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We had a great Mem Day service in church today. That’s our UU church in Norway, Maine, pretty small as churches go, but we’ve picked up great enthusiasm in the last few weeks. Not sure why. But there you are. But getting back to the service today: Richard (that’s our minister) was in great form and had some wonderful thoughts. The thing about him is that he’s a regular person, not at all remote as some ministers, with their egos, tend to be. I get along with him great. He’s got a self-effacing sense of humor, just like me. But getting back to his thoughts, he emphasized memories, memorials, throughout the service. We were all asked to speak out and mention names of loved ones who have passed away. Many people spoke out. We must have had a good 25, maybe 30 people in attendance today. Our music went well too. Heather, our music director, led us in an enchanting and mesmerizing anthem about the Goddess, our returning, etc. Right now as I write this I can’t remember the details. So much happened today, I just can’t reproduce specifics. But we did pick up a new church member today, a very nice person named Trudi, didn’t get her last name. Our Growth Group met after church and Trudi became a new member of that. “An Inconvenient Truth” was shown at 1pm for those who hadn’t seen it. And now people are chatting and laughing upstairs while Clarissa and Eryn prepare supper so that Cynthia doesn’t have to do it.

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We’re not sure if this is a flower or a weed with spokes, but here’s a picture of it last September. Note the stem branching to the right and the pink spokes at the end with what look like buds on a few of the tips.

We found it in a shady path in our woods. The spokes on that one stem gradually turned deep red and then black in winter. I helped the stem with the spokes survive the winter and in the picture today (below) you can barely make out the old spokes over a light grey leaf to the right of the new spokes. The new green spokes are central in the photo.

So, what kind of a flower is this? We think the closet thing to it might be a White Dead-nettle or Lamium Album, but maybe not. More flowering mysteries!