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You'll hear a little of this and lot of that on Light On Light Through - my reviews of great television series, my interviews with authors and creative media people and their interviews of me, my political commentary, thoughts about my favorite cars and food and space travel, discussions of my music, and a few of my readings from my science fiction stories. These are usually audio and a few are video.  In the first years, starting in 2006, I put up a new episode at least once a month.  More recently, it became more or less often than once a month, usually a lot less often.  But in the Fall of 2018, I began getting more in the mood to podcast, and you can expect new episodes now at least once a month.  - Paul Levinson

Weeds Are Not All Spam

Aug 6, 2007

I was thinking about the dandelions in my garden, and how I like them every bit as much as the flowers and bulbs I've deliberately planted.

I've never understood the general dislike of weeds that flower - ranging in some cases to a mania to want to pull them out.  If the color is nice, if the flower adds some sparkle to your lawn, why pick a fight with that?

I could understand if the unplanted flowers were so aggressive that they took over everything you carefully planted.  But dandelions, though a stubborn species, pose no threat to most planted flowers.   In fact, they do just fine with daisies, black-eyed susans, and violets (which I guess, in some quarters, are also considered weeds).

Bottom line (of plants) for me:  dandelions and violets are really no different than more exotic wildflowers.  It's good to see them - for when they pop up, you're seeing the result of a what some breeze blew over, and it's nice to see the cosmos at work in that...