|IT WAS A GOOD RUN|
|...AKA CURLY DOCK|
|STARTING TO LOOK LIKE FALL|
Tuesday, 7:45 AM. 65 degrees F, wind W, calm. The sky is cloudless but somewhat hazy, the humidity is 54% and the barometer is down again. It should be a pleasant summer day.
Curly dock, Rumex crispus, in the Polygonum family, is a common and sometimes invasive roadside and field weed. There are at least twenty “docks” in North America, but I am pretty sure of this one. Curly dock and many of the other “docks” have been used in folk and herbal medicine as tonics, astringents and mild laxatives. As with many things in life, we can consider them weeds or useful, depending upon the extent of our knowledge and our adaptability.
I have thought a lot about Paul Ryan as Ronmey’s running mate, and I think him a valid but somewhat risky choice. He is certainly well qualified and a good spokesperson, but the old adage about Social Security being the “third rail” of American politics still holds. One thing is clear; the campaign will now revolve around real fiscal and economic issues. The other thing that is clear is that the Democrats will not debate these issues honestly, because they cannot win substantive arguments nor run on their economic record. The vilification and negativity has just begun.