Veitchia merrillii (Christmas Palm)

Botanical Journey from the South

Adonidia merrillii

Veitchia merrillii (Christmas Palm) Aka Manila Palm, and formerly known as Adonidia merrillii, is native to the Philippines but has been cultivated throughout the world’s tropics for many centuries. It has naturalized in the Caribbean and other subtropical regions, where it’s hardy only to 10-12 USDA zones.

Veitchia merrillii,It grows fairly quickly to a height of about 6 feet, but very slowly thereafter, retaining its proportions for a long time, however, in P.R. this palm can grow up to 35 ft., as seen in this image which had to be taken with a wide angle lens. This height is only seen in the tropics. These palms are from the Botanical Garden Reserve in P.R..

Christmas PalmIt is commonly known as the “Christmas Palm” because its fruits become bright scarlet and tend to be that color in winter.

Veitchia merrillii, During summer months the Christmas Palm produces light green flower buds that turn into creamy blossom…

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Trosa church in cardboard

Annas Art - FärgaregårdsAnna

I’ve built a church! Oh well, at least a little church. I used cardboard, that I otherwise should have thrown away. With a little colors on the cardboard I made it look like a little building.

It’s Trosa church. You can see the real church on the little picture in the photo.

I’m gonna put a battery light in the church, so when it gets dark the church will have a light inside.

Have a great weekend.

In my town there’s a christmas market on Sunday.


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The Breakaway Guide To The CDC [Part 2]


By: Zy Marquiez
December 27, 2015

If the CDC’s [Centers For Disease Control] credibility [or lack thereof] hasn’t been teetering on the brink, then it has surely has fallen of the deep-end.

Over a year ago, the CDC was banging the drumbeats of war pandemics in an effort to fuel fears of ebola.

The CDC’s ineptitude was proven – yet again – with the fact that they admitted that Ebola can now spread through the air, despite them saying not long ago contradictory statements.

Of course, the widespread fear of Ebola spawned intense fear, and the main example is the fact that , 250,000 hazmat suits were sent to Dallas, TX.

There were many folks attempting to make this alleged pandemic [in which nigh nobody seemed to get sick] seem far larger than it really was.

Yet, even if it was a real pandemic, one 

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Tell Lonely Author About Your Likes/Dislikes

The Lonely Author

Since I’ve joined Blogville I have refrained from participating in Awards and Tag games. I think it is wonderful, entertaining, unfortunately, I don’t have the time.

In 2016 I am planning a full marketing assault of biblical proportions (okay, I will rephrase that).

I will try very hard (just doesn’t sound the same).

In addition to querying literary agents about my manuscripts, in 2016 my marketing campaign will include queries to Hollywood agents about my screenplays & the submissions of these scripts to screenwriting contests.

So, if your interested in learning a little more about Lonely Author here is a little bit of info about the Man, the Myth, the Moron.


Native New Yorker. Lived 3 years in Miami and 9 months in Raleigh, N.C. Love the NYC, but I expect to move permanently to warmer climates by 2018.

Places on my Bucket list: Venice, Italy. Greece to…

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