My Cinderella Amaryllis will be blooming any day now. This variety is bright red with white stripes and was given to me by my friend June. The bulb was planted around Thanksgiving time, and it has been great fun seeing it grow each day—almost as I watched. There are two flower stems and this one looks like it's going to have four separate flowers. I haven't grown an Amaryllis in at least fifteen years and I'm really anticipating its over-the-top blooms.
• Carly Simon's classic Anticipation. It's ironic to me listening to her lyrics "These are the good old days," first released in 1971. Those WERE the good old days for many of us old enough to remember them. She supposedly was writing about her love affair with Cat Stevens, now Yusuf Islam. Now who among us WASN'T in love with Cat Stevens back in the day, lol? For his beautiful Morning Has Broken click here. And, yes, it bothers me to no end that an entire generation equates Anticipation, and Ms. Simon, with a ketchup commercial—crass commercialism just bothers the heck out of me, the selling of one's soul for a few pieces of silver, as it were. Ruining the innocence and beauty of one's earlier works, to ensure a third beach house or a new Gulfstream G5, just shouldn't be the answer to anyone's questions of life.
• For the Wiki on Ms. Simon, click here. It's unusually informative, lol.