Monday, May 23, 2016

Photo of the Day: Alluring Azalea



As with yesterday’s “Photo of the Day,” I took this picture a week ago, when I visited Metropolitan Farm/Garden Center in Closter, in Bergen County, NJ.


As soon as I saw this, I sensed instinctively why azaleas have been called “the royalty of the garden.”

Quote of the Day (Comic Bridger Winegar, Responding to a Ticket)



“Honestly, Officer, I wouldn't have pulled over had I known you were just going to criticize me.”—Comic Bridger Winegar, tweet of July 18, 2014

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Photo of the Day: Pretty Petunias


I took this picture a week ago, when I visited Metropolitan Farm/Garden Center in Closter, in Bergen County, NJ.

Quote of the Day (JPII, on Earth Abuse as a ‘Seedbed for Collective Selfishness’)



“In our day, there is a growing awareness that world peace is threatened not only by the arms race, regional conflicts and continued injustices among peoples and nations, but also by a lack of due respect for nature, by the plundering of natural resources and by a progressive decline in the quality of life. The sense of precariousness and insecurity that such a situation engenders is a seedbed for collective selfishness, disregard for others and dishonesty.”— Pope John Paul II, “Peace With God the Creator, Peace With All of Creation” (papal message for World Day of Peace), Jan. 1, 1990

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Photo of the Day: Greenhouse, Metropolitan Farm/Garden Center, Closter NJ



Last weekend, in search of flowers for our yard, my father and I drove up to Metropolitan Farm/Garden Center in Closter, in Bergen County, NJ. I took a photograph of its greenhouse, which had just about everything we could possibly want.

It is good to have greenery still in the most densely populated state in the Union—and particularly on a site so historic. The stone farmhouse that also stands on this site dates back to the early 1700s.

Quote of the Day (Vanessa Selbst, on the 1st Generation of Online Poker Players)



“We were the first generation of online players, the first really good poker players. Most of the poker pros in the past were these rough-and-tumble guys that didn’t have a great opportunity in their lives who were like, ‘I don’t see myself having a traditional career, so I’m going out to try my luck in Vegas.’ They're not these nerdy math guys and girls who were sitting at home or at college with plenty of options but who then started making a lot of money by doing statistical analyses. That’s a different generation and that’s where we were.”— Vanessa Selbst quoted in in Stephen Foley, “Lunch with the FT: Vanessa Selbst—Triumph of the Nerdy Math Girl,” The Financial Times, Dec. 12-13, 2015