Archive for May, 2011

May 6, 2011


Dictionary Person begins again as we return from illness.

What might better symbolize our mortality than the spring-blooming bloodroot?

Cut its root and it drips red.  Thus the first element of its Linnean binomial:  Sanguinaria canadensis. (Sanguinaria comes from the Latin sanguineus, the origin of the modern word sanguine, meaning bloodred, consisting of or relating to blood, optimistic.)

That’s us, we’re sanguine! And we think bloodroot’s awfully pretty!