Upon reflection, as they say…
I’d prepared an angry political diatribe after the election, but decided, upon reflection, to post a pretty postcard from my home, New York, instead.
The Botanic Gardens are part of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and until a recent PC name-change, were called “Cornell Plantations”.
Despite hearing his name all my life, I don’t know much about Ezra Cornell, but he seems like a pretty stand-up guy.
A “self-made man,” he started out as a humble carpenter. Then a traveling plow salesman (on foot! I guess he’d never get lost, he could just follow the furrow home), went on to help found Western Union and Cornell University, and was a generous philanthropist. Kicked out of his church when he married for love, a woman from “outside of the faith”.
While not an abolitionist, he was a Republican politician, at a time when that party was opposed to slavery and oppression.
This photo is not retouched. It looks a bit like the way I pictured Heaven, when I was a little kid, or at least, heaven for some well-mannered denomination, maybe one that doesn’t cast out people like Ezra Cornell, for marrying a Methodist!
I guess, if you’d been really good, there’d be a golf course, too.
And maybe an ice cream stand.
Otherwise, a pretty heavenly spot.