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2014 06 21 Summer Solstice

 Tonight we shall light the candle and open the bottle of wine, Grape Creek Vineyards Viognier, to celebrate the beginning of another  hot summer in Texas.

HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!

 

 

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 We have many birds that visit our backyard, but my favorite birds are these Desert Bird of Paradise, caesalpinia gilliesii.

 

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There was one outside my bedroom when I was growing up in South Texas.  Several years ago nostalgia set in as I began searching for a plant but could not find one anywhere.  Finally, I ordered seeds from Trade Winds Fruit in Windsor, California.

 

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Today I have five Birds in the ground, two in pots and plenty of seeds.  I harvest the seeds, in a pod rather like a snow pea, when they are dry and rattle slightly.   The first year I brought the pods in the house and put them in a bowl in the dining room. The pods would dry out more and pop open as seeds and pods flew into the air.

 

 

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 They lose most of their leaves in the winter and come back in the spring  and bloom through the spring and summer and sometimes into fall.

PHOTOS BY HUSBAND

TEXAS REMEMBERS VIETNAM


The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument was approved by the Texas legislature in 2005 to honor Texans who served in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.  The 14-foot tall monument will be dedicated on the Capitol grounds in Austin on March 29, 2014.

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Replica of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument

Currently a scale replica can be seen on the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay as part of the Texas Vietnam Heroes visiting exhibit.  The display also consists of 3,417 hand-embossed personalized dog tags representing the Texans who died while serving the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.

The interactive exhibition pays tribute to and educates the public about the sacrifices of Texans in Vietnam.  Each hero is remembered by name, rank, branch of service, home of record and date of his loss.  Black tags represent the Texans who are still Missing in Action. .

A set of identical dog tags will be entombed in the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument as part of the monument to honor all Texans who served in Vietnam.

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The Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit can be seen until March 24, 2014 on the USS Lexington Museum. Nicknamed “The Blue Ghost,” it is open daily and located on North Beach in Corpus Christi, Texas.  For more information go to www.usslexington.com.

The USS Lexington is a floating museum.

The USS Lexington is a floating museum.

For more information on the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument go to www.buildthemonument.org.

Here is a video from that website featuring Joe Galloway, author of “We Were Soldiers Once…and Young.”

RED THREAD OF LOVE


An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance.  The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.”  - Ancient Chinese Proverb

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO ALL!

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HIPPIE PLEDGE


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I found this pledge via the blog Russell Ray Photos and wanted to use it.  One of the comments was that it was an old hippie pledge, if so, it is still a good pledge today.  My thanks to Russell for sharing it.  He has a great blog showcasing his excellent photos that often feature Southern California and a cat named Zoey.  Peace and love to all!

HAPPY NEW YEAR


MAY THE GOOD THINGS OF LIFE

BE YOURS IN ABUNDANCE

THROUGHOUT THE COMING YEAR!

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Thanks to all who have taken the time to visit my blog in 2013.  

You have encouraged, informed, challenged and inspired me every day!

Cheers!

The Coastal Crone

POEM FOR A COLD DAY


WINTER RAIN

Cold rain covers the city,
dampening every street and soul.
Gulls are earth-bound,
wet feathers puffed to warm them.
Sky and water are diffused
into variegated gray.
Traffic complies
and respectfully slows.
Will we remember all this
in the heat of July?

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