“Big, Fat, Lazy…”

(February 12, 2019)

big, fat, lazy worm

nightcrawler in rain-soaked soil

takes to dry, rich home*

*(OK, moist, as opposed to sopping. Gonna make babies, soon in a neighborhood with bana peels, coffee – gleaned from donors – and tea grounds, egg shells ground fine, smorgasbord of vegetable peelings, scrapings and leaves and all kinds of garden waste which I appreciate and thusly try to accommodate my wriggly friends. Just filled a near-hundred gallon-and-more “buckets with fresh oak leaves and compost near the rim to await their tomatoes and peppers and other such seedlings currently wondering why I left them out “to harden” instead of lugging indoors with a one-night stand of high 40-degree Fahrenheit outdoor temperatures when I assiduously tied together two Vietnam-era poncho lines to double my sleeping insulation: what? me use a heater with temps above 35…indoors? You gotta be kidding my frugal beer-swilling miserly mean-spirited old sotted soul.)

“Paying Persistency”

(February 12, 2019)

persistence pays off

three baby nightcrawlers ‘just

from coming wet-front*

*(When the half-dozed rescued worms found the dry – but moist – soil under all that vegetal matter – and some coffee grounds rescued from a kindly benefactor-store I swear I saw the big’un handing otu “Thank You” signs for the progeny to parade past my gleaning eye.)

“Parkland* Solution”

(February 14, 2019)

Parkland Solution:

fire school board, sheriff’s shebang:

prosecute bosses!

*(Parkland, a Broward County, Florida condition and community, was much in the news this time last year. It’s Marjorie Stoneman Douglass High School was the scene of a massacre made possible by an American president whose administration foisted a policy of ignoring warning signs from not just troubled but provably dangerous youths, mostly black, who posed clear and present danger and were mandated to remain in school. Many school boards – including the Broward District – agreed and complied and hid the fact at least one student was a serious threat. The county’s Sheriff’s office knew of the miscreant, but compounded that lack of office fulfillment with a worse breach of public trust by standing outside the buildings where a lone gunman killed three school staff and 14 students, wounding a like number, before he walked off-campus and only was detained by a local community’s police department, which was en route after finally becoming aware of the shooting situation. The facts of mis- if not actual malfeasance by elected and appointed officials, including The Sheriff and the School Superintendent, and the County Commission which is charged with oversight of the Sheriff’s Office, are inarguable. Yet, until a new governor was elected the Parkland Massacre has been hiding under a public-office rug. The sheriff is perhaps most culpable and should not be in a position to resign (or be allowed such a privilege): he needs to be charged, tried, convicted and incarcerated and any vestiges of public emoluments for past “service” revoked. The deputies who cowed outside the building where innocent lives were lost, too, are culpable and should see the same process. The school board members – and staff who agreed without protest – the policy of allowing “troubled” youth to remain in a virtually unprotected environment all are to blame. A no-guns zone is nothing but a Free Pass to those with firearms – or any kind of weapon, and the most dangerous weapon of all is the sick mind driving – to do their worst. And perhaps the last outrage is the public’s fascination with such carnage and a Mass Media which points the wrong way almost every time and without exception. A statewide examination of School “Hardening” to prevent such from happening again in Florida is woeful, inadequate and at worst ignored. We shall see what kind of Man the new governor of Florida is. We shall see what kinds of 67 men – and I use the term generically – head up our counties’ school districts and, lastly, what kinds of voters each of those counties contain. I am not optimistic.)