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Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 21 2012

Stage-Building Madness

My friend Craig just posted this insider-look at how the stage for The Who’s Tommy came together. Head on over there if you want to see them go from this: To this: I’m still boggled. And I’m starting to believe Burien Little Theatre is going to have to strike the “little” from its name. Read …

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Feb 20 2012

Mystery Flora: Juanita Bay Flowering Tree, Plus A Few Words on Dambusters

Juanita Bay Tree

Right, my botanical detectives: I’ve got quite a nice one for ye today. Behold the Tree: This tree was in full bloom in early June. There’s something wonderful about a tree with big trumpeting purple blossoms standing tall by a lake carved out by a continental ice sheet.

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Feb 19 2012

Go See Tommy. I Mean It.

My jaw aches. It’s been hanging open most of the night, dragging on the floor. Burien Little Theatre is known for pulling off productions that it shouldn’t be capable of, but this one takes them all. The Who’s Tommy is a tremendously complicated show on all fronts, and they made it all come together. They …

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Feb 18 2012

Right. You Asked For It. Flowers and Geology Are Served

Mystery Lava Flowers

And here I was afraid it wasn’t nice to torment readers with pictures of unidentified flowers that subsequently drive them mad as they chase through botanical clues… Well, you say you don’t mind. I’ll take you at your word. I disavow any responsibility for subsequent therapy bills. These shouldn’t be difficult, anyway. If I wasn’t …

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Feb 17 2012

My Readers Triumph

The unidentified flower which tormented so many for so long torments no more. Ann drilled down to the exact species, with help from Achrachno, with Adrian and F hot on her heels. And here it is, the Mount Hood Pussypaws, Cistanthe¬†umbellata. That is indubitably it. Excellent job, my botanical detectives! I’ll be keeping a special …

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Feb 17 2012

Mother’s Little Helper and Other Stories

Mother's Little Helper

I’ve got nothing, really. I was supposed to be watching a movie with a friend who’s in from out of town, but his family kidnapped him. I’ve spent the time finishing The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rhinehart, who has somewhat restored my faith in mystery novels written by late 19th – early 20th century …

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Feb 16 2012

The Flower Which Is Driving My Readers Mad

Mystery Flower 1

Poor F and Adrian. I didn’t mean for my little photo gallery of Oregon flowers to torture them so. I’ve been watching their exchange with an eye to collaring a park ranger next time I’m down that way and demanding an identification, but Adrian’s asked for more pictures, and added “pretty please,” and seeing as …

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Feb 13 2012

Darwin Day Delayed Due to Delightful Detectives

I truly did mean to get a wonderful post up on Darwin and his geological researches. Had a goodly amount of research done and everything. Then I made a serious mistake – I started Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone as a bit of light reading over lunch on Saturday. I’ve meant to read it for a …

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Feb 10 2012

Lilies for a Friend

Beauty in the Blast Zone

2012 is not being kind to kith and kin. Suzanne’s fractured her poor leg and knee. Another friend just sent me rather distressing news. I won’t reveal anything about it until I have her leave, but I figured another installment of flowers was in order. She and Suzanne both could use a little beauty right …

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Feb 09 2012

Secret Gardens, Crater Lake

Lyall's Lupine

Two things at least a few of you have asked for: new music, and moar flowerz. You shall have both, my darlings. I’ve been using Pandora quite a bit now I own the Kindle Fire, and discovered quite a lot of new music that gets right down to the root of me. One of my …

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