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We stopped by Strange’s Florist in Short Pump to visit in on the 2013 Virginia Orchid Society Show.

Don’t ask me to identify, but here are some of the beautiful flowers we saw.

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Yes, I know.  this is an Hibiscus, not an Orchid.

Yes, I know. this is a Hibiscus, not an Orchid.

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If you missed the show, not to worry. Orchids Galore!: A Love of Living Color is now open at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and runs daily through March 31, 2013.

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It’s a simple request. You’re in a meeting or church or at a funeral or in the movie theater. Turn your cell phone off or at least have the decency to put it on silent.

If your phone rings audibly in a meeting, you are not mature enough to either own a cell phone or be in that meeting.

Everyone has emergencies and reasons they need to remain available. Ever phone also has the option to vibrate on silent.

Here are some basics of cell phone etiquette in meetings.

1. Turn the phone off or put it on silent and vibrate only. I recently sat through a meeting where the meeting host’s cell phone rang multiple times throughout the day. It was not on silent.

2. If you absolutely have to take a call take it outside the room.

3. Don’t listen to voice mails when seated in the meeting. If you absolutely have to hear the message, get up and leave the room.

4. Don’t read your email or texts during a meeting.

5. Likewise, don’t respond to email or texts during a meeting.

It’s a little sad, really, that we have to think about these things. There was a time when this would have been second nature. But techology has made us all important and made everything urgent.

Still, that’s no excuse for not being polite.

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has awarded the 2013 Virginia Wineries Association’s Governor’s Cup to Barboursville Vineyards’ 2009 Octagon 12th Edition.

A press release included McDonnell’s remarks at the Governor’s Cup awards. McDonnell said “As Virginia’s wine industry grows in standing and collect accolades from around the world, it means more tourism and more jobs here in the Commonwealth. Shining the light on Virginia’s wineries is another way we can promote this homegrown industry that creates jobs for Virginians. I congratulate Luca Paschina, the Zonin family, and the entire Barboursville team for winning this year’s Governor’s Cup for their 2009 Octagon, one of Virginia’s most iconic red wines. Luca’s Octagon wines are personal favorites of mine, and I know this award winning 12th Edition will make the Virginia wine industry proud now and in the years to come. I also commend the winemakers of the other distinguished wines that comprise this year’s Governor’s Cup Case. I am confident that wine aficionados and enthusiasts alike will take notice of Octagon and the other impressive offerings in this case. The advancements in Virginia winemaking are on display in every bottle we have here tonight and the stringent requirements of the Governor’s Cup competition ensure that Virginia wines receiving medals have been through the most demanding evaluation process.”

Read the full press release.

Located in Virginia’s Piedmont region, Barboursville Vineyards is built on the grounds of Barboursville, the home of James Barbour, the 19th Governor of barboursville2the Commonwealth of Virginia. The 870 acre estate is divided between Albemarle and Orange Counties. Based on a design by Thomas Jefferson, the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Octagon is Barboursville Vineyards’ flagship wine, it is a Bordeaux-style blend, mainly based on Merlot, with parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

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This drawing by L. Hollis was engraved by J.C. Buttre and depicts Lincoln’s visit to Richmond.

This drawing by L. Hollis was engraved by J.C. Buttre and depicts Lincoln’s visit to Richmond.

It was two days after Confederate forces evacuated the City of Richmond. On April 4, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and son Tad visited the City. Former slaves greeted them enthusiastically.

Admiral David D. Porter landed with Lincoln and said, “No electric wire could have carried the news of the President’s arrival sooner than it was circulated through Richmond. As far as the eye could see the streets were alive with negroes and poor whites rushing in our direction, and the crowds increased so fast that I had to surround the President with the sailors with fixed bayonets to keep them off…They all wanted to shake hand with Mr. Lincoln or his coat tail or even to kneel down and kiss his boots.!”

Crowds made Lincoln’s short journey to the U.S. military headquarters, the former Confederate White House nearly impossible. There he found a delegation of Southerner seeking to have a discussion with him about ending the war in a swift and peaceful manner.

Lincoln left Richmond the next day never to return. Four days later General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse. Less than a week later, Lincoln was assassinated. Events at the end of the war and Lincoln’s death drew attention away from the visit.

In April, 2003 the National Park Service rekindled that interest when they unveiled a statue Lincoln and his son Tad depicting the 1865 visit. The sculpture by Louis Frech resides at the Historic Tredegar Iron Works. The words “To Bind up the Nation’s Wounds” from Lincoln’s second inaugural address are displayed behind the sculpture.

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. He died on April 15, 1865.

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The 10th Annual Mac Events Home and Garden Show was held this weekend at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.  The hall was filled with home improvement options, yard art, landscape designers and more.  Here are just a few scenes from our walk around on Saturday.

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Logging horses.

Logging horses.

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We finally made it to see the Chihuly exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. I’m glad we did.

Dale Chihuly has been working in glass since 1965. His work is now included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide.

Word really aren’t sufficient to describe the experience. The exhibit closes on Sunday, February 10.

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I don’t know if something can be too colorful. Color is one of the great properties of glass and is more intense in glass than any other material.

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The way I paint or draw, I don’t think about it very much. If I’m thinking about it, that kind of means that I don’t know what to do. If I start thinking, “I want to draw, how what can I draw?” and I’m not inspired – because that can happen very easily – then they start to get mundane. On the other hand, if I start making drawings that I know how to do already and if I can go fast enough, they start to get really good.

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