I wish you all a New Year that is joyful and prosperous!
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“Fleurs,” Odilon Redon, 1909
“Flowers.” Oil on canvas.
To all of the various good people that I am fortunate to know …
To all of the various good people that I am fortunate to know, Happy New Year. Our past year may have been difficult, and our days ahead may be more so.
But you are here, with me now, and we are friends. Those are three things that matter — three things without which this life would be a far lesser one.
We begin together.
Greeting card circa 1909. Source: Missouri History Museum.
“Glædelig Jul!” greeting card, T. N. Utgiver, circa 1909
“Merry Christmas!” Norway.
“To the Witches’ Revels,” Edith Maryon, 1909
“Heptu Bidding Farewell to the City of Obb,” John Duncan, 1909
“Pluto,” Franz von Stuck, 1909
“Thanksgiving Greetings” postcard, early 20th Century
Illustration of skunk from John Burroughs’ “Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers,” 1909
Houghton Mifflin Company.
There is one baby skunk who regularly crosses the street just after nightfall between one neighbor’s yard and the one opposite. I keep trying to get decent pictures or video when I spot him (from a discreet distance, of course). But no luck — my phone camera just doesn’t do terribly well in the dark. Hence the illustration below.
As you know if you’ve ever seen one, skunk look like shaggy, very unkempt cats. (The correct plural here is indeed “skunk,” although either “skunk” or “skunks” is acceptable; I checked.) They don’t move terribly quickly either — I guess speed wasn’t something they had to evolve, given their well known method of pushing back at trouble.
I thought of warning my neighbors that their yard is a thoroughfare for skunk, because that seems like a good thing to know. But that sounds too much like an insult, and these people have guns.
I’m also not sure why Burroughs’ illustration below appears to show baby skunk inside of a vast hornets nest, because I’m reasonably sure that’s now how it works with skunk. Although I’m admittedly no naturalist, so who knows?
[Update 10:30 PM: Now there is a skunk in my backyard!!]
Illustration of mink in John Burroughs’ “Squirrels and Other Fur-bearers,” 1909
Houghton Mifflin Company. I believe Burroughs is the artist.
I swear I’ve got these guys in my neighborhood. Tuesday marked the third sighting for me. Either what I am seeing are mink or another species that resemble them. They’re a bit bigger than this picture would suggest — bigger than weasels, anyway.