Make the most of now!
Earth belongs to the living,
the dead had their chance.
by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, April 9, 2012
How Will My Garden Grow?
With soil between my fingers
god-like I squish and mold
poke a belly-button hole
into earth's rounded dome
wonder if I care enough
to nurture, to guide
tiny seeds awaiting
a chance at life,
or will I prop vintage
seed packet art
upon my windowsill,
Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, April 9, 2012.
(I'm not known for having a "green thumb" and sometimes think I am better off admiring the artwork upon the seed's packet! :) Click on the link "seed packet art" (above) - and see stunning art work!
Linked with "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads "Open Link Monday"
The above image I used Kim Klassen Cafe texture : "Let Go"
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Just before Jefferson left Paris in 1789, he fell sick for six days and was treated by an atheist physician, Dr. Richard Gem. They had certain personal tragedies and intellectual convictions in common, and it seems the theme he lived the rest of his life by came from this interaction. Of course, this has been greatly studied and commented on, but it seems the following can be read on several levels, political, personal, and deeply psychological.
"A subject comes into my head... the question Whether a generation of men has the right to bind another".
"... a question of such consequences as not only to merit decision, but place also, among the fundamental principles of every government. I set out on this ground, which I suppose to be self evident , 'that the earth belongs in usufruct to the living': that the dead have neither powers nor rights over it."
"...the earth belongs to each of these generations, during its course fully, and in their own right"
"...the earth belongs to the living, and not to the dead."
"...the earth belongs always to the living generation. They may manage it, and what proceeds from it, as they please, during usufruct. They are masters too of their own persons, and consequently may govern them as they please."
Europe "belonged to the dead" not the living as it was entrenched in ancient laws, religious ritual, social protocol and sexual prohibition. His life back home was a "bondage" of debt from his relatives and the GREATER bondage of black people to the white men.
This just goes to show one how much Jefferson struggled within the confines of his times... What a hero he would have been if he had only freed his slaves like a few other slaveowners did. But due to his debt, he couldn't had he wanted to. He spent too much money on Monticello, artifacts, and "things" and the institution of slavery, it can be argued, cost more than if the plantation owners had them working as a free people. He died with a huge debt, his slaves probably the most valuable thing he "owned".
|"Kitchen Garden" at Monticello|