2016-06-16 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

by Mary Gallagher

•Well, except for the wind, the weather is finally beginning to cooperate! I have about half of my newly purchased flowers planted and hope to have the rest in soon. Working in the garden is like going to church for me. I feel like I can communicate better with God among the plants better than in any building.

Nearly 25 years ago I had both of my knees replaced. My only regret was that I didn’t do it sooner! But even with the knee replacements, I find it very hard to kneel and weed or plant any more. Fortunately, I found a very nice young man, Hector, to do most of the planting.

•Have you seen my house lately? I had it painted this spring by Tony Swaine, and am delighted by the results! Next on my agenda is to have the picket fence replaced, with basically the same thing, painted green to match the shutters. I’ve had a lot of compliments on the front doors which are now a bright red – to match the fire trucks across the street! Unfortunately living where I do, there’s a lot of damage done to the fence after night falls. I’ve tried the white plastic, which I thought would be stronger than the old white wooden picket, but found out that vandals seemed to find it more of a challenge and did more damage than to the wood. Oh well, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that this one holds up better!

•Her many friends and fans are happy to see that Flo Siemsen is back in Town for a brief stay. Flo is an extremely talented photographer and her photos of Babylon are terrific! Sadly she moved south last year, but keeps in touch with her photos on Facebook.

•I have been avoiding the subject that has stunned so many of us. The massacre in Orlando is too horrific to pass unnoticed, even in a little social page like mine. I send my prayers to the victims and their loved ones. On Feb. 6, 1989, Ronald Reagan stated: “I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for defense of a home.” If Ronald Reagan could see that 25 years ago, why can’t the U.S. Congress?

Correction: In last week’s column, we cautioned readers about a not-for-profit organization that raises money for veterans. The correct name of that organization is the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation.

The column incorrectly identified it as the National Veterans Foundation. In fact, 75 percent of the money raised by the National Veterans Foundation's expenses go to its programs to help veterans. Its annual budget is about $500,000 and it has a 3 out of 4 star rating on Guidestar. It has helped 400,000 veterans and their family members since 1985, with its toll-free vet-to-vet Lifeline for Vets. We apologize for the confusion.

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