Thursday, March 15, 2018

Half Empty - What are your personal beliefs?

"This page is not a forum for general discussion about one's personal beliefs about the glass".

I wanted to know about the science experiments that explain the glass half full and half empty.  I remember a television science show that covered young children's cognitive abilities.  They looked at glasses that were tall and narrow versus short and wide, and had to say which glass had more liquid in it.  But alas, the "glass half empty" phrase has been hijacked by all manner of philosophical and religious websites and groups.  Hence the page on Wikiforum starts with the warning.  

So while the age old question of half full or half empty is not being explored today, we can ask whether March is emptying out or filling up.  Let me know.

We're at the Ides of March - that fulcrum day that the Romans marked as a deadline for settling debts.  That gave way to the 'beware' event that made Julius Caesar forever famous, but with us no more.

Next is the Glorious Green of St. Patrick's Day.  What better progression could there be than to a celebration with plants that are intensely green.

Shamrock derives from Irish for young clover.  It is referred to as "a young sprig."  A sprig is defined as a small stem bearing leaves or flowers, taken from a plant or tree. It can also refer to someone who is young and immature.

And which plant is a shamrock?  This is a much debated question over the centuries. Today two clovers are considered the true shamrock: Trifolium dubium  (lesser clover) or Trifolium repens (white clover).  Then there are a few more three-leaved plants that are sometimes called shamrocks.  We tend towards wood sorrel (Oxalis) as the commemorative plant.  It is widely available in our garden centres and grocery stores - a marker that spring is upon us. 

Another March milestone for us is the Canada Blooms garden festival.  Here are two pictures from our visit this week.  I saw a review from 2016 that called the show "Canada Glooms not Canada Blooms".  This tradition of low lighting continued this year, so there aren't many pictures to share anymore.  The floral displays remain the highlight - they are beautiful works of art from artists around the world.

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