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Wild Card Thursday July 10, 2008

Good morning, Netizens…

It is a curious daybreak this morning, outside the Virtual Ballroom in the Garden, not too hot for the sweet corn, simply delectable for the baby strawberries and the flowers that line the path leading from the street to the Virtual Ballroom are all in a frenzy of color, just as one would expect them to be nearly halfway through the month of July. Of course, we did have a bit of a late start on summer this year, and tongues are still wagging about winter.

As I enter the Virtual Ballroom this morning, while my mind is preoccupied with a number of technical and personal issues, I almost missed noticing the bouquet of large pale irises that someone placed atop the Espresso bar. Pausing appreciatively, I comment to this morning’s barrista, Siddhartha, that we seldom see lovely bouquets adorning the scarred, rough-grained wood of the espresso bar, and smiling as only a ghost can, he obliquely slides a cup filled to the brim with today’s Blend of the Day down the bar to me, commenting softly, “Today’s blend is called “Heavenly Blossom” so named because there is a heavenly blossom hidden away in all mortals in this life. For some, that blossom proudly stands forth and only adds to the inherent beauty in us all. Unfortunately, for most mortals, the sheer beauty and overwhelming incandescence of one’s flowers are kept hidden away from sight, and thus we never perceive how life is so filled with beauty, all around and within us all.”

I nod my assent at Siddhartha’s precise logic, and sitting down at my personal bar stool, as I am about to commence the business of the day, I turn to the eagerly-waiting voices and faces in the Virtual Ballroom and briefly comment, “You all have delicate flowers inside your hearts, just waiting to be seen. Now is the time to bring them forth.”

Thus you have today’s Wild Card. Blossom freely…


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