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The Reason

I’m not a perfect person
There’s many things I wish I didn’t do
But I continue learning
I never meant to do those things to you
And so, I have to say before I go
That I just want you to know

I’ve found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new
And the reason is you

I’m sorry that I hurt you
It’s something I must live with everyday
And all the pain I put you through
I wish that I could take it all away
And be the one who catches all your tears
That’s why I need you to hear

I’ve found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new

And the reason is you
And the reason is you
And the reason is you
And the reason is you

I’m not a perfect person
I never meant to do those things to you
And so I have to say before I go
That I just want you to know

I’ve found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new
And the reason is you

I’ve found a reason to show
A side of me you didn’t know
A reason for all that I do
And the reason is you
-Written by Daniel B. Estrin / Douglas Sean Robb / Chris Light Hesse / Markku J. Lappalainen
-Performed by Hoobastank

I can’t claim to be a big Hoobastank fan. Or even a Hoobastank fan at all. But recently one of the best shows on television, WE ARE LADY PARTS, released their second season and this song plays an important role in the season. Incidentally, if you aren’t watching WE ARE LADY PARTS, you are watching television wrong. Just flat out wrong.

If you don’t know what it is about, here is the premise taken from the Wiki:

An all-female Muslim punk band in the UK takes inspiration from London’s rich and diverse collection of cultures. Friendships, relationships and cultural differences are navigated as the band seeks musical success.

That just barely scratching the surface. Not only is the show brilliantly written, funny, and tugs at the heartstrings, the music is top notch. “Voldemort Under My Head Scarf” and “Bashir With The Good Beard” and “Glass Ceiling Feeling” are Christopher D. Bennett Certified Bangers. (CDBCB for short.)

I’ve been thinking of getting a Lady Parts shirt, but not sure how many people would get it or think it is appropriate. But I’ve been assured by at least one lady that I can pull it off. I guess I don’t know how much it matters what other people think as I am pretty far into my personal villain era and no point turning back now.

But Thursdays are for flowers. This flowertography session was held in my yard last September:


Garden of Love - 2023

Garden of Love - 2023

Garden of Love - 2023

Garden of Love - 2023

Garden of Love - 2023

Garden of Love - 2023

Garden of Love - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

The Reason

The Reason

The Reason

The Reason

The Reason

The Reason

The Reason

The Reason

The Reason

Radiation of Happiness - 2023

Still about 20 more pictures from this flowertography session left to share.

A Girl Like You

I used to travel in the shadows
And I never found the nerve to try and walk up to you
But now I am a man and I know that there’s no time to waste
There’s too much to lose
Girl, you say anything at all, and you know that you can call
And I’ll be right there for you
First love, heartbreak, tough luck, big mistake
What else can you do

I’ll say anything you want to hear
I’ll see everything through
I’ll do anything I have to do
Just to win the love of a girl like you, a girl like you

People talk and people stare, tell them I don’t really care
This is the place I should be
And if they think it’s really strange for a girl like you
To be in love with someone like me
I want to tell them all to go to hell
That we’re doing very well without them you see
That’s just the way it is and they will see
I am yours and you are mine, the way it should be

I’ll say anything you want to hear
I’ll see everything through
I’ll do anything I have to do
Just to win the love of a girl like you, a girl like you
A girl like you, oh yeah

Now if I seem a little wild, there’s no holding back
I’m trying to get a message to you
I won’t take anything from anyone
I won’t walk and I won’t run, I believe in you
London, Washington, anywhere you are I’ll run
Together we’ll be
Inside, outside, got my pride
I won’t let ’em take you from me

I’ll say anything you want to hear
I’ll see everything through
I’ll do anything I have to do
Just to win the love of a girl like you, a girl like you
A girl like you, a girl like you
A girl like you, a girl like you, oh yeah

I’ll say anything (I’ll say anything)
I’ll take anything (I’ll take anything)
I’ll say anything, almost anything
Except goodbye
I’ll say anything (I’ll say anything)
I’ll take anything (I’ll take anything)
I’ll say anything, almost anything
Except goodbye
-Written by Pat Dinizio
-Performed by The Smithereens

One of the reasons, besides my staggeringly lack of musical talent, that I was never asked to join a rock band is because I would insist that we covered at least 4 Smithereens songs every show. Then another 5 Butthole Surfer songs. I would be a difficult bandmember to work with.

But Thursdays are for flowers! This flowertography collection was taken in Valerie’s zinnia patch:


Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

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Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

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Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

I have one more collection of pictures from Valerie’s zinnia patch left to share!

There Is a Light That Never Goes Out

Take me out tonight
Where there’s music and there’s people
And they’re young and alive
Driving in your car
I never, never want to go home
Because I haven’t got one
Anymore

Take me out tonight
Because I want to see people
And I want to see life
Driving in your car
Oh, please don’t drop me home
Because it’s not my home, it’s their home
And I’m welcome no more

And if a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine

Take me out tonight
Take me anywhere, I don’t care
I don’t care, I don’t care
And in the darkened underpass
I thought, “Oh God, my chance has come at last”
But then a strange fear gripped me
And I just couldn’t ask

Take me out tonight
Oh, take me anywhere, I don’t care
I don’t care, I don’t care
Driving in your car
I never, never want to go home
Because I haven’t got one, la-di-dum
Oh, I haven’t got one
Oh, oh

And if a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side

Well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine
Oh, there is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
-Written by Johnny Marr & Steven Morrissey
-Performed by The Smiths

Thinking about this song the other day as it is briefly featured in one of my favorite movies of all-time (500) DAYS OF SUMMER. You should clearly watch it, if you haven’t. Also, this is a great song, even if the lyrics are maybe a bit morbid.

But Thursdays are for flowers. This flowertography session is from my yard.


Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

The next flowertography session will involve zinnia’s from Valerie’s yard.

Good Vibrations

I-I love the colorful clothes she wears
And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair
I hear the sound of a gentle word
On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air

I’m pickin’ up good vibrations
She’s giving me the excitations (oom bop bop)
I’m pickin’ up good vibrations (good vibrations, oom bop bop)
She’s giving me the excitations (excitations, oom bop bop)
I’m pickin’ up good vibrations (oom bop bop)
She’s giving me the excitations (excitations, oom bop bop)
I’m pickin’ up good vibrations (oom bop bop)
She’s giving me the excitations (excitations)

Close my eyes, she’s somehow closer now
Softly smile, I know she must be kind
When I look in her eyes
She goes with me to a blossom world

I’m pickin’ up good vibrations
She’s giving me excitations (oom bop bop)
I’m pickin’ up good vibrations (good vibrations, oom bop bop)
She’s giving me excitations (excitations, oom bop bop)
Good, good, good, good vibrations (oom bop bop)
She’s giving me excitations (excitations, oom bop bop)
Good, good, good, good vibrations (oom bop bop)
She’s giving me excitations (excitations)

Ah, ah, my my, what elation
I don’t know where but she sends me there
Oh, my my, what a sensation
Oh, my my, what elation
Oh, my my, what

Gotta keep those lovin’ good vibrations a-happenin’ with her
Gotta keep those lovin’ good vibrations a-happenin’ with her
Gotta keep those lovin’ good vibrations a-happenin’

Good, good, good, good vibrations (oom bop bop)
She’s giving me the excitations (excitations, oom bop bop)
I’m pickin’ up good vibrations

Na na na na na, na na na
Na na na na na, na na na (bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)
Do do do do do, do do do (bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)
Do do do do do, do do do (bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)
-Composed by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
-Performed by The Beach Boys

If the aliens didn’t accept “God Only Knows” as reason enough to not annihilate the human species, I would offer up this somewhat controversial song as my second attempt to save humanity. Why is this song controversial? Because it revolutionized the way music is recorded AND a lot of musicians in the day dismissed it as a “edit song”. Phil Spector even compared it to PSYCHO and thought that was a valid criticism. No! Don’t compare it to one of the greatest movies ever made! Poor Phil Spector. He should have been put in prison for that AND for murdering Lana Clarkson.

The song is a little over 3 and a half minutes long. It took over 90 hours of studio time and 70 hours of tape to record it. It is impossible to know how many musicians are on the final edit. It cost between $50,000 to $75,000 to produce. That is between $470,000 and $700,000 in current cash.

No matter how much it cost, it is one of the greatest songs of all-time.

But Thursdays are for flowers! This flowertography session was taken at the Iowa State Fair:


Iowa State Fair Flower - 2024

Iowa State Fair Flower - 2024

Iowa State Fair Flower - 2024

Iowa State Fair Flower - 2024

Iowa State Fair Flower - 2024

Iowa State Fair Flower - 2024

Iowa State Fair Flower - 2024

Iowa State Fair Flower - 2024

Iowa State Fair Flower - 2024

Iowa State Fair Flower - 2024

Iowa State Fair Flower - 2024

Iowa State Fair Flower - 2024

Iowa State Fair Flower - 2024

Iowa State Fair Flower - 2024

Iowa State Fair Flower - 2024

Iowa State Fair Flower - 2024

Iowa State Fair Flower - 2024

The next flowertography session will involve flowers from my yard!

God Only Knows

I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I’ll make you so sure about it

God only knows what I’d be without you
If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me

God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
If you should ever leave me
Well life would still go on believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me

God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you
-Written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher
-Performed by The Beach Boys

If aliens came down to our planet. And they cornered me while I was out on the High Trestle Trail doing my Saturday morning walk. And they told me they were going to destroy the human species if I didn’t give them one accomplishment by humans that was worthy to allow us to survive, I would first fight my base instinct to say, “Well, we are a failed species. Probably for the best.” I would pause think for a second and maybe play them “Amazing Grace”, but that song was written by a reformed slave trader and while a redemption arc is a great story, bringing up the human penchant to enslave other human beings would not save humanity from the calcinator death ray used by the aliens on Planet X. So my second thought would be to play them this song. A complete masterpiece and one of the most beautiful songs ever crafted by mankind.

Like Kenny Rogers and Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys were one of my Mom’s favorites. Like Kenny Rogers, I did get to take my Mom to a Beach Boys concert. It wasn’t as great as the Kenny Rogers question. Most of the real talent in The Beach Boys has since moved on. Either from the band. Or from life. Or in the case of the real genius (Brian Wilson) from reality.

Unfortunately Brian Wilson had a break from reality that was exacerbated and exploited by a talent agent. They made a movie about it called LOVE & MERCY. It isn’t great, but it is worth watching.

There were really only 2 original Beach Boys left when we saw them play and like many men of their generation it appeared that their brains had been melted by watching FoxNews and probably the Facebook algorithm. It was sad to see.

But Thursdays are for flowers! This flowertography collection was taken in my yard:


Through Dirt - 2023

Through Dirt - 2023

Last Penny - 2023

Last Penny - 2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

God Only Knows

God Only Knows

God Only Knows

God Only Knows

God Only Knows

God Only Knows

God Only Knows

The next flowertography session will see a return to the Iowa State Fair.

She Believes In Me

While she lays sleeping
I stay out late at night and play my songs
And sometimes all the nights can be so long
And it’s good when I finally make it home, all alone
While she lays dreaming

I try to get undressed without the light
And quietly she says, “How was your night?”
And I come to her and say
“It was all right, ” and I hold her tight

And she believes in me
I’ll never know just what she sees in me
I told her someday if she was my girl
I could change the world
With my little songs, I was wrong

But she has faith in me
And so I go on trying faithfully
And who knows maybe on some special night
If my song is right
I will find a way
Find a way

While she lays waiting
I stumble to the kitchen for a bite
Then I see my old guitar in the night
Just waiting for me like a secret friend
And there’s no end while she lays crying

I fumble with a melody or two
And I’m torn between the things that I should do
And she says to wake her up when I am through
God, her love is true

And she believes in me
I’ll never know just what she sees in me
I told her someday if she was my girl
I could change the world
With my little songs, I was wrong
But she has faith in me

And so I go on trying faithfully
And who knows maybe on some special night
If my song is right
I will find a way
While she waits
While she waits
For me
-Written by Steve Gibb
-Performed by Kenny Rogers

Just another great love song from Kenny Rogers. The line “I could change the world, with my little songs… I was wrong” always kills me. Especially when it goes on to “But she has faith in me”.

But Thursdays are for flowers. This flowertography collection took place at the Iowa Arboretum.


Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum

I actually joined the Iowa Arboretum last year. So, go ahead and feel jealous. I would go on about how my membership there gets me free admission into all sorts of gardens and arboretums all across Iowa and the United States, but I can feel that you are already turning green with envy!

Next week’s flowertography session will return to the confines of my yard.

Through the Years

I can’t remember when you weren’t there
When I didn’t care for anyone but you
I swear, we’ve been through everything there is
Can’t imagine anything we’ve missed
Can’t imagine anything the two of us can’t do

Through the years, you’ve never let me down
You’ve turned my life around
The sweetest days I’ve found, I’ve found with you
Through the year, I’ve never been afraid
I’ve loved the life we’ve made
And I’m so glad I’ve stayed right here with you
Through the years

I can’t remember what I used to do
Who I trusted, whom I listened to before
I swear, you’ve taught me everything I know
Can’t imagine needing someone so
But through the years it seems to me
I need you more and more

Through the years, through all the good and bad
I knew how much we had
I’ve always been so glad to be with you
Through the years, it’s better every day
You’ve kissed my tears away
As long as it’s okay, I’ll stay with you
Through the years

Through the years, when everything went wrong
Together we were strong
I know that I belonged right here with you
Through the years, I never had a doubt
We’d always work things out
I’ve learned what love’s about, by loving you
Through the years

Through the years, you’ve never let me down
You’ve turned my life around
The sweetest days I’ve found, I’ve found with you
Through the years, it’s better every day
You’ve kissed my tears away
As long as it’s okay, I’ll stay with you
Through the years
-Written by Martin Panzer & Stephen Hartley Dorff
-Performed by Kenny Rogers

Just another great Kenny Rogers love song!

But Thursdays are for flowers and this flowertography session consists of pictures taken at the Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair.


Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2023

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2023

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2023

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2023

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2023

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2023

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2023

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2023

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2023

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2023

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2023

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2023

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2023

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2023

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2023

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2023

Next Thursday’s flowertography session will consist of flower pictures taken at the Iowa Arboretum.

You Decorated My Life

All my life was a paper
Once plain, pure and white
Till you moved with your pen, changin’ moods now and then
Till the balance was right
Then you added some music
Every note was in place
And anybody could see all the changes in me by the look on my face

And you decorated my life
Created a world
Where dreams are a part
And you decorated my life
By paintin’ your love all over my heart
You decorated my life

Like a rhyme with no reason
In an unfinished song
There was no harmony, life meant nothin’ to me until you came along
And you brought out the colors
What a gentle surprise
Now I’m able to see all the things life can be, shinin’ soft in your eyes

And you decorated my life
Created a world
Where dreams are a part
And you decorated my life
By paintin’ your love
All over my heart
You decorated my life

Written by Bob Morrison/Debbie Hupp
Performed by Kenny Rogers

Just another great song from Kenny Rogers!

Thursdays are for flowers. This flowertography session took place in the Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair.


Discovery Garden - 2023

Discovery Garden - 2023

Discovery Garden - 2023

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Discovery Garden - 2023

Discovery Garden - 2023

Still plenty more flower pictures from the Iowa State Fair left to share!

Can’t Help Falling in Love

Wise men say
Only fools, only fools rush in
Oh, but I, but I, I can’t help falling in love with you

Shall I stay?
Would it be, would it be a sin?
If I can’t help falling in love with you

Like a river flows
Surely to the sea
Darling, so it goes
Some things, you know, are meant to be

Take my hand
Take my whole life too
For I can’t help falling in love with you
For I can’t help falling in love with you

-WRITTEN BY HUGO PERETTI, LUIGI CREATORE, & GEORGE DAVID WEISS
-PERFORMED BY ELVIS PRESLEY

I watched PRISCILLA on Monday night and now I’m in a bit of an Elvis mood. Even though Elvis doesn’t necessarily come across great in the movie, I don’t think he comes off completely terrible. I think Elvis has demons, we all do, and his got the better of him because I think after his mom passed away, I don’t think he had anybody in his life to act as a moral compass. It might have been Priscilla, but there were too many other factors pulling him in too many other directions. I think Elvis’ life was a tragedy. A true Shakespearean tragedy.

The positive is he left so much great music behind. I don’t know that “Can’t Help Falling in Love” is my favorite Elvis song, but I bet it is a Top 10 song for me.

The song was written in 1961 for the album “Blue Hawaii” and was featured in the movie by the same name. The B-Side was “Rock-A-Hula Baby”. For a long time it was the song Elvis closed his concerts with. It was the last song Elvis performed live at his final concert in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977. He died less than 2 months later at the age of 42.

But Thursdays are for flowers! Today’s flowertography collection was taken in my yard:


Happy Things - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Nature's Amen - 2023

Nature's Amen - 2023

Nature's Amen - 2023

Nature's Amen - 2023

Nature's Amen - 2023

Nature's Amen - 2023

Nature's Amen - 2023

Nature's Amen - 2023

Nature's Amen - 2023

Flower from my Yard

Flower from my Yard

Can you believe it! It is almost flowertography season!