Hydrangea semi-sphere ~


Baby hydrangea, July 31, 2017

This half-sphere of hydrangea is in the outer reaches of the constellation that includes the huge hydrangea planet featured in this post here.

Scroll down to find commentary on the original Boomerang that was posted yesterday.

“Flunk day” and “Lightnin”: or, February is hopping! (Original Boomerang for February 4, 1923)


Original Boomerang, February 4, 1923

The top stories in this issue of the Original Boomerang are about Ruth’s travels as a drama coach–so exciting!–and the weather–brrrr! A couple stories further in to the issue have some intriguing references: what’s “flunk day,” one wonders, and what’s “Lightnin”? The former is mentioned in the story about Des Moines beating the University of North Dakota in a basketball game; quoting the Boomerang Man, “the next day was flunk day for Beth and the bunch, with pickles, sandwiches, victrola records in our happy home.” Flunk day sounds like fun, in a homey roaring twenties kind of way! As it turns out, it wasn’t exactly an occasion brought about by the university’s basketball win; it just happened to coincide. Flunk day was an annual day for skipping classes at Coe College! And in fact the flyer for it for 1923 was at the Iowa Heritage site — wow! Flyers for other years didn’t have near this “pinko” frame — I guess it’s truly a sign of the times!


As for “Lightnin,” which the Boomerang Man and “Mama” are planning to to see on Valentine’s Day, it was a comedy written by Winchell Smith and Frank Bacon. It was on Broadway from 1918 to 1921, breaking the record for number of performances, and then went on tour around the country, including to Des Moines Iowa! Read all about it here.

There’s also a mention in this issue of Horace and Hellen taking charge of the Loper farm, which is an intriguing bit of family history, which I will look into when Horace and Hellen come up again.

This way ~


Pointer, July 23, 2017

A bold mosaic arrow pointing the way out of the Lake Merritt BART station. And … this would normally be the day when I’d post a new issue of the original Boomerang (I try to do that every two weeks), but I hadn’t yet written comments on the one I posted two weeks ago, having been shocked by the prospect of another Imle! I got over that today, and there are now comments on that issue, including an identification of this new member of the Imle club. Find it here.

A Shadow of many colors ~


Mulit-colored shadow, July 22, 2017

Who knew that a shadow can change color according to the color it’s projected on? These colored construction site barrier panels made a wonderful demonstration that a shadow can do that. That’s a little bit of the hand of the photographer in the lower right corner.