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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A Conglomeration

I scavenger hunted another bouquet from the garden this week. 

 It's a conglomeration of seeds and berries and fresh and spent flowers. There are spent hydrangeas and the last of the fresh zinnias, purple beauty berries and orange cotoneaster. There are sprigs of Abelia and sprays of a landscape grass I don't remember the name of. There are bits and pieces of a few more things too. 

A conglomeration: a number of different things, parts, or items that are grouped together. 

Our nation is kind of like that, a conglomeration of different ages and histories, origins and races and ethnicities,  lifestyles and economic conditions and educational backgrounds. We have diverse political ideals, but hopefully we share some values. So many differences, yet we are grouped together as one nation. 

Yesterday we voted. It appears that the reds got redder and the blues got bluer. I wish I could feel satisfaction over some of the outcomes. I am happy that we will now have some checks and balances in Washington DC. My blue state got bluer too. But the divisions seem to just get more bitter. 

This morning the president was back on TV berating journalists and spouting falsities, sharpening the knives that divide us.  He says he will work with the new House leadership, except not if they start investigations. But there is so much to investigate. How will we move forward? 

Conglomerations can make a pretty arrangement. It's not so hard with plants.
With nations it's a lot harder.

I guess we just keep trying. 

15 comments:

  1. Given the times in which we live I felt pretty good about the election. Democrats had serious work to do from the ground up I thought they did well. Given Democrats had 25 seats to defend and Republicans only 9 it was a stretch to hope to win the Senate. But, as the saying goes, what goes around comes around, in 2020 Democrats will have 11 seats to defend and Republicans will have 21.

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  2. Perhaps we all should be paying more attention to plants -- although they do need a hand to work together as nicely as you have arranged them here.

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  3. You have an amazing ability to take faded flowers and assorted bits to make a striking bouquet.

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  4. love your conglomerate bouquets!

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  5. Very pretty bouquets. I am moderately happy about taking back the House, but I was hoping for Beto and Gillum and am a little depressed about their losses.

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  6. I am mostly okay with the election results. Checks and balances are so important. I am thrilled with the diversity.

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  7. It's all about power. There are no visions of where we're going or what we should look like.

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  8. A gorgeous conglomeration! Wouldn't it be nice if it were as easy to with people and politics?

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  9. You do make the most stunning arrangements. You mix up different flowers and you have beauty. When you mix different people together you have chaos when we could also have beauty. Maybe someday.

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  10. Yes and your conglomerations are so lovely.

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  11. Great post and an absolutely gorgeous bouquet. With time, I hope both our nations will reflect the same diversity and ability to come together.

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  12. Well, your conglomeration is absolutely beautiful.

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