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The Orchid

The Orchid

The unusually large orchid family consists of some 450 genera and at least 10,000 species. Orchids grow most abundantly in tropical and subtropical forests and are among the most highly prized ornamental plants. Since being imported from the Bahamas to Britain in the 18th century, these flowers have been cultivated for their commercial value and have been successfully hybridized and variegated. Their name comes from the Greek word orkhis—or “testicle”—after the appearance of what feature? More… Discuss

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JUST A THOUGHT: “The thief always assumes…”

JUST A THOUGHT:  “The  thief always assumes that everybody else was dipped into the same river, or fished out from the same pond!”

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Madama Butterfly – Vogliatemi bene – Jonas Kaufmann and Angela GheorghiuMadama Butterfly – Vogliatemi bene – Jonas Kaufmann and Angela Gheorghiu

Jonas Kaufmann and Angela Gheorghiu, Vogliatemi bene, from the recording sessions of the EMI Madama Butterfly in Rome, July 2008

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 67,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival: Who’ll Stop The Rain

Creedence Clearwater Revival 
Who’ll Stop The Rain
Cosmo’s Factory


Long as I remember 
The rain been comin’ down.
Clouds of myst’ry pourin’ 
Confusion on the ground.
Good men through the ages, 
Tried to find the sun;
And I wonder, still I wonder, 
Who’ll stop the rain.

I went down Virginia
Seekin’ shelter from the storm.
Caught up in the fable, 
I watched the tower grow.
Five year plans and new deals, 
Wrapped in golden chains.
And I wonder, still I wonder 
Who’ll stop the rain.

Heard the singers playin’, 
How we cheered for more.
The crowd had rushed together, 
Tryin’ to keep warm.
Still the rain kept pourin’, 
Fallin’ on my ears.
And I wonder, still I wonder 
Who’ll stop the rain.



Definition: (noun) A child who spends most of his time in the streets especially in slum areas.
Synonyms: street urchin
Usage: In Shaw’s Pygmalion, an elocution expert plucks a guttersnipe from Covent Garden market and teaches her to talk like a lady. Discuss.



Inside the Vatican Palace_view of the vatican Gardens and Palace_ February 1984- End of Anno Sancto 1983 (my photo Collection)

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Inside the Vatican Palace, view of the vatican Gardens and Palace, February 1984, End of Anno Sancto 1983, (my photo Collection),
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