Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

It's not yet 8 a.m. here, but the temperature is already in the 60s - we're expecting a high in the mid- to upper-80s, as we achieved yesterday. I have the window wide open, the door is wide open, and Nedi and Lovey are having a ball chasing birds, squirrels, and insects outside in the grass. I bought myself a small bouquet of brightly dyed daisies this morning, and they are sitting in a teal vase in the living room. They bring an explosion of color to the area - and, so far, the kits haven't discovered the flowers....
The Denver zoo has had quite a few additions in the past few weeks. Moms there have given us a new Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and two Dall's sheep, one De Brazza's monkey, an orangutan, and a male Cape buffalo. Moms have also given us three red-ruffed lemurs, four Amur tiger cubs, and 13 turtle hatchlings. Denver is having a small baby boom!
In two weeks time we will know the results of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and the Preakness, the next two races in the fillies and colts Triple Crown. These races will be held at Pimlico Racetrack, familiarly called Old Hilltop, outside of Baltimore, Maryland. -
If I could be in two places at once, I would be here at home watching the Pimlico races, and I would also be in Ignacio, Colorado at the grand opening of the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum. The new building, planned by Johnpaul Jones, uses and repeats the Circle of Life motif. There are four cardinal directions that are sacred. Each of those directions carries with it symbolism and meaning. One of many oral traditional teachings is the representation of the life cycle of the human person. In the east we are at infancy stage, in the south we are at youth stage, in the west we are at adult stage, and toward the north we are in the elderly stage of life, thus representing the life cycle in correspondence to the directions. The Worldwide Opening Celebrations will take place on May 21 and 22. (See for further information.)

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