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Posted: 17th May 2021

Gadflies and Signs of Hope

Sleeping man being awakened by giant mosquito that wants to talk about Life, the Universe, and Everything.

What is the purpose of writing? Is it to inform, merely? Surely not. For that, you need a good reference book. Is it to poke and prod readers out of their complacency and make them want to do something to make our shared planet better? Definitely a laudable ambition. You'll find some of that in this issue. You'll also find stories and images that might, also, be signs of hope amid the worrisome trends of the world. Our contributors have found a nice balance this week. See if you don't agree. Take the time to examine their efforts.

(Besides, if you don't, you'll never know what the weird art on this page is all about, because we won't tell you.)

Here are some highlights:
Tribute to Reinhard Doehl
  • Nature has given our photographers plenty to look at. Birds are nesting. Water birds are alternately yelling at us and giving us the bird. Meanwhile, Willem takes us back in time for some nature of yore.
  • Attention, cat lovers: we have anticipated your need for extra doses of feline loveliness this week. You will be thrilled. People who don't like cats: why are you even on the internet?
  • Floral tributes abound in this issue. Be agog at nature's decorating skills. Read why Paulh finds a field of flowers a place of wonder. Watch some daffodils dance to music.
  • We have News: Superfrenchie was shot! It's okay, she had an appointment, and walked out sporting a spiffy bandage. We have photographic proof.
  • Snark gets extra attention this week, as well. Find out what the Post Editor thinks about in the middle of the night. Be edified by my reflections on 'Trees'.
  • Awix has a cinema review. We are rueful, because it will be the last one for a while: he's going on hiatus. Stop by after you've read this one and let him know he will be missed.
  • We have humour. Ongoing stories go on. You know, the usual sort of thing: writing and art we're too modest to brag about, but that you really shouldn't miss.

We'll be back next week with more Stuff. (Send more Stuff!) Remember to get vaccinated when it's your turn. Spare a wish and a prayer for the Post Office, weatherwise: we are tired of it snowing on our spring flowers, and the hummingbirds are here. It's time for those snowflakes to buzz off.

Dmitri Gheorgheni

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