I have spent my entire life working at this nursery. I do not have an answer to the migration/ immigration issue in our country. If many senates and congresses can’t solve these issues, I certainly can’t.
But what is glaringly obvious to me is the utter lack of humanity our president has right now for us and for others who share this planet with us. It wasn’t that way four years ago, ten years ago, thirty years ago. It started with tRUMP’s election campaign and has continued unabated ever since. I think presidents who have passed before us would be entirely appalled and disgusted at what we have become. Republicans and Democrats alike in previous administrations would have never have stooped to such a low moral standing as we witness in daily news reports having to do with the actions of the current pathetic administration.
I believe our country is in the worst moral position ever as far as I can remember, and it’s going to take a lot of time and the efforts of many many people to undo the damage that tRUMP has done to us as a country and as a people.
I was absolutely disgusted seeing pictures of ragged people getting tear gassed as they ran away from American made home grown racism on our southern border this week. Mothers carrying diaper-clad babies running for their lives away from our “tough and rugged men of the border patrol.” I would love to see how tough they are when confronted by people armed like they are. I bet they would run like crying children- what a bunch of assholes. See poor people with babies from atop razor wire 20’ fencing- shoot them with tear gas, of course! Playground bullies with tRUMP as their leader. If you object to what I said above, sorry- NOT.
Is this the very best that we as a nation can muster up as a welcome mat for the most depressed, desperate, and scared people in the world??? Tear gas, bullets, razor wire, soldiers??? Fighting mothers, babies, teenagers? Who are we?
Here is our cowardly lying president, once again, fostering, nurturing, culturing human misery to further his race baiting tactic to stoke the flames of racism so his small-minded supporters can chant “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!” Foam frothing in the corners of their mouths. I’m disgusted. You need to be too. You aren’t? If this does not anger you then maybe it’s time to pay close attention to the news- ANYTHING EXCEPT FOX NEWS...maybe even consult the Bible at this time of the year. Jesus was a refugee also. Consult your religion if you need to. I’m not religious but on this issue, don’t need to be. Intelligent compassionate people don’t treat others poorly like tRUMP does all the time.
tRUMP knew for months that these masses were coming. We as a country and he as a “leader” had time to come up with a plan. Where are the tent cities that other countries provide when these things happen? Where is the food, medicine, doctors, shelter, asylum processing centers, busses to take them home if they don’t qualify?
Absent true cerebral functioning, the best tRUMP can muster up is soldiers, tear gas, razor wire, bullets. My kid could do better than this- he is 14yo. He could have done better at three years old. Trump and his fellow pathetic humans were not raised by their mothers properly. My kid was raised well, he would never in a thousand years treat people less fortunate than us like that person in the White House treated those people. SHAME! Shame on him but above all, shame on us for allowing it!
By sending troops, authorizing lethal force (ACTUAL BULLETS!!!), laying out razor wire, shooting them with tear gas, our coward president has shown that he is not capable of showing the emotions required by us as a nation to lead us, to lead the world, to show us as a country how to treat our neighbors.
When I discuss this with other people, it’s really surprising how many of them don’t care at all. Maybe I shouldn’t care either. But I can’t help it! They say “who is going to pay for the doctors, tents, food?” as if that’s the more important issue, a concern that’s valid but shallow. Bill the country of origin! United Nations funds, unicef! We pay a lot of money into world crisis organizations , time it came back to us. Worry about the goddamn money LATER, care for those poor people first!
Failing at the act of human compassion in his treatment of these poor human beings, he once again (how many times is this now?) also fails as a man, as a leader, and as our president. tRUMP and his fellow asshole republican cowards represent the very lowest form of humanity- vote them to the curb in 2020.
This is a really talented group- lots of strange and interesting songs. The gift of compassion for others is what we as a country find it hard to show for others recently.
Our country treats Latin American asylum seekers like animals. This little girl died of neglect under the watchful eye of the border patrol. Her father is distraught, as we all would be. I figure that if you put a human being in jail, then you as a society are responsible for the health, safety, and well-being of that prisoner. This comes on the heels of the courageous border patrol tear-gassing helpless mothers and children.
The boy died of the flu
Racist tRUMP takes this opportunity to politicize the deaths and blame them on left wing democrats. What a despicable person he is.
I was in remedial English in college. I never understood why I found it so hard to write stuff for the teacher. I didn’t care I guess. Maybe I never had an inspiring teacher. Maybe I was a lazy good for nothing typical American student who took everything for granted. I dunno!
At lunch after graduating college I would go to the corner deli and get my milk and my RB on rye with lettuce, tomato, mustard, mayo, salt n pepper, oil and vinegar.
Often I would see a NYT with an interesting article on the cover so I would buy that too and read whilst feasting. It became a habit, then a passion. Food for my tummy, food for my brain.
The Times brought the world into my head in a way nothing had ever penetrated my soul before. I saw how the English language was supposed to be used, how grammar worked, the strength of written imagery, creativity, and intelligence. This appreciation/education occurred slowly over a long period of time, one sandwich at a time. How can a NYT author make obscure foreign/national news items interesting to a blue collar worker?
NYT authors helped me digest and understand politics, helped me cut through the utter bullshit politicians wish for you to believe (I do not need their help sorting through tRUMP’S total BULLSHIT- I had him figured for a fool and an ass**** after I heard him speak for the first time).
Reporters slap us in the face with sobriety sometimes, and I welcome their help!
This article caught my eye, dunno why, but shortly after I started reading it I realized it was written by an author that I have always strived to be like. She tells two stories, maybe three at the same time, hard to understand if you only think about raking leaves- pure genius.
I am going to write her a letter thanking her for this article, then join the NYT as a subscriber!
A Quitting math teacher handed this letter out Friday before he was escorted out of the school.
I think its it’s one of the most intelligent and well written pieces that I have read in a very long time.
Wait- why is such an obviously intelligent thinker not teaching our kids any more? What’s wrong with Trumbull???
Sounds like something is amiss in the famous Trumbull Educational District. Sounds like, if what this guy says is true, that the administration does not care about our kids, only how the district scores!!!?
What do we do with this now?
I know this letter is full of truths from first hand experience. My kid was/is having trouble in math so I told him I want to see his tests. Kyle said I can’t see them. I said why not? Because the teacher won’t let the kids take the tests home.
“Why not” I thundered???
He did not know why- just that tests are shown to the kids for ten minutes and returned to the teacher never to be seen ever again.
Additionally, they DO NOT grade nor even look at the homework. All a kid has to do it put XXX in the box for the answers and they get a 100% grade on all homework, then when they get the test scores back, it could be a 58% or a 72%... HUGE disparity between now and when I was a student and the teacher actually (actually!!!) taught! This is NOT FAIR though to teachers. They are ordered to do this and that by the school administration and even if they object, the teachers are basically told to do it or leave. I know for a fact that the Trumbull High School principal is a really great person and has our kids best interest in mind but he is told exactly what to do also.
I hope the teacher who left goes on to teach kids in a school system whose Administrators really care about its students.
The worst time of the year for plants is summer drought time, so my favorite time to plant lawns and plants/trees is as far away from hot time as possible, even if it is in December or winter time.
Our industry has has done a very poor job in getting this point out there to the general public. Why plant in spring? Because you are sick of being inside, and you want to get out there and do stuff for the yard! Course, understandable!
Yet the biggest problem with our industry is that we all think like people and not like plants. When we think like trees do, we are in sync with them, and can provide for them to help them maximize their genetic potential.
The best example is feeding plants and trees. Almost nobody comes to me to buy food in the fall. Why? Cause people think the landscape is dormant. Why? It’s “people cold” and there are no leaves on the trees, people are more dormant, so plants must be asleep too right? HELL NO!
The birches out in front of the street expand their trunks more from oct-April than any other time of the year. Bark sheds off like crazy! They AINT dormant! Roots on our trees grow like crazy all winter, same on everything else too.
At the same time these plants are really active, there is record precipitation in the form of rain, sleet, and snow. The soil becomes nutrient-poor, and the plant’s ability to do its thing is limited. Fall feeding is really really important if you wish to maximize potential for performance during the “visible growing season.”
Fall planting and fall feeding are two great examples of how to shy away from thinking like a human when thinking about your landscape. The more you think like a tree the better able you are to have a great relationship with your yard.
I used to push him so hard he would swing way way up to the tops of the evergreen trees. Sometimes there would be one of his friends on it also, scared out of his mind. Not easy to push such a big tire so high- tiring (pun intended)!
I carelessly climbed that ladder with tears in my eyes and a serrated kitchen knife in my hand to free the tire from the tree and the tree from the tire. Some parents are better at turning pages than I am. I went to bed to write this and was sad as I chose my words. Must be daylight savings time-type lack of sun sadness.
Now when I look at that tree I will see Quercus rubra in all its stately glory, yet I will always feel that something is missing, kinda like the boy in puff the magic dragon.
That little kid is grown up, and that tree has gone back to being just a nice tree.
We use/sell A LOT of firewood. People always ask the same question- “has it been seasoned for over a year?” I always say no.
We cut the logs usually in winter, split it in July, sell it and burn it starting in October (so it ages for about three months). Inevitably, those who think that they know best want our old wood, and I’m super glad to give it to them, otherwise it turns into a waste product.
If wood is kept too long then time has its way with it. It starts to grow mushroom-like growths, gets buggy, some kinds of wood start to get crumbly, the bark comes off and turns to peat moss and some of it absorbs water.
I brought home four skids of two year old wood that we had stacked back then and burned it last night, and everything I said above I observed as I lit the fire.
I also noticed critter nests- well thought out leaf and grass shreds made into condos for raising “who knows what” kinds of rodents. Hope they are from years past.
When I lit the fire, it burned but kinda sizzled. Hope it’s cause it rained before but I know better. The sizzling was coming from the middle of the ends of the wood.
Water mixed with smoke =creosote which is really acidic and bad for metal and concrete.
If if you buy firewood, go look at it first BEFORE you take it home to avoid multiple problems.
Ill be ok though. I’ve been burning wood for a very long time and my stove can make quick work of anything I put in there.
This bump video is the worst one (from pic above). If the DOT drove this road daily, it would be paved in a week!
Route 25 is DECOMPOSING and the CT DOT cares not.
As a Virgo, I live in the world of “the way it should be VS. the way it is.”
I use this highway many times each day and have a certain trajectory for northbound vs southbound. I veer like a drunk from one lane to another to avoid earth shuddering explosions as my trucks slam into raised sections of asphalt and concrete. Grapefruit-sized concrete chunks litter the shoulders as trucks like mine disassemble the poorly maintained highway one explosion at a time.
The Virgo in me finally recorded each and every insult to reasonably smooth travel and emailed it yesterday to the one and only state DOT employee who cared enough about doing due diligence in his cushy job to return my repeated phone calls to the DOT about listening to my highway condition input.
I took the recordings of which direction/mile marker/which lane each huge bump can be found (over thirty between the Merritt and rt 111) along with death wish pics I took and emailed them to the guy who seemed to care. Let’s see if anything gets done. I’m thinking that I am going to need to get more rigorously involved.
Trumbull roads are neglected also. Daniels farm road, Strobel, unity, Madison, to name a few. When I called the town I found out that there are no plans to pave any of these highly used crumbling roads- no surprise there. Also was met with a verbal shrug when I asked what the rules are when a contractor digs up the street to hook up to a utility. Seems that not long after the contractor leaves and the homeowner has a sewer hookup everyone else in town gets to enjoy the shitty patching job the contractor did in covering up the hole as their vehicle hits the giant recessed square with both axles. “Get in, get out, get paid” is what these contractors do in my opinion, and it seems to be the status quo on every road, acceptable to the town.
In my attempt to escape from the national trauma our country is experiencing now with our current government, I’ve turned away from the news and tried to focus more on local things that I can actually do something about. Road conditions are a “quality of life” issue that affects each of us, and I think we all deserve better from our state and local governments.