Somewhere down the line, tacos became synonymous with ground beef, seasoned with a pre-mixed packet and served with pre-shredded seasoned cheese, maybe some sour cream, shredded lettuce and salsa. There might be black olives from a can, for some reason.
Currently, Desert Willow trees with their fragrant, orchid-like flowers are filling the Santa Cruz Valley with soft, spring color. Not a true willow, Chilopsis linearis is a member of the family of blooming plants that includes Yellowbells and certain trumpet vines.
As thin as the line between genius and insanity may be, the one between love and hate may be minuscule by comparison.
The last few weeks have been a pleasant palate cleanser for me as my usual fare of action films, adventure flicks, comedy pieces and supernatural tales has been replaced with a steady stream of small personal dramas and based-on-true-events stories. It's sort of like eating your fruits and vegetables again after too much candy and ice cream.