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Pink evening primroses predominate

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In contrast to the almost 500 miles we covered last Wednesday and Friday hunting for wildflowers (and finding plenty), on the morning of April 9th I drove less than two miles from home to the embankment of US 183 in my Great Hills neighborhood to photograph this colony of pink evening primroses (Oenothera speciosa) that I’d been eyeing as we set out on each of our long jaunts days earlier.


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As someone who’s long noticed fads in language, I empathize with this passage from David Mamet’s new book Recessional:

What’s in a name? Shaw wrote that any profession which communicates largely in jargon is make-believe. “Wellness” is a neologism, meaning “health.” What was wrong with “health”?

But fashions change. That is the sine qua non of fashions. Derelicts become vagrants, then the homeless. The people are the same, but the social problem has been inverted into a political solution: rename and worship them.

Employees are now referred to as human resources. The folks described are the same, but the difference is semantic, which is to say, in the way they are considered, and, so, treated. What does one do with employees? One pays them. What does one do with resources? One exploits them.

Coca-Cola is just brown bubbly sugar water. It is also the most famous brand in the world. The fool who decided to market “New Coke” is counterbalanced by the marketing genius who promoted a Marxist-anarchist America-hating group as “Black Lives Matter” (a sentiment with which no one would disagree) and used the title to immunize themselves against scrutiny of their operations….

“Wellness” is the New Coke of health, in that it clouds the issue. We realize, except when ill or frightened, that each is in charge of his own health, but “wellness” seems to enlarge the concern to a point where neither its object nor its attainment can be precisely stated. Thus attempts to merchandise “wellness” products and treatments can be infinitely expanded.

See also a concern for that phantasm called social justice, a concept, like “wellness,” of which one can never have enough and so may be sold any amount.

© 2022 Steven Schwartzman




Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 11, 2022 at 4:27 PM

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  1. About the only time I see a swath of flowers like that is when a lawn is filled with clover…and it’s not even native.

    Steve Gingold

    April 11, 2022 at 5:46 PM

    • Just yesterday I saw a bunch of the non-native white clover that we all had (have) in lawns back east. Fortunately for me, pink evening primroses are native in Austin.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 11, 2022 at 6:06 PM

  2. […] quotation in my previous post from David Mamet’s new book Recessional included an appropriately disparaging reference to […]

  3. Pink evening primroses are grown here as ornamentals. They look like paper. I was confused when secretaries became office administrators and office assistants.

    Alessandra Chaves

    April 12, 2022 at 7:20 AM

    • It doesn’t surprise me that people in other places grow pink evening primroses as ornamentals.
      It does surprise me when people plant new terms as ornamentals, like the “office administrator” for”secretary” that you mentioned, or “sanitation engineer” for “garbage collector.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 12, 2022 at 10:19 AM

  4. Pretty pastel posies prompt pleased photographers to pause! I was surprised this weekend to see such a mix of colors among these primroses. The colonies seemed especially dense, and they ranged from their usual light pink to both ends of the spectrum: both white and deeper magenta.


    April 12, 2022 at 7:53 AM

    • Someday you’ll have to do a Texas post with an alliterative title like “Positively Palestine” or “Perfectly Palacios.” We saw lots of light pink and white evening primroses but I don’t recall seeing any that shaded into deeper magenta.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 12, 2022 at 10:26 AM

  5. […] already shown you a colony of pink evening primroses this spring, I’d be remiss in not adding a closeup. Today’s backlit view of an […]

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