepting his appointment, Alan (a.k.a. Flower Child) indicated that he looks forward to promoting Iowa products in Georgia. Along with farm implements and Iowa products, it is also Alan's goal to promote education for the Children of Georgia. As a product of the Iowa education system, Alan has first hand experience in excelling in the famed "Iowa State Test," now known as the "Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)."
This should be a win, win situation for all concern. Georgia will become a greener state and ethanol fuel should also help in reducing the reliance on foreign energy. Additionally, the SAT and ACT scores for Georgia Scholars should improve.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
In 2003, there were 3,306 unintentional fatal drownings in the United States, averaging nine people per day. This figure does not include drownings in boating- related incidents (CDC 2005).
For every child 14 years and younger who dies from drowning, five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. More than half of these children require hospitalization (CDC 2005). Nonfatal drownings can cause brain damage that result in long-term disabilities ranging from memory problems and learning disabilities to the permanent loss of basic functioning (i.e., permanent vegetative state).
A CDC study about self-reported swimming ability (Gilchrist et al. 2000) found that:
Younger respondents reported greater swimming ability than older respondents;
Self-reported ability increased with level of education;
Among racial groups, African Americans reported the most limited swimming ability; and
Men of all ages, races, and educational levels consistently reported greater swimming ability than women.
Groups at Risk
Males: In 2003, males accounted for 80% of fatal drownings in the United States (CDC 2005).
Children: In 2003, 782 children ages 0 to 14 years died from drowning (CDC 2005). Although drowning rates have slowly declined (Branche 1999), drowning remains the second-leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years (CDC 2005).
African Americans: Factors such as the environment (e.g., access to swimming pools) may contribute to the racial differences in drowning rates between African Americans and white Americans (Branche et al. 2004). During 2002–2003, the overall age-adjusted fatal drowning rate for African Americans was 1.25 times higher than for whites (CDC 2005). However, these rates vary by age. During this time, African-American infants under one year had a fatal drowning rate slightly higher than the drowning rate of white infants (CDC 2005). Most infants drown in bathtubs, toilets, or household buckets. Among children 1 to 4 years of age, African Americans had a lower fatal drowning rate than whites. Drownings in this age group typically happen in residential swimming pools. African-American children ages 5 to 19 years fatally drowned at 2.3 times the rate of white children in this age group during 2002–2003 (CDC 2005). As children get older, drownings often occur in open water areas such as ponds, lakes, and rivers. If African Americans participate less in water-related activities than whites, their drowning rates (per exposure) may be higher than currently reported (Branche et al. 2004).
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Recent events cause me to publish this Blog. The recent Talk Radio Show Commentator’s remarks about the National Championship Girls Basketball Team and the situation at Duke University are both causes for great concern.
We are all told that Bad News Sells. That appears to be the mantra for both Print and Electronic Media. We must sell our product.
One of the basic concepts of our Justice System has always been “Innocent Until Proven Guilty,” appears to be pushed aside in the rush to beat a deadline or to be the first to feature a news article or picture.
It is sad when this happens. May I suggest that our Nation’s College Students who are engaged in Sport continue to conduct themselves in an orderly and correct manner. It is a fact of life that someone, somewhere will make a bad choice and then become the focal point of the news organizations in our Country.
Unfortunately, adults, from Talk Show Commentators to the members of our Nation’s Law Enforcement Establishment also make bad choices. In the end, Justice and Honor will win out, but at what cost. In some cases the damage done can not be undone.
May the Flower Child suggest today that each reporter, each photographer, each program editor, producer and media organization adopt this policy:
Each news event will be covered, but it will be covered accurately. If each reporter, each photographer, editor and/or producer handled every event as if his or her own Son or Daughter was the principle in the story.
I am confident that this era of incorrect coverage would soon be a thing of the past.
In fact, if our Nation’s Law Enforcement Establishment adopted this same mantra I would suspect that the events we have all watched play out over the past eighteen months at Duke University would never have happened.
In the meantime, I appreciate each Young Person who is participating in Youth Sport, High School Sport and College Sport in an effort to have a better life. I also appreciate those who are Scholars and also Athletes who are chasing their dreams.
It is so sad that we have thrown caution aside to have sensational news. I guess that is also why we have people slowing down while on the roads when there is an accident. We just have to see the blood and guts of a fellow human being.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
This is the Sonny Carter Elementary School Staff that played Vineville Academy. The game was advertised as a six inning event, however by mutual agreement a seventh inning was also played. The Sonny Carter Staff consisted of thirteen spirited players. After the official Team Photographs both teams agreed to a combined picture. Just in case you are interested, the score of this annual classic was Carter 10 and Vineville 6. The author of this Blog, The Flower Child feels that this game is not an official sanctioned event because our National Anthem was not performed and we all know that is the official start of any legal Softball or Baseball game.
One of the dignitaries in attendance at this classic event was the Principal of Vineville Academy, Ms. Winters, shown here with a Staff member and her family.
Please remember them in your Prayers and Concerns as you gather with your respective families to Celebrate this Easter. Many of these Heroes cannot be with their families and it is my prayer today that they return home safely. In the meantime, I encourage you to log on to Operation Dear Abby to send your own note of Thanks and Gratitude:
This is a secure Web Site and I can assure you that when you use it that you will not receive any junk E-Mails. Of course, you will receive the personal satisfaction of having sent a message of support to our Nation's Heroes.