Sakura 2015

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Unlike last year, the cherry trees are blooming right on schedule this year.

Fantail

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For the middle of Easter week, here’s an immature peacock from the Scovill Zoo in Decatur, IL. I feel like going back later this year to see if and how the color of his feathers has changed.

Cross-Bearing

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Christus factus est pro nobis obediens usque ad mortem, mortem autem crucis. Propter quod et Deus exaltavit illum et dedit illi nomen, quod est super omne nomen.

Some crosses for Good Friday.

Root Claw

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One of the two bus stops near my office is a sea of mud next to a gumball tree. I was playing around while waiting for the bus there, and this root looked decidedly malevolent.

Hope

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We thought spring was here a week ago, but then things got cold again. Here’s a little hope for things to warm up and blossom.

Leftovers

Leftovers

University students are not known as an abstemious lot, and the detritus of *ahem* spirited activities need not make sense, but I would rather like to know what odd circumstances resulted in this collection of objects: a fast-food soft drink cup, a flattened energy drink bottle, and a large bottle of cheap wine.

Fading Memory

Fading Memory

In late January a University of Illinois student named Vicente Mundo went missing, and was found murdered somewhere between Tolono and Philo over the weekend of January 31-February 1.

When praying for the dead, the Latin Catholic tradition says Requiem aeternam, “eternal rest,” while the Byzantine tradition both Orthodox and Catholic says Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη, “eternal memory.” I could not help but think of how short human memory is when I saw this torn-off flyer, and contrast it with the eternal memory of God which is the ground of all being.

For Vicente Mundo, and for all the dead: Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη! Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη! Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη!

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