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1st Bird of Paradise tale “doesn’t stand a chance!”

Pennsylvania Bird of Paradise

“Hey, ol‘ buddy! That wimpy looking Bird of Paradise you all grow down in Texas can’t even come close to the ones we grow up here in Pennsylvania! Looky here! Eat your heart out!” [Courtesy photo]

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By Dan Bodine

 

 

Hee, hee! Tom Fuelmer, and old friend in Pennsylvania, replied to my recent post on Bird of Paradise plants (allegedly) with a photo of the ones they grow there. To give other readers a view of this plant, I’m posting it here (above). Magnificent, no?

He’d mentioned in earlier correspondence couple years or so ago of tall bushes he and his wife had at their home. Wow! I thought. That sure takes the cake compared to the ones I’d posted from our garden here in El Paso! (below right, Mexican Bird of Paradise). Continue reading

Mexican Bird of Paradise and a morphing start-up

Yeah, that’s me, yours truly, at my new potting bench. Putting one of these wild Mexican Bird of Paradise seedlings that come up in my yard each year into a pot to be sold later. New entrepreneur project arose to celebrate Pres. Trump’s election, it is. Now I just need to make sure I’ve got the exact identity of the plants! And how to tell apart when young? Testimony of any self-professed plant expert — such as a genuine Trump supporter — would be taken as de facto expert proof, of course! Just reply to this post at the bottom, anyone with an idea. (DMT photo)

 

By Dan Bodine

 

 

Bush, on left; tree, on right. Both Mexican Birds of Paradise! Can offsprings from a plant take on distinctive different characteristics than its parent — such as what foolish human children have attempted “to get away” with for thousands of years? (Image by Mauro Guanandi)

Prez Trump and his throw-it-to-the-wilds attitude may be setting the standard now for new start-up’s, and you can bet there are millions of us other wanna-be entrepreneurs out there “in the wings,” too — still scratching for cash; awaiting our own “rendezvous with destiny”! Continue reading

Unveiling St. Mark’s new Virgin of Guadalupe statue

 

A closeup of the huge statute. She's 30-feet tall and hewed from "cantera," a natural volcanic quarried stone near Guadalejara, State of Jalisco.

A closeup of the huge statute’s face now at the El Paso church. She’s 30-feet tall and hewed from “cantera,” a natural volcanic quarried stone from the Guadalejara region, State of Jalisco, in Mexico. Monday marked the official day for honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe in the church’s calendar year.

(All photos DMT / Maiya Kareli Bodine)

Dancers from St. Mark Catholic Church perform in front of the Virgin of Guadalupe statue after it was unveiled in ceremonies Sunday evening. There's a 35-foot wall behind the statue featuring a waterfall. (All photos by Maiya Bodine)

Dancers from St. Mark Catholic Church perform in front of the Virgin of Guadalupe statue after it was unveiled in ceremonies Sunday evening. There’s a 35-foot wall behind the statue featuring a waterfall.

St. Mark's Catholic Church is on El Paso's east side at 11700 Pebble Hills Dr. The weekend celebration began at noon Saturday around this large neighborhood.

St. Mark’s Catholic Church is on El Paso’s east side at 11700 Pebble Hills Dr. The weekend celebration began at noon Saturday with a parade around this large neighborhood. Different ministries of the church participated with float entries.

Children of the church -- in a drama later in the afternoon following the parade and a rosary --, performed a reenactment of the Guadalupe appiritions before the peasant Juan Diego.

Children of the church — in a drama later in the afternoon following the parade and a rosary — performed a reenactment of the Guadalupe apparitions before the peasant Juan Diego in 1531 in the Tepayac hill country in central Mexico.

“Near Tepayac Hill he encountered a beautiful woman surrounded by a ball of light as bright as the sun,” reads a line from a web story on Catholic.org describing the miracle narrative.

“Speaking in his native tongue, the beautiful lady identified herself. And identified why she’d stopped him.

‘My dear little son, I love you. I desire you to know who I am. I am the ever-virgin Mary, Mother of the true God who gives life and maintains its existence. He created all things. He is in all places. He is Lord of Heaven and Earth. I desire a church in this place where your people may experience my compassion. All those who sincerely ask my help in their work and in their sorrows will know my Mother’s Heart in this place. Here I will see their tears; I will console them and they will be at peace. So run now to Tenochtitlan and tell the Bishop all that you have seen and heard.'”

Later, disappointed by the bishop’s initial response to the request, he came back to the hill. The website (listed above) describes the events that unfolded later. The basis for Our Lady of Guadalupe  [Guadalupe, Mexico – 1531] being honored by the Church as Patroness of the Americas.

Her Feast Day in the USA each year is December 12th.

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Some more happy float participants, as they’ve gathered back on the church grounds.

Aztec Indian Matachine dancers accompanied the parade (here); and also performed an around-the-clock dance vigil in front of the new shrine. At least 15 matachine groups from the El Paso diocese participated in the project. Father Arturo Banuelas is the church pastor.

Aztec Indian Matachine dancers accompanied the parade (here), and also performed an around-the-clock dance vigil in front of the new shrine. At least 15 Matachine groups from the El Paso diocese participated in the project. Father Arturo Banuelas is the church pastor.

 

 

 

Transplanting barrel cactus no ordinary fete

By Dan Bodine

 

"Uh...You're my friend, right!?"             (Image as on Craig's List ad)

“Uh…You’re my friend, right!?”             (Image as on Craig’s List ad)

Transplanting a fishhook barrel cactus from one yard to another can be far from an ordinary fete! Especially as a senior citizen when you’ve settled into cozy linear thinking!

This cactus was at a home in Santa Teresa, N.M. More than “a little bit” west of El Paso’s Far East side! Continue reading