Above: the Rose de Rescht, one of my stalwarts (though not recently sold around here), with the best virtues of an old rose and the new: ancient variety, strong fragrance, repeat (but not constant modern) blooming. A Damask, it was purportedly introduced to France in 1807, and to England circa 1880. Although the specifics of hybridization are unclear, it is generally said to have been reintroduced to England and Europe from Iran by Miss Lindsay, circa late 1940s.
Lots of things--mostly work (a.k.a. the "day job"), but also sundry civic and family obligations--got in the way. Scribbling here just did not seem to be the highest priority (not that it ever was).
In the intervening period, I've also been changing my writing habits and outlets: focusing more on a few important "longform" pieces (they used to be called: "essays," or "articles") for other venues (though I may sometimes link to them here), while more frequently sharing links and brief observations on Twitter (@CitizenWald), and images or other brief posts on Tumblr. Look to the latter in particular for images with short text, though generally cross-referenced to this site.
As for this page, I have a few new summary rubrics as well as individual posts in mind.
In the meantime, here are some "coming attractions" (though without guarantee of when any individual piece will appear):
- Leni Riefenstahl goes grocery shopping
- Mrs. Chamberlain defends appeasement
- Best. Course. Title. Ever.
- How I got quoted by the AP.
- Proof that you can fool some of the people all of the time.
- And of course material for the World War I centenary.