From a dead stump new growth sprouts

From a dead stump new growth sprouts

Taking a walk, I saw these plants sprouting up from a sawed-off, dead tree.  What a perfect analogy, I thought, for the joyous results of yesterday’s election of President Obama. Maybe there is hope for this country after all.

I’m not too sure about my fine state of California however.

I’m pleased that we approved Proposition 2, to provide civil rights to some farm animals (poultry and veal calves must be provided enough room for them to stand, turn around or spread their wings—and what a disgrace that this must be legislated!).

But I’m dismayed that the state approved Proposition 8, to take away the civil rights of some people by outlawing same-sex marriage. I am so sad for friends whose weddings I’ve attended that now stand to be annulled by the state. They cherish each other and have built long lives together and are models for how to make a loving relationship work.

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  1. I couldn’t agree with you more. Don’t we have better things to do with our time to fix this country than take away rights from people who did the “crime” of simply loving each other. California, and all other states who passed such absurd legislation should be totally ashamed.

    The next civil rights movement….

    Thank you for your post.

    GO OBAMA!!! WE ARE BEHIND YOU 150%!!!!!!!!

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  2. Wow – the perfect illustration for the way I feel today! I’m so sorry about prop 8 – it kind of puts a damper on the results out there in California – but apparently that story isn’t over yet. Today another American friend here in France said “it’s the first time in a long time that I’ve felt good about where I come from” .

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  3. While I respect the rights of people to disagree on issues such as this, it does rather make this election look like two steps forward, one step back.

    We don’t have the right to have these propositions when we go out to vote in the UK and I now can’t decide whether that is a good thing or not.

    What on earth happens to those long-time couples who got married before the election. Dhey now have no rights in relation to their civil partnership?

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    • Katharine, That’s interesting that UK citizens don’t get to vote on
      such propositions. In many ways it makes more sense for elected
      officials who are mostly lawyers make those decisions because they’re
      supposedly more knowledgeable about the law. But given the high
      proportion of ignorant morons in this country who vote for idiots who
      are as dumb as they are, I’m not sure which is better. Sometimes it
      seems like there should be some kind of test required before people
      can vote. You have to be tested to drive a car, but not to drive a
      country!!! I’m curious to find out more about how such proposals and
      changes are handled in the UK.
      Jana

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  4. As elated as I felt on Tuesday night; in contrast yesterday when final results for prop 8 came in I felt saddened that as progressive as we may seem, here in CA. we’ve taken a step back. Your photo caught my because it does express how we can grow out of nothing it seems. I recognize the sprouts. I think I have one in a wine goblet with water waiting to be potted. It’s a succulant of some kind with a pretty purplish/green blossom.

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    • Me too Marta. You’re right about the succulent. There was a large
      plant of the same type right next to the stump. My guess is that a
      gardener helped plant and encourage the growth in/on the trunk. But
      that too seemed a fitting analogy.

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  5. Re: Prop 8 – the tiniest shred of silver lining, if you can even consider it such – I saw on this morning’s news that even though Prop 8 passed, it cannot be retroactive. So those lucky few who tied the knot already are still married. But how bizarre is that. I mean, you can now be married, or not be married, depending on what day you decided to propose to your loved one. Curiouser and curiouser.

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    • Christine, Wow! That is good (but weird) news. I’m sure there are going to be
      major court fights over this and eventually (hopefully) their rights
      will be secured. Jana

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  6. Indeed, strange laws and machinations (for they do seem more drievn than morally arrived at).
    But maybe the giant tide of euphoria will ebb to a wiser overturning of such inhumane and assinine decisions.

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  7. Lovely photo. I so agree with you. It really is an infringement of human rights and so sad that others impose their backward ways on others. I wasn’t so keen on Obama when at first it seemed fashionable to like him, but he’s made such a big impression on me, it really feels like we are witnessing a great moment in history, so I do hope this positive feeling spreads and spreads. Even in the UK, young black kids are feeling empowered, it’s really wonderful to see.

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  8. What ain interesting picture. Reminds me of the gum trees after a bushfire when the leaves sprout out from the blackened trunk.
    About the politics, I think we in Oz have had enough of USA poltitics for a while.
    w.

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  9. What strange new growth from that old stump!

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