Scatter it out and rearrange it!
On October 20, I went to sleep happily thinking this post was all finished and ready to go, but I had forgotten the photo. So I'll explain what this is. When I visited Wales, I bought this big, gaudy umbrella as a souvenir. In New Mexico, we rarely need umbrellas. A couple of years later, I had baby seedling trees that were perishing from too much sun, so I set the umbrella up for them, to simulate a mother tree's shade, and it stayed a couple of months. Trees can need shade more than people need umbrellas, in Albuquerque, and that's an oddity I'm used to.
I edited the text a couple of words, too, after it went out by e-mail. I had already edited the intro to the Thinking Sticks blog, and meant to change this, too. (I took out "help me" at "tie in music...")
photo by Sandra Dodd